From being a child artiste on stage, to becoming a successful TV show host, popular playback singer, Indipop sensation and even an actor, Sonu Nigam has worn many hats in his two-decade-long career in Bollywood. Although his voice isn’t heard in films as much as it used to be during his heyday, the singer assures us that there’s a lot in the offing. In this interview, Nigam talks about some of his upcoming projects and why new singers in the circuit don’t bother him.
You haven’t been part of many Bollywood projects lately. What is keeping you busy these days?
I have sung a song, ‘Taakeedein’ in Anubhav Sinha’s upcoming film, Warning. I have sung the song in my signature style, and it has already received great response. Besides, I am working on films such as Singh Saab The Great, for which I’ve sung the title song, Sooper Se Ooper and Jal with Bickram Ghosh. There’s another big film that will be announced soon. You will also hear me in (Subhash Ghai’s) Kaanchi.
What do you have to say about the current crop of singers? Has your work suffered due to their growing popularity?
I have been in the industry long enough to not be affected. It’s good to see new people and new voices; they are no threat to me. Movies keep me busy even today.
Are you working on any independent releases as well?
Yes, I am working on an album which I will finish in a couple of months. It will be an international release.
What do you feel about the changes in Bollywood music in the past two decades?
Change is the only constant, whether it’s in music, culture, dance or fashion. Since music is a reflection of our mindset and our culture, it is bound to change with time. I am glad that India is such a receiving country and is always open to all kinds of music. Our composers, singers and writers are open to experimenting. That is what is happening in Bollywood and that’s how it should be.
You have tried your hand at acting before. Will we see you as an actor again?
It will happen if I am convinced about the project in totality. I am no longer that inexperienced boy who had signed three movies which never saw the light of day.