People listen to radio more than they watch TV: Anil Kapoor

  • Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2016 17:22 IST
Radio has become a phenomenal medium of communication, feels actor Anil Kapoor. (Shakti Yadav/HT Photo )

He is an actor, producer and singer. Now, Anil Kapoor has added another feather to his cap. He has turned radio jockey (RJ) for 91.9 FM Radio Nasha. He hosts a morning show, Jhakkas Mornings, for the radio station, which has become quite popular.

Ask the senior actor why he took to radio, and he says, “I feel radio has become a phenomenal medium of communication. In India, it used to be really big at one point, but slowly it lost its glory. And now, it is back in a big way. People listen to radio more than they watch TV. Also, many politicians, including Modi saab (PM Narendra Modi), use it as a medium to reach out to the masses. So, I thought this was a great opportunity for me. I wanted to explore this medium. I am shooting for the second season of 24 right now, and I have got a few days off to get the right look for the show. So, I can’t shoot for another film, but I can at least be on the radio, and reach out to my fans.”

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Anil finds Radio Nasha’s concept of reviving retro music interesting. Talking about yesteryear Bollywood music, the Bollywood star says, “I wouldn’t call it retro; I feel it is more than that. People from all walks of life listen to this music. I am not talking about the extremely old tracks that were slow. I am referring to the music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s that is relatable and contemporary.”

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Which are the old songs that he enjoys the most? “For me, SD Burman was the ultimate music director. I’m a huge fan of his work,” says Anil. “I loved the music of Guide (1965), Tere Mere Sapne (1971) and Abhimaan (1973). After him, his son, RD Burman also made fantastic music. Rajesh Roshan also made great music. I really liked the songs of Kunwara Baap (1974) and Julie (1975). Laxmikant-Pyarelal did amazing work too. Their music in films that featured me, like Mr India (1987), Ram Lakhan (1989) and Tezaab (1988), did so well. They made really melodious and massy numbers, which were entertaining.”

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