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Shaan's a family man

When he's not singing and recording, Shaantanu Mukherjee aka Shaan prefers to spend time with his family. Ritujaay Ghosh speaks to the singer.
None | By Ritujaay Ghish, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2007 07:13 PM IST

Following the number of hits he has had in the last year and a half, Shaan remains one of the most coveted playback singers in the industry. We find out what he's upto.

We find a song of yours in almost every film…
I am really getting busy. I even forget the names of the films and come to know only when I find my name on the album covers.

So you spend most of your time hopping across recording studios….
No, not at all. I am more of a family man now. I am lucky to be enjoying the luxury of spending time with my family because music directors now rely on me. If I want to spend a day at home composers will wait for me to record the next day. Earlier, they would use someone else to sing that song. Is this success?

It's also hard work. After being in the industry for seven years people have some faith in me.

How does your family react to this success?
My wife Radhika never interferes in my work because she is very understanding. But I am happy that I spend more time with sons Soham (5) and Shubh (2). I rarely work on Sundays because I have some responsibility towards them.

You won many awards last year.
Yes, I won most of them. But awards can't measure the success of a singer. It's versatility and acceptance from the audience that makes one successful.

Is versatility important?
It's not a must but it's important. I have sung rock, pop and melodious romantic tracks. However, there are some who do great following one genre. Kailash Kher sings all kinds of songs but he excels in Sufi numbers.

What about your new album?
Tishnagi didn't do well. Probably because that was the time the audience liked Aap Ka Surroor more than my songs. I am releasing my next in October and this one's going to rock.

You are good looking. Any plans of trying your luck in acting?
Never. I am happy doing what I do though I am more health conscious and am trying to work out and look fitter.

Where do we hear you next?
Marigold is releasing at last. I am banking on Saawariya, Heyy Babyy and Om Shanti Om. I'm also singing in Dhamaal. It's Adnan Sami's first film as composer and we have rocked.

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