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Radio is back in a big way: Anil Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, June 6 -- He is an actor, a producer and a singer. Now, Anil Kapoor has turned radio jockey (RJ) for 91.9 FM Radio Nasha.

He hosts a morning show, Jhakkas Mornings, which has become quite popular. Ask the senior actor what made him say yes to this, and he says, "Radio has become a phenomenal medium of communication. In India, it used to be really big at one point, but slowly lost its glory. Now, it is back in a big way. People listen to radio more than they watch TV. Also, many politicians, including Modi saab (PM Narendra Modi), use it as a medium to reach out to the masses. I wanted to explore this medium. I am shooting for the second season of 24, and I have got a few days off to get the right look for the show. I can't shoot for another film, but I can at least be on the radio, and reach out to my fans."

Anil finds Radio Nasha's concept of reviving retro music interesting. Talking about yesteryear Bollywood music, he says, "I wouldn't call it retro; I feel it is more than that. People from all walks of life listen to this music. I am not talking about extremely old tracks that were slow. I am referring to the music of the '70s, '80s and '90s. It is relatable and contemporary."

So, which old songs does he enjoy the most? "For me, SD Burman was the ultimate music director. I'm a huge fan of his work," says Anil, adding, "I loved the music of Guide (1965), Tere Mere Sapne (1971) and Abhimaan (1973). After him, his son, RD Burman, too, also made fantastic music. Rajesh Roshan, made great music. I really liked the songs of Kunwara Baap (1974) and Julie (1975). Laxmikant-Pyarelal did some amazing work. Their music in films that featured me, like Mr India (1987), Ram Lakhan (1989) and Tezaab (1988), did so well. They made melodious and massy numbers, which were entertaining."