CHANDIGARH: US-based Pakistani rapper Bohemia, who collaborated with Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China for the snazzy version of the title track, is expecting to ink another deal with the Bollywood star.
“Last month I had a meeting with Akshay bhai again. Hopefully, I will again contribute in his film. Talks are on with many other filmmakers and very soon things will be finalised,” Bohemia told IANS.
“My fan base started in America, whatever I get from outside is an added bonus. Now Bollywood is helping me. Akshay Kumar approached me for Chandni Chowk to China and I could not say no as I am a big fan,” he said.
Bohemia feels hip-hop or rap is not culture or society bound, “Hip-hop and rap is something that represents a whole culture. In other forms of music there are many restrictions and you are compartmentalised into certain compositions. But rap is absolutely free.”
Born as Roger David in Karachi, Pakistan, Bohemia shifted to the US when his parents decided to migrate there 14 years ago. He is now based in California. Bohemia’s grandfather had converted from Sikhism to Christianity.
Talking about his fan following in India, he said, “Whenever I come to India, there is a huge queue of youngsters outside my hotel room and at the venues. I like to take out time for them and teach them about hip-hop and rap music,” he said.
Bohemia became an instant hit in 2003 with his first album Vich Pardesan De and followed it with Pesa Nasha Pyar and Da Rap Star.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2010.