I believe in God’s way: Kailash Kher
Bollywood singer Kailash Kher speaks to Bidisha Singha about his music, his muse and his forthcoming films.Updated: May 02, 2007 12:29 IST
After his first album Kailasa dhoom and his soulful rendition of Subhan allah for Fanna..he is ready to hit the high notes again. On the verge of his much awaited second album, Kailash Kher, the perenially high pitched crooner and music composer unwinds:
What’s your new album like?
It’s called Kailasa Jhoomo Re. I’ve been busy shooting for the main video. The song has ancient folk elements and is quite unique.
The lead video will feature the Kailasa band and in the next video you’ll see a new talent, Natasha Oberoi. She’s an incredible performer.
But why the delay?
It was to be released in April. It will be released in the first week of May. There were plans to release it earlier but we got busy with concerts and other engagements.
How has the film industry treated you?
It’s not just the film industry. People will take you for a ride if you don’t know what’s happening around you; it can happen in any field. It happened to me too. I’d recorded a song for the Shahrukh Khan-starrer Chalte Chalte, but when the music was released, the same song was sung by Sukhwinder Singh. At that moment I was very hurt but now these things don’t affect me. I’ve learnt to take things as they come. I’m calmer and more stable now and I don’t get carried away too easily.
Despite all your hits, you’re not singing for too many Hindi films.
I’ve always believed quality is better than quantity. I don’t like overdoing things. I know people like to listen to me but if I start flooding the market with my songs even my avid fans will get bored.
I also like to bring a variety into my repertoire. So I don’t take up too many offers. I don’t get over excited with my hits. I take it easy.
What about composing for films?
I’ve got offers to compose for films but then it takes a lot of commitment and time, which I don’t have right now. I might... sometime in the future.
Who are your friends and trusted allies in the industry?
I’ve worked with so many people and they’re all my friends – Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Sonu Nigam, Shaan. But it be comes difficult to stay in touch with all of them.
However, I do have a special friend in Natasha. I’ve found a lot of similarities in our thinking. Even our spiritual thoughts match and that amazed me because I think it’s very difficult to find somebody on your wavelength and I’m lucky to have found such a friend.
What about marriage? Have you found that special someone?
No plans right now. My parents keep telling me to tie the knot but I have only one answer for them - aap ko to bahu ka sukh waise bhi nahi milega kyunki mai itni door rehta hu..toh kya farq parta hai? And about that someone special.. you’ll get to know soon.
Apart from your album what’s keeping you busy right now?
I’ve recorded for the Madhuri Dixit-starrer Aaja Nachle, then there’s Kuch Love Kuch Masti and Ken Ghosh’s Chain Kuli ki Main Kuli and a few others. Actually I don’t keep track of the films I sing for. I just record the song and when it comes out on TV that’s when I get to know which film it was. I also have a month-long world tour planned with Ashaji, Sonu bhai and Kunal Ganjawala.
Where do you see your life going from here?
I don’t plan much. I believe in God’s way and in destiny. I know he has planned something for me and I’m ready to take it as it comes. I’m just going with the flow. Sab uparwale ke haath mein hai.