Sukhwinder Singh Genre: Pop/World/Reggae, Film/Bollywood, India Hometown: India
Sukhwinder Singh is now the most
expensive singer in Bollywood. He doesn't really have to swamp himself with
work, an occasional job will do to keep him going - that's how expensive he is.
Yes, the Chaiyya chaiyya man arrived in style. His first effort in Hindi
films, Aaja Sanam, went largely unremarked, even though the music carried the
names of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The song simply disappeared in the whirlpool of
Bollywood, leaving him in much the same state. And then, along came
Dil Se. A R Rahman, always interested in something new, used Sukhwinder for the
unforgettable Chaiyya chaiyya, and for the singer, that was that. Despite
carping critics, it was no flash in the pan, and Sukhwinder is now regarded as a
sensitive and eloquent singer.
Other films followed, notable among which are Taal, Biwi No 1, 1947 Earth, Daag,
Dillagi and Thakshak have now made him a household word. Sukhwinder owes a large
part of his success to Rahman's encouragement, and makes no effort to gloss over
that fact. Apart from his work with Rahman, he is also engaged in a few other
projects. He is back with Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya..., where he is working with music
director Sandeep Chowta. He is planning to set up a high-tech recording studio
in Mumbai, and save himself the trouble of recording and experimenting on
somebody else's time. He is also working on two non-filmi albums.