The Legend of Vijay Benedict

My job as a travelling salesman takes me on a regular basis to places where Mumbai ends and Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan etc begin. These smaller towns are microcosms of humanity in themselves, quite far removed from the 'Bambai' of the Western Lines (there is a cinema hall in Thane called 'Ashok Theater' which features only Bhojpuri films, and there are single-screens in Kalyan and Ulhas Nagar where you can catch an old Prabhu ji film like Gunda or Prem Pratigya), in fact it was on one fine warm winter morning that when I alighted on the Ulhas Nagar station, I was pleasantly surprised to see this poster fluttering above at some height -

The two words in bright yellow immediately caught my attention and brought a smile on my face. I was looking at the poster of a Vijay Benedict concert. For those of you who haven't heard of his name before, he has sung one of the most popular songs of this filmy year, specifically this song -

Even the original video is awesome (as things which feature Mithun da often are)

And to add to his 'cred', he has sung a song which everyone of us (including you, admit it) have danced to in our childhood -

For a long and trippy decade, Vijay Benedict was the voice of Mithun da (and Bappi Lahiri, whose own voice has improved in the past few years, but was a quite an ear-sore in the 80s), check out another dance number sung by Mr Benedict

Vijay Benedict sang for only around 40 films, before a tragedy in his life made him turn to religion, there are a lot of Gospel songs available on youtube, and it is appreciable how he has retained his love for singing. Perhaps if someone gifts him a DVD of GoW, he would smile pleasantly at his song being used with such awesomeness.


{ Nitesh.B.Rai } at: December 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM said...

tooo article on vijay bendict.this is waht makes u different guys..

{ Afroz } at: December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM said...

can you give me name of songs.. unfortunately cant watch see VDO link :(

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