Usha Uthup has been singing for decades now and has already lent her strong vocals in more than 14 Indian and eight foreign languages. She is one of the most versatile singers in the industry who is still going strong. Thanks to her unique vocal quality and exceptional deftness of the craft, she is still considered the original diva of Indi-pop. Who can forget the title track of Shaan or Koi yaha nache nache from Disco Dancer? If these aren’t the songs that make you remember her work immediately, what about Darling from Saat Khoon Maaf? Fantastic, isn’t it? But this time we will tell you how she is probably the only female singer who has given playback to a male actor and he is Mithun Chakraborty. Usha Uthup Speaks Up About Live Concerts After Lockdown, Says ‘It Will Never Be the Same Again’
Speaking to The Hindu in 2017, Uthup reminisced, “My unusual voice meant I could only sing for bad girls, the item songs. It was fun. I was very happy doing different kinds of work. I sang for the leading ladies too like for Rekha in Roti ki Keemat and Sridevi in Naaqabandi. I even sang for Mithun Chakraborty. So, I turned my weakness into strengths. I didn’t copy anyone and sang in my original style. ” If you are wondering which song is it, we got you covered.
Check out Usha Uthup giving playback to Mithun Chakraborty in Wardaat.
In 1969 there was a lot of stigma surrounding the profession of a club singer. But Uthup never cared. She got her musical opportunities in these outlets and did what she loves to do – sing and entertain the audience. In Chennai, she was the highest-paid singer in those days. Told you, Uthup is also one of the most versatile and fearless singers India has ever produced.
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