Sonu Nigam's frankspeak with Aamir Hassan Ayubi
(Laughs) I'm enjoying myself by being away from the limelight. You'll find me singing only for one out of 10 films. Right now, there are two options for me. One, that I continue to sing until I die of asthma. The other is to take up quality work.
Didn't you shift base to the US a while ago?
What! I didn't go anywhere, I was just travelling.
What has been the reaction to your songs in Khoya Khoya Chand?
Fantastic. Khoya Khoya.. has the melody of the ‘50s. I had to modulate my voice to achieve the style of that era.
You've become a must for Shantanu Moitra's music.
We first worked together in Parineeta. Since then, we've stuck with each other... he is not what you call a ‘filmi guy'. He is a man of varied interests including astronomy.
You had once stated that you want to cut an English language album. Any progress?
Nope. But I'm looking forward to my semi-classical album which will be released next month.
<b1>Aren't you concentrating more on concerts than playback singing?
I'd be lying if I were to say no. Actually, I don't enjoy playback singing for films. My concerts have been huge hits. In fact, my last show in had an 80 per cent attended by Germans. They even knew the songs from Kal Ho Naa Ho, Main Hoon Naa and Deewana by heart.
Don't you feel insecure with the emergence of new voices?
I'd get insecure only if I didn't have work. I'm doing concerts, albums, judging Little Champs. So, where's the time to get insecure?
You don't see any singer as serious competition?
Not at all.. I can only say that I like Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala, K K and Kailash Kher.
What about Himesh Reshammiya?
Why bring him into this conversation? He has a problem, I don't. I've never bad-mouthed him. In fact, he had gone on record to say, "Who's Sonu Nigam?' That was published at a time when both of us were in the U S.
In fact, whenever Himesh talks about me in his interviews, he ends up giving me free publicity. Mazaa aata hai.. it's good to be in the news.
You don't want to act again?
I haven't thought about that. Recently, my film Love in Nepal was played on TV .. people loved my performance. Strangely, when it was released, no one went to watch it.. it flopped. Despite that, I still get acting offers.. I've two offers on hand.
Is your bungalow in Versova ready?
Yes, but I'm not shifting there. (Laughs) Probably I'll buy another house in Madh Island and live there.
Those imperishable Sonu numbers
Main agar kahoon – Om Shanti Om, Bande mein tha dum – Lage Raho Munnabhai, Kal ho naa ho – Kal Ho Naa Ho, Mere haath mein tera – Fanaa, Dheere jalna – Paheli, Piyu bole – Parineeta, Main hoon na – Main Hoon Na, Mera rang de – The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Suraj hua – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Panchhi nadiya – Refugee, Sandese aate hai – Border