Sadda Move

Raftaar, rap­per, on de­mean­ing women, find­ing in­spi­ra­tion and love in the time of Tin­der

India Today - - LEISURE -

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?

A:

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?

A:

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

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