Grammy winner Imogen Heap says she’s never seen anything like Bollywood. The 34-year-old British singer-composer-songwriter, who partied with Shah Rukh Khan while on a visit to India recently, is enamoured by the man and the industry.
“I attended the Ra.One (SRK’s film) party and what struck me about SRK was the way he is around people, whether they’re famous or not famous. He’s really amazing at just making you feel like you’re the only one in the room and I was really impressed,” she says. Does this mean Bollywood may be on the cards? “Absolutely, I am up for it. I went to watch Singham in the theatre and I have never seen anything like this. I don’t understand Hindi but could tell by gestures what was happening. I loved the fight scenes,” she adds.
Heap, who won the Grammy in 2009 for her solo album, Ellipse, is working with Indian composers Vishal-Shekhar for Dewarists, an online music travel show that will feature artists from India and abroad. She says Indian music also shaped her sensibilities. “There was a big hit in England by Punjabi MC. It was one of my favourite tracks. So it did have an impact.”
Heap, who will be back in November to perform at Bacardi NH7 in Pune, says India is one of her favourite countries. “I was 21 when I first visited; we went to Kerala. I was here last winter with my man too. We went bicycle riding to villages outside Delhi and it seemed like the whole village was following us around! It was fun.”