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Rahul Sabharwal gets Chin2 talking about his Band of Boys, upcoming solo album, grandmom Asha Bhonsle and more...

music Updated: Dec 27, 2008 17:23 IST
Rahul Sabharwal
Rahul Sabharwal
Hindustan Times

Asha Bhosle’s grandson is as unique as the way he writes his name. Chin2 Bhosle of the Band of Boys gets chatty:

Seems like you’ve been missing from action for sometime.

That’s not true. We’ve just been out of the media limelight. It’s a lot tougher now because the media is all about films these days. Indie-pop is relegated to a very sorry state of affairs. But we’re doing really well in the college circles.

There have hardly been any boy bands in India when it comes to pop…

It’s a tough thing to do. We were formed in 2001 and everybody pulled out of their jobs. For one year we were jobless. We’ve seen tempers, fighting, problems at home, and that bonded us very together. It’s tough to form a band and keep it together… and that’s why the few pop bands that are formed, ultimately break up.<b1>

What inspires your music?

My inspiration is just music. I can’t be a model… or an actor.

Being Asha Bhosle’s grandson must have its share of pressure…

There was never any pressure to begin with because I didn’t take up music as a profession. I did my MBA… worked in an ad agency for two years where they made a 15-day break sound like a favour. When I finally quit, she [Asha Bhosle] was like, ‘Are you mad? It’s not easy making your way in the music industry.’ But I told her that I was lucky to have her surname and didn’t want any help unless I really asked for it. So I shunned that pressure from the very start.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

I’ll be in Delhi performing at Daffodils, Chattarpur on the 31st. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it… it’s a complete high to perform in the city.

What’s next?

I’ve recorded a solo album in which I’ve sung a song with my grand mom.

What’s the one thing that sets you apart from the rest of the band?
I ride a cycle, wear chappals, shorts and a vest to parties even though my friends have repeatedly asked me to ‘look cool.’

First Published: Dec 27, 2008 16:03 IST