You won’t believe it, but Yo Yo Honey Singh says he doesn’t drink. Yes, even after songs such as Chaar Bottle Vodka, Party All Night, High Heels, Blue Eyes and Sunny Sunny, the rapper insists that he does not do ‘daaru’.
“Main alcohol nahi peeta. Aapko meri ek bhi photo nahi milegi jahaan main daru pee raha hoon (I do not consume alcohol. You won’t find a ­single picture that shows me drinking),” says the 31-year-old pop icon, whose birth name is Hirdesh Singh.
Asked where he then finds inspiration for his ­controversial lyrics with explicit use of booze words such as vodka, daaru and ­champagne, he says it’s all ‘observation’. “Mere gaane ke ­lyrics toh meri observations se influence hote hain. Main clubs mein youngsters ko yeh sab karte aur bolte huye dekhta hoon, aur ussi ki ­reflection mere gaano main hoti hai. I only sing about how youngsters party these days,” he explains.
So what does he have to say to critics who believe that he is adversely influencing young people through his songs? “Aaj ki date mein koi apne baap ki nahi sunta toh meri kya sunega! The fact is, with today’s busy schedules, har insaan ko poochha jaata hai ki yeh kyon kar rahe ho … woh kyon kar rahe ho ... kahaan jaa rahe ho ... par mere gaane iss sab se alag hain, aur kehte hain ki kuchh bhi karo. Isliye logon ko ­pasand hai,” he retorts.
“Moreover, I have written a song on Shaheed Bhagat Singh as well, apart from writing on the problem of alcoholism and drug ­addiction, but they didn’t become successful,” he adds.
Stressing his point, Honey goes on, “As an entertainer, my first responsibility is to entertain my fans who have made ­me who I am today. I am not a preacher who can tell youngsters what they should be doing and what they should not be doing. The youth of our country is intelligent enough to know what is good and bad, and my songs can’t change their thinking.”
As many of his songs are about girlfriend bashing, we couldn’t help but ask what his wife Shalini thinks of these. “She doesn’t like my songs but she likes me. She is not that musically inclined but she prefers romantic numbers,” signs off the singer, who is getting ready to release three more ­singles.