Vinod Rathod was born to the late learned classical musician, Pandit Chaturbhuj
Rathod. His father knew that Vinod is very talented and interested in music.
Vinod could grasp the essentials of music and has shown a distinct flair for
singing. Hence his father gave him basic training.
His career started when Usha Khanna [after listening to his voice in a cassette]
called him on April 1986, to sing a qawwali, “Mere Dil Main Hai
Andhera, Koi Shamma To Jala De” in Bedaag. Mohammed Aziz was
his co-singer. Vinod recorded no less than 40 songs for the composer, and also
sang for composers like Ajay Swami and Surinder Kohli in his struggle phase.
His TV serial title song, “Yeh Jeevan Hai Akash Ganga”
for the serial Akash Ganga proved very successful amongst viewers.
He entered the big films league when composers Shiv-Hari called him to record
“Baadal Pe Chalke Aa” with Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadekar
which proved popular and “Zindagi Har Janam Pyar Ki Dastan”
with Lata Mangeshkar in Yash Chopra's Vijay in 1988 proved to be a
greater success. Vinod was the voice of Rishi Kapoor in this multi-starer film.
He then sang for Rishi-Yash-Shiv-Hari again in Chandni in 1989. This song,
“Parbat Se Kaali Ghata Takrai” with Asha Bhosle also proved
a hit along with “Sheharon Mein Ek Shehar Suna” with
However, he got his real break in 1992 when Laxmikant Pyarelal offered him
“Romeo Naam Mera” for Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. It has
proven to be one of the biggest hit of 1992. Laxmikant Pyarelal rapidly called
him for more films, which instilled confidence for Vinod among the other composers
like Anu Malik, Bappi Lahiri and Anand-Milind. As luck would have it, Nadeem-Shravan
[Shravan is Vinod's elder brother] were at the crest of popularity, and though
Nadeem favored Kumar Sanu, he gave Vinod Rathod the onus of being the voice
of Shah Rukh Khan in Deewana. “Aisi Deewangi” with
Alka Yagnik proved a rage and “Koi Na Koi Chahiye Pyar Karne Wala”
too proved popular. This film was also released in 1992.
By 1993, Vinod Rathod was a busy man. Laxmikant Pyarelal gave him excellent
songs in several films like Bedardi, Dilbar and many other films, and decided
that he would be the major voice of Rishi Kapoor in the R K film Prem Granth.
Their hits with him included “Jab Se Main Jara Sa Badnam Ho Gaya’
- Gumrah and “Nayak Nahin Khalnayak Hoon Main”
- Khal-Nayak. Anu Malik swept aside Nadeem-Shravan by late 1993-94
and Vinod Rathod was very much there in hits like “Ae Mere Humsafar”,
“Kitabein Bahut Si”, “Samajhkar Chand Jisko”
and “Chupana Bhi Nahin Aata’ - Baazigar. Followed
Ladla, Elaan, Agnisakshi, Muhabbat Ki Arzoo, Chahoonga Main Tujhe, Gambler,
Parampara, The Gentleman, Zamana Deewana, Shreemaan Aashique, Maidan-E-Jung,
Policewala Gunda, Hum Sab Chor Hain, Chaahat, Vastav and the hits “Duniya
Ye Duniya Very Good Very Good” - Trimurti and “Dil
Dene Ki Rut Aayi” – Prem Granth.
Vinod had a triumph of sorts in the Zee Telefilm, Mr. Shrimati, in which he
sang “Aashiq Ki Hai Baraat”. His other hits include
his songs from Deewana Mastana, Army, Hero No. 1 and Dulhe Raja, Tere Mere Sapne,
and his latest chartbuster, “Dholi Taro Dhol Baje” - Hum Dil De
Chuke Sanam, “Chalak Chalak” – Devdas,
“M Bole To” - Munna Bhai MBBS which has given his career
a new boost after 1999. His songs from Chal Mere Bhai have proved popular too.
“Main Hoon Number Ek Gawaiya” from Dulhe Raja proved
his classical excellence which he has incorporated from his father. He has sung
for all the leading composers and his list also includes Jatin-Lalit, Ravindra
Jain, Bappi Lahiri, Viju Shah, Rajesh Roshan, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Shantanu
Moitra and A.R.Rahman.
His voice is flexible and suits from Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna,
Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar,
Govinda, Jackie Shroff, to Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali
Khan, Salman Khan.
An unabashed Kishore Kumar fan, Vinod's singing replicates the punch, energy
and throw of Kishore Kumar. His great voice and strong classical learnings has
impressed mentors like Laxmikant Pyarelal. His regret is that could never sing
for Rajesh Khanna, despite getting his first big film Vijay, whose cast was
headed by the ex-superstar.
Vinod has worked for almost all reputed production houses of India. To mention
a few : R K Films, Yash Raj Productions, Factory, Ramesh Sippy Productions,
K C Bokadia Productions, Boney Kapoor Productions, Manmohan Desai Productions,
Rajshree Productions, Mukta Arts, Bhansali Productions, Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions
Not only a huge list of production houses Vinod has sung more than 3500 songs
in various languages such as Hindi, English, Gujrati, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi,
Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannad, Telgu, Rajasthani, Bhojpuri and Persian.
This is not the end, To all you Vinod Fans wait for a while as we have a few
upcoming Films where again you will hear this melodious voice like Govinda starrer
‘Honey Hai To Money Hai’ and ‘Chal
Chala Chal’ along with Sunil Shetty Productions ‘Mumbai
Chaka Chak’ and ‘Mujhe Ramu Ji Se Milna Hai’.
Sometimes when He might go in audience in a live concert and you may get a chance
to touch him.