Fan Fare

For years,Sharry Maan maintained an autograph book.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: May 27, 2013 12:22:23 am

Yaar Anmulle fame,singer Sharry Maan says he has turned actor for his fans

For years,Sharry Maan maintained an autograph book. He would not miss a single show or concert by famous Punjabi singers,and would fight crowds and bouncers for their autographs. “I was a crazy fan,and I have autographs of Harbhajan Mann,Gurdas Maan,Jasbir Jassi and the late Surjit Bindrakhiya. I would like to add one more,that of Rabbi Shergill. His songs are different and have a strong message,” says Maan. Taking a chair at Tao Lounge in Sector 26,he goes back to his days of engineering in Moga,schooling in Mohali,chasing stars and singing for his friends.

“I always loved singing – in school,college,shows,parties,events and even among friends,” he says. A civil engineer by profession,Maan trained his voice at the city’s Pracheen Kala Kendra,which laid the foundation for his singing career. “It took me 10 years to get my first break. I ran pillar to post with my songs,did odd shows and faced rejections,” he adds.

Maan’s desire to do something big kept him going,and the big break came with the chartbusting number of 2010 — Yaar Anmulle. A song for,by and of friends,an ode to Chandigarh and its life and times,Yaar Anmulle gave the city a musical identity and is still treated as a Punjabi anthem of sorts. Even a Punjabi film was named after it. “Yaar Anmulle was a song penned and composed by me along with a bunch of friends,and we thought of releasing it on YouTube. Once it went viral,I realised the power of this medium,” says Maan,whose first video of the song features photographs all his friends. The video got him recognition,and his second album,Aate Di Chirhi,too,was sold out. “Many people said Yaar Anmulle was a one-time hit,a song made by fluke. It became a huge challenge for me to snub this notion,” he adds. In that sense,Aate Di Chirhi was his second challenge.

Now,his third challenge awaits him. This June,Maan debuts as the lead actor in Punjabi romcom,Oye Hoye Pyaar Ho Gaya. “It is on the request of fans,they heard me sing,now they want to see me act. I was constantly being flooded with mails and questions on when I would do a film,” he says. On the other side of fence now,Maan is a happy man,signing autographs and joining the hall of fame. “Music videos are also about acting. The only difference is that they are two-minute-long,and a film is two-hour-long,” says Maan,who still lives with his buddies in a flat in Mohali,two sectors away from that of his parents. He says he will continue to do so (till he gets married),for his pals are his support and inspiration. As for albums,he says,“They’ll keep coming in. I am a singer first.”

Starring Yograj Singh,Niharika Kareer,Binu Dhillon,Oye Hoye Pyaar Ho Gaya is directed by Aditya Sood and releases on June 14.

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