He might be just a 23-year-old Punjabi boy but when you get to hear him sing, he can take you by surprise - Indeep Bakshi - the lad who right now ranks high in every music lovers list. Indeep is known for his hit `Saturday Saturday` song which has been used by none other than Karan Johar for his upcoming venture `Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania`. In an exclusive interview with Ritika Handoo, this young Punjabi lad reveals how he became the nation`s most wanted singer overnight.
How did `Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania` happen?
It goes like this actually - Karan Johar first heard the song `Saturday Saturday` at Shah Rukh Khan`s Eid party. He instantly liked the song and wanted to know who sang it. Both Karan and Shah Rukh found the song very peppy and interesting. After listening to the entire song, they actually Googled it to find who was behind the song. Also, it is a co-incidence that the theme of this song fits very well with the movie`s theme and style. So, I got lucky this time.
Did you expect that `Saturday Saturday` would become such a huge hit?
Frankly speaking, I was not prepared for it. The song was actually an experiment with the hip-hop style. I am young and wanted to try out different genres in music. It so happened that the response was extremely positive after this song. The interesting bit about the origin of this composition is that it was actually meant to be a sort of a `tease` song for my friend called Shivani. I sang the song casually for her at a party and everybody really liked it. This was the turning point for me and I decided to take this composition further.
Do you feel the pressure of being compared with established singers such as Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mika Singh in the industry?
No, I really don`t think that a comparison is possible between the three of us. Music is my passion. They are here since long and my style of composition and singing is completely different from theirs. My focus in on international and experimental music. People who understand music will definitely know that all three of us are not the same by any means. Our music is distinct from one another.
Was Bollywood ever a dream for you?
Yes, absolutely Bollywood was a dream for me and it has finally come true. I feel extremely blessed to get such a huge debut. I don`t think it can get any bigger than Dharma productions signing you for a debut performance. In fact, before Karan Sir, other production houses had also appraoched me for a song but I wanted the best, and thankfully I got lucky. It`s just a perfect launchpad for any newcomer - a dream come true indeed.
Has the feeling sunk in yet that you have sung for Dharma production`s film?
The fact is that even today I check the internet everyday just to see my name in the credit list of the film and my name in the album to see whether my dream of singing for Bollywood films has actually materialised. It`s a feeling that cannot be expressed lest experienced. It has not only been a big moment for me but also for my family and friends. I get congratulatory messages almost everyday from my near and dear ones. The are so happy right now and can`t stop playing the party track. . It`s a different high altogether.
What are your future plans? Are there any other films or single albums up for release?
There are a couple of things lined up in the coming months. You will hear more from me. There is Madhur Bhandarkar`s upcoming venture titled `Madamji` with Priyanka Chopra. An epynomous song from my album `Billionaire` has been used in this film. I have discussed it with the director, the final confirmation is yet to come. Then, there is another single I am working on; an experimental, slow, R&B track. There is a song called `2 AM` that I am working on which I composed on my last birthday. The entire rap that you hear in the song has been done by me.