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Sonu Nigam’s Harmonious Journey: A Bollywood Singer’s Bond with Shahrukh Khan

Sonu Nigam: A Rare Bond Between Singer and Superstar

Mumbai | October 08, 2o23: In the realm of Bollywood music during the 90s and early 2000s, Sonu Nigam’s melodious voice was a constant source of delight for music enthusiasts. His iconic songs, such as “Yeh Dil Deewana” (from “Pardes”), “Saathiya” (from “Saathiya”), “Satrangi Re” (from “Dil”), “Sandesh Aate Hain” (from “Border”), and “Tanhai” (from “Dil Chahta Hai”), continue to resonate with listeners even today. A significant chapter in Sonu Nigam’s musical journey unfolded after the release of “Pardes” in 1997 when he became the favored voice for superstar Shahrukh Khan. In a recent revelation, Nigam shed light on a unique aspect of this bond, stating that actors rarely involve themselves in the selection of singers for their films.

During a candid conversation, Sonu Nigam shared, “I don’t believe Shahrukh Khan ever engaged in conflicts or meddling with the choice of singers in his films. If he did, I’d probably still be singing for him. He believes that it’s the composer’s or director’s prerogative. At best, he can express his preference, but he doesn’t engage in battles over it.”

Notably, Sonu Nigam has lent his melodious voice to recent Bollywood releases, including “Adipurush,” “Lal Singh Chaddha,” “Mission Majnu,” and “Shehzada.” He disclosed how he secured the opportunity to sing in “Lal Singh Chaddha,” saying, “Aamir Khan, who was also the film’s producer, personally felt that this song should be rendered by me.”

Reflecting on his earlier days in the industry when he was a lone voice, Sonu Nigam shared an anecdote. He remembered, “During ‘PK,’ when I recorded the track ‘Bhagwan Hai Kahaan Re Tu,’ I had disagreements with music companies. However, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra stood firm on their promise that ‘only Sonu will sing.'”

In an industry where dynamics can often be challenging, the unique and enduring partnership between Sonu Nigam and Shahrukh Khan serves as a testament to the respect for artistic freedom and the harmony between two stalwarts in their respective fields.

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