By Suneel V. Gaur and Rajesh V. Gaur
He got his big break when music director Anu Malik got him to sing the song ‘Mard Taangewala..’ for the movie Mard. The gifted singer carved a niche for himself in Bollywood and most of his songs.
Excerpts from an interview with singer Mohd Aziz:
Despite many hit songs why are you not singing as much as before?
I am puzzled because I am the same Mohd. Aziz who gave hits in films like Khuda Gawah, Mard, Khudgarz, Aakhir Kyon, Saudagar, Nagina, Tridev, Karma, Ram Lakhan, etc. Perhaps the current music directors have lost faith in themselves, that is why they are giving opportunities only to the current saleable singers. Also I have never asked anyone for work as it is against my conscience and self-respect.
You sang a lot of songs for Amitabh Bachchan?
I sang in 22 films for him. This itself has guaranteed me fame forever.
How would you describe the singers today?
Many of these so-called singers are a product of media hype. They get overnight success and that too on a platter. These so-called singers disappear within no time. As for me, I have come up the hard way after a lot of ‘riyaaz’ and back-breaking struggle.
Who is your greatest inspiration as a singer?
Its Mohd. Rafi saab, a great singer and wonderful human being. I don’t copy him because I feel no one can copy an iconic singer like him. But his songs have inspired and influenced my style of singing.
Who do you owe your successful phase to?
Only God. Had any music director been responsible for my success, I would still be on top of my profession.
Your forthcoming films?
I am singing for Bhojpuri and Oriya films plus a few Hindi films as well like like Alvida, Shattered Dreams, Ekta-The Unity, etc. and I am doing a lot of stage shows. I have to keep busy because having come up the hard way, I know the value.