Dressed like a Maharaja, Humble at Heart

  • Dressed like a Maharaja, Humble at Heart

    Saturday, April 18th, 1998

Mention Daler Mehndi and what's the first thing that comes to mind? "Dardi Rab Rab Kardi" and the cherubic face, the vivacious foot tapping music, the stocky, clad in black figure with the trademark glass beads and jazzy chola.

That's the image that the King of Bhangra Pop would like to be etched in public mind. For not so long ago, this talented singer who wears his 'chola' like a second shin, had done his Bolo Ta Ra Ra video, wearing a very unlike Mehndi ensemble - jeans, shirt and that bane of any self respecting Sardarji, a patka - usually the headgear for kids. Mercifully, public memory is short and for this Daler Mehndi is thankful.

Says he of his 'best to be forgotten ensemble of early days, It was a silly idea of the director to get me to dress up like that. But I was a newcomer and as such felt beholden to do as my director ordered. Never again! though. "I like dressing up as a Maharaja. Its regal and yet close to home and the masses. That's my style", says he with all the candour of one who has struggled the hard way to the top.

Source :- Evening News