Pakistani music composer-singer Adnan Sami is best remembered for rendering hit songs like Kabhi to nazar milao, Tera chehra and Lift kara de, among others.
He carved a niche for himself in the Indian music industry with his unique style of singing, and became one of the busiest artistes in the early 2000s. But, while Sami's personal life made headlines, the musician has been away from limelight (professionally) for the last couple of years. As he gets ready to make a comeback with a Bollywood film soon, he gets candid about his muted avatar so far, his upcoming projects and more.
We haven't heard a lot of music from you lately. Why?
I have always maintained that it's not the quantity of work, but the quality that should speak. I have maintained the same for my music albums too. I have always released them after a gap of two to three years. I have not forced myself or got tempted to do a song that would become a hit.
But you were at the pinnacle till mid-2000s. That stardom has suddenly slipped away.
I would say that I had let the stardom go. I wanted to take a break and reinvent myself. I could do that because I had internal security. I believe every artiste, at some point, needs to take a step back. If I had kept on working, I would have been a star. But I wanted to change my style of singing. I opted for personal satisfaction over stardom. My new song, featuring Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra is different. I am sure my fans will love it.
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There were issues in your personal life as well. Did that also affect your career?
Every person goes through a bad phase. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan, too, had a rough phase in their careers. In my case, it was unfortunate that my personal problems came up at a time when I took a break to rejuvenate myself. Yes, I accept that personal problems divert one's focus from work, and that happened with me as well.
What do you feel about the problem of piracy in digital world and the fact that singers in India hugely depend on Bollywood for work.
It's alarming. In fact, albums are also duplicated and that affects music companies also. While the digital platforms have picked up, they have resulted in a lot of online piracy also. And this issue has not been fixed yet. As for singers, we have to eventually depend on Bollywood for financial security.