Tell us about Gajanan...
The song is an energetic track composed by Jeet and written by Manoj. Both are extremely talented and it’s been a great experience working with them. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is all about spreading cheer and this year, I actually danced on the streets with unknown people.
You did sing in Sarbjit and Sultan, but generally speaking, have you become choosy about work?
No, there have been times when I have recorded just 3 songs in a year. I never count the number of songs I sing. Also, I never run after money -- it’s happiness that matters. When you chase luxuries, you become insecure about work. I am happy with what I am doing.
What are your parameters for choosing a song?
I don’t select songs, songs select me. You can never judge music. You can judge a performance, but not music. So, I would say I do not have any parameters.
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Does it bother you that the number of songs are reducing in Bollywood films?
Not at all. Today, everyone is part of the rat race, but there’s no passion. We don’t have the stability or thehrao in music. Once we get that, we will automatically have good-quality music. However, I am blessed to work with people like A.R. Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Irshad Kamil, Javed sahab and Gulzar sahab. These are special people with special music.
It is said that the industry does not want trained singers...
As I told you, it’s all about the rat race. People can now sing using software, but there’s no charm in their music. If success is giving four or five hits, what will you say about artistes like Lataji or Kishore Kumar who never even bothered to count the number of songs they have sung? The songs that today’s guys sing do not stay in our hearts. You ought to do special things to get yourself registered in history.
Unlike many of your contemporaries, you do not judge reality shows. Why?
Once, I did a judge a reality show. But someone complained to the production house saying I always gave more marks to the girls. I had to justify myself by saying that I haven’t seen any woman winning a reality show after Sunidhi (Chauhan) and Shreya (Ghoshal). Talented women do not get enough votes. Fortunately, they were convinced. Having said that, I am now planning to do a lot of reality shows and I am even getting calls.
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Even veteran singers like Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu are not getting enough songs, and are now focussing on live shows...
They have already done so much and fortunately, they are not sitting at home. So, it’s good if they are doing live shows. We have relished their songs so much. I feel it is important to stay connected to music in some way or the other.
When are you getting married?
I think marriage is very important. Even Rahman is after my life saying he wants to see baby Sukhwinder. Ab toh taane bhi milne lage hai. Everyday, I stand in front of the mirror and ask myself to get married. But when I see my friends’ plight, I feel marriage is a bad idea. I feel it’s tough to handle creative people. We are moody and reckless. We might live very lavishly, but may not have a penny in our pockets. So, I’ll get married if I find someone who can handle a reckless soul like me.
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