Lucky Ali is a content man. The artiste, who is known for his soulful music, launched his new album, Raastaman, in the city on Thursday. And before even being asked, he declares, “I refuse to make money from a skill that I have been given for free. The music will be available for free download.”
And for those who want a hard copy, all they have to do is buy the ticket to his forthcoming concerts. “We will travel to 25 cities, over three months. And since a lot of people want hard copies, they will be given a CD as the ticket, instead of a piece of paper,” says Ali. With no qualms admitting that his parents — Mehmood and Minnoo Kumari — both veteran Bollywood actors, left him secure, Ali insists that music for him, is just a serious hobby and not his only source of income.
“My parents ensured I didn’t have anything to worry about,” says Ali, who finds “having to go to a record company to seal a deal very demeaning. All I’m trying to establish is that culture doesn’t not need to be bought, it is for free.” True to the title of the album, Raastaman carries Ali’s trademark baritone and has 11 tracks. The singer, who also had a brief stint with Bollywood himself, has even directed a music video for one song.
“I worked on it with my wife. It’s peaceful and like all my music videos, this too has a message,” he says. But mention ‘film industry’ and he retracts. The singer tried his hand at acting in films such as Sur (2002) and Kaante (2002), apart from others. “The film industry is not my space,” he says, before immediately adding, “I’ve been there and done it. The industry doesn’t give me that satisfaction.” The musician recently became a father for the fifth time. Is he passing music on to his children? “They enjoy singing, but I will not tell them what to do. I have sung a song with my daughter in this album though,” says Ali.