Consider the following list, not exhaustive
- Kaava Kaava
- Chaiyya Chaiyya
- Ramta Jogi
- Chak De India
- Fashion Ka Jalwa
- Jai Ho
They are all Sukhwinder songs, no doubt. And all hit numbers. But there is more – the phrases specifically are so well entrenched into our consciousness. No doubt the lyricist is to be complemented. But a major reason for these phrases to have such enduring resonance in our minds is the voice that sung them originally.
Sukhwinder Singh is one of those apecial singers who gets tunes made for him i.e. music directors do not call him for all and sundry songs. They call him when there is something significant, something challenging, something that only Sukhwinder can do.
Among the others in the current generation, there’s Sonu Nigam, Shaan and KK who invoke the best out of all music directors.
But back to Sukhwinder. (I am not linking you to the wikipedia page as it is very shoddily written. Instead I have linked to the imdb page.) Now, “Jai Ho“, the song from Slumdog which has been nominated for Best Song at the Academy Awards has the full Sukhi (as he is called by his peers) energy and vitality required for the song. As I have written about Jai Ho in the previous post, the song opens up the undying spirit of the young street smart slum boy. And the singer had to bring it out and it was done.
So next time there is a phrase that becomes a war cry, it would most probably be a Sukhwinder song