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When Remo Fernandes lent his voice to the dance-number Humma Humma in Bombay,the nation was ready for a spontaneous jig. Time and again,India’s original pop star has repeated his magic with filmy numbers like Pyar To Hona Hi Tha or songs from his album like O Meri Munni.

Written by PriyankaPereira | Published: February 19, 2010 3:21 am

Remo Fernandes can’t understand the obsession with Bollywood,even as he gets ready to stage a comeback

When Remo Fernandes lent his voice to the dance-number Humma Humma in Bombay,the nation was ready for a spontaneous jig. Time and again,India’s original pop star has repeated his magic with filmy numbers like Pyar To Hona Hi Tha or songs from his album like O Meri Munni.

However,after a gap of five years,the pop singer is back with Rahul Agarwal’s Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke. This time,he is also looking forward to composing music for films. “I’ve always considered my own music and albums to be my main body of work,and ventured into Bollywood once in a while. Now,I would like to turn a music director,” he confirms.

Mixed Doubles is the last film where he featured as a playback singer. Still,Fernandes continues to be a household name. “I am truly blessed to have this regard from the people,especially in an industry where you’re forgotten six months after a hit.” He has already released a song called India,I Cry on Facebook and YouTube. Since video-making is his newest passion,Fernandes boasts of scripting,directing and even editing his video. There is more to the 54-year-old than just music. He is writing a book and has spent the last few months travelling in Brazil and Egypt.

So what prompted him to make a comeback? “The song was irresistible. It was quite a challenge for me to handle the Hindi lyrics. I felt a very strong emotional connect with the chorus,” says he.

Fernandes feels that a lot of India’s modern music is simply superb,but unfortunately it is all Bollywood-centric. “Any artiste who has something fresh to offer immediately allows himself to be engulfed by the Hindi film industry. As a result,we don’t have a pure music scene flourishing parallel to the film scene,” he states,while talking about the lack of support he received for his latest album India Beyond. “Indian record companies didn’t see its value,but tracks from it have been signed on and released in the USA,under the Miami-based Opium Garden compilation,and iin Paris by Buddha Bar records.”

Fernandes chose Goa over Mumbai as his place of residence and kept the ‘individual music’ flag flying high despite the lack of support from other quarters for years. Now,he feels it’s a losing battle. “I chose music over architecture. I wanted a profession of love—not one which I would pursue with attitudes such as capitalisation,commercialisation and compromise. Record companies,TV channels,and fellow artistes have all sold themselves to Bollywood,” he says wistfully. That’s one of the reasons why he wants to turn a music director. “This way,my music will find an avenue of exposure.”

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