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Bollywood’s a vortex that sucks you in

Popular singer KK, who performs in the city this week, says film music made him what he is

bollywood Updated: Jun 13, 2012 15:18 IST
Megha Mahindru
Megha Mahindru
Hindustan Times
KK,Music Director,Bollywood

Since his 1999 singing debut, Krishnakumar Menon, better known by his initials KK, seems to have crossed over to the other side. The artiste, who launched his career with an indi-pop album, Pal, is now a staple in B-town.

So it boggles the mind, when he says, “I’m not interested in making songs for films.” Currently working on the tracks for films like Jannat 2, Jism 2 and Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, the artiste explains, “I’ll never be a music director… I’m not cut out for that.”

Not the most prolific artiste, KK’s sophomore attempt came eight years after his debut album. The artiste now has no intentions of releasing an independent album.

“I’m happy doing what I am doing,” he says, adding, “I feel more pressure doing my own albums. They are a dicey proposition, though I hope this changes.”

About his filmi crossover, he adds, “Bollywood is a vortex, it sucks you in. It’s not the money that attracted me, but the opportunity to collaborate with people I liked. It made me realise my potential as a singer. In these 13 years, I’ve matured as a musician.”

This week, as part of Fever Entertainment’s Unplugged series, he’ll perform an acoustic set. KK says, “I’ve been toying with the idea of playing unplugged for a while now. It allows you to interact with the audience.” The two-hour long concert will be a “chilled-out affair,” where KK plans to skip his high-energy songs. The highlight? “We’ll play our songs differently from how they’re on CD. We’ll have a grand piano on stage to give it that twist.”

Fever Entertainment
presents KK Unplugged at Shanmukhananda Hall on June 16, 7 pm. For tickets, log on to

First Published: Jun 13, 2012 13:38 IST