Singer Navraj Hans — son of pop­u­lar singer Hans Raj Hans — says he had to strug­gle to get his first break, but was de­ter­mined not to give up

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From when peo­ple doubted that he could sing to now hav­ing recorded a track for an Amitabh Bachchan star­rer, Navraj Hans (right) has proven his worth and how! “Mu­jhe koi singer hi nahi manta tha. In school, I was taken out of the group that sang the na­tional an­them. It took me long to get my first break,” re­calls the son of pop­u­lar singer Hans Raj Hans.

Navraj, how­ever, never lost his con­fi­dence. The singer, who crooned Raj Karega Khalsa for the film A Fly­ing Jatt (2016; star­ring Tiger Shroff and Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez) and Rail Gaddi for Prab­hud­heva’s Tu­tak Tu­tak Tu­tiya (2016), feels hon­oured to have bagged the op­por­tu­nity to sing for the third in­stal­ment of Sarkar fran­chise. “I was so happy to sing for Amitabh Bachchan,” says Navraj, who says his voice can suit any­one. “I’m a ver­sa­tile singer. That’s how I’ve been trained.” He has also sung for ac­tor Ar­jun Kapoor in the up­com­ing film, Mubarakaan.

Navraj’s goal is to con­tinue his fa­ther’s le­gacy. “He is my idol, my guru. Some peo­ple do com­pare us as they don’t see that I just have six-seven years of ex­pe­ri­ence. That puts a bit of pres­sure on me, but I sing to im­press my fa­ther,” says the singer, whose jour­ney has been “full of ups and downs”.

Re­call­ing the ini­tial phase, he says: “My busi­ness part­ner Puneet Singh, who is like my brother, got me to Mum­bai. He be­lieved that I had tal­ent to be­come a na­tional singer from a re­gional singer.” But here’s what hap­pened when he went to Mum­bai. “Peo­ple would come and tell me, ‘Aap toh Pun­jabi artist ho, Bom­bay mein kya kar rahe ho? But luck was on my side and ex­actly a week af­ter this com­ment, I got A Fly­ing Jatt, and then Rail Gaddi hap­pened,” he says, adding, “A loser is one who leaves the race. It’s im­por­tant to be­lieve in your­self.”

Hav­ing also acted in Pun­jabi films, is Navraj now eye­ing Bol­ly­wood? “Only if the script and role are good. I don’t want to take on a film just to get that stamp of Bol­ly­wood,” he says.

Mu­jhe koi singer hi nahi manta tha. In school, I was taken out of the group that sang the na­tional an­them NAVRAJ HANS, SINGER-AC­TOR


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