Glad my co-judges aren’t filmi: Shaan

Singer Shaan is excited about turning judge on TV and modernising his late father’s 35-year-old melody.

music Updated: Mar 25, 2012 15:57 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times

Singer Shaan will return to TV as a judge on the reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar (JJWS) Season 2. Having hosted many shows on the tube before, he is glad to be judging as well as being a mentor in the new Star Plus show. JJWS will bring together winners and runners-up from numerous singing reality shows to compete for the title of Superstar. Excited about it, Shaan says, “The level of talent will be high on JJWS as no one will be a raw newcomer on the show. As a judge, I will look at what the singer brings to a song without destroying or distorting it.” Interacting with contestants during rehearsals, Shaan feels there have been huge improvements in their voices since their respective TV shows.

Glad about the fact that music director Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire will be co-judges, Shaan adds, “They are natural people with a great sense of music. They aren’t the loud, self-obsessed, high-handed, filmi sorts, which is superb. Some of them can be very rigid in their thoughts. One has to be watchful as you never know what topic may become a huge issue on a show.”

Meanwhile, Shaan has composed two singles that will release soon. One is a dance track, Khudgarzi, and the other is a romantic song, Jaan Ho Meri, that’s part of an album with six other singers. But he is most excited about modernising his dad’s 35-year-old melody, Naina Majhana. With Talenthouse, Shaan has invited DJs to post their remixed versions of the song online, turning it contemporary. “We haven’t shortlisted any yet, but have received numerous entries. The idea is to make the song and its sound dynamic while retaining the melody.” He will release the chosen version on his father, music director Manas Mukherjee’s 25th death anniversary.

First Published: Mar 25, 2012 15:56 IST