Now Honey Singh set to conquer Bollywood

Mumbai: Punjabi rapper, music producer and now celluloid hero `Yo Yo` Honey Singh is heading to B-Town with a song "Mujhe neat pilade sajna", his first in Hindi. The song will feature in Naseeruddin Shah-starrer gangster flick `Mastaan`.

‘Mastaan’, produced by Sunil Bohra, will see Naseeruddin sharing screen space with his son Vivaan.

Singh, whose latest album ‘International Village’ has fetched immense success, recently made his acting debut with ‘Mirza: The Untold Story’.

Singh says he decided to saunter into Bollywood with a song on a friend`s insistence.

"I`m happy where I am. But when my friend Sunil Bohra heard and liked my first Hindi song and said he wanted to use it in his Hindi film, I said, `Take it! It`s all yours`. He came to Delhi, heard my entire catalogue and liked at least 190 of my songs," said the singer.

Unknown to Bollywood, the 25-year-old is especially popular among Punjabis in India and Britain.

"I started my career as a music producer in 2005. In 2006, my single went to be number one in the BBC world charts. I used to sing in English.

"Then on the audiences` request, I began to rap and sing in Punjabi. I was in Britain for nine years. But now for the last three years, I`ve been creating my music in Punjabi," he said.

And now Singh is extending his reach into Hindi cinema.

"Bollywood will be a bonus. But I will head to Bollywood only when the offers come with respect for my art. I am not here to sell myself," he added.