B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Mahendra Kapoor was born on January 9, 1933 in Amritsar. Mahendra Kapoor was a big fan of Mohammad Rafi, and learnt singing trying to imitate his style. He moved to Bombay soon, where he won many singing competitions.
Mahendra Kapoor’s first film as a playback singer was Bajrang Bali (1956). He soon started getting many singing offers, and it was almost visible that he had a great career in hindi films.
Mahendra Kapoor’s first chartbuster was “Chalo ek baar phir se…” for B.R.Chopra’s Gumrah (1963). With this song, he also became a permanent in B. R. Films. His next superhit song was “Mere desh ki dharti…” from Upkar (1967). He was a patent singer for B.R.Chopra and Manoj Kumar and sang for all their films henceforth.
With the coming of 1970s and rise of Kishore Kumar’s romantic songs, Mahendra Kapoor’s popularity decreased a little bit. Although He still sang many popular songs like “Nahin Nahin…” (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan) and “Pyaar Zindagi Hai…” (Muqaddar Ka Sikander), He was lesser audible by now. Mahendra Kapoor’s next and Last big song was for B.R.Chopra’s TV serial Mahabharatha (1988). He sang the title track with finesse and proved he was still as powerful as ever.
Mahendra Kapoor is leading a lonely but happy life in his apartment.
Mahendra Kapoor won Filmfare Awards on 3 occasions in 1963, 1967 and 1974 for Chalo Ek Baar (Humraaz), Neele Gagan ke Tale (Humraaz) and Nahin Nahin (Roti Kapda aur Makaan). He won National award in 1968 for “Mere Desh ki Dharti…” (Upkar). He was also awarded the Padmashree.
Mahendra Kapoor’s son Rohan Kapoor has acted in a few films like Love 86 (1986) and Faasle (1985)