Some things in life are destined to happen. In the case of Kunal Ganjawala, it was fate that intervened and turned him into a much-loved Bollywood singer. Once caught whistling a tune in college, Kunal was forced by his seniors to sing, after which he realised the potential in his voice. Thereafter, Kunal began singing at college contests and festivals and ended up in the Hindi film industry.
The talented singer, who shot to instant fame with the song, Channa Vey, from his album of the same name, was in the city on Sunday to perform at the Chandigarh Rose Festival. After belting out more than 20 songs, Kunal talked about his upcoming projects and being bombarded with work.
Why have there been no more albums to Kunal’s credit, despite the success of Channa Vey? “I hardly get the time to work on music albums,” he tells us. “But, I have now started work on my next album, which is going to include 10 romantic songs composed by me. It will be released later this year,” shares the Bheegay Honth Tere singer.
He looks exhausted, saying numerous shows don’t leave him with much time to rest. “I performed at Bengaluru yesterday and today I am in Chandigarh. Actually, I am performing in the Rose Festival after three years,” he smiles. Currently swarmed with Bollywood projects, Kunal acknowledges he is a busy man. “I must have sung more than 18 songs in the past few months. I have almost seven projects with music composer Pritam, four with composer Atul Ajay and a project with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali,” he confides.
Here, Kunal would like to make a point. “Hindi cinema is witnessing a great change. Small-budget films with lesser known actors, experimental stories and adventurous directors have opened doors for every kind of talent in the industry. In fact, now there can be 10 different music directors and singers working on one film, depending on the genre of the songs which hitherto were limited to one or two singers,” he says.
Not just Bollywood, Kunal has proven his versatility by crooning almost 150 songs in regional languages. This year, he sung the title track of Punjabi film, Saadi Love Story. “I am more of a regional cinema singer, since I have sung in almost every Indian language — be it Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Assamese, Marathi or Punjabi,” says the Nawanshahr-born singer.
What is interesting is that Kunal will launch a music band this year. He nods, “I want to harness my potential in music in a very non-filmi style. My band will be launched at the end of this year, and will have four members including myself. While I will be singing and composing music for our band, I am now looking for a drummer.
I want to tap in young talent aged between 25-30 years, because youngsters from small cities have a huge potential.”
Music, for Kunal, is food for his soul. “My music goes beyond films and live shows.
I plan to perform for various music festivals with my band, where I will sing exclusive songs recorded live,” he adds.