Depressed by misspelt name, Dev D singer lands in hospital
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While the song O Pardesi from Dev D tops the popularity charts even today, the singer who sang it is lying in a hospital combating depression. Singer Tochi Raina (42) who lent his voice to the song was reportedly depressed after finding out that several music websites with downloadable Dev D music had mistakenly displayed his name as Toshi Sabri - another budding singer . Raina was admitted to the Bombay Hospital on Monday.
"Ever since Dev D released I have been inundated with calls for performing at shows and concerts but ever since Dev D's music went online the callers began asking for Toshi. They would call and ask for Toshi who sang Pardesi and Raaz and I would tell them that I was Tochi who sang Pardesi and that Toshi had sung Raaz. They would then disconnect the call and would not revert," said Raina.
It was one of Raina's friends who informed him that his name had been misspelt as Toshi on many music websites, although the singer Toshi has nothing to do with the erroneous listings.
"When my cousin and I saw the websites we were shocked to see that many prominent websites had made the same mistake. While most of them had only misspelt my name, one famous website had displayed my name as Toshi Sabri," said Raina who added that this was a cruel way of snatching the credit from someone who had got his due after several years of hard work.
"For over two decades I have been researching music and for the past six years I have been struggling in Mumbai. My mother passed away due to cancer last year and I was yet to overcome the trauma when I suffered this blow," he added.
Raina and his family alleged that owing to the mix-up by the websites, Raina's career has been badly affected as several shows and live concerts that should have ideally come to him are likely to have gone to Toshi.
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