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Kailash: Narendra Modiji is my favourite PM..

Kailash Kher

By HT

Mumbai, Sept. 24 -- For some time now, Kailash Kher hasn't been singing for Bollywood films too regularly. That's because travelling with his band, Kailasa, keeps him busy.

"Bollywood was never my priority," says the singer, who is set to perform live for Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi in San Francisco, USA, on September 27. The PM is on a week-long two-nation tour to the USA and Ireland.

"We feel extremely honoured to have been given the chance to perform in front of Modiji. I'm surprised to learn that 50,000 people have already registered for the event. I am really excited," says Kher.

Talking about the highlights of his upcoming show, the singer adds, "It will be a 90-minute performance. Apart from presenting our popular tracks, I will also sing my latest song, 'Kaun hai woh', from Baahubali. I am sure it will be an energetic event."

This is also a doubly thrilling opportunity for Kher because he has never met PM Modi before. "I am really excited about this visit, as I will get to meet him. I like his passion. He is my favourite PM. It was an honour to be nominated by him, as one of the nine ambassadors for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. I also sang the anthem for the mission, which was written by Prasoon Joshiji," he says.

Given the kind of projects he is taking up, it seems like Kher is consciously staying away from B-Town. He feels that his songs don't get the recognition they deserve in the industry.

"Jiski jeb mein paisa hota hain woh Bollywood mein chhaa jaata hai (an artiste who has money becomes popular in Bollywood). No matter how well you sing, unless your songs are marketed well, you won't get recognition. Money plays a huge role in this industry," says the singer, who will next croon the title track for a Bollywood film that is being produced by Aditya Chopra. "The song has been written, composed and sung by me. It has a contemporary feel," he adds.

In an earlier interview, Kher had told us that he was working on a mystical poetry album with Prahlad Singh Tipaniya. But the collection is currently on hold, as Kher is busy working on his band's next album, which, he says, "comprises romantic tracks with Sufi influences, and will be out by November."