Though his songs have been remixed internationally, Bappi Lahiri hasn’t had that one big collaboration with an international artiste so far. So while the likes of hip-hop giant Dr Dre has remixed Lahiri’s Kaliyon ka chaman and Grammy-nominee MIA has put her own beats to Jimmy Jimmy, Bappida himself, is yet to team up with a biggie.
But 2009 seems to be a golden year for the Disco King, as he is known. Not only is he planning a tour with the Jackson Five (minus Michael Jackson), he is also reportedly collaborating with the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Tina Turner. He admits happily, “Yes, there is a collaboration happening with Tina Turner. And it’s going to be different than anything she or I have done before. We are going to record some jazz music together.”
He refuses to divulge any more details on the project but talks about the other upcoming Hollywood collaborations he has lined up. “An album with Whitney Houston has been final since quite some time, but she is a bit busy right now. I’m also collaborating with Alisha King.”
Bappida, the director
After rocking the film world as a composer, singer, and after having dabbled as an actor in ads and movies, Bappida now also has a new goal in life. He confesses that he is now working on realizing his long-standing dream of turning a director.
“I’ll definitely be directing a movie next year,” he promises. “And it will surely be an offbeat movie. Mann ko tassalli milega if I make a good movie.”
The composer, who produced a Bengali movie, Lal Darja, in 1997, and received the National Award for it, wants to now follow suit with his directorial debut. “It will be a festival-type of movie,” he reveals. “I won’t make it for money, but so that people can say that Bappida made a good film. It is going to be ekdum different.. so it should work critically. I have two-three different subjects, let’s see which one I finally choose.”