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MY FIRST BREAK - G.VENUGOPAL


How it happened

I first started singing for films in 1984. It was just a few Hindi words in a group song for the film ‘Odarathammava Aalariyam.’ Like it has happened in the first phase of my career I had to wait for a year for the next song. Two more songs followed. But the real break, in every sense, was the song ‘Raree rareeram raro…’ from the film ‘Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare.’ Before this song there was a one which I was supposed to sing but taken away from me at the last minute. I know these things happen but it was terribly disappointing. That was when Rajeev Kumar, associate director for this film and known to me, gave me this song. It turned into a big hit but more than all that it helped dispel that disappointment. That song gave a lift to my career.

How it felt

Frankly, even after the song was recorded I was tense. It was a sort of fear that somehow the song would not be there in the film, or would never see the light of day. The relief on hearing it was simply wonderful. And it was doubly sweet when it became a hit.

How life changed

Even after this very popular song I had to wait for more than a year for the next one. Really, it has always been a struggle right from day one. Looking back at that phase I think it was only after ‘Onnam ragam paadi…’ (Thoovanathumbikal) that I could really find a place of my own. Interestingly, in ‘Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare’ Geethu Mohandas made her debut as a child artiste. And coincidently when I got my third State award, for the song ‘Adedi adadedi…’ from the film ‘Ullam’ in 2004, Geethu was film’s heroine.

K. PRADEEP

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