Ever since he came into the industry with Chaiyya Chaiyya, Sukhwinder Singh has become synonymous with energetic songs. With his latest party singles and many high-profile projects, the singer talks to Bhakti Mehta about all his achievements
Sukhwinder Singh has already started 2018 with a bang by lending his voice to the anthem of Raid called Black and there is no stopping him. Now, he is all set to launch an album after many years, having already given us a teaser with the track Rangon ka atom bomb.
“I thoroughly enjoy party songs. It goes with my personality. If someone even mentions party songs or hums a tune, my feet start moving. This album is a reflection of all that. The last single I did before this was Nasha hi nasha hai, which was a trance-like song. This album has very different numbers; it is very colourful and has a commercial setting with brilliant back-up dancers. I have also done a full-on, fun, quirky party single after a long time called Do teen peg,” he says.
Talking about Black, he says, “There is an interesting story behind it. The filmmakers had invited me to watch the film, and after I did, the film’s music director Amit Trivedi and I decided to record a song for it immediately.
“The song was written right then and there and recorded that same night. It turned out so beautifully because it was well-placed in the film and went with the flow. When you work with good people, good music directors, good filmmakers and good actors like Ajay Devgn, there is a joy that you feel in your work. This song created a bond between Amit Trivedi and me even though we had already worked together before.”
The singer’s next film songs will come out in YRF’s Thugs Of Hindostan. “It is an honour to be the voice of such legends, back-to-back, in just a few months. I have two to three songs in the film Thugs Of Hindostan, which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. The music composers, Ajay and Atul, are brilliant. I have rarely worked with more talented musicians in my career.
“I think there very few composers in this country today like AR Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj and Salim-Sulaiman, who are at the top of their game, and Ajay-Atul belong to this league. There are many other composers who are doing a good job, newcomers who are experimenting these days, but these musicians are a class apart. Ajay-Atul have given exceptional music for Thugs Of Hindostan and are so inherently talented that I think they are going to win an Oscar for their music one day.”
Apart from these two legends, Singh has also lent his voice to an epic song for Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero. “The song I have in Zero is just beautiful. What makes it even more special is that it is the number where Shah Rukh Khan, who is the lead actor, meets Salman Khan, who has a cameo in the film. The song is a complete desi number which will wow the audience.”
Singh reveals what is next for him. “I am working on Abhishek Chaubey’s next directorial venture, which is Son Chiriya. One of my favourite composers, Vishal Bhardwaj, is composing the music for this film and I will be singing an out-and-out masala track, which is a duet. I will be singing with Rekha Bhardwajji in this song for the first time.
“When someone like Vishal Bhardwaj or Rahman or Salim-Sulaiman or Ajay-Atul make music, they make it from the heart and therefore it touches your heart. They have soul in their music, which comes through and makes the song so great,” says the vocalist.
Lastly, talking about his journey in the industry and how far he has come, Singh remarks, “My achievement in life is not money or fame. It is about the respect I have earned from people and that is what I value. I started singing for Vishal Bhardwaj with Omkara in 2006. I can’t recall just how many times we have collaborated to make music since then. Bhardwaj recently told me that whenever he makes a film or has been signed as a music composer for a film, mine is the first name that comes to mind for at least one song. This is what makes all the hard work worth it.”