Batting for a good cause

Before he embarked on a singing career,Sukhwinder Singh says he was actively involved with sports.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Chandigarh | Published: May 12, 2012 3:36 am

Before he embarked on a singing career,Sukhwinder Singh says he was actively involved with sports. “I had a track record – 100 meters in 11.27 seconds. My dream was to participate in the Olympics,” says the celebrated singer and music composer,in town to perform at the closing ceremony of the Chandigarh Police Gully cricket tournament on Saturday.

“But destiny had other plans,and I was drawn towards music. Still,to date,I touch the feet of all the sporting greats,people who have made a difference through their sports,” says Sukhwinder. His visit to the city has a dual purpose: one to perform and second to promote his film,Khudi Ko Kar Buland Itna that releases this May 18.

Directed by Jagdip Dahiya,Singh plays the protagonist Rishi who urges people to give up guns and terrorism and embrace a new religion,humanity. “Just like gully cricket has raised the issues of female foeticide,dowry,drugs,crime through their events,we,through our film are raising similar issues too.”

Speaking of cricket,the Chandigarh Police Gully Cricket with its 500 plus teams and 10,000 plus participants has entered the Limca Book of Records.

Next year,the police want to rope in 40,000 plus students for this sporting event.

As for Singh,he can’t stop raving about his 22-minute song for Aamir Khan’s show,Satyameva Jayate,and the fact that he will be featured on the show soon. “I cannot disclose much about that,but I can tell you how big a fan I am of Aamir and how impressed I am with his work and vision. The man steers clear of diplomacy or any confusion and speaks with his heart,” the singer says.

Singh adds that he deliberately keeps his projects limited in number. As for acting,while his first film was never released,this will mark his official debut. “I am not a actor,but the director,after listening to my songs for this film,insisted I act too. Initially,I evaded him for a month,then I decided why not…it’s for a good cause,” he reasons.

He says he is no race and has no inclination of making it to the Guiness records. “I want to win hearts,that’s all.” While he is working on couple of projects,the latest to come out is a album of meditative music,one he composed for his new found passion,yoga. “I was introduced to yoga six months back,and found it peaceful and relaxing,and have made music for those who practise this art,” says Singh.

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