From hosting Sa Re Ga Ma eight years ago to judging Little Champs, it's been a homecoming of sorts for Sonu Nigam. "Yes, I was away from my baby for eight years. I wanted to check on her if she was OK in my absence," he smiles.
Tell him he's mellowed down as he very politely expresses his complaints with the little singers and he says, "I was always like that. There are two ways of commenting on someone's singing. Either you go ballistic in the guise of being frank and straightforward and reduce the other person's self respect to shreds, or you be more tactful. There is no question of me hurting anybody's sentiments or dignity."
Talk veers to the show's host Aditya Narayan. "I am very fond of him. I have seem him grow. I would take him, Rahul Vaidya and a few other little children with me for a ride in my jeep. I feel proud to see Aditya today, so confident."
His song 'Main agar kahoon' in Om Shanti Om has been received well. So is less more? "Definitely! What's the point of calling yourself the busiest singer in town when all people remember are three to four songs out of the 100 you have sung? I would rather read more books, listen more to music, travel, watch films, and enjoy life than record 10
songs in a day." Coming up next, are Khoya Khoya Chand, Striker and Jodhaa Akbar.
An album on the anvil? "Yes, it's a hardcore classical album, with a commercial flavour yet commercial. It's turned out very well."
Finally, how is papahood treating him? "Very well. My wife and I are very hands-on when it comes to our son Nevaan. We don't have a cook or a maid. So she cooks and I change his nappies, clean his potty and put him to sleep. It's blissful. He's three and a half months old and yes, I do sing to him. I sing this special song which I have made for him and the minute he hears it he snuggles closer to me and goes off to sleep."
Author: Suhaani Rai