MUMBAI: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh says he didn’t get a chance to meet his grandfather, legendary singer Mukesh, but is proud to be his grandson. On Mukesh’s 91st birth anniversary on Tuesday, Neil shared how proud he is of the Jeena yahan marna yahan hitmaker. The 32-year-old actor posted a series of tweets remembering his grandfather.
“Never met him in my life. My grandmother told me so much about him and bridged the gap. So proud to be born his grandson so proud to be a Mukesh,” the actor tweeted.
He also explained why he uses the first name of his father and grandfather.
“As a son it is his duty that his father be remembered, hence my father’s name is NITIN MUKESH. As my father’s son, it is my duty that my father and his father are always remembered, hence, my name is NEIL NITIN MUKESH. #Happybirthdaymukesh,” Neil said in another tweet.
Mukesh was born in Ludhiana as Mukesh Chand Mathur on July 22, 1923. After lending his voice to super-hit track Awaara Hoon, he became popular as the ghost voice of Raj Kapoor. During his career, Mukesh gave several super-hit songs like Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon, Mera Joota Hai Japani, Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De etc.
He died of a heart attack on August 27, 1976 in Detroit, where he had gone to perform at a concert.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.
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