Jalandhar, August 27 (YP Bureau)
Indian-born British Punjabi rapper, music producer and celluloid hero ‘Yo Yo’ Honey Singh has created a record by becoming the first singer ever to get Rs. 70 lakh for a Bollywood Song.
Honey had reportedly got the huge amount for just a song and that too for his singing debut in the Bollywood.
Let alone any Punjabi Singer, not even a Bollywood Singing Star has been able to command such a high fee for a single song till now.
The song "Mujhe neat pilade sajna", his first in Hindi, will feature in Naseeruddin Shah-starrer gangster flick "Mastaan” produced by Sunil Bohra.
Honey Singh had recently created a stir when he had openly challenged international rapper Akon, and said that desi singers must promote Indian languages abroad, instead of aping the west and singing in English.
"Whether it's Hindi or Punjabi, I will sing only in the language of our country. Why is it that abroad songs in Spanish and French are sung with such great pride? Why are we so apologetic about singing to the west in Indian languages," he had questioned.
Honey Singh, whose latest album "International Village" had fetched immense success, recently made his acting debut with "Mirza: The Untold Story".
Unknown to Bollywood, the 25-year-old is especially popular among Punjabis in India and Britain but has been lately object of criticism due to the lyrics and portrayal of his songs.
"I'm happy where I am. But when my friend Sunil Bohra heard and liked my first Hindi song and said he wanted to use it in his Hindi film, I said, 'Take it! It's all yours'. He came to Delhi, heard my entire catalogue and liked at least 190 of my songs," said the singer.
"I started my career as a music producer in 2005. In 2006, my single went to be number one in the BBC world charts. I used to sing in English.
"Then on the audiences' request, I began to rap and sing in Punjabi. I was in Britain for nine years. But now for the last three years, I've been creating my music in Punjabi," he said.
"Bollywood will be a bonus. But I will head to Bollywood only when the offers come with respect for my art. I am not here to sell myself," he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that activists of various social organisations under the aegis of 'Istri Jagriti Manch' had staged protests against Honey Singh because of the content of his lyrics and display of vulgarity in his songs.
Naseeruddin Shah has teamed up with his younger son Vivaan for "Mastaan". While the former will play gangster Karim Lala, the latter will feature as young Haji Mastan in the movie.
The Rs.20 crore budgeted "Mastaan" will be set in the 1980s. This is Naseer and Vivaan's second film together after "7 Khoon Maaf" though they didn't share any screen space in the film.
In "Mastaan", however, the father-son have extremely critical dramatic scenes together. The film will be directed by first-timer Rocky Khanna.
Interestingly, ‘Mastaan’ also marks a new beginning for singer Mohit Chouhan. He turns composer with "Mastaan".