This is a story about a man confused as a boy; a singer confused as an actor and moreover a self acclaimed hit Indian music composer. I am not at all here to judge the accolades that Mr Himesh Reshammiya has bottled since he first hit Indian movie screens from the movie “Tere Naam”. I am here to analyse as to what makes him so audacious in his attempt to prove himself the Kishore Kumar of modern times; as someone who is a singer, actor and writer?
There was a time that this gentleman with the base-ball cap and hay beard (to hide the hair density and baby fat on the face respectively) mesmerised us with his silken music numbers from Namstey London and then when he tortured us with his man howls from the song “suroor”. How can an artist manage to ensorcell us at one moment and throe us on the other. What gives this sanguine man the hope that his otherwise scraggy face can be accepted as a stately and suave protagonist. What came upon him when this over 36 year old romanced a girl barely 20 in the movie “Aap Ka Suroor”? And then the movies never stopped whether it was the movie “Radio” , whose claim to fame was Mr Reshammiya’s declaration that he has sung one song in two voices, the boon that Goddess Saraswati has bestowed only upon him (phew)…or movie Karzz, a remake of an old bolllywood hit. My ribs crackle whenever I see him being interviewed and how he goes on ‘ga-ga’ over his own musical journey and absorbs himself in his self-appreciation abandoning the interviwer in “The strange and preoccupied world of Himesh Reshammiya”. It is most amazing to see that every sentence culminates into a sad song in his nasal montone and his fingers complimenting his vacal notes and eyes as if they are in trance…The goal is to make ones sad day into a crackling one !
I am eagerly waiting for his new flick Damadamm releasing this Diwali.I couldnt stop cracking-up at the first rush of the movie where he was seen evading his highly sexy and nagging girlfriend played by Poorvi Joshi(she wouldn’t have given him a second look, had he not been the infamous nasal super-singing star). The song “Umrao jaan” is a laugh riot where one can do nothing but chortle at Himesh’s dippy and inane expressions, when he dances with his two hands up in the air and making shapes (god knows what) from his fingers with the whole crew following the stupor!
Not that I hate him, the whole idea Sirji is that we love to bitch the hell out of this man and love to giggle and guffaw at his fake hair and hair flaring from his nostrils but somewhere we love the way he amuses us by his bizarre bollywood decisions. He is clearly a man we hate to love! We all love to have this Yin and Yang , love -hate relationship with him.By saying all this, I do not intend to discredit you from all those sassy”rafta rafta” from Namstey London or that total amazing song from Bodyguard “I love you”, somewhere secretly there are some numbers I completely adore. You are probably one of the talented lot of music composers who have made it to the top on your own but I just want to tell you one thing :
I LOVE TO SEE YOU MAKING A FOOL OF YOURSELF ON TV !