Why haven't we heard you after Mauja hi mauja?
I give one hit at a time. Last year I had two, Aye Ganpat and Mauja hi mauja. Other singers need 20 songs a year to reach the top.
I give five hits and rub shoulders with them. So, I can afford to take it easy.
But isn't out of sight out of mind?
I'm not out of sight.. or out of hearing range. My Saawan mein lag gayee aag has been remixed and used in the Woodstock Villa album. It has my fans all fired up.
You suited Shahid Kapur's personality but can you playback for another hero?
When I sang Mauja hi mauja or even Aye Ganpat, I had no idea which actor I was singing for. Pritam told me to be myself. I can sing, and I don't care which hero I'm singing for. I'm a hero myself.
Yeah, I believe you're acting in a film a la Himesh Reshammiya?
Not one but two films. There's Loot for which I'm also composing the music, and there's a movie with Suniel Shetty. But please don't compare me with Himesh. He's a singer and a star. I'm just a pop star. We have our own styles.
You must be clued into the IPL scene since your brother Daler Mehndi sang for Preity Zinta's Mohali team?
No, I haven't been watching the matches. I've been really busy. But I appreciate the initiative. It offers a platform to so many talented young boys who wish to represent the country in international cricket but would otherwise go unnoticed.
Why haven't Daler Mehdi and you cut an album together?
It's been 10 years and paaji's been working 24x 7. I've been busy too. Only two people whose careers aren't going well have to think of such gimmicks to push ahead. Now don't look so disappointed. We are planning something together. You'll hear about it soon.
Are you planning a private album?
Private albums are not well promoted. Bollywood music encapsulates most of the genres you hear on private albums.
You've been living in Daler Mehndi's shadow..
(Cuts in) How can you say that? I have never aped him. I'm not even into bhangra big time.
You recorded the title track for the music video of Nick Fandoo Super Star, a five-week promotional event for Nickelodeon. How come?
I have a large fan base with kids but ironically I've never done anything exclusively for them. I sang this song for Nick so I could reach out to my kneehigh admirers.
You shed tears on the TV show, Waar Parivaar, recently.
Yeah, it was a Mother's Day special. When I saw the contestants sitting with their mothers and dedicating songs to them, I was reminded of my own mother. She's gone, I miss her a lot.
Will you ever do another reality show like Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa?
Talks are on to judge a reality show together.