I have no insecurity, says Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh has again touched music lovers' chords with songs like piya milenge (Raanjhanaa) and slow motion angreja (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
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.