Singer Sonu Nigam is know for this superb singing and hit numbers. The singer has been giving us Bollywood tracks like Tanhayee (Dil Chahta Hai) and Suraj Hua Maddham (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham), Saathiya (Saathiya), Do Pal (Veer Zaara), Main Hoon Na (Main Hoon Na), Nagada (Jab We Met) and Zoobi Doobi (3 Idiots), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and recent release Azhar’s Tu hi na jaane and many more. The singer also won hearts with his hit album Deewana. As Sonu turns 43, we talk about his best tracks and also how the bygone year treated him.
Sonu was in headlines after his six-minute video, The Roadside Ustaad, went viral. In the video, Sonu sang almost 25 songs, for about an hour each, at various locations in Mumbai but dressed as an old man and in shoddy clothes, sings with a harmonium, on the streets.
This was a different experience for the singer. About people’s reactions, Sonu had then said in a media interaction: “They didn’t recognize my voice. They liked my voice, that was the good part that I could actually, out of nowhere, attract them through my voice. I was dreading the fact that these people shouldn’t recognize me; that would be an embarrassment for me. There was no one around me, no bodyguards, no team, no managers.”
“What you guys saw, was a very short clip. At every spot, I sang for one hour each. One hour behind Chandan (theatre in Mumbai), then one hour in front of Chandan, one hour at Four Bungalows (area in Mumbai). So, it wasn’t easy, sitting in the sun, in the dust, and I sang a varied range of songs; you just heard two. I might have sung at least 25 songs. I worked that hard, that’s why so many people joined in.”
Watch | The Roadside Ustaad
The video has gone viral on social media, collecting 3.3 million views already on YouTube in less than a week’s time. This year Sonu also came up with another single of his ‘Crazy Dil’.
Sonu Nigam is one of the most iconic singers of today. In his over two decades of singing career, Sonu has given us some of the most wonderful songs in Bollywood music. When he made his singing debut in the 1990s, he was initially called junior Mohammad Rafi for similarity with the legendary singer’s voice.
Here are few of Sonu’s best tracks. Check them out.