‘I DON’T WANT TO BE AN ACTOR WHO SINGS’
Actorsinger Karan Oberoi talks about the royalty issue debate and says he doesn’t want to cringe when he watches himself on TV
Karan Oberoi has joined the ongoing debate about royalty for singers, music composers and lyricists. He feels it needs to be resolved soon. “This is a much needed revolution in the music industry. There is no voice talking about this issue. It has been swept under the carpet since a long time. The law is clear that we should get royalty but we don’t. I am still alright as I am managing because I am an actor too. But there are so many others who die in abject poverty. What bothers me the most is that people who are managing the creative world say whatever I earn from your creation will all be mine, which is horrendous. If this issue gets momentum and people really talk about it, then it will be resolved.” Karan is a part of a band called A Band Of Boys and they have released many singles including, ‘Meri neend ud gai hai’ and ‘Tu he mera pyaar gori’. Karan has recently released his new single, which is his take on the hit classic song ‘Chaudhavin Ka chand’ (Chaudhvin Ka Chand; 1960). “I have given it my touch with due credit to the masters who created the song. I haven’t changed the melodic essence of the song. But the orchestration is alienating many youngsters. So, I have given these songs a modern feel. This single is part of an album which has 15 other songs — old melodies reinterpreted for the modern world. I remember music videos in the ’90s and early 2000 had a storyline and they are high on nostalgia. People want to see a good story with a music video and I don’t want to just be part of a song.” Other than singing, Karan is also working in a TV show and a movie. The actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows including Saaya and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, says, “I like to keep busy and balance both films and TV. I am glad to be part of a finite TV show and it’s not a daily soap which is wonderful. I believe in doing little work but want to do quality stuff. I don’t want to cringe while watching myself on screen.” Karan enjoys balancing both mediums as he feels today everyone is a multitasker. “I believe that if you want to do many things, you need to increase the number of hours you work in a day. I get up at 5.30am and my day ends at 11pm. I don’t want to be an actor who sings, but I want to be a playback singer who can act. My pursuit in life is no one should be be able to fault me in my singing or acting,” says the actor-singer.