His promises of distributing ‘desi ghee ki boondi’ after he gets home a Grammy in his latest song may sound far-fetched, but Yo Yo Honey Singh is really serious about it.
The 31-year-old music producer-rapper says he doesn’t get bogged down by controversies or lose focus because of fame, and says he knows he is nowhere near his dream of ­winning a Grammy yet. “Sab keh rahe hain chha raha hai ... he is so popular. Kya chhaa raha hoon, Grammy toh la nahi pa raha hoon. I want to win a Grammy. Where I’m today is just the beginning, there is a lot I need to do,” he says.
He’s ready to work for as long as it takes to win the award. “I have been making music for the past 10 years, (out of which) six years I was in Punjab, tab bhi award-winning music director tha. My music has improved, ­evolution aaya hai. I want to work on my music for the next 10 years for a Grammy.”
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Singh cites an example from history to prove how serious he is. “Martin Luther ne sapna dekha tha toh Obama president hai. Meri bhi soch hai, maine bhi sapna dekha hai. Aur agar mai nahi la paya toh koi meri chamri ka le aayega (If I can’t win it, someone of my strain will), and I will be happy.”
He claims that no ­distraction can take him away from that dream. “Cars, fame, controversies, all take the focus away from music. I’ve set my standard high and have no choice but to focus, because no matter what I get, I am always like, ‘But I don’t have a Grammy’. So everything else doesn’t look that great,” says the singer.
Meanwhile, Singh also tried his hand at acting with the film Expose, but he says, “Acting is all about looking into ­someone’s eyes and lying. And I can’t do that. I am a writer, a ­musician. Hum wo baatein likhtein hain jo humne feel kari hain. Main seekhna chaahta tha ki ­doosron ki aankhon mein dekh ke jhoot kaise bolte hain, par mai seekh nahi paya. Isliye maine poori film chashma pehen ke ki hai.”