The Rise And Fall Of Yo Yo Honey Singh

Stardust (English) - - GET SNAPPY - Words NAZIFA CHARANIA

From Hird­esh Singh to Yo Yo Honey Singh… Who ever knew that a small town guy born in Hoshiarpur (Pun­jab) would grow up to be­come one of the high­est paid artistes’ in Tin­sel Town? Af­ter study­ing mu­sic at the pres­ti­gious Trin­ity School in UK, Singh changed his name – and that also changed his des­tiny per­haps. Honey had once averred, “I started as a mu­sic di­rec­tor in Pun­jab and then started singing. At that point, Pun­jabis from all over the world ad­mired my work, and there was a buzz in Bol­ly­wood as well.”…And from there on, he only went up, higher and higher. His album In­ter­na­tional Vil­lager took his ca­reer on a fur­ther up­swing. From his de­but song, Meri Shakal Pe Mat Jaa to Aao Raja, his songs cre­ated a huge buzz, and soon Yo Yo Honey Singh was pro­claimed as the kind of NewGen rock­star.

Singing for the Begum,Bad­shah and She­hen­shah of Bol­ly­wood… The halo of luck con­tin­ued to shine upon Honey as bright as the bling de­tails on his suits. He got lucky in 2013 when he bagged the op­por­tu­nity to sing for Chen­nai Ex­press - his album Lungi Dance re­ceived 69 mil­lion plus views. Later in 2014, he sang for Amitabh Bachchan’s film Bhoot­nath. Soon he was her­alded as the orig­i­nal rock­star of Bol­ly­wood, and rubbed shoul­ders with su­per­stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ka­reena Kapoor Khan, fash­ion­ista (Sonam Kapoor), and the Greek God of Bol­ly­wood (Hrithik Roshan). He was def­i­nitely on seven skies and fly­ing high. So much so that he even once com­mented a tad ar­ro­gantly, “Mu­jhe pyaar karte rehna mera saath dene waalo, Main khaali CD bechu toh bhi bikhta rahunga. (Love me al­ways my fans. Even if I sell an empty CD, it will still sell…)

The King of con­tro­ver­sies… But even when he was scal­ing the skies, Yo Yo Honey Singh was flirt­ing with con­tro­ver­sies. Peo­ple had a love and hate re­la­tion­ship with this Pun­jabi lad. In fact, as much as his songs were loved and ap­pre­ci­ated by the youth, they were also crit­i­cised by many. Cer­tain au­di­ences found the lyrics of his songs to be ob­scenely vul­gar - ob­vi­ously, be­cause for some, chaar bot­tle Vodka isn’t kaam roz ka. To clear the air, Honey had said, “I have writ­ten a song on Sha­heed Bha­gat Singh as well, apart from writ­ing on the prob­lems of youth mi­gra­tion, al­co­holism, and drug ad­dic­tion. But I can guar­an­tee that most peo­ple have not lis­tened to th­ese songs. But the fact is that peo­ple lis­ten to what they re­ally like. There might be some young­sters who like lis­ten­ing to Ghaz­als and Sufi mu­sic but when I see mil­lions of hits on my videos on YouTube, I know that I’m on the right track.” Per­haps he was right but then from the right track, why did the man sud­denly go off track?

The Dark Side: Ar­ro­gance? At­ti­tude? Suc­cess? Al­co­hol? Or… Sud­denly af­ter a phase of just hear­ing one name – Yo Yo Honey Singh, sud­denly the big­gest sen­sa­tions in the fra­ter­nity of mu­sic dis­ap­peared for well over 18 months. Ru­mours were abuzz – some said, he was phased out, oth­ers in­sisted he was in re­hab. How­ever, Honey Singh clar­i­fied later, “The last 18 months were the darkest phase of my life, and I wasn’t in a state to talk to any­one. I know there were ru­mours that I was in re­hab, but I was in my Noida house through­out. The truth is I was suf­fer­ing from bipo­lar dis­or­der. It went on for 18 months, dur­ing which I changed four doc­tors, the med­i­ca­tion wasn’t work­ing on me and crazy things were hap­pen­ing. I must confess that I was bipo­lar and an al­co­holic, which ag­gra­vated the con­di­tion.” He also added “At one point, I thought I would live in this dark­ness for­ever. I had cut my­self off from ev­ery­one. I didn’t come out of my room, for­get step­ping out of the house. I had a beard and I didn’t get a hair­cut for months. For some­one who has per­formed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of fac­ing 4-5 peo­ple. That’s what bipo­lar dis­or­der does to you.”

The Ris­ing Com­pe­ti­tion In the mean­while, the 18-month ab­sence took a toll. There were other Pun­jabi Munda’s slay­ing the mu­sic sce­nario with their swag and tal­ent - and a few prom­i­nent names amongst them were Bad­shah, and the un­stop­pable Raf­taar. And also an artiste who not only is a singer but also an ac­tor - the hand­some hunk from Udta Pun­jab Diljit Dosanjh. Sud­denly Honey Singh was nowhere, a lot of peo­ple just wrote him off and he was said to be to­tally out of the reck­on­ing. And even his con­tenders (read Raf­taar) made digs at him - Raf­tar’s album ( Swag Mera Desi), chal­lenged Honey Singh with Ab Yeh Karke Dikhao – iron­i­cally Honey’s own words.

Come­back? But we are still plac­ing our money on him. Af­ter all, de­spite his dark past, Honey Singh has suc­cess­fully picked up the pieces of his life and has be­come a mu­sic di­rec­tor in the up­com­ing film Be­hen Hogi Teri. Sup­pos­edly, he will also re­lease a sin­gle that will nar­rate his strug­gles with bipo­lar dis­or­der. In­deed, this desi kalaakar will al­ways re­main a rock­star re­gard­less of whether he is in the stu­dio and rolling or at his Home Town – af­ter all, mu­sic lovers are ea­gerly wait­ing to once again dance his tunes on Manali Trance. Yo Yo Honey Singh, Co­conut Main Lassi Mi­laake aa­jao aap Mood Banaake. The day the clock of for­tune strikes once again, the man, we hope, will rock once more.

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