Birthday: May 18 (Taurus)
Place of birth: Lahore, Pakistan
First break: My first album Huqa Paani
High point of your life: Career wise, my first hit song, first hit film
Low point of your life: I try and forget them and not talk about them
Currently doing: Working on my next music album and feature film
Considering that voice and those looks, what is the minimum time you’ve needed to get a girl? (before you got married, of course)
Romance can’t be captured in an hourglass.
Would you rather be a singing actor or an acting singer? Why?
I guess I started with singing, so I’ll always be more of a singing actor who perhaps is now an acting singer for many.
A cheesy boy band song that you sing loudly in the car.
Quit Playing Games With My Heart.
Tell us the storyline of any one episode of Baywatch (assuming you were watching it for the plot).
Pamela Anderson was running, running, running and running... and bouncing.
How and when did you meet your wife?
I used to make 15-minute portraits in a hotel lobby. She came to get hers done. I framed her for life.
The romantic Hindi number you sang for your first girlfriend?
Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna.
If you had to dodge this interview, what song would you sing?
Achcha To Hum Chaltey Hain.
Your all-time favourite read?
Conversations with God, A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Scar Tissue.
If you could get 24 hours to be the PM of your country what would you do?
Talk. Brainstorm. Voice my opinion. Lay down various perspectives, possibilities and goals. Be a voice for the youth.
One Pakistani dish you would want the world to know about?
Saag aur makkai ki roti.
One product you think you are perfect to endorse?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d want to have a better memory for numbers and where I keep my wallet or cellphone.
One Bollywood heroine you’ll never play brother to?
Can’t think of any.
One thing you cannot do without? (you can’t say music, wife, family!)
One number you wish you had sung or composed?
My Way by Frank Sinatra.
Which is the most overrated song according to you?
Pardesi Pardesi jaana nahin.
Your dream destination?
Probably the rainforests. I’ve been to all other dream spots.
Your favourite singers?
Mehdi Hassan, Kishore Kumar, Bade Ghulam Ali, Lataji, Elvis, Sinatra, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, Sting.
A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Hey You by Floyd, for today.
If i could...I would
...Jump off a cliff and fly
...Sing on stage with Pink Floyd
...Have conversations with Ghalib, Mir Dard, Faiz, Iqbal
...Watch Kishore Kumar record a song in a studio
...Distribute half of the wealth of the rich and not let any one starve
From HT Brunch, November 18
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