Let actors turn singers, says Shankar Mahadevan

Updated: Sep 22, 2012, 14:28 PM IST

Mumbai: Shankar Mahadevan is all for actors entering the singing arena, but the singer-composer says they cannot change the music scene of the country.

Actress Priyanka Chopra recently launched her international single "In My City" and actor Ranbir Kapoor also sang a few lines in a promotional video for his film "Barfi!".

But Mahadevan says media shouldn`t base assumptions on "one-off cases".

"Sometimes an actor or an actress sings a song, but you can`t generalise it. This is the question of the music of the country, don`t generalise that with that," he said upon being asked if actors turning singers would lead to less scope for professional singers.

"If they are doing this job (singing), it`s fantastic. They are the icons of the country and they should do it. But that doesn`t mean they are going to change the music scene of the country," the 45-year-old said here.

Mahadevan is set to be a judge on the upcoming season of singing reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012".

He says unlike other shows, the judges panel will not showcase a contestant`s financial background for TRPs (television rating points).

"We don`t see anybody`s financial status in this show. Some are from well-to-do families while some are from very poor families, this is not our criteria. We are only seeing the singing talent and like so many reality shows portray a contestant`s poor house and all, all that is not even true most of the times.

"We are only looking for a good singer, whether it`s a male singer or a female singer," said Mahadevan.

Besides him, composer duo Sajid-Wajid and bass guitarist of the band Indian Ocean, Rahul Ram complete the judges panel. The shows starts on Zee TV Sep 29.