In the 90s, singer Baba Sehgal was a rage. His songs Aja Meri Gadi Mein Baith Ja, Thanda Thanda Paani and Main Bhi Madonna were both groovy and funny. The 50-year-old, who took a break from Indian pop music but stuck to playback singing in Telugu films, is back with two singles that are creating major buzz online with a million hits across various video platforms. "God has been kind," he says when asked about the popularity his two songs, Going to the Gym and Chicken Fried Rice, have received.Prod him further about his compositions and more importantly the reason behind the rather whacky lyrics of his songs, and Sehgal says that he writes what people like to hear. "My lyrics are what one thinks about when one is sitting in a restaurant or in the loo. Basically, weird thoughts in general that make you laugh," he says, further adding, "I know my lyrics are a hit if I am laughing after reading something I have written. If it makes me laugh, I am pretty sure that 75% of the people who will hear the song, will laugh too. And that's how I go about writing my songs."
Listen to Going To Gym here:
Sehgal, who also tweets with the same humour with which he writes his songs, argues that he is not bothered about being criticised online and that he loves getting attention from people. "When people tell me, 'you are shit and you write shit songs,' I tell them, 'Bhaiya I am maha-shit. But thank you for noticing me and thinking about me.' And that's what I have learnt over these years ... what matters at the end of the day is that people are talking about you and you are in focus," he says.
Listen to Chicken Fried Rice here:
Sehgal is thrilled with the response he has received for the two singles and is planning to release another single this month. "After the kind of response I have got, I have decided to come up with more songs. My next is a Punjabi song and I am pretty sure it will soon become a club anthem," he says.