One of the biggest singing sensations Sonu Nigam recently said that he was put in a box after he delivered a chartbuster sad song. He was being offered only sad songs after ‘Achha Sila Diya’. It was only when he was offered Pardes track ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ for Shah Rukh Khan, that music composers thought of him for new age tracks.EXCLUSIVE: Sonu Nigam recalls how singing ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ for Shah Rukh Khan in Pardes turned around his career: “I started getting new age songs thanks to Nadeem – Shravan”
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Sonu Nigam recalled how he was only offered to croon sad songs after his popular track ‘Achha Sila Diya’ from the 1995 film Bewafa Sanam. “I was fed up! After ‘Achha Sila Diya’, I was only offered sad songs. I always joke on stage that I started getting songs with the words, ‘kafan, dafan, laash, shamshaan ghat, kabristan’. I would only get such sad songs! I wished that I would get some up-tempo songs as well, and that finally happened with Nadeem-Sharavan,” Sonu told Bollywood Hungama.
Sonu revealed that his career took a turn when he sang ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ in Pardes for Shah Rukh Khan. “I had told them I can do it. I can do Western also. When they had an opportunity with ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’, they suggested Subhash Ghai my name. So, I started getting new age songs thanks to Nadeem-Sharavan,” he added.
He also recalled the adlib he did for the song ‘Ah’ which was him copying Michael Jackson. “The ‘ah’ in the song, that was me copying Michael Jackson’s style. I wouldn’t understand what he would sing except for his ‘ahs’ in the songs. So, during ‘Yeh Dil’, I thought it could go perfectly well here. Subhash ji really liked it and said, ‘Yeh toh bada badmaash ladka hai!’ He liked that I was singing with so much power,” he added.
Sonu Nigam went on to sing for Shah Rukh Khan in several movies including Kal Ho Na Ho, Om Shanti Om, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, among others.
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