Jani Chacko Uthup, husband of Indian pop icon Usha Uthup, passed away in Kolkata on Monday, July 8, as confirmed by their family. Aged 78, Jani reportedly experienced discomfort while watching TV at their residence before being rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. Jani's supportive presence in Usha Uthup’s life extended beyond their marriage, serving as a pillar of strength throughout her illustrious musical career. His sudden passing has left a void not only in their family but also among those who admired his steadfast support and contributions behind the scenes. Usha Uthup’s Husband Jani Chacko Uthup Passes Away in Kolkata at 78.

The First Meet

Jani Chacko Uthup, the second husband of playback singer Usha Uthup, first crossed paths with her in 1969 at Trincas, a renowned Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) nightclub where she was performing. At the time, Usha was already married to Ramu, who had accompanied her to Calcutta due to her contractual obligations at Trincas. During one of her performances, she noticed Jani at a nearby table, and later observed him conversing with Ramu, which relieved her as she was glad her husband had found company in the city.

According to Vikas Kumar Jha’s 2022 book, The Queen of Indian Pop: The Authorised Biography, the next day, Jani Chacko Uthup invited Ramu to join him for a meal, but that evening at Trincas, Usha only saw Jani in the audience as Ramu was absent. After her performance, Jani offered to drive her home, and despite the silence during the short ride, their bond began to form.

The Confession

As per the book, during Usha’s arrival at home with Jani, Ramu’s reaction to seeing them together was unexpectedly intense. He confronted Jani, confessing his feelings for Usha to Ramu, leading to a confrontation that ultimately strained their marriage. The book states, “He (Ramu) screamed and broke down. ‘Do you know what Jani Uthup told me this afternoon at the Chinese restaurant? He said, ‘I don’t know about Usha and her feelings, but I am in love with your wife.’’ A furious Ramu then asks Usha, “But what Jani said...is it true? Do you have the same feelings for him?” ‘Yes!’ Usha replied, pushing aside all fear”. Usha Uthup on Her Longevity: If You Are Original, You Will Be Around.

Ramu did not handle Usha’s confession well, and he gradually became distant, eventually ceasing to accompany her to her performances. Usha, feeling unhappy in her marriage with Ramu, eventually decided to part ways with him and pursue a relationship with Jani Chacko Uthup, whom she later married.

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