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I have a global voice, call it a lion?s roar

TAKING CENTRE-STAGE in showbiz, the amazing Kailash Kher has lent both face and voice to the big-screen. ?Maybe this is my reserved quota of fame, which I am getting after so many years of struggle,? says the versatile singer humbly.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:20 IST

TAKING CENTRE-STAGE in showbiz, the amazing Kailash Kher has lent both face and voice to the big-screen. “Maybe this is my reserved quota of fame, which I am getting after so many years of struggle,” says the versatile singer humbly.

“No actor can do justice naturally like a playback singer can,” he says recalling Madhur Bhandarkar’s words, adding that, “This convinced me and this is how I am also seen singing O Sikandar… in Corporate.” Earlier, he lent his voice and face to Allah Ke Bande (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part-II), Maula Maula (Mangal Pandey) and a song in the animation flick Hanuman.

Is this because his distinct voice does not suit every star? “No! My voice is the hero. From Spielberg to Aamir, anyone can use it. It’s a global voice like a roaring lion,” he says.

Playback or crooning on camera is just a bonus for him. Harping the success of his first album Kailasa he says: “I came to Mumbai for my album. Now, Naresh and Paresh (music directors) and I have made it a reality by setting up our own band. I am both into playback and writing now.”

With the album is rocking the charts, the trio are now busy with their next album Kailasa II and expect it to be out by early next year.

He describes the lyrics he composed for Teri Diwani as an expression of his passion. “The song is not about romance. It’s a stage beyond love. And in the video also, Anand Sorapur shows the common man’s love in a happy form,” says Kailash.

After 13 years of learning music and changing 14 gurus he says, “With not finding a complete guru, I adopted the saying Aape Guru, Aape Chela and Aham Brahamsya. By observing top classical singers I adopted my style of singing,” says Kailash who is fascinated by Nusrat Fateh Ali and specially his selection of songs.

On singing SD Burman’s classic song O re majhi for The Sacred Evil he says, “We have re-created the song. The song originally has very less music in it and we had also kept the voice as the thrust and music as a filler. It’s not a re-mix but a spiritual call and I loved singing it in my style with minimal music.”

Dressed in his typical Bohemian style with lots of accessories, Kailash loves wearing lots of such stuff which keeps him connected to Nature. Moreover, “Being a public figure, I need to look different.” Kailash is in the city to perform at Sahara Ganj on Sunday evening.

Looking forward for an arranged marriage, he feels his career has just began and presently just wants to concentrate on his singing and writing. But with a beaming smile he adds, “Hopefully next year, we can again sit for a joint interview.”

Kailash describes his journey as: “Lal pada bazaar mein, raha dhool chataye, nugre thokar marte, sugron nei diya uthaey…dalali lalan ki…”

First Published: Jun 18, 2006 00:20 IST