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I think, the Maula likes my voice: Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher and Sufi music are synonymous with each other. Kher seems to be an ideal name composers look up to, when they want a playback voice for their Sufi songs. Little wonder that Fauzia Arshi, music composer and director of the upcoming movie Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi, chose Kher to sing her first Sufi composition. In an exclusive interview, the ‘Allah Key Bandey’ singer shares his connection with God, Sufism and his love for music.

Singer Kailash Kher with filmmaker-composer Fauzia Arshi.

You are known for songs that start with the word ‘Maula’, including the famous song from Delhi 6, composed by legendary A.R.Rahman. Is there any connection in such songs?

I had a ‘Maula’ song in The Rising too. You know, Sufi songs are spiritual meditative numbers. You cannot place such songs in a movie for the sake of entertainment. You cannot use the term ‘Maula’ for a random reason. Naqli duniya mein asli kaam karne ke liye aapko asli hona padega.

Is ‘Maula’ your favourite word?

Ha ha. I think, the Maula likes my voice. Do you know that I have also sung Hanuman Chalisa for Aadesh Shrivastava and a Gujarati prayer for Devi Maa etc. In our country, whenever you sing songs related to the almighty, you need to be careful. You will be accepted only if you sound genuine.

Yes! Even your new song ‘Maula Maula’ from the movie Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi is rendered soulfully. So what’s the difference between this one and the other Sufi songs?

It is impossible to compare. You connect with the almighty when you meditate or pray. And for me, singing these songs, is like praying. Each such song is an experience on its own. I think I am blessed to belong to this world of entertainment, where I can express freely while experiencing soulful melodies.

Filmmaker-composer Fauzia Arshi with singer Kailash Kher. - Pic 1

With this movie, we are adding a new face to the music industry. Tell us about the filmmaker-cum-music director Fauzia Arshi?

Fauzia is an extremely talented person; a multi-faceted lady. She plays the guitar, is a painter, and sings and writes beautifully. She has also directed the film and co-produced it along with media maverick Santosh Bhartiya. Fauzia is unique in her own way. And she has used her talents very nicely and effortlessly for this film. She has God’s blessings in abundance and I wish her the best for future endeavors.

Talking about the new ‘Maula’ song in this film, it has a rare combination of lyricist-stalwarts like Allama Iqbal, Amir Khusro and Krishan Bihari Noor. Does that make it any more special?

Absolutely. Just to give readers a brief, Allama Iqbal is the person who wrote Sare Jahaan Se Accha, Amir Khusro needs no introduction, and there would have been a vacuum without Krishan Bihari Noor in the world of Urdu literature. They were big philosophers and thinkers of their time. I am proud and excited to have been able to render my voice to some of their writings; especially, in a time when we are often surrounded by sub-standard lyrics which lack depth.

To add glamour, the song is performed in the film by Shahbaz Khan; who happens to be the son of the legendary Ustad Amir Khan.

Yes, isn’t that amazing? Shahbaz has played a villain in so many films, but not many know that he comes from such a great musical family. Even I was not aware about his family background before I read about it in a magazine once. I am so happy he has performed on my song. His acting has justified my voice on screen.

Filmmaker-composer Fauzia Arshi with singer Kailash Kher. - Pic 2

What is it that makes you so endearing with Sufism?

Sufism is zindagi to me. Some aspects like purity, love and beauty are naturally attractive all over the world. They don’t have a language. They are like a mystery. And much that is Godly and blissfully mysterious can be considered Sufi.

What about your next album?

I have been working on a new one, to release in about a month or two.

Finally, what does Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi imply to you? Does it ever happen to you?

I would say, what applies more to me is dimaagh kam, jyada dahi. Ha ha. I am dimaagh rahit. I don’t think much. I am a man with no plans. I live life as it comes. But let me tell you, Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi is made with a sensible mind. It underlines a lot of stuff we go through in our lives in a super comic manner. Everyone who watches it will identify with many situations it portrays. I have my fingers crossed for the movie and its music too. The score is fabulous and I’m hoping it scales the top of the music charts.

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Mika does a Madonna in Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi

We all know of Madonna shooting to her virgin heights in the West with her chartbuster “Papa Don’t Preach.” The song catapulted the wild-child of Hollywood to hysteric fame with the youth and became an anthem with young westerners for decades to follow.

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 7

Now, India’s music wild-child Mika Singh is all set to come out with “Baap Hona Paap” a sort of reverse-engineered song from “Papa Don’t Preach” for the upcoming film Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi (HDKD).

“It’s a peppy humourous song from a father’s point of view, underlining the irony of things,” says the film’s director-cum-music composer Fauzia Arshi. “Mika sings about the new-age hi-tech, uncontrolled, over-intelligent generation, born into an era with everything is on their finger tips.”

Singer Mika Singh with writer-director-producer-music composer Fauzia Arshi of Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi.

What’s more! Mika will don the caricature avatar in this song which will feature as a fully-animated introductory song of HDKD. Do we see a Rakhi Sawant drooling her eyes! Gee :p

The film has five great comedians Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Raajpal Yadav, Razzaq Khan and the veteran Kader Khan coming together. Produced by Santosh Bhartiya and Fauzia Arshi, HDKD releasing on October 16, has music, story, dialogues and direction by Fauzia Arshi.

मीका हुए मैडोना… होगया दिमाग़ का दही

होगया दिमाग़ का दही में मीका सिंह ने मैडोना को दर्शाया

हम सभी को पता है मैडोना का चर्त्बुस्टर गाना ‘पापा डोंट प्रीच’ जिसने उन्हे अमेरिकी युवायों के बीच काफी लोकप्रिए बना दिया था। और वही गाना आज भी एक एंथम की तरह युवाओं के दिल-ओ-दिमाग़ में बसा हुआ है।

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 5

कुछ उसी तर्ज़ पर हिंदुस्तान के मीका सिंह लेकर आ रहे हैं ‘बाप होना पाप’ जिसको हम ‘पापा डोंट प्रीच’ का उत्क्रम संस्करण कह सकते हैं जो दिखेगा आने वाली नयी फिल्म ‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ में।

“ये एक पिता के दृष्टिकोण से लिखा हुआ हास्यपूर्ण गाना है, जो व्यंगात्मक टिप्पणी है,” फ़ौज़िया अर्शी बताती हैं, जो इस फिल्म की निर्देशक होने के साथ-साथ फिल्म की संगीतकार भी हैं। “मीका एक नए जमाने का गाना गाते नज़र आएंगे जो आज की अत्य्धूनिक, अनियंत्रित, अत्यधिक बुद्धिमान युवा पीड़ी के लक्षणों को बखूबी दर्शाता है”।

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 6

‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ के इस एनिमतेड़ गाने में मीका का कार्टून अवतार नज़र आएगा जो इस फिल्म का मूल भाव दर्शाता है।

पाँच महान हिन्दी फिल्मों के हस्ये अभिनेताओं — ॐ पूरी, संजय मिश्रा, राजपाल यादव, रजाक खान और दिगज्ज कलाकार कदर खान के सम्मिश्रण से बनी ‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ नए जमाने की हास्ये फिल्म है जो आप सभी को रोलर-कोस्टर सवारी पर लेजाने में सक्षम है और उसी तरह गुदगुदाएगी।

Writer-director-producer-music composer Fauzia Arshi of Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi.

संतोष भारतीय और फ़ौज़िया अर्शी होगया दिमाग़ का दही के निर्मातागण है जो 16 ओक्टोबर को रिलीस के लिए तयार है। इस फिल्म का संगीत, कहानी, डाइलॉग और निर्देशन फ़ौज़िया अर्शी ने ही दिया है।

Mika Singh caricature to open Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi

India gets its first singer caricature with HDKD

Singer Mika Singh with writer-director-producer-music composer Fauzia Arshi of Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi.

Mika Singh has become the first singer-caricature in a feature film to have an entire animated song to himself in Fauzia Arshi’s upcoming film Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi (HDKD).

“The picturisation itself was born out of coincidence. Mika recorded “Baap Hona Paap,” based on a father’s point of view of his kin. I was keen to film it on him as the introductory song,” informs the film’s director-cum-music composer Fauzia Arshi.

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 1

“But as Mika was out of town for a few days, I had this idea about getting the entire song made with an animated caricature of Mika and showing it to him as a surprise,” reveals Fauzia. When she did, Mika was head over heels in love with his caricature. So they decided to retain it.

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 4

The film takes laughter to its original form with five great comedians Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Raajpal Yadav, Razzaq Khan and the veteran Kader Khan coming together. Produced by Santosh Bhartiya and Fauzia Arshi, HDKD releasing on October 16, has music, story, dialogues and direction by Fauzia Arshi.

होगया दिमाग़ का दही के गाने में मीका सिंह का कार्टून

मीका सिंह देश के पहले गायक बन गए हैं जिनका ‘कार्टून अवतार’ फ़ौज़िया अर्शी के निर्देशन में बनी ‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ के एनिमटेड गाने को चार चाँद लगाएगा!

“गाने को एनिमेशन का रूप देना संयोग की ही बात है। जब हम ये गाना ‘बाप होना पाप’ रिकॉर्ड कर रहे थे, तब से ही मेरी इच्छा थी के ये गाना उनको मुख्य भूमिका में रख कर शूटिंग करू,” फ़ौज़िया अर्शी बताती हैं, जो इस फिल्म की निर्देशक होने के साथ-साथ फिल्म की संगीतकार भी हैं।

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 3

“पर जब मीका को अचानक शहर से बाहर जाना पड़ा, तो मैंने सोचा की इस गाने को ऐनिमेट किया जाये और मीका को एक कार्टून के अवतार में बनाकर उन्ही को आश्चर्यचकित किया जाये,” फ़ौज़िया ने बताया। मीका को उनके कार्टून कैरक्टर से प्यार सा होगया, तभी एकमत इसी को रखने का निर्णय किया।

पाँच महान हिन्दी फिल्मों के हस्ये अभिनेताओं — ॐ पूरी, संजय मिश्रा, राजपाल यादव, रजाक खान और दिगज्ज कलाकार कदर खान के सम्मिश्रण से बनी ‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ नए जमाने की हास्ये फिल्म है जो आप सभी को रोलर-कोस्टर सवारी पर लेजाने में सक्षम है और उसी तरह गुदगुदाएगी।

Mika Singh in the animated song from Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi. - Pic 2

संतोष भारतीय और फ़ौज़िया अर्शी ‘होगया दिमाग़ का दही’ के निर्मातागण है, जो 16 ओक्टोबर को रिलीस के लिए तयार है। इस फिल्म का संगीत, कहानी, डाइलॉग और निर्देशन फ़ौज़िया अर्शी ने ही दिया है।