Udit Narayan, in a candid conversation with Sayali Parab, discusses his latest rehashed song – Tu cheez badi hai mast mast – and also his views on the changing music industry
Udit Narayan, a veteran singer with decades of experience, is back in the news with the rehashed version of his most enchanting song Cheez badi for the film Machine. Narayan is euphoric about crooning the recreated version, which he says has made him relive the days when he recorded the song.
Saying he loved the idea of recreating the song in his own voice, he remarks. “I felt good that they decided to make me sing my song instead of some other singer. The team did have a meeting to decide if my voice would match the actor, Mustafa, as he is young and we all know how that turned out. The team was sure I still sounded young and fresh. It is a good idea to make the original singer sing the rehashed version of his own song. It also gave me the chance to sing in a new style, keeping the youth in mind.”
Narayan says the old version had created waves internationally and the new version is already attracting attention. “I wanted to sound like a youngster in this song, and I followed the music director, the director and writer’s vision. Everybody is satisfied with my voice and they loved it. People too love the song, which is already a chartbuster.”
On the changes in the music industry, the singer laments that he doesn’t get to listen to many songs from the golden era any more. But he is optimistic about the current trends. “There is a lot of talent in the industry, with a lot of new music directors and singers coming in. Also, technology has improved, so we can do anything easily. We have to move with the times and the industry is doing well. It is good to change with the audience and with time.”
Narayan says he prefers to sing the latest songs rather than recreated ones. “If I could, I would want to sing new and fresh songs. Fresh gaana gaane ka maza hi kuch aur hai. Recreating a song is okay since it becomes a hit. But one needs to recreate it better than the old version, which is already a chartbuster. So I will try and opt for new songs since there is a different kind of joy in singing new songs.”
The veteran singer claims his career is as steady as ever and that the young generation still approaches him for their projects. “I record five to six songs every month. Also, I have been singing in 36 languages. Lately, I sang for Amit Trivedi, for a yet untitled movie. I am very happy to know that the young generation is calling me for their projects. Music directors and directors still believe that Udit Narayan can sing well and they approach me.”