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Sonu Nigam At Ajmer Sharif 12-04-13

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For Mishwar Rawhoshyo!

Mishor Rohoshyo is an upcoming 2013 Bengali adventure thriller film directed by Srijit Mukherji, based on the fictional character by Sunil Gangopadhyay.[ The film is slated for theatrical release on September 30, 2013 and stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Devdaan Bhowmik.[
The plot revolves around a Hieroglyphic trail that leads the protagonisis to Egypt and underneath a pyramid


Sonu Nigam's Dil De Kutte - Rangeelay 2013 (English Lyrics)


Friday, 26 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For The For Bombay Talkies Title Track!

From the Khans - Aamir, Shah Rukh and Saif Ali - to leading ladies Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji, as many as 20 screen stars have united for a special title track for "Bombay Talkies", a film that celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.
The song, titled "Apna Bombay talkies", has been choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.
Others who will feature in the song are Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla.
Around 20 singers have also come together to lend their voices for the actors, said a source.
"For the first time, 20 singers will be part of the same song. The title track has been sung by some of the most reputed singers in the industry. And the interesting part about this is that the singers have recorded for those actors whom they generally do the playback singing for in their movies," the source added.
The source said, "Vaibhavi has beautifully choreographed this number. There was a strict dress code for all the actors. All the men had to wear black tuxedos and the women wore gold outfits, designed by their own stylists. The song took over a month to be shot entirely as all the actors have independently shot for their parts."
"Bombay Talkies" is an amalgamation of four short films by four filmmakers - Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibaker Banerjee and Karan Johar. The movie releases May 3 and it will also be screened at Cannes film fest this year.

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Sonu Nigam At Sridevi's Celebration Bash For Winning Padma Bhushan!

Subrata Roy Sahara threw a grand party for Sridevi in honor of winning the prestigious Padma Shri award. The party was attended by well-known faces from films and TV world. Sridevi returned to film after long years with Gauri Shinde's 'English Vinglish' and won huge accolades.Boney Kapoor, Sridevi's 'Himmatwala' co-star Jitendra, Sanjay Kapoor and his wife Maheep Kapoor, TV host Manish Paul, Anupam Kher, Sonu Nigam, Chunkey Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Gul Panag, Anup Soni with wife Juhi Babbar, Anu Malik, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor's daughter Jhanvi attended the party. Fashion designer and politician Shaina NC was also spotted at the event. Anil Kapoor also graced the event. Subrata Roy posed for the shutterbugs with his wife Swapna Roy. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi were also present at the party thrown in honor of Sridevi.


Sonu Nigam Performs At The Dinannath Mangeshkar's 71st Anniversary!

Wednesday evening saw an elaborate awards ceremony at one of the biggest auditoriums in the city to commemorate the 71st death anniversary of Lata Mangeshkar's father, late Master Dinanath Mangeshkar.

Regaling the audience was Sonu Nigam, who rendered a medley of old and new, film and non-film songs for nearly two hours. Somewhere in between the concert, he paused and stepped down from the stage to seek blessings from his icon, Lataji, whom he has always held in the highest regard.

Present in full force were the Mangeshkars, including Hridaynath with his sister Meena Khadikar and son Adinath. Gracing the event were other veterans from the music industry. Also spotted sitting close to the Mangeshkars in the front row was Uddhav Thackeray's wife Rashmi.


Sonu Nigam Nominated For (IIFA) Awards 2013

MUMBAI: Anurag Basu’s Barfi has received a total of 13 nominations in the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards.
Pritam has bagged two nominations for Best Music Direction in Barfi! and Cocktail along with AR Rahman (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Ajay-Atul (Agneepath) and Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs of Wasseypur-1). Best Playback Singer Male will see Mika Singh for ‘Pungi’ (Agent Vinod), Sonu Nigam for ‘Abhi Mujh Mein Kahi’ (Agneepath), Ajay Gogavale for ‘Deva Shree Ganesha’ (Agneepath), Mohit Chauhan for ‘Main Kya Karoon’ and ‘Aashiyan’ (Barfi!) and Ayushmann Khurrana for ‘Paani Da Rang’ (Vicky Donor) vie for the IIFA.
In the Best Playback Singer Female, Shreya Ghoshal has earned herself two nominations for the songs ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath) and ‘Ashiyan’ (Barfi!),  along with Rekha Bhardwaj for ‘Phir Le Aya Dil’ (Barfi!), Kavita Seth for ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ (Cocktail) and Shalmali Kholgade for ‘Pareshan’ (Ishqzaade).
Amitabh Bhattacharya, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Sayeed Quadri and Ayushmann Khurrana & Rochak Kohli have been nominated for Best Lyrics.
Wizcraft International Entertainment & IIFA director Sabbas Joseph said, “It’s been a phenomenal year for the Indian Film Industry and the nominations for this year will definitely reflect this. The growth has been remarkable. 2013 will witness the 14th year of the IIFA celebrations, honouring the best of the year gone by.”
The online voting for the awards will be open to audiences of Indian Cinema across the world from 1 May.


Sonu Nigam Interveiw - TOI APRIL 2013


Play Sonu Nigam's TOIFA-winning song Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin from Agneepath, followed by Har Ek Friend Kamina Hota Hai from Chashme Baddoor; and you will know why he's called versatile. In an exclusive interview, the singer tells us about hitting the right chords. Excerpts...

Your song Har Ek Friend from Chashme Baddoor has become popular. We believe you were to act in the film too.
It is great that songs like Har Ek Friend... and Abhi Mujhme Kahin came to me at a time when I was particularly choosy. I wanted more time with my ailing mother over the past couple of years. I wish she could see that this song has become such a hit. During a recent tour, I was amazed by the kind of response Har Ek Friend received. It is beyond expectations. But I'm unable to enjoy it because we're still mourning my mother's demise. About acting in the film, yes Davidji had offered me the role of one of the three guys in 2011. It made news then, but I guess it slipped out of people's minds.

What happened? Why didn't you do it?
Mere saath toh aisa hai ki doodh ka jala chaach ko bhi phook-phook kar peeta hai. 'Once bitten twice shy' wali baat hai. Davidji, the production house and I mutually decided that I won't do the movie. But I think Chashme Baddoor had to give me something — if not a role, then a great song.

You won the TOIFA for Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin. How did it feel?
Everything in my life boils down to my mother. A tradition, which a lot of people do not know of, is that while I'd give my father the money I earned, anything that was special to me — like an award or an album — would be given to my mother. I wish I could give this one to her, too. All my awards were first kept at her feet. I am just happy about the fact that someday when these awards mark their 100th year, I will be remembered as the singer who bagged the first TOIFA for Best Playback Singer (Male). When Kal Ho Na Ho happened in 2004, I thought this was it, abhi iske upar kuch bhi nahi ayega, iske upar kabhi kuch ho nahi payega. Very rarely does something like this come your way; like for Lataji, it was Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon. After that, a song like Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin coming my way feels unbelievable. I'd say it was the blessing of my mother. Actually, 'hit' is not the right word — it has become a part of people's system. Whether I am performing for an elite crowd or a crowd of 20,000 people — the moment someone asks for Agneepath, and I respond 'Agneepath chahiye?' the noise in the crowd, shows that this song has become huge. It also proves that some people in the industry are lying when they say the audiences don't like good songs and that only item numbers and ringtone-type songs sell.

You've also composed music for films. What do you think you are better at, composing or singing?
From childhood, I have been more of a musician than a singer. People close to me know how much effort I put into practising. Even when I am travelling, I have my tanpura on my iPhone. I am not a God-gifted vocalist in terms of harkat, range, vagayrah. If I stop practising, I will be an average singer. There are a lot of singers I know who hardly practise, yet sing well. 


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For Rangeelay!

Sonu Nigam Sings For Rangeelay, Rangeelay is an upcoming Punjabi movie directed by Navaniat Singh, featuring Jimmy Shergill and Neha Dhupia in the lead roles. The movie is produced by Jimmy Shergill in association with Eros International, and it marks Neha Dhupia’s debut in Punjabi cinema. The movie is scheduled for release on the 16th of May, 2013

1. Sonu Nigam – Dil De Kutte [03:46]
2. Mika Singh – Raati Peeni Daaru (Headache)[03:10]
3. Feroz Khan – Tere Bina Din Mere [04:24]
4. Ashim Kemson & Shipra Goyal – Yaara Tu [04:42]
5. Jashan Singh – Dil De Kutte [03:46]
6. Nishawan Bhullar & Simran Tripat – Boliyaan [03:32]
7. Babal Rai – Rangeelay [02:57]


Monday, 22 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For 'Life Mein Hungama Hai'

 Sonu Nigam Sings For 'Life Mein Hungama Hai'

 Songs: Life Mein Hungama Hai - Sonu Nigam

 Star Cast

Music: Jeet Ganguly  - Lyricist/s:  Nida Fazli & Ibrahim Ashq

Releasing: 26 Apr 2013

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Sonu Nigam Records For - Save The Girl Child Campaign April 2013

Sonu Nigam sings for SAVE THE GIRL CAMPAIGN
This is a big song & a very Important message!  The song has already been recorded!
The song is titled 'Betiyaan'  Music: Nikhil Kamath
Watch this space for more details!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For Baat Bann Gayi!

Sonu Nigam Sings for Baat Bann Gayi .. is a romantic family comedy enriched with the classical plot of 'Duals' which depicts the comedy of confusions when look-alike of characters encounters each other

Star Cast

Music Director:
Harpreet Singh



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Sonu Nigams Double Act!


If Kishore Kumar could have done it, why can’t Sonu Nigam give it a shot? The singer has sung in female voice for the first time for Deepak Tijori’s film ‘Rock In Love’. Nigam has sung an electric item number for the film which stars Sandeepa Dhar, Sonu Walia, Moroccan girl Naura and Murli Sharma. The producers are currently scouting for a girl who can perform the item number and are approaching the top heroines and item dancers in Bollywood for the same. So one needs to see which heroine dances to Sonu Nigam’s female voice!


Sonu Nigam Chats To The Telegraph!

The telegraph chats with Sonu Nigam, who was in patna recently for an event, about the changing trends and culture of music in india and a lot more The era when Jagjit Singh came was an era of ghazal lovers. Ab ghazal sunta kaun hai? Ab sab Honey Singh ko sunna chahte hain!

This is your second visit to Bihar. Have you noticed any changes?
I was in Patna in 1996 for a show, but at that time I was not that famous. The reputation of a state reflects its culture. Bihar has always been in news for something notorious or the other. But now things have changed and one can actually witness the development. But of course iske pehle main Bihar aane se katrata tha.
Lots of international singers are becoming a part of the Indian music industry. Do you think they are posing a challenge to singers here?
It is good that international talents are composing and performing here. We are giving international musicians space and scope to perform, which many countries don’t. We Indians know the perfect meaning of secularism. Besides, when you have competition from outside it leads to exploring of new styles of music and reviving old ones. There should be a healthy competition among the singers. At least for the sake of competition, musicians will come up with unique compositions.
You made your career with independent music albums but now we hardly hear of them. What is the reason behind it?
Digitisation led to the fall of independent music. Who will buy CDs/cassettes when the songs can be downloaded for free on the Internet? I still remember 1 crore cassettes of my first album Deewana were sold. But times have changed and people prefer listening to those songs but on the Internet.
According to you what are the pros and cons of the fall in independent music?
The universe has replacement for everything and anything. Although independent music is fading, it has led to a number of stage shows across the world. Now a singer who is talented is overloaded with events. These events are a platform for these budding talents. Anybody who has got the slightest of talent will never be without work in the music industry.
From remix to mash ups, do you feel there is innovation in music or it’s mere commercialisation?
Whatever music you hear today would have been called stupid and mad if it were composed in the 60s and vice versa. The lingo of cinema has changed. The lingo that we use today is different from what we heard earlier. Experience should get reflected in music. And of course it is all about making money and step towards commercialisation.
Do you think Punjabi pop and rappers such as Honey Singh and Jazzy B are taking the young generation away from classical music?
Every singer has got his or her style of singing. We should be happy that nowadays there is music of different genres and people can choose to listen to music according to their tastes. Classical is the root of any music. One can’t get rid of the roots. I love Honey Singh’s beats. What’s wrong if someone is experimenting with music and beats?
After the demise of Jagjit Singh, who do you think will do justice to ghazals?
The place of Jagjit Singh will remain the same and no one can replace him. May be after a year or two, new singers will crop up, but the way Jagjit Singh sang no one will. The era when Jagjit Singh came was an era of ghazal lovers. Ab ghazal sunta kaun hai. Ab sab Honey Singh ko sunna chahte hain!
Do you think films can promote vernacular music?
Cinema is a powerful medium and it can promote any kind of regional music. However, care should be taken while choosing the quality of music. Cinema needs to utilise the resources properly in an organised manner.
Why didn’t we see you in any film after Love in Nepal?
Love is Nepal was a nice movie so I did it. But gradually I have realised that my time is precious and I need to work with people who are as crazy as me. And now there are very few people who are making good films and are sincere towards their work. Since I did not find anyone with equal artistic intent, I chose not to take up any film.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have completed my new album India, which is a compilation of English songs. DJ Abhijeet was a great help to me in this album. I have composed the title track of the movie, Singh Saheb The Great and given music for Jal and Super Se Upar.



Friday, 12 April 2013

Sonu Nigam's Offering A Chadder At The Dargah Of Khwaja Ji In Ajmer

Singer Sonu Nigam carries a Chadder as an offering at the Dargah of Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on Friday


Sonu Nigam To Perform At Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards 2013!

Sonu Nigam Sings A Prayer For Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz!

National award winning lyricist Prasoon Joshi has written a prayer song to mark the 801st anniversary of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Dargah in Ajmer.

"I have had a special connection with Ajmer Sharif ever since I was a child. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity," Joshi said in a statement here.

he prayer titled 'Khwaja Ka Ishaara' will be launched at a special sound-and-light show tomorrow evening in Ajmer.

Joshi has penned the lyrics in Hindavi (a fusion of Hindi and Urdu), which was a language used in the earlier days. Playback singer Sonu Nigam has sung it and Sajid-Wajid has composed the music.

"As it is said, it is hukm (directive) and not everybody gets one. It wouldn't have been possible without the inspirational conversations I had with Bina Kak (politician), who has been instrumental in this project," Joshi, who has penned lyrics for the song 'Meri Maa' from 'Taare Zameen Par', 'Chand Sifarish' from 'Fanaa' and others, said.

Prasoon Joshi writes devotional song for Ajmer Sharif Dargah:
The event will be unveiled by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the Akbari Quila in Ajmer.

"This period is called Urs (the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, in honour of whom the Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Dargah has been erected). People do a lot of special things during this time," SM Fasihuddin Moini, the Moallim of the Dargah said.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Goes Top Notch In Dubai!

It was hot, humid, dusty and slightly unfavourable weather conditions for an open air concert in Dubai on Friday. But that did not dampen the spirits of concertgoers who turned out in thousands to hear one of Bollywood’s most-loved singers.
And Sonu Nigam, along with his 40-piece band, kept up to his promise of delivering some top notch tunes to the delight of the audience who had packed the Aviation Club Stadium to hear their hero.
The show, Klose To My Heart, started on the dot at 9pm with two female singers building up the mood. Nigam’s sister Teesha,and Jonita Gandhi belted out Lag Ja Gale and Bahon Mein Chalen Aa by Lata Mangeshkar and Ao O Na by Asha Bhosle.
Twenty minutes into the show and the band broke out into an instrumental piece as the host announced the entry of Nigam. There was a loud roar as the crowd cheered wildly to welcome the singer.

The singing sensation, looking dapper in a white suit, did not take long to connect to his audience opening the session with the Mukesh classic, Aa Ab Laut Chalen composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

Nigam then went on to fulfill his promise (tribute to the legends) as he belted out a medley of past hits such as Kaun Hain Jo Sapnon Mein Aya and Evening in Paris by Mohammad Rafi; Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara, Mere Sapnon Ki Rani, Yeh Jawani Yeh Diwani, Zindagi Ek Safar Hain Suhana by Kishore Kumar and Aye Mere Zora Zabi by Manna Dey.

Fans were clearly enjoying themselves as the singer engaged them in an impromptu session making them join in the chorus. “I love the Dubai audience — you people can all singing in perfect pitch,” said Nigam, who’s been regularly performing at shows in the emirate since 1994. “I started performing here when I was very young,” he said.

Among his favourites, Nigam singled out Rafi’s Tum Jo Mil Gaye. “This is one of the most romantic songs ever for me. Rafi was not only my mentor, but like a father to me,” the singer said.

Nigam’s backing band featured a string section, a horn section and a percussion section, a rarity in these times of electronic music. “Today’s band is made up of some the finest musicians [in the industry]. They’re veterans. Some of them are from the era when these classics I’m singing today were recorded – when I was not even born,” he said.

His contemporary tracks included Suraj Hua Madham, Tanhai, Om Shanti Om, Tera Jadoo Chal Gaye, All is Well, Kal Ho Na Ho and Saathiya.

Nigam demonstrated his dancing skills in the track Bijuria as he took off his coat and broke into some fluid break dance moves and moon walk steps.

The singer also dedicated songs to late ghazal singers Mehdi Hasan and Jagjit Singh.
Nigam, who is known as The Lord of Chords, also turned the Lord of Emotions in one song. The singer who is still reeling from the loss of his mother choked as he was singing Kya Hua Tera Vada.

And what brought him to near-tears was a video that was played on the giant screen just before the song showing Nigam at an earlier concert where his mum is sitting in the audience and he goes across to her and requests her to sing and she obliges by singing the track Yeh Sama.

The surprise of the show, however, was Nigam’s son Neevan who joined the singer on stage for Abhi Mujh Main Kahin from the movie Agneepath and rounding it off with the cult hit Why This Kolaveri Di.


Sonu Nigam At Bihar Divas!

Bihar turned 101 and not surprisingly the birthday celebration was no ordinary affair. People gathered in large numbers at Gandhi maidan to witness Bihar's clout and glamour on the occasion of Bihar Divas.

On Day 1, we had the laser show coupled with the performance of Bollywood singers Sonu Nigam and Deepshikha Nigam. The warm summer evening was charged with excitement where people gathered to hear Sonu Nigam live. Though the show started nearly an hour late, Sonu made up fully for the delay by delivering more than his fans could have expected.

Patnaites' excitement knew no bounds on Day 2 when singer Alka Yagnik performed in the city. Alka greeted Patnaites with songs like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Bole Choodiyaan. The venue was packed to its capacity with the singer's fans who had gathered there to listen to her live. Clad in a red anarkali suit, Alka interacted with the people in Bhojpuri, asking them 'Kaisan baani rauwa log', to which the crowd roared and clapped in reply. "I'm loving the audience," said Alka. Singing songs like Ek Do Teen, Lal Duptta, Gazab Ka Hai Din and Kisi Roz Unse, Alka had the whole crowd swaying to her voice.

On the final day of Bihar Divas celebrations, the stage was set for the king of Indipop, Daler Mehndi, who made a grand entry (albeit a tad late) with the song Namoh-Namoh followed by a Bhangra number Nana Nana Re Na. An absolute live-wire on stage, Daler broke into a lively bhangra while crooning his hit numbers Nach le Saade Naal Soniye, Main Dardi Rab Rab and the famous Tunak Tun.

The star studded night also witnessed a performance by singer Shubha Mudgal. Clad in a yellow sari, Shubha made the audience grove on her popular numbers Ab Ke Saawan and Dholna.


Friday, 5 April 2013

Sonu Nigam - This Is The Pinnacle Of My Career!

The toll his mother’s recent demise and late night rehearsals for his Friday are clearly visible on his unsmiling face, as Sonu Nigam greeted us at The Address Marina last Thursday.

“My mother inculcated tameez [manners] in me — touching elders’ feet, saying thank you, excuse me and sorry, to smile at people to greet people correctly. She’s left a huge vacuum in our lives,” said the singer.

“We are still in mourning and we’ve just understood what the word maatam [grieving]means,” he added, when asked if he is planning a musical tribute to his mother, Shobha, 63, who died on February 28 after a prolonged illness.

“Universal [music company] had approached me to do something, but it’s too early for me to suddenly transform all those energies into creativity. At this point I just want to mourn [for her].”

Nigam had flown in to Dubai just a couple of hours earlier, to keep his commitment to his UAE fans, as well as perform at a private event.

“Even though we’ve done a two-month tour of this show in the US, we have been rehearsing for the last three days, late into the night, with all the musicians and singers,” Nigam said, explaining his weariness.

Naresh Oberoi of Oberoi ME, the promoters of Nigam’s sold-out show Klose To My Heart, being held as part of the du World Music Festival, said that Friday’s show is probably the single biggest live performance by a Bollywood singer in Dubai. Nigam will perform 45 songs, with tributes to legends such as Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Jagjit Singh, Mehdi Hasan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra at Dubai Tennis Stadium.

“We had to take the show to the next level — musically, technically— and put more thought and emotions in it,” said Nigam. “This is the pinnacle of my performance career — not the eventual pinnacle but the starting point of a lot of higher pinnacles. We tried this in the US last year and the response was phenomenal”.

Known for award-winning, soulful tracks such as Kal Ho Na Ho and Suraj Hua Madham and crazy ones from Aal Izz Well to Tere Shirt Da Button Mein Soniye, for the last couple of years, Nigam has taken a back seat in Bollywood.

“I’ve worked enough in my life. I’ve been working for last 36 years on stage, and in the industry this is my 22nd year. I feel my singing career has been pretty diverse. I have ferociously fought being typecast. In my teenage [years] they wanted me to sing only sad songs. Instead I sang [songs from the movie] Pardes as well as Naiyo Naiyo, Suraj Hua Madham. I became the romantic voice, then the item voice with Ishq Kamina. And it’s time for me to do some good quality work. A good song such as Abhi Mujhme Kahin from Agneepath comes along and gets so much accolade, love and appreciation or a gimmicky one such as Tere Shirt Da Button Mein Taan Soniye or Tujhse Mohabbat Ho Gayi. I’m also singing in I Love New York and Yamla Pagla Deewana. So, lots of good stuff coming up”.

Due to this versatility, he has left his contemporaries behind to become a superstar of his generation. His concert poster describes him as a legend — but how does he feel about it?

“How could I be in my senses if I started thinking I’m a legend? I’d be a lunatic if I started believing that. Hard work never goes futile. Despite it’s my first time in this body as Sonu Nigam. I feel I’ve done a decent job of it though I’ve made mistakes. I wish I could get two-three more chances and I’d rectify other things. I’m still not 40, so if God permits, I would like to do more things, not just musically but to enrich myself in other ways,” said Nigam. “It doesn’t matter what people think as I’ve seen legends failing. I wouldn’t take myself to that level of arrogance. Let me enjoy my work”.

Actors move from acting to direction, singers to songwriting and composing. And Nigam is no exception.

“I write songs, yes, and I’ve composed music for the upcoming movie — Jal. My friend Bickram Ghosh, the percussionist, and I have scored the background music for Jal and composed for Super Se Upar. I’ve also composed the title song for the Sunny Deol-starrer Singh Sahab the Great. You’ll get to hear some good stuff.”

After mixed reactions to his acting debut, Nigam hasn’t looked that way but turned to reality music shows on television to make his screen presence felt.

“When I put my heart and soul in a project and I don’t find the people around me as sincere as I am, I feel the effort is wasted. If I were not worthy of becoming an actor no one would be asking me this question continuously for the last 10 years as to when I’m coming back to acting? It means somewhere they understand that I was worthy, but did not opt for the right project. I think it’s good to be that way rather than have a hit and people start hating you for just it. I guess I was too young without someone to guide me properly. My sole agenda was acting. I’d already made money. I was already famous. I already had girls around me,” he said, with a flicker of a smile.

From Sonu Nigam to Sonu Niigaam and back to Sonu Nigam, the singer feels numerology and astrology do affect a person’s success.

“It’s almost as simple as this: you can see two magnets attract each other, you don’t know what’s attracting them, but you can feel the pull. Similarly there’s a vibration in every letter — aa, oo, pii, paa, poon — that’s how they made numerology. I understand that because I’ve learnt it when I was an 18-year-old struggler in Mumbai. I changed a lot of people’s names also. Anu Malik’s name was changed by me. I do feel that it affects you, but one day I just realised I will not die with any kind of baggage, namely gemstones and the spelling of my name. I don’t want that procrastination. It’s almost like if karmically I’m supposed to be hit by something maybe the name change or gems will delay it, but I cannot avoid it permanently. So I don’t follow anything now. I respect them, but I just don’t want anyone to tell me anything about my life”.

Sonu Nigam performs in his sold-out concert, titled Klose To My Heart, on Friday at 9pm at Dubai Tennis Stadium.

From Sa Re Ga Ma Pa to Indian Idol, the winners of these shows disappear soon after they are over, while those who didn’t win have been seen to be successful. Nigam said that some of these winners are making big bucks on the show circuit.

“Talent shows can only bring you up to certain level which is very good because in our times we didn’t have even this. It’s only after that the war starts. Film music is not about talent shows at all. It’s about the requirement of a music composer, director and composer. These days they are using different kind of voices – more as an instrument rather than singer’s forte,” Nigam explained.

Talent shows have seen an influx of Pakistani artists into India, which hasn’t gone down well with some in the industry.

“If today A.R. Rahman gets an Oscar in US how would you feel if they said ‘we don’t want an Indian getting an award or have an Indian working in the US’? That’s very small thinking. It’s the greatness of India as a country that it can lure talent from other countries. And I’m proud of that fact. If Rahat [Fateh Ali Khan] or Shafquat [Amanat Ali] or Atif [Aslam] or anybody else is coming and making names for themselves I’m happy for them. They are talented and they have the right to become famous too. Their country gave them a level of success and then India catapulted their success to another”.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Sonu Nigam Sings For Bulbul!

Sonu Nigam Sings For Bachchan!