Raftaar, rapper, on demeaning women, finding inspiration and love in the time of Tinder
Q: Your song Tere wargi nai ae is about two people meeting through a dating app. Can true love be found with a smart phone?
I tried it once, but that was out of curiosity. One of my friends is marrying a guy she met through Tinder and she told me that the song came out at the perfect time.
Q: What is one cliché about rappers that you would like to break? A:
I am already breaking it—[by not] demeaning women. I think rap is all about what you feel about a situation and not just about cars, alcohol and women.
Q: How do you feel about the debate over (arguably) offensive songs and videos?
What is offensive is different for everyone. But you cannot ignore reality just because some people find it offensive. I mean, I cannot go to a club and pretend I was drinking milk there. Q: What does Raftaar do on his day off? A: Other than giving interviews? He is a homely man, likes to play PlayStation, have fun with his two dogs, and go to his dance studio in Rajouri Garden, just walking distance from home.
—with Vishakha Dugar