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What was Amitabh Bachchan's reaction when you approached him to sing for you?
Dada has always been with me, in both good and bad times. Woh hamesha mere badein bhai ki tarah rahein hain, mujhe parivaar ka sadasya samjha. And it's not that I just asked him to do any song. For me, he is akin to God. Why just me, he holds a very sacred place in the hearts of today's youth too. He is an institution by himself and even after all his accomplishments, he still remains a humble man.
You have roped in three international artists for this album. Tell us something about them.
Besides Akon, Wyclef, we also have Pamela Lajoie, a Canadian artist. Akon and I have known each other for so many years. I was the first person to get Akon to India. Wyclef is like family, I have been working with him for so many years. It's because of Wyclef that I got an opportunity to work with Shakira and in an album with Norah Jones. I had sung with Wyclef and Chamellionaire for the album Carnival II in 2007. The song is called Hollywood meets Bollywood. During the promotional tour for the album, Akon who has sung Dollar bill for the same album, heard me and was very impressed. He was keen that we work together in the future.
And what are their songs about?
Akon's song is very emotional. It's a very meaningful song with Western beats. My son Avitesh has rapped in this song. It's R&B with melody and good arrangements. Wyclef's song, which features Anivesh's vocals is very emotional and brought tears to my eyes. The song also has an Indian version sung by Shaan in English. I have included both the versions in the album.