Sonu Nigam needs no introduction. His soulful melodious singing has enchanted all music lovers and his involvement in the reality shows has made him a household name today. Sonu Nigam talks to the Telly Buzz team about his new album on classical music and his role as the judge on SaRegamaPa Lil Champs
A very straightforward person, Sonu lets his convictions guide him and even in the midst of a crowd, he stands apart for his thoughts, actions and personality. Being a very versatile singer, he has belted out some memorable songs in every genre, and now he is coming up with a new album on classical music. The forthcoming album – "Classically Mild" is due to hit the stands very soon. It would feature songs which aim for the popular market while being laced with Indian classical elements, quite a different concept from the contemporary musical options. What made him choose for this theme for his new album? "I felt I need to give something to all music lovers. Also I felt I need to make my own parameters. Lataji Rafiji they all made their own parameters and we all tried to get there. So I also want that I make some parameter of mine which my future generation can now dream of getting," was his candid reply. Sonu worked on the album for past two years and has very high hopes from it. "I could have always gone for a pop album or a rock one. We have worked really hard for the album and I am sure you all will love it," says Sonu.
His other pet project is the musical reality show SaReGaMaPa L'il Champs where he is a judge. His contribution as a judge has given the show the much needed boost. Sonu does not agree to the notion that reality shows can thrive only on dramas. "I wanted to prove to the channel that it's a wrong notion of theirs that all these dramas and fights get high TRP. Without that also you can get it. Just now I would say SRGMP is the most clean musical show on Television. And it has got a very high TRP too," says Sonu. The show had at its early stages a plan to go for a lady judge but was later shelved. Sonu too confirms the same, "The Channel House had wanted to include a female judge too but I flatly refused as they had wanted to show some drama involving her. I had made it very clear to the channel house that, I won't allow all those judges fights and stuff in the show in which I am a judge. So I told them to get only Sureshji as my fellow judge."
With every reality shows these days thriving on drama, who is to be blamed the audience who lap it all up or the channel house that overfeeds the same old clinched stories every time? "The blame does not lie with the audience. It lies with the channel houses. One channel shows dirt, other follows it and show bit more third goes for more. Audience is watching whatever they are being given. Give them quality shows and they will surely enjoy it. They also don't like such stuff," was his prompt reply. Do we see him again in future on SaReGaMaPa seniors too? "No I have no idea yet if I'll be there in the next season of seniors or not. Just now too much is happening in my life. I am busy till May and lets see what course life takes after that. If there's nothing I'll just take chill and go easy."
Sonu's zeal for "something different musically" is surely a treat for his fans. No matter how unconventional his projects may be he knows how to turn things in his favor. He is surely a name to reckon with and is definitely a legend in the making.