Like Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, pop singer Shiraz Uppal seeks refuge in Bollywood. He lent his voice to the title track of Anand L Rai’s movie Raanjhanaa for which music has been composed by AR Rahman. Uppal was seen partying with the cast and crew, including Sonam Kapoor, at JW Marriot in Mumbai last week as the movie reached its INR1 billion mark.
“I was in Chennai when Anand called and invited me to the party. I then headed to Mumbai,” Uppal told The Express Tribune. “I was told that my voice suited the song really well,” he added, about the song that was featured on Dhanush. “So he has asked me to sing more Tamil songs for his upcoming movies.”
When asked if he would need to learn Tamil in order to sing in that language, he said, “I don’t need to at all. Since I was a little kid, I would copy the exact accent I would hear in a song be it Arabic, Japanese or any other language.” He added that even if he doesn’t know the meaning of the lyrics, he is able to sing like someone who knows the language.
Commenting on the film’s ban in Pakistan, he laughed and said: “If the guy were Muslim and the girl were Hindu, instead of the other way around, then it would’ve easily released here.”
Apart from that, a tour and more Bollywood projects — which he didn’t name — are also in the pipeline for the singer.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013.
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