Mukesh Genre: World/Reggae, Film/Bollywood, India Hometown: India
Mukesh Chandra Mathur was born on 22nd July 1923, in a small middle class family
in Delhi. He was interested in acting and singing right from childhood and was a
great fan of Kundan Lal Saigal. In spite of the fact that he only studied till
the 10th standard he was able to obtain a good job as an assistant surveyor in
the department of public works, where he worked for seven months.
However fate had other plans for him. While in Delhi Mukesh had recorded some
non-film songs secretly. Then, Mukesh was bitten by the Bombay bug like scores
of other young people before and after him. He arrived in Bombay with the hope
of becoming a movie star. He stayed with his relative the famous actor Motilal.
Enters films with great hopes of becoming an actor but becomes a singer instead:
With Motilal's help, Mukesh got a role as an actor in the film Years later, he
was to act again in Raj Kapoor’s Aah in 1953. His debut as a singer however came
in the film Nirdosh with the song ‘Dil hi buja hua ho to.’ Then followed a duet
with singer Kusum for the film Us Paar the song was ‘Jara boli ri ho.’ He later
went on to sing the song ‘Badariya baras gayi us paar’ with Khursheed in the
film Murti. By this time he had established a small place for himself in the
hearts of his audience.