Amitabh Bachchan starrer Coolie had one of the finest albums of that time. With a variety of songs and different compositions that have made us move our feet along with the tunes, the songs of Coolie still happen to be some of our favourites. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, singer Shabbir Khan revealed how Kishore Kumar convinced him to sing the title track of Coolie.
He says that, “Manmohan Desai sahab must have heard about me and the fact that I can sing like Mohammed Rafi sahib, so they asked me to come and audition for a few songs. Manmohan Desai sir wanted Mohammed Rafi to sing all the songs of Coolie, but because he had passed away, it was his wish to find someone like him to playback.” Shabbir Kumar revealed that, “Manmohan Desai sir was such a huge fan on Rafi Sahab that there’s his picture kept in his house’s temple next to the idol.”
On the day of recording, Kishore Da was extremely tired and was asked to dub the song later on. However, Manmohan Desai couldn’t give him the dates due to their busy schedules. So, Shabbir was asked to sing the song and he refused. He asked Laxmikant Pyaarelal to get Kishore Da to call him and give him the permission, only then would he sing it. Then, when Kishore Da asked him to sing, Shabbir lent his voice to the title track of Coolie.
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