12 September 1962|
Vinod Rathod is 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 Lata Mangeshkar.
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 favoured 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 very 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. Anand-Milind made him the voice of Govinda in films like Raja Babu, Rajaji, Hero No. 1, Dulhe Raja, Ankhiyon Se Goli Maare and Banarsi Babu. He also sang the popular Main to hoon paagal munda for Shahrukh Khan in 1996 in the film Army.
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 Saajan Chale Sasural proved his classical excellence which he has incorporated from his father.
He has sung for all the leading composers like Rajesh Roshan, Laxmikant–Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Usha Khanna, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Uttam Singh, Ilayaraja, Shiv-Hari, Ravindra Jain, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Himesh Reshammiya, Viju Shah, M. M. Keeravani, Vidyasagar, Ismail Darbar, Anand Raj Anand, Aadesh Shrivastava, Jeet Gannguli, Sajid-Wajid, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Daboo Malik, Sameer Tondon, Sukhwinder Singh, Sanjeev-Darshan, Sandesh Shandilya, Shantanu Moitra and Ajay-Atul.
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, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan. He is also preferred as voice of Sanjay Dutt
An unabashed Kishore Kumar fan, Vinod's singing replicates the punch, energy and throw of Kishore Kumar. His great voice and strong classical learnings have 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 etc.
Not only a huge list of production houses Vinod has sung more than 3500 songs in various languages such as Hindi, Nepali, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Rajasthani, Bhojpuri and Persian.
Vinod married 2 times, his first marriage broke up, his wife caught him cheating & she killed herself next was to Purnima who is his lifelong inspiration. He is the uncle of music composers Sanjeev-Darshan, brother of music composer/singer Roop Kumar Rathod and music director Shravan Rathod.
He entered the big films league in 1988 and he had received two times nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his best performance in "Aisi Deewangi" from Deewana and "Nayak Nahin Kahlnayak Hoon Main" from Khalnayak. He has sung for all the leading composers and his most popular co-singers were Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
|Year||Film||Song title||Music director||Co-singer(s)||Language|
|1986||Bedaag||"Mere Dil Main Hai Andhera"||Usha Khanna||Mohammed Aziz||Hindi|
|1988||Vijay||"Zindagi Har Janam"||Shiv-Hari||Suresh Wadkar, Lata Mangeshkar||Hindi|
|1989||Chandni|| "Mehbooba" |
"Parbat Se Kaali"
|Shiv-Hari|| Lata Mangeshkar|
|1992||Deewana|| "Aisi Deewangi" |
"Koi Na Koi Chahiye"
|Nadeem-Shravan|| Alka Yagnik |
|1993||Darr||"Ang Se Ang Lagana"||Shiv-Hari||Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhosle||Hindi|
|Gumrah||"Ram Kasam Mera Bada Naam Ho Gaya"||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Solo||Hindi|
|Shreemaan Aashique||"Ladki Ladki"||Nadeem-Shravan||Sudesh Bhonsle||Hindi|
|Baazigar|| "Kitabein Bahut Si" |
"Chhupana Bhi Nahi Aata"
"Samajh Kar Chand Jis Ko"
"Ae Mere Humsafar"
|Anu Malik|| Asha Bhosle|
|Khalnayak|| "Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hoon Main" |
"Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Male)"
|Laxmikant-Pyarelal|| Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|1994||Anokha Andaaz||"Aap Se Pehle Na Aap Ke Baad"||Nadeem Shravan||Alka Yagnik||Hindi|
|Imtihaan||"Ek Yaad Ke Sahare"||Anu Malik||Solo||Hindi|
|Laadla||"Main Raju Deewana"||Anand-Milind||Solo||Hindi|
|Elaan||"Pehle Mere Aankhon Mein"||Shyam-Surender||Sadhana Sargam||Hindi|
|The Gentleman|| "Hum Apne Gham Ko"|
"Aashiki Mein Had Se"
| Anu Malik|
A. R. Rahman
| Sadhana Sargam|
|1995||Trimurti|| "Very Good Very Bad" |
"Mujhe Pyar Karo"
|Laxmikant-Pyarelal|| Udit Narayan|
Manhar Udhas, Alka Yagnik
|Zamaana Deewana|| "Zamaana Deewana Ho Gaya" |
"Soch Liya Maine Aye Mere Dilba"
"Rok Sake To Rok"
|Nadeem Shravan|| Sapna Mukherjee|
|Policewala Gunda||"Duniya Ke Mele"||Bappi Lahiri||Solo||Hindi|
|Maidan-E-Jung||"Lo Phagun Ritu Aa Gayee"||Bappi Lahiri||Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam||Hindi|
|Hum Sab Chor Hain||"Meri Biwi Lakhon"||Bappi Lahiri||Alka Yagnik||Hindi|
|1996||Saajan Chale Sasural||"Main hoon No. 1 Gawaiya"||Nadeem-Shravan||Kunal Ganjawala, Mishra, Satyanarayan||Hindi|
|Deewana Mastana|| "Yeh Gaya Woh Gaya" |
"Tere Bina Dil Lagta Nahin"
"Head Ya Tail"
|Laxmikant-Pyarelal|| Alka Yagnik|
Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy
|Tere Mere Sapne||"Tere Mere Sapne"||Viju Shah||Udit Narayan, Hema Sardesai||Hindi|
|Army|| "Main To Hoon Pagal Munda"|
"Ho Gayee Tiyar Hamari Army"
|Anand-Milind|| Alka Yagnik|
Abhijeet, Jolly Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik
Abhijeet, Jolly Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik
|Jeet|| "Yaara O Yaara"|
"Yaara O Yaara (Sad)"
|Nadeem-Shravan|| Alka Yagnik|
|Prem Granth|| "Jungle Mein Sher"|
"Dil Dene Ki Ruth"
"Is Duniya Men Prem Granth"
"Teri Kasam Main Hoon"
|Laxmikant-Pyarelal|| Alka Yagnik|
|Chaahat|| "Chaahat Na Hoti"|
"Tumne Dikhaye Aise Sapne"
|Anu Malik|| Alka Yagnik|
|1997||Hero No. 1|| "Maine Paidal Se Ja Raha Tha"|
"Tum Hum Pe Marte Ho"
|1998||Dulhe Raja|| "Dulhan To Jayegi (Dulhe Raja)"|
"Kahan Raja Bhoj"
"Kya Lagti Hai Hai Rabba"
|Anand-Milind|| Anuradha Paudwal|
|Kudrat||"Ishq Bhala Kya Hai"||Rajesh Roshan||Alka Yagnik||Hindi|
|1999||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam||"Doli Taro Dhol Baje"||Ismail Darbar||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sagathia||Hindi|
|Vaastav: The Reality||"Har Taraf Hai Yeh Shor"||Jatin-Lalit||Atul Kale||Hindi|
|2000||Chal Mere Bhai|| "Aaj Kal Ki Ladkiyan"|
"Mere Baap Ki Beti"
|Anand-Milind|| Sonu Nigam, Poornima, Vaijanti|
|Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||"Kya Maine Aaj Suna"||Sanjeev-Darshan||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Hindi|
|Mission Kashmir||"Maaf Karo"||Ehsaan Noorani||Anuradha Paudwal||Hindi|
|Khauff||"Hye Hye Ye Hawa"||Anu Malik||Anuradha Paudwal||Hindi|
|Bichhoo||"Pyar Tu Dil Tu"||Anand Raj Anand||Alka Yagnik||Hindi|
|2001||Style||"Style Mein Rehne Ka"||Sanjeev-Darshan||Sonu Nigam||Hindi|
|2002||Devdas||"Chalak Chalak"||Ismail Darbar||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||Hindi|
|Desh Devi||"Dabe Paon Se Woh"||Ismail Darbar||Parthiv Gohil, Sneha Pant||Hindi|
|Akhiyon Se Goli Maare|| "Dehradun Ka Chuna Lagaya"|
"Ladka Mud Mud Ke Maare"
"Thumka Lagake Naachlo"
| Daboo Malik|
Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
| Sunidhi Chauhan|
Sonu Nigam, Sanjeevani
|Annarth||"Dil Hai Deewana"||Anand Raj Anand||Pamela Jain||Hindi|
|Chor Machaaye Shor|| "Kaan Ke Neeche"|
"Tum Tata Ho Ya Birla"
|Anu Malik|| Anuradha Sriram|
|Road||"Raste Raste"||Sandesh Shandilya||Sunidhi Chauhan||Hindi|
|Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai||"Teri Aankhen Bolti"||Uttam Singh||Alka Yagnik||Hindi|
|Hum Kisise Kum Nahin|| "Kya Kehna"|
"Main Sohni Tu Mahiwal"
|Anu Malik|| Udit Narayan|
Anuradha Paudwal, Sonu Nigam
|Maseeha||"Aaya Maza Na Yaar"||Anand Raj Anand||Solo||Hindi|
|2003||Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.|| "Chan Chan"|
"M Bole To"
|Anu Malik|| Shreya Ghoshal|
Sanjay Dutt, Prachi, Priya Mayekar
|2003||Border Hindustan Ka||"Yaad Aati Hai"||Dilip-Hari Kishen||Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan||Hindi|
|Parwana|| "Duniya Mein Aaye Ho"|
"Deva Ho Deva"
|Sanjeev Darshan|| Solo|
|Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||"Hum Tere Sanam"||Daboo Malik||Solo||Hindi|
|2004||Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai||"Jagmug"||Sandesh Shandilya||K.S. Chithra||Hindi|
|Ishq Hai Tumse||"Ishq Hai Zindagi"||Himesh Reshammiya||Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan||Hindi|
|Shikaar||"O Jiya Kya Kiya"||Anand Raj Anand||Udit Narayan, Anand Raj Anand, Sunidhi Chauhan||Hindi|
|Police Force|| "Maina Kunwari"|
"Bholi Bhali Soorat Se"
"Maina Kunwari – 2"
|2005||Pandit... Ek Yodha||S. A. Rajkumar||Hindi|
|2006||Meri Majboori...||"Meri Majboori"||Bappi Lahiri||Hindi|
|Lage Raho Munna Bhai|| "Lage Raho Munna Bhai"|
"Samjho Ho Hi Gaya"
|Shantanu Moitra|| Solo|
Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi
|Zinda||"Yeh Hai Meri Kahani"|| Solo|
|2007||Aag|| "Ruk Ja"|
| Amar Mohile|
| Sunidhi Chauhan|
|Traffic Signal||"Signal Pe"||Shamir Tandon||Baba Sehgal, Navin Prabhakar, Neeraja Pandit, Raj Pandit||Hindi|
|2008||Chandramuki**Hindi Dubbed||"Tota Para Para"||Vidyasagar||Sadhana Sargam ,Shivani Das, Manoj Mishra||Hindi|
|Chandramuki**Hindi Dubbed||"Oh Oh Sun meri baat "||Vidyasagar||Sadhana Sargam ,Shivani Das, Manoj Mishra||Hindi|
|"Chandramukhi"**Hindi Dubbed||" Aaja are tu aaja(Rara)"||Vidyasagar||Sadhana Sargam||Hindi|
|2012||Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai||"Vada Pav"||Aabfm||Solo||Hindi|
|2013||Zamaanat||"Kya Mohabbat Hai"||Viju Shah||Alka Yagnik, Javed Ali||Hindi|
|2014||Bachchan||"Latai"||Jeet Ganguly||Akriti Kakkar||Bengali|
- Grand Diwali concert at Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, 420–450 Persian Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, USA, on Saturday, 25 October 2008 was attended by thousands of fans, lovers of Vinod Rathod, a unique experience for the devotees, visitors of the temple.
- Vinod Rathod is a rare person with his own style, the unique stylish entrance in the concert hall touched all his fans, greeting and reaching more hearts than anyone ever. Second performance on Sunday, 26 October 2008 was again enjoyed with same enthusiasm by everyone.
- Vinod Rathod performed packed, successful solo concerts in Dallas and Houston. During this solo tour new round started at Deepawali festival in the largest temple in Bay Area, he will be reaching millions of his fans during various concerts in US and Canada.
- Vinod rathod is also performed in Rock night. Organised by Arcon project pvt. Ltd in the City MuzaffarPur which is located in bihar. Venue was D.N high school, campus.
Awards and nominations
Vinod Rathod has received nominations for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1993 and 1994.
- 1993 – Nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Aisi Deewangi (Deewana)
- 1994 – Nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Nayak Nahin Kahlnayak Hoon Main (Khalnayak)