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ANUJ KUMAR
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CHATLINE As Kailash Kher prepares to launch his band's fourth album, ANUJ KUMAR strikes a chord with the Delhi boy blessed with a divine voice

“T ill eight years back I didn't know the meaning of girlfriend. I didn't know what people meant when they said they are seeing each other or are dating. My voice and choice of songs was so different that I was not allowed to sing in birthday parties. When I wanted to sing ‘Paanch Baras ki Meera Ladli', relatives wanted ‘Koi Yahan Aja Nache Nache'.” Not in sync with the “Haiya Haiya” variety, he had to find corners to give vent to his expression. “It was on the ghats of Rishikesh that I finally realised that I am made for bigger things.” Are we talking about a real life Janardan Jakhar, the drifter from Delhi, who made it big in the world of music? Indeed Kailash Kher's tale is not very different from the good looking “Rockstar” of the reel world.

Having left home at 14 in pursuit of music, today, the man from Mayur Vihar in East Delhi is all set to launch his own label with the fourth album of Kailasa band, a rare feat in times when Bollywood is sweeping away every possible competition. Having spent months in the slums of Trilokpuri, today the real estate players are using his life size photos to promote luxury condos in Noida. But the boy still carries his simpleton status and mischievous ways with élan. When reporters ask him to sing in a press conference he reminds them that they are paid to ask questions. When TV journalists, ask him for a byte, he asks from where he should start! His Hindi is immaculate but these days Kailash doesn't mind conversing in English as well. “I have learnt on the job, you know!”

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