Singer Sukhwinder Singh talks about his latest track from Raees and the idea behind the song
Sukhwinder Singh’s rustic and earthly vocals have entertained the audience for many years, and he has lent his powerful voice to Shah Rukh Khan for hit songs such as Chaiyya chaiyya and Dard-e-disco. And now, Singh has crooned the song Udi udi for Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.
Recalling how he bagged Udi udi, he says, “Ram Sampath is a very talented composer and I have worked with him earlier. One day, he called me and said, ‘Sukhiji, are you in a mood to fly kites?’ To this, I replied, ‘Yes, of course, I do, I was born in Amritsar and flying kites is a big festival there just like it is in Gujarat’. Aur phir unhone kaha chalo aaj patang udate hai. When I arrived, I was looking for a patang and I asked him where the kites were. He said the patang was in the pen drive. That’s how I learnt about Udi udi, which is related to the patang.”
Singh claims that Udi udi is the first song that is completely dedicated to kites. “This is the first full-fledged song about patang along with the symbol of love. I think this is a song whose content is about love and is out and out related to patang. This is the first song in Indian cinema that is a combination of love and patang.”
Sharing his experience working with music director Ram Sampath, the vocalist says the recording was ‘smooth and with a lot of fragrance’. “Ram Sampath is a very good person and a perfect composer. He does not create complications for the singer by his composition. His work is very neat, clean and passionate,” Singh notes.
He says he was given the space he needed to get comfortable and that the recording took only 30 minutes. “Everything happened with lots of fragrance and I really enjoyed it. It’s similar to the song Haule haule from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. It’s that kind of genre. Although it has a touch of garba, it’s a romantic song.”
Singh believes the music industry is lacking in pure romantic songs. “Lately, the music industry has been missing out on pure romantic songs. There is a lot of jazz and too much experimentation being done with romantic songs. It also has a little pahadi flavour. The composition of the song is simple and that’s why it is very beautiful; rather, I would call it a meetha gaana. It’s good to hear such songs.”
Lately, Sukhwinder Singh has crooned a few songs for Rangoon starring Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut.