He may not be a professional singer or even a trained one but when Amitabh Bachchan sings in his deep baritone voice, he sounds way, way better than singers of our time.
Big B has rendered some of Bollywood’s most beautiful songs. He enthralled us with peppy numbers such as “Mere Angne Mein”, made us fall in love with “Neela Aasman”, brought tears to our eyes with “Main Yahan Tu Wahan” (my personal favorite), and made us appreciate Tagore even more with “Ekla Chalo Re”.
The great Bachchan has done it all. Yet till date, he has never lent his voice to an aarti (Hindu devotional song) in a film. All of that ends with ‘Sarkar 3’.
The third installment of Ram Gopal Varma’s epic story of a fictional godfather’s life will have Amitabh Bachchan singing the most famous aarti of Lord Ganesha.
A glimpse of the song was released today and believe me “Jai Dev Jai Dev” sounds all the more powerful in Bachchan’s voice.
Listen to how Bachchan renders “Vakratunda Mahakaya” before the start of the song. Every single devotee will feel divinity running through his veins.
And we must give credit to RGV for outdoing himself by placing the devotional song in the middle of a tense atmosphere where blood gets shed at the drop of a hat.
For trivia’s sake, “Jai Dev Jai Dev” was written by Marathi spiritual teacher Sant Ramdas as ‘Sukhakarta Dukhaharta’ (literally “harbinger of happiness, dispeller of gloom”) in the 17th century. The song has been used in movies like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Vaastav’.