Feb 202018

Singer Kumar Sanu and his UK-based daughter Shannon talk about teaming up for their first duet, and their mutual admiration

Singer Kumar Sanu and his daughter Shannon
Kumar Sanu with daughter Shannon

It isn’t easy to match up to Kumar Sanu‘s finesse behind the mic. But his daughter, Shannon K, 16, proved that music is in the genes as she matched him beat for beat, spark for spark in the recently released track, It’s Magical. In an interview with mid-day, the father-daughter duo talks about collaborating by chance and their admiration for each other’s musical skills.

This is your first professional collaboration with your daughter. How does it feel?
Sanu: I wasn’t sure if she would complement my voice, but I am happy with the result. I am proud of her sense of music. She has a sweet, yet powerful voice, and is versatile. Be it opera, pop or romantic numbers – she is comfortable with every genre.

Was she your first choice for the song?
Sanu: No, I was supposed to record the track with someone else, but it didn’t work out. When I was discussing about the project getting delayed because I didn’t have a female voice, Shannon requested me to allow her to compose and sing the female portions. If I had thought of working with her, it would have been a father-daughter track [instead of a romantic one].
Shannon: That’s why the song is special to me. It was not originally meant for me. He thought I won’t be able to justify the feel of the song, but when I penned the lyrics, he was happy.

Did you record together?
Sanu: My portions were composed by Daniel George [Norwegian composer] and written by Sameer. Shannon wrote the English lyrics for her part. I recorded in Mumbai and she did it in Los Angeles.

What do you like the most about your father’s singing?
Shannon: The texture of his voice is different; it’s deep and mysterious. When he sings a romantic song, he sounds sweet; when he records a cheeky number, he sounds cheeky, and when it’s a sad song, his voice tugs at my heart. Everything about his singing inspires me – he is passionate about his work and is a quick learner. He doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to understand a song.

Do you want Shannon to try Bollywood playback?
Sanu: She grew up in the UK and can’t speak Hindi properly. So, I’m not sure if she can sing for films.

How is your father as a mentor?
Shannon: Dad is strict about riyaaz and insists that I practise every morning. I don’t consume cold drinks or spicy food, because he says they ruin the voice.

Are you working on any other project with him?
Shannon: Nothing at the moment. I am lucky to be part of this song. Singing with dad was a dream.

Did you know? Veteran singers Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik turned down the songs of AR Rahman’s National Award-winning 1992 hit, Roja.

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Sep 302017

Reprising and recreating of old chartbusters is the latest trend in B-town. From ‘Kala Chashma’ to ‘Tamma Tamma’, many 90s hit tracks have been rehashed lately but not every experiment is successful.

Remember those famous lyrics, “Neend churayi meri kisne o sanam….Tu ne”? Well, every kid born in the 90s has grooved to ‘Neend Churai Meri’ from the cult film ‘Ishq’.

Anu Malik’s music, Kumar Sanu, and Udit Narayan’s voice were all that was needed to create a Bollywood hit number during those days. The song not only ruled the music charts for weeks but also become everyone’s favourite song. 

And finally, Rohit Shetty has released the reprised version of 90’s hit song in his upcoming flick ‘Golmaal Again’. This is the first time that the same actor is seen in the recreated version of his own song. 20 years ago, this song debuted in the Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla starrer ‘Ishq’ and now the same track has been reprised in ‘Golmaal Again’ as ‘Maine Tujko Dekha’. Though, after listening to the new track we wish what happened 20 years ago was left untouched.

Sadly, Rohit and Ajay had a different plan. What Anu Malik created once, has now been crushed by the same hands. Nor do you get Kajol’s and Ajay’s peppy chemistry and neither does the song leaves a real impact. This new track is an utter disappointment and makes you wonder why the track was even remade in the first place. 

The song focuses on Parineeti Chopra as Ajay tries to woo her, and I so wish I could say this song didn’t destroy those memories, but I just can’t. Growing up listening to this epic song is one thing that will stay with many kids who were born in 90’s. Even today, when the song comes on, one can’t refrain from grooving to its beats and sing along, exhausting our vocal cords. That was the magic of that cult song!

How Golmaal Destroyed Our Memory Of ‘Neend Churai Meri'© Ajay Devgn FFilms

There is nothing new that this song offers. You are presented with Ajay’s trademark steps and a train to sequence from ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’. It seems like producers these days are hell-bent on ruining every old song. 

Ajay and Rohit, congratulations on royally messing up yet another 90’s song. 

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Jul 182017


Veteran singers Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik turned down the songs of AR Rahman’s National Award-winning 1992 hit, Roja.

“When we were offered the project, we didn’t know who Rahman was. We would record five songs a day back then. Travelling to Chennai for recording seemed difficult,” says Yagnik, as Sanu adds, “That’s perhaps the greatest regret of our career. The album had such beautiful songs. We wish we had sung them.”

Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu. Pic/Shadab Khan
Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu. Pic/Shadab Khan

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Jul 092017

Rehashing popular old number is the new trend in Bollywood. Well, we ain’t complaining; after all, the recreated version becomes our party song of the year. From ‘Kala Chashma’ to ‘Tamma Tamma’, a lot many 90s hit tracks have been rehashed lately, garnering huge numbers on the internet.

Remember those famous lyrics, “Neend churayi meri kisne o sanam….Tu ne”? Don’t know about you, but every kid born in the 90s has grooved to ‘Neend Churai Meri’ from the cult film ‘Ishq’. Anu Malik’s music, Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan’s voice, what else do you need to create a Bollywood hit? The song became so huge after it was released that it ruled the music charts for weeks.

What if this song was recreated as well; wouldn’t we all just love that? Joining the bandwagon of remixes is director Rohit Shetty. He is all set to bring a rehashed version of this popular song in his upcoming flick ‘Golmaal Again’.

Wondering who will be composing Anu Malik’s song? It’s none other than his student Amaal Mallik. Speaking to a leading daily he said, “I am doing two songs for the film, one among which is Neend Churayi. It’s a big responsibility. It is also a tribute to my uncle, Anu Malik, who composed the original. We will retain the hook line and add new verses to the song. It will suit the mood of the film.”

I don’t know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over ! #AMLive #Singer #Soundcheck #Music

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Though Amaal is working on the composition, the singer is yet to be confirmed. Well, whoever he/she is, they definitely have huge shoes to fill in.

Interestingly, Ajay Devgn who grooved to this song with his now wife Kajol in 1997 will be seen taking the dance floor once again. We just hope we get to see Kajol making a cameo in the song as well; after all, how can we imagine that song without her?

Ishq Movie(c) Youtube

The shooting of ‘Golmaal 4′ has begun and the film also stars Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu and Shreyas Talpade. Kareena who has been part of the last two films will not be seen in this one. However, joining the ‘Golmaal’ family now are Tabu and Parineeti Chopra. The film is slated to hit the theatres on Diwali 2017.  

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