[Source : TOI ]
Versatility comes naturally to Kay Kay. With memorable numbers like Tadap tadap (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam), Awarapan… (Jism), Kya Mujhe Pyar… (Woh Lamhe), Ankhon… (OSO), etc to his credit, its little wonder that this celebrated singer has been topping the charts consistently. And this when Kay Kay claims to have had no formal training in singing!
So how has he managed to hold his own in the industry, we wonder? “I don’t know myself,” comes a thoroughly relaxed response, as Kay Kay continues, “Though music was always my passion, I’d never thought that I’d come this far. Anyway, for the kind of music we have in movies, one doesn’t really require knowledge of classical music and I can manage the rest.” Sure enough, with innumerable hits to back this statement, you really can’t blame Kay Kay for being this confident.
What has the singer all charged up these days is his forthcoming album Humsafar. And that’s not all. With Ankhon… still topping the charts, it’s a “double celebration” as Kay Kay exclaims.
“It had been long since Pal was released, so this album was just to reaffirm that I’m still around with my kind of music,” he explains.
So what’s his kind of music? “Something that’s soulful and melodious. Not those dance numbers.” Having composed music for his own album, could composing for Bollywood also be in line? Kay Kay answers with an emphatic “No! I’m very selfish. I’ll never compose for movies,” because, “It’s difficult to make a song and I’ve seen how music directors struggle. In my albums at least I give what I like.”
Back to Bollywood, while Kay Kay admits that the extremely hummable Tadap tadap brought him to people’s notice, he shares how he escaped getting typecast for similar numbers. He recalls, “After Tadap tadap , for another three to four months I only had filmmakers approaching me saying ‘I have a Tadap tadap kind of number for you’! And I had a tough time sidestepping them. Then it was Anu Malek who helped me break that mould by offering me Chan chana nanan… from Hera Pheri .”
While Kay Kay gained recognition with Tadap tadap, his second number in Bollywood (the first being Chhor aaye hum… from Maachis), the singer asserts that he never struggled for work and was “happy doing jingles, before I was approached for Maachis. I’ve never chased anyone for work. If you chase people, they start taking you for granted.” He adds: “Plus, I just wanted to sing. Where or whom I sang for never bothered me. Today also, however big a hit I may give, I detach myself from my songs very quickly. That helps me stay content.”
And while Kay Kay forgets compliments “very fast,” there’s one that will remain etched in his mind forever. “I was at a restaurant in Pune when one old gentleman walked up to me and said ‘Beta, I don’t listen to the songs of today. But after Kishore Kumar, it’s only you whom I listen to.’ This is one praise I can’t forget,” he smiles, as he readies to bid goodbye.

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