Daler Mehndi known for his dance floor numbers, is making his comeback in the forthcoming film ‘Sui Dhaaga’, starring Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan, which releases on Friday.
Looking back on his career in an interview with Deccan Chronicle, Mehndi shares how he enjoys working as a play-back singer and as an independent artist too. “In an independent music, one has the liberty to play with the tune and lyrics of the film. But when you are working on a track for a particular film, the shots are called by the director. So, the artiste needs to do justice to the director’s vision which in itself is a huge responsibility.” Further adding, “In an independent music everything depends on the artist, unlike Bollywood songs where there are actors, choreographers who add to the song. And it is this very challenge that I love. So, I just can’t bring myself to choose one as both are equally challenging.”
Mehndi talks about how he goes about choosing to do a Bollywood song or not, explaining that it all comes down to the lyrics of the song and not the director. “It’s not the director or the actor who attracts me to a film, it is the song and how powerful the lyrics is. And if the song has a message to deliver.”
Though this was not the case when lending his vocal for the ‘Sui Dhaaga’ soundtrack. “It was Anu Malikji who requested me to be a part of the film though I didn’t really like the song Khatar Patar as it was not a dancing song. Not really that powerful. But at times, being a part of the industry, one needs to be there for the ones who believe in you.”
Mehndi reigned the charts in the 90’s with popular tracks such as ‘Na Na Na Na Na Re’ from ‘Mrityudaata’ (1997) and ‘Bolo Ta Ra Ra’ (1995).