You have returned to television as a judge after almost a decade. Is that true?
I kept myself busy performing with my band Kailasa. As soon as the lockdown got over, we performed in many cities and got a warm welcome from people. During the past few years I wasn’t keen to be a part of music reality shows because there is nothing new about them. It is more about ek jalebi ke upar doosri jalebi banaana. Most of the times when you are judging a music reality show, you have to keep passing comments and talk according to the script. Sometimes, you also end up having unnecessary nokjhok, so I realised that jisme mann ka na ho; woh hamara na ho. I was looking for something creatively satisfying and the concept of Indian Pro Music League was interesting – with the audience judging it.
How do you see this show being different from others?
Like I said, there is nothing new about music reality shows that you watch on television currently. Even the contestants have been the same, they often travel from show to another. I am not saying there is anything bad about these other shows, but they are not creatively enriching for me. Our show will have singers and actors together on one platform, which is quite rare on the small screen.
You have been choosy about singing in Bollywood, is that true?
We have all worked hard to do quality work and I believe that kam kaam main hi dum hai. There must be almost a 1,000 songs being composed every day and it is important not to get lost in the crowd. I think my songs in Baahubali and Robot became huge hits. I feel that more than getting into the rat race, it is important that you sing lesser songs, but they speak for you and make you feel proud of doing good work.
We have never seen your son Kabir perform with you or participate in your concerts…
My son is young and occasionally he does join me at concerts or at events. But after mobile phones invaded our lives, there is no privacy and everyone is jumping to click a picture. I enjoy clicking pictures, but if my son accompanies me, people insist that I click a picture with my son every time I step out. It is not possible to do that all the time, especially when I believe in keeping a low profile. Secondly, I feel Kabir is still very young and every individual has the capacity to shine on his own and achieve his dreams. He has to work hard and reach his destination. I am always there to support him.