By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, Bollywood Hungama News Network
In the last few years, we have been witness to the rise of many new talents in the field of music. Right from music directors to singers to lyricists, these new and upcoming talents have been instrumental in giving Bollywood music a whole new feel. While some of them are still trying to find a foothold in Bollywood, others have progressed rapidly through sheer hard work.
Starting this week, Bollywood Hungama brings to you a unique and exclusive feature called 'Musically Yours' where in we profile a new and upcoming talent from the field of music each time. This week we have for you Naresh Iyer, the singing sensation who is best known for his chartbusting tracks 'Roobaroo' and 'Paathshala' from the smash hit Rang De Basanti. In this exclusive tete-a-tete, Naresh opens up like never before and shares everything about his growing up years, his favorite composers and his future plans.
Claim to fame
But obviously 'Roobaroo' from Rang De Basanti
How it all started?
I am a pukka Bombay boy, born and brought up in Matunga. I was doing stage shows during my college days at SIES College. However, I never really planned to make a career in music at that stage. I was also doing my Chartered Accountancy during my college days so didn't really have time to pursue music. During those days, Indian Idol reality show had caught on big time and my mom wanted me to audition for that. But I was bored of taking part in competitions during my college days, so I didn't go for the auditions the first time. Call it destiny or what but my parents were hell bent on me taking part in some popular reality TV show and when the auditions for Channel V's Super Singer began, they immediately registered my name and the rest as they say is history.
The 'Super Singer' Experience
Channel V's Super Singer was a huge competition as there were nearly 20,000 participants across India. By the grace of God, I made it to the Top 25. From that stage, A.R.Rahman sir was one of the co-judges along with Mr. Adnan Sami. During the final stages, Rahman sir told me "Naresh I have good news for you and bad news for you. Which one do you want to hear first." But naturally I asked him about the good news. He said, "The good news is that you are recording a song with me next week in Chennai and the bad news is that you are out of this competition" I was left with mixed feelings of joy and disappointment. I thought Rahman sir was just trying to console me for my elimination but to my pleasant surprise, exactly less than a week after that, I got a call from his office asking me to come down to Chennai to record with him
The first 'Big' break
When I met Rahman sir in Chennai, I didn't know which song or film I am going to sing for. He just told me "Naresh, I have a few tracks here and there. We'll just go with the flow and see which one suits your voice best." The first song of mine which got released was a song called 'Mayilirage' from a Tamil film. After that I recorded a few more songs with him for both Tamil and Hindi films
The Turning Point
It would have to be Rang De Basanti because in RDB, Rahman sir used me abundantly. I sang 3 different songs- 'Roobaroo' which is a country guitar kind of a number, 'Paathshala' which has a racy, hip hop feel and 'Tu Bin Bataye' a very soothing melody.
Though all the 3 songs are extremely dear to me, 'Roobaroo' is the song that gave me immense popularity. To be frank, when I recorded the song I was dead tired and I didn't imagine in my