A few days ago, playback singer Sukhwinder Singh recorded a track for actor-producer Aamir Khan’s first TV show, Satyameva Jayate. The show will be aired on Star Plus and is likely to start in a couple of weeks.
Without revealing the lyrics, the award-winning singer says, “It’s a 22-minute song. I recorded for more than three hours at a stretch with composer Ram Sampath. He told me that he doesn’t plan to bring down its length. I’m yet to hear the edited version, but I’m confident he’s worked according to Aamir’s briefand has kept the essence of the song. It essentially speaks about one’s love for the country, pride in its legacies and the common man’s problems.”
The song also brings out the core idea of the reality chat show.
“From what I know, the show has 13 or 14 episodes. My song will weave the segments together,” says Sukhwinder, adding, “I don’t know its on-air date, but I know it will make a huge impact.”
Sukhwinder heard the scratches for days before recording the track in the first week of March. Considering it has been
ready for a while now, why hasn’t it been finalised yet? “Aamir is yet to hear it because Ram hasn’t been keeping well,” he says,
adding, “But I don’t think Aamir will have a problem. He’s a creative guy and won’t ask another creative person to drastically alter to his/her work.”
When asked if the 22-minute song was likely to be released as a single, and Sukhwinder says, “I’m sure Aamir has some plans, but he hasn’t discussed anything with me or with Ram. We’d be proud if the song is played across platforms.”
How he sang for three hours
Sukhwinder Singh says he managed to sing for more than three hours at one go, thanks to the support he received from composer Ram Sampath and lyricist Prasoon Joshi. “Sometimes, the words written by a poet are so powerful that you can go on singing for several hours. Prasoon’s poetry is superlative,” he says, adding, “I was given scratches to hear and prepare myself. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the watch. It was a picnic for us. I had drank a lot of water, but I didn’t have to make any extra effort because we’re used to singing non-stop at public shows, and in this case, I was mentally prepared in advance for a long session.”