‘I’ve faced racial discrimination’
Rapper Hard Kaur, best known for her single Ek glassy… plays a role that mirrors her life in Nikhil Advani’s forthcoming film Patiala House. Kaur was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. After her father was burnt alive in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, young Kaur moved to Ludhiana and then to Birmingham, UK. She says, “I faced racial discrimination from the English as well as Africans during my schooling there.”At home things were no different for her than what her character in the film, Komal, faces. She adds, "It was easier for me to relate to my character. My real life grandparents would say good Punjabi girls don’t sing. Like in the film, they too wanted me to give up my dreams of becoming a rapper. Only my mother was supportive of my decision."
Reminiscing about her school days in Birmingham, Kaur says, "Indian parents back then didn’t let their children mix with non-Asians for fear that they’d lose their culture. However, today things are changing. NRI kids there have found a way to be successful in their chosen fields while keeping their values intact. When I started rapping it was a bastion of Africans or Afro-Americans but I went ahead and pursued it anyway."
Kaur has also sung two songs, Longda lashkara… and Rolla paigaya khamba… for Shankar Ehsaan Loy in Patiala House. Besides, she’s also sung for Remo D’souza’s forthcoming directorial project F.A.L.T.U.
Kaur is quick to add that she’s happy to stick to rapping unless interesting characters come her way. Post the film’s release, Kaur promises party time with her next album Ek Glassy Season 2. She says, “The album is unlike any of her Bollywood music. It’s more like my earlier albums Bombay Deewana and Dhoom. It’s produced by underground music producers Tiger Style (who remixed for Singh is Kinng) and Abhijit Bagani.”