‘I HAVE DE­VEL­OPED A GOOD EAR FOR MU­SIC’

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More than a quar­ter of a cen­tury has passed since ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar made his Bol­ly­wood de­but with Sau­gandh (1991). Ever since, he has acted in a va­ri­ety of films and also dab­bled in pro­duc­tion. But this year is par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing — with his film Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, re­leas­ing next week, Ak­shay has made his first at­tempt at play­back singing.

Record­ing the song, Toi­let Ka Ju­gaad, “was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but not scary at all”, says Ak­shay, asked how it felt. It prob­a­bly helped that he was al­ready charged up. “I fell in love with the lyrics the mo­ment I heard them,” says Ak­shay, “be­cause they were so bang on, and so I was more than geared up to sing.”

Though ev­i­dently pleased with the re­sult, Ak­shay laughs and says that it would be “un­fair” of him to rate his own singing prow­ess. “I shall wait for the au­di­ence to hear the song and give their rat­ing for me (laughs). I can’t judge my­self,” he adds.

Would he call him­self a ‘mu­si­cal’ per­son, we ask. He says, “I’m not sure about be­ing a mu­si­cal per­son, but I do en­joy mu­sic and I be­lieve I’ve de­vel­oped a good ear for it over the years to know and un­der­stand what works and what doesn’t.”

Go­ing back to the lyrics, Ak­shay re­it­er­ates that the words are “ex­tremely rel­e­vant and hard-hit­ting”, and then adds, “Full marks to the [film] writ­ers, Sid­dharth-Garima, who are also the lyri­cists of this song. Maybe that’s why they’ve man­aged to cap­ture the essence of the film so ef­fec­tively in this one song.”

Ak­shay em­pha­sises that Toi­let Ka Ju­gaad “talks about the cur­rent scheme of things in our coun­try. It doesn’t shy away, and talks about the sit­u­a­tion as it is. I feel that’s what makes it re­lat­able.”

The lyrics of the song go: “Du­niya chali mars pe / Chand za­meen pe dikh rayo / Arry black-and-white se colour hua / Ab 3D main sab dikh ra­heyo / Haaro chaad gye Ever­est ka pa­had / Bhaiya dhaad-dhaad-dhaad kar ley / Ab to toi­let ka ju­gaad.” It’s a ref­er­ence to how much the world has changed, and where mankind has reached — and how it’s high time that one at least in­stalled a toi­let.

Ak­shay Ku­mar and Bhumi Ped­nekar in Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha AT CY­BER HUB, GUR­GAON SEE AK­SHAY KU­MAR TODAY EK PREM KATHA AT AN THE AC­TOR WILL TALK ABOUT TOI­LET: TIMES FRI­DAY JAM SEA­SON 4 EVENT WITHIN THE HIN­DUS­TAN

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