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'Marriage is a small liability'

Singer Kailash Kher talks to Sonam Savlani about marriage, band Kailasa's movie Allah ke Bande, and Mission Ustaad.

music Updated: Dec 14, 2007 17:47 IST
Sonam Savlani

Singer Kailash Kher talks to Sonam Savlani about marriage, band Kailasa's movie Allah ke Bande, and Mission Ustaad.

Why don't you use your band's name Kailasa when the three of you compose songs for Hindi movies?
Just three of us compose for films. Kailasa is a ten-member band even though only Paresh, Naresh and I interact with the media. Sometimes the media can't get the three of our names right.

So, you can imagine if all 10 of us became the face of the band. It's like Palash Sen. He's synonymous with Euphoria.. most mediapersons don't know the names of the other members.

Will there be a long wait for your next album.. now that you're taking on films?
Not really In fact, we're preparing for our new album. We've just discussed a very interesting project but we haven't finalised the details yet. <b1>

Has A R Rahman agreed to sing one of your compositions for the movie Allah ke Bande?
We intend to take the track to him. I'm positive he'll agree. He's coming up with an international album. So just in case he can't manage to give us time, I'll have to sing it. (Laughs).

Reportedly you chose to do the TV show Mission Ustaad over Jjhoom India.
I wanted to do Jjhoom India. But because of a contract, I could do only one show at a time. The concept of Mission Ustaad is thought provoking while Jjhoom India is entertaining. I can continue to entertain with my songs.

Mission Ustaad is based on Millennium Development Goals.. our songs are based on issues such as poverty deaths, health, women trafficking and female foeticide.

Isn't Mission Ustaad generating far too much drama on the sets to raise TRPs?
Gunjaaish hi nahin hai, the concept doesn't permit that. There can be times when we have been through the kind of differences that can occur even between family members.

When Javed Akhtar saab told me that a line from my song wasn't optimistic, we tried to explain our point of view.

He said that he liked the song but not that line. I respect his opinion. It's a big deal to even have my work reviewed by someone of the stature of A R Rahman's and Javed saab. Woh kehte hain na, dagmagana bhi zaroori hai sambhalne ke liye…

Have you gone the Sufi route while composing the music for Nikhil Advani's Made in China?
Rang naya hai, it's very different.

What kind of collaborations are you planning with D J Paul Oakenfold and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder?
Nothing is pukka so far. We'll meet in March 2008 and take it from there.

It's said that your father - an astrologer - had predicted that you would be married by this year.What's the status on that?
(Laughs) Those were just rumours. I haven't even had the time to sleep since my career took off. Marriage is, after all, a small liability. If I don't have the time why should I drag someone into my hell? (Smiles) I would have to start plagiarising songs to make time for marriage.