Mukesh Chand

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Mukesh Chand : biography

22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976

Filmography

  • Pehli Nazar (1945)
  • Mela (1948)
  • Aag (1948)
  • Andaz (1949)
  • Awaara (1951)
  • Aah (1953)
  • Barsaat (1953)
  • Shree 420 (1955)
  • Anuraag (1956)
  • Parvarish (1958)
  • Phir Subaha Hogi (1958)
  • Anari (1959)
  • Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)
  • Chhalia (1960)
  • Bumbai ka Babu (1960)
  • Hum Hindustani (1960)
  • Banjarin (1960)
  • Mera Ghar Mere Bachhe (1960)
  • HoneyMoon (1960)
  • Phool Bane Angarey (1962)
  • Aashiq (1962)
  • Dil Hi To Hai (1963)
  • Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963)
  • Parasmani (1963)
  • Dil Chahta Hai (1964)
  • Sangam (1964)
  • Ishaara (1964)
  • Himalay ki God Mein (1965)
  • Lal Bungla (1966)
  • Gunaho ka devta (1967)
  • Raat Aur Din (1967)
  • Saraswatichandra (1968)
  • Sambandh (1969)
  • Vishwas (1969)
  • Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  • Anand (1971)
  • ek Bar Muskura Do (1972)
  • Shor (1972)
  • Dharam Karam (1975)
  • Dus Numbari (1975)
  • Sanyasi (1975)
  • Do Jasoos (1975)
  • Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
  • Darinda (1977)
  • Dharam Veer (1977)
  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)

Death

Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he had gone to perform in a concert. His son, Nitin Mukesh, joined him later on. On the morning of August 27, he got up early and went to take a shower. He came out panting and complaining of chest pains. He was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead. The rest of the concert was completed by Lata Mangeshkar. His body was flown to India by Lata Mangeshkar, where a grand funeral ceremony was held in the presence of several actors, with personalities of the Indian film industry and fans paying tribute. When news of his death reached Raj Kapoor, he burst into tears, and remarked, "I have lost my voice," which is a testimony to the association of Mukesh’s voice (in playback) to the immensely popular songs of Raj Kapoor’s films. A famous song of the 50s featured on Bharat Bhushan Aa laut ke aa ja mere meet is another example of his earlier melodies, as is Dil tadap tadapke keh raha hai, picturised on Dilip Kumar.

After Mukesh’s death, his newer, hitherto unreleased, songs were released in 1977 in films such as Dharam Veer, Amar Akbar Anthony, Khel khiladi ka, Darinda and Chandi sona. The year 1978 also featured a considerable number of Mukesh’s songs in films such as Aahuti, Paramatma, Tumhari kasam and Satyam Shivam Sundaram, where Mukesh sang his last film song Chanchal sheetal nirmal komal for Raj Kapoor’s younger brother, Shashi Kapoor. From 1980 onward, Mukesh’s voice was heard in many later released films such as Shaitan mujarim, Premika, Patthar se takkar (1980), Sanjh ki bela, Maila anchal (1981), Aarohi (1982), Chor mandali (1983), Nirlaj (1985), Love and God (1986), Shubh chintak (1989), and his last known release of Chand grahan (1997).

Awards

National Film Awards

  • 1974 – National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai" from the film Rajnigandha

Filmfare Awards

Won

Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
1959 "Sab Kuch Seekha Humne" Anari Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra
1970 "Sabse Bada Naadan" Pehchan Shankar Jakishan Varma Malik
1972 "Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki" Be-Imaan Shankar Jakishan Varma Malik
1976 "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" Kabhi Kabhie Khayyam Sahir Ludhianvi