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They call him Pritam Singh in Punjab!

music Updated: May 09, 2008 17:32 IST

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On a recent visit to Punjab for a concert, music composer Pritam Chakraborty was taken aback to see posters calling him 'Pritam Singh'.

"It was a huge culture shock. There were posters of me all over with my sinister bearded face and the name 'Pritam Singh'," Pritam told IANS.

"When I asked why I was being changed from a pure Bengali to a Punjabi, I was told it had to do with my bhangra song Mauja hi mauja in Jab We Met. They argued that anyone who could compose such a hardcore Punjabi song had to be a Punjabi," he added.

Interestingly, Pritam Singh is what Bobby Deol calls his co-star Preity Zinta.

"Considering how different Preity and I look, Bobby should've no problem with two Pritam Singhs," joked the bearded composer.

He has just completed another hardcore Punjabi soundtrack for Anees Bazmi's Singh Is King.

Pritam said, "It's a massy beat-oriented soundtrack with one soft gentle ballad. I love doing softer numbers. I think Jab We Met gave me a chance to do things I had never done. Imtiaz Ali knew exactly what he wanted. And I knew exactly how to create the sound he wanted."