Gearing up for his show on a music channel, the singer talks to CS about competition and controversies.
Getting real with music
I refused the first season of this reality show because I did not like it very much. But I was impressed with the second season. Besides, I was getting a chance to sing folk songs, and work with composer Hitesh Sonik who had arranged the music for Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara. I can assure my fans that they will listen to a new Sukhwinder in the show.
Bringing back ’60s-70s
Slow motion angreja reminded me of the swing dances of the ’60s and ’70s like ‘Mera Naam Chun Chun Chu’, where a song could make listeners across ages dance to its tune. Prasoon (Joshi) asked me a what I felt after playing the song and I replied, “I want to dance.” He tried to dissuade me saying “you have to concentrate on the mic and cannot move and miss the placing while dancing” but I told him to place 100 mics around me because I was definitely going to dance. Finally, they managed to put a few mics around me. And I danced like crazy while singing the song and thankfully it came out all well. For me recording a song is like a celebration, not a matter of stress.
Limitation as a singer
I belong to Indian cinema and am ready to adapt as per its requirements. However, I will never compromise on my dignity. I will never sing a song with double-meaning lyrics or bad language which sends a wrong message to society. No one has even approached me for sung songs because they know my principles.
All’s well with Rahman
It’s not true that I am having issues with AR Rahman. We have worked together several times. But since we hadn’t got together for a couple of years, people started talking. But then we struck gold with piya milenge (Ranjhana). I find this news amusing because it’s not in his nature to fight with anyone.
Modern music vs small town
I don’t agree that the statement that small towns can’t identify with modern electronic music. Music is always good, its individual songs that are either accepted or rejected. I remember doing a show in the interiors of Arunachal Pradesh and people there wanted to hear a song from Taal, which had modern beats to it.
Competition from newcomers
I have no insecurity, whatsoever. If there are ten delicacies cooked in my house, I still cannot eat it all, I will have to share with others. Similarly, I cannot sing all songs, there is place for others too.