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After acting in Daman: A Victim Of Marital Violence over a decade ago, what attracted you to take to acting again with Balwinder Singh...Famous Ho Gaya?
The project came through a friend who knew (film-maker) Sunil Agnihotri. I thought playing one of the 132 Balwinder Singhs, a Mumbai tapori, was a fun idea. Besides, I was promised that the film would be a quickie.
Was it easy to slip into playing another character?
Not really. I play a conman, who gets loud and aggressive if he doesn't get his way, it's his ways of scaring people into submission. Now that's not me, so I had to push myself to prepare for the role. I had to do this chase sequence, where I had to lift a child and run. It was tough, and by the end of the shot I was completely out of breath.
What was the good part?
That my character gets to sing two songs.
Mika Singh is your co-star in the film. What are the pros and cons when two singers come together as actors?
We both keep each other good company because we can talk music. At the same time, there is no pressure because we are not competing as singers. And two singers coming together as actors added a unique quality to the project.
What according to you is essential to be a successful playback singer today?
There has to be originality, in style and and attitude that blends with the present actors and the characters they portray.
Who is your idol?
Kishore Kumar. He effortlessly created magic with every song.
Like an actor prepares for his role, how does a singer prepare for his song?
Basically, it is the riyaaz done over the years that stands by a singer today as they get very little time to prepare for a song. The time taken by a singer, from entering the studios to recording a song, is only about two hours. The prep mode is generally to talk to the composer, listen to the song and get into the mood of the track.