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Parody power

He hasn't spared anyone, be it a popular artiste or a hit track. Meet the king of spoof Devang Patel who was in town for a live wire performance recently.

SMART N' SAVVY: Devang Patel.

SIMPLICITY IS his middle name and he dotes on the thele ki chai and dhaba food more than the serving on-flight. "I am a common guy and I have always tried to write songs that reflect the common man's idea," says Devang Patel, the artiste known for his spoofs and parodies, recently in town to enthuse the same spirit in his fans at Megabowl. One thus finds no floral poetry in the lyrics that he drafts predominantly in the language that reads common parlance. "There are hundreds of poets who eulogise rain, spring or the chand sa chehra but there has been no thought about the common roads, rickshaws and dogs which I incorporate in my songs, for instance the Pichade pe kutta kata (the Who let the dogs out satire), and would do a song on the buffaloes too," he says.

His first album Patelscope-1 featured take-offs on popular international hits such as WES's Alane Ae Raju, Aqua's Barbie Chalu girl and the Mumbo Bamboo No.5. The Patelscope-2 had the Taal pe baal khila and Hrithik Roshan's Ae mere dil do at the beggars' theme. The Patelscope-3 has parodies of old Hindi numbers and is scheduled for release in Diwali, he says. Haven't there been any original numbers? "On the contrary, parodies make the original numbers hit. People should appreciate the song, that's my endeavour and I have maintained my popularity with my audience since 1993, for example at the hit `Aish kar' (duniya jae tel lene) in times when there were no music channels as we see in the present days. Today is the age of packaging. Nakal me bhi akal honi chahiye (there should be intelligent spoofs). Further parody is not a new concept. It has been there right from the time of Mehmood," he says.

Having done slapstick drama, he makes it a point to bring out the talent in his videos and has been receiving offers from tinsel world too, for acting and music. "There is a trend for smaller films, somebody should make films here with humour subjects such as those made in Hollywood, featuring Jim Carrey for instance. Also, I feel there is a void after Kishore Kumar, and I want to take up that place as a successful singer-actor," he says.

Talent, they say, is inborn. Here is one performer who gets charged as the audience grows larger, and whose international performances convince him that he is cut out for what he is best - delivering humour the parody way.


Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

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