Singer Mika Singh's latest kitschy offering comes in the form of hit-song Dhinka chika… from Ready, which releases this week. Singh recalls a chance meeting with Salman Khan a couple of years ago, where Khan told him they’d “work together soon. I had met Salman on the sets of Dus Ka Dum along with Daler paaji (Mehndi). I guess a lot of things fell in place with Ready,” says Singh.
Singh recently sang a rendition of Jugni… from Tanu weds Manu and Pyar lo pyar do… from Thank You, which released earlier this year. He delivered three hit songs in the first quarter of the year, but Singh isn’t satisfied. “I should release atleast 30 hit songs this year. My last year’s hits Aapka kya hoga…, from Housefull and Ibn batuta… from Ishqiya are still very popular,” says Singh, who is proud that Ishqiya won the National Award for music this year. “The future looks pretty good from where I am sitting right now,” Singh says.
Besides Bollywood, Singh has also been busy singing in Tamil and Bengali. In fact his song, Pilla naavalla kadhu… from the 2010 Tamil movie Adurs, became a club hit. “It was quite difficult to sing in Tamil. I had to practice a lot, because I wanted to make sure my accent was right. I didn’t want the song to sound out of place, considering I do have a strong Punjabi accent.” Not just in India, but Singh’s songs have also received sufficient airplay in clubs across the world.
He regularly performs in Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand and is scheduled to tour the US, Canada and UK this year. His most memorable concert was in Canada two years ago, where he played to a crowd of 2,00,000 people. “It was in Brampton, where I had performed right after my song Singh is King had released. While driving to the venue, I saw a lot of Punjabis dressed in traditional attire walking on the streets. at first I thought they were going for some wedding. But was surprised to find them all at the concert. I was touched and honoured by this so much that I sang my best that night,” he says.