I’m not a singer or rapper. I’m an artiste: Raftaar

Raftaar, whose latest song Dhaakad crossed one crore mark in less than a week, reveals Aamir Khan made him record it four times. Says he is so busy that won’t go on a honeymoon.

music Updated: Nov 30, 2016 18:44 IST
Susan Jose
Susan Jose
Hindustan Times
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Raftaar says that the current generation is pretty sorted when it comes to gender equality. (HT Photo)

First of all, I’m not a singer or rapper. I’m an artiste. Besides singing, I produce music, dance, write poetry, and sometimes I paint as well. I would like to be defined by that term,” says Raftaar, when asked what differentiated him from other rappers.

His latest single, ‘Dhaakad’, featured in Aamir Khan’s film, has crossed more than 1.4 crore views in less than a week on YouTube. “Aamir is a perfectionist. We recorded the song four times and, funnily enough, ended up choosing the first version,” he says, adding, “Pritam knew that this track would suit me. So he gave me the song.”

Watch: Dhaakad from Dangal

Raftaar’s number is about women wrestlers, and the lyrics imply breaking gender norms. When asked for his opinions on gender bias, the artiste says, “The current generation is sorted. We need to make sure the new generation learns to treat each other equally. The older generation and the society will not change. Their values are set. They have heard and probably taught [the same things] — what a girl should do and what a boy’s duty is. But it’s up to us to change ourselves and follow the new way of thinking.”

He adds, “When it comes to gender equality, I come from the Malayali community, where it is ulta [the opposite]. Saari property ladki ke naam pe hota hai [All the property is inherited by the women]. However, what we need is neither; we need equality. I believe the current generation knows that. Take my wife, for example — she tells me that she does not want to be known as Mrs Raftaar. She says she will take my last name and be called Komal Nair. She wants to create a new identity by taking my last name, and she will not entirely depend on my identity.”

Watch: Chill Raamix by Raftaar

The Kerala-born artiste gets married to the Delhi-based interior designer today (December 1). Apparently, the two have decided to forego their honeymoon and head “straight back to work”. Raftaar says, “It’s a Punjabi wedding. A Malayali wedding is a very simple one. We wanted people to have fun too, so we decided to go along with a Punjabi wedding, as it has many events [sangeet, mehndi, haldi], and it gives people the chance to let their hair down. But we are keeping it as simple as possible with only close friends and family.”

This VOHRA is about to become a NAIR in two days. #engaged

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First Published: Nov 30, 2016 18:43 IST