It’s unlikely to find a conference hall in a city hotel jam-packed on a rainy day. But when the ‘Mann of Punjab’ is waiting behind those doors, the rest of the city comes to a halt. Launching his much-awaited album, Roti, on Thursday, Gurdas Maan is his usual, humble self.
After innumerable smiles for countless fans’ pictures, Maan’s album was finally launched by veteran cardiologist, Dr HK Bali, in the presence of Mrs Mann, music director Jatinder Shah and director, Speed Records, Balwinder Singh Ruby.
Visibly excited about the album, Mann shares, “There are eight tracks in the album; they’re all like my children, Roti undoubtedly being the most special. Farman is a song that took birth from a sheyari, which I wrote long ago. Another song, Pind Di Hawa, is like my ‘ladla bacha’. Some other songs on the album are Sajna Tenu Tak Tak Nahi Rajna, Raati Chann Naal Gallan Karkey, Je Layee See Te Nibhani, Akh Mere Yaar Di and Ja Chup Karkey Tur Ja Ni.”
About the journey he experienced during the shoot of Roti, he says, “Initially we thought of shooting it at Fatehpur Sikri. Despite everything being finalised, the authorities didn’t allow us to take our equipment like the trolley and jimmy jib inside. Then we went to Hyderabad, Golkonda, Quila of Hyder Ali, but, as luck had it, it started raining heavily and our shoot’s venue was open-air. Finally, the song was shot in Hyderabad at NT Rama Rao studio. The set, where we shot the song, was built in 1960, and has been beautifully preserved by the authorities till now.”
In real life too, Maan loves to make rotis, says he. “During college, two of my friends used to live with me in my room. Those days too, making rotis was my responsibility.”
Ask him the secret behind his energy at the age of 56 and he says, “It’s my fans’ prayers and good wishes. And since you have mentioned the word ‘secret’, the book of the same title, The Secret, also tells you how to remain positive in life.”