“I don’t deny either being a hardcore Punjabi or the strong connect that I have with Punjab, but it will be selfish if I deny the tag of being an Indian first,” says Sukhwinder Singh, one of the most popular playback singers in the Hindi cinema today.
Call it the effect of Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyameva Jayate — for which Sukhwinder has sung a 22-minute song — or his upcoming film, Khudi Ko Kar Buland Itna, the Chaiyya Chaiyya singer is high on ‘nationalism’ and liberal humanism.
Sukhwinder says that Aamir’s dedication and involvement in a project amazes him. “Aamir doesn’t believe in diplomacy, he has a style of doing things with clarity. I have sung a dream song for Satyameva Jayate; it is a song which will instill nationalism and humanism.
"Similarly, my character, Rishi, in the upcoming film will preach humanism, the biggest religion. The film gives a message of loving all religions and avoiding the language of violence,” says Sukhwinder whose film Khudi Ko Kar Buland Itna, directed by Jagbir Dahiya, will hit theatres this Friday.
The full-throated voice of this Amritsar-born singer makes him unique. He has rendered countless hits, including several A R Rahman compositions — prominently the Oscar-winning song, Jai Ho.
The singer, who believes that he already is a hero and doesn’t need a tag to prove it, says, “Sukhwinder Singh has been blessed with music, it wasn’t a Chaiyya Chaiyya or a Jai Ho that brought me fame, it was my innate talent. In fact, I also admit to being a culprit in giving voice to many of the hit item numbers in the industry!”
On being heard less, he minces no words, “It’s not now that you hear me less; it has always been the case. I did not enter the film industry to make a Guinness world record. I feel collecting trophies cannot win hearts.”
But, does he ever feel insecure in a highly competitive industry where fame and name is short-lived? “If you are passionate about what you love, you cannot be insecure ever,” he smiles.