Story of Benny Dayal: The new Pied Piper of Bollywood

You may or may not have heard of Benny Dayal but you must have already grooved and drooled over his songs that are ruling the charts these days. Bollywood buffs are still trying to come to terms with reality after the ‘Choomanter’ hangover from ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ and Benny’s new track ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ is already making new waves.

Meet Benny Dayal, the singer of the title track of Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ that has taken the music world by storm. Basking in the sunlight of accolades and applause, Benny acknowledges the good comments which are coming his way, not to mention, great money and opportunities to work for big banners.

A delighted Benny expresses his elation citing that this is the first time he has sung for music director Amit Trivedi whom he calls a ‘good friend’ and someone he admires. Ah, but it’s not Benny’s first brush with Imran Khan. Benny’s association with Imran goes a long way back to his ‘Jaane Tu….Ya Jaane Na’ days. The film produced under Aamir Khan banner had marked the debut pad for both Imran as well as Benny into the Bollywood shores.

Benny recorded two hit songs in that film- ‘Nazrein Milaana Nazrein Churaana’ and the foot-tapping number ‘Pappu Can’t Dance Saala’. Since then there has been no looking back for this talented singer who eventually went on to lend his voice for a number of popular tracks like ‘Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye’ (Ghajini), ‘Tu hi toh meri dost hai’ (Yuvraaj), ‘Dum Dum Mast’ & ‘Tarkeebein’ (Band Baaja Baarat), ‘Pocket Mein Rocket’ (Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year) and ‘Aadat Se Majboor’ (Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl).

But he sprang to real limelight with the mind-blowing ‘Choomanter’ from ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’. Benny is grateful to AR Rahman for giving him his major break after which he just went on and on.

His duet song (with Shilpa Rao) ‘Jab Main Tumhare Saath Hoon’ from Jodi Breakers is keeping the butterflies swirling in the singer’s stomach. But as for now, he is simply playing the Pied Piper with the entire nation dancing to his ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’.