Singer Mika Singh has too much on his plate. He is not only crooning songs for films, but is also busy travelling for his stage shows. Apart from that, after judging a talent show, Voice India, last year, he is currently also part of a comedy show on TV, and is excited about judging another talent show. Here, he talks about his equation with Salman Khan, and more.
Does being on television help you grab more eyeballs?
I used to run away from reality shows earlier. But since the past few years, I have been feeling that they are not that bad. Moreover, I am essentially a singer, and television is the best way to reach out to fans.
Watch: Mika gave voice to Salman Khan in ‘Jumme ki raat’ from Kick
You have been an established singer for many years now. What do you think makes you stand out?
Ever since I began my career, some 50,000 singers have come and gone. Every year, one or two get big breaks, and deliver hit songs. I am lucky that I have maintained my momentum since the past 16 years. I am glad that I have been able to sustain myself.
You seem to have a friendly equation with Salman Khan…
I haven’t sung many songs for Salman bhai, but the ones I have, were all hits. People associate me with him because of these songs. I called him after hearing the songs of Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), and asked him, ‘Where is my song?’ So, ‘Aaj ki party’ was added to the film at the last minute, and it became a hit. I am friendly with many stars. In fact, I was the only singer at Hrithik’s (Roshan) birthday party. I think the era of actors and singers being friends is returning. It existed during the days of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar.
Watch: Mike Singh’s first hit ‘Saawan me lag gayi aag’
You were recently linked with Urvashi Rautela, and the report suggested that you are planning to get married as well. Is that true?
That was a rumour spread by Kamaal R Khan; he jokes a lot. Urvashiji and I shot for a video in Lucknow. These rumours are not true. As far as my marriage is concerned, my goal is to be married in two years.
You are judging another singing talent show now, and you also own a team in the celebrity cricket league.
Yes. I won’t be playing cricket though. But, if Sunny Leone comes on the field, I wouldn’t mind playing cricket with her. I would love that (laughs). As for the talent show, I feel that with mentors like me, and the other judges, the contestants will get a reality check. We will not only support and encourage them, but will also train them in playback singing. Many don’t have practical knowledge, like how to modulate their voices in a studio or a concert.
You helped out two singers who are part of your upcoming reality show. Tell us about it.
I heard that two talented contestants, sisters Hazmat and Sultana, lived in a small house with eight other members. I felt that they shouldn’t be worried about their house, and should focus on music. As a judge and a singer, I felt I could help them. So, I bought them a house. Now they have space. This was a small gesture on my part. If mentors help aspiring singers, we can have much more talent in the industry.
How do you think you’ve changed after achieving stardom?
There are a few people who have affected me in my life, like my brother, Daler paaji (Daler Mehendi). He has seen phenomenal success, money and fan-following. The other is Mr Amitabh Bachchan, who has been a superstar for years, and yet, is so humble. Thirdly, Salman bhai (Khan)is very generous. Shah Rukh bhai (Khan) is so friendly towards me, even though I haven’t sung any great songs for him. When I see these people, I realise that I am too small, while they have reached the zenith of popularity. I need to follow in their footsteps.
Of late, many actors are singing songs in their movies. What’s your take on that?
Everyone wants to sing these days, and why shouldn’t they? It’s good that actors are trying it out. It is a fact that music is universal. I love Salman bhai’s ‘Hangover’ (Kick, 2014). But, I also feel that music albums are more popular than film songs, especially when it comes to videos.
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