‘Good content works’

Debarati Palit Singh
Friday, 6 October 2017

Popular singer Daler Mehndi says that Baahubali 2, set for its television premiere on October 8, will create the same magic that it did during its theatrical release

The television premiere of Baahubali: The Conclusion will create waves, just like it did during its release,” says singer Daler Mehndi, ahead of the film’s TV premiere. The S S Rajamouli magnus opus will be aired on Sony MAX on October 8 at 1 pm. Daler has sung Saahore Baahubali (the opening song) in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. Says the veteran singer, “The film has already created magic across the world and everyone is talking about it. Those who love entertainment, have loved the film.”

The film, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty in pivotal roles, is the sequel to the 2015 hit Baahubali. The film has earned more than Rs 1,500 crore globally. The story written by K V Vijayendra Prasad, was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni. 

Talking about the experience of collaborating with composer and lyricist M M Keeravani, Daler says, “Keeravani called me saying that he wanted me to sing the song in all three languages. ‘No one can get the kind of energy that you will bring to the song’, he told me. He wanted me to sing in high pitch. The moment I recorded for the song, I knew it was going to be big. I have received so much love from people for the song.”

The singer known for making Bhangra popular across the world, thanks God for the respect, appreciation and love he has received from his listeners. “By God’s grace, I have got everything including my voice. I never approach people for work; they only approach me with projects. It feels nice to get appreciated by the industry,” he says.

The songwriter and record producer feels that Baahubali 1 and 2 have set standards high in the Indian film industry. “The audience wants to watch films like Baahubali. Mostly the films that are made are complete wastage of time, not just for the audience but also for those associated with them, including the actors, singers, technicians and so on. We take so many months to make a film but if it’s not worth the money, then it makes no sense. With films like Dangal and Baahubali, the public money is not wasted,” says the signer known for songs like Na Na Na Na Na Re (Mrityudaata), Kudiyan Shehar Diyan (Arjun Pandit), Ru Ba Ru (Maqbool), Rang De Basanti (Rang...) and many others. 

He adds that the popularity of these songs goes on to prove that vulgarity or double meaning lyrics or dialogues are not needed for hits. “People think that you need nudity to run a film but that’s not the case. You just need good content. These films were plain entertainment and nothing else. You can watch them with you family and kids,” says Daler, who admits that when he watched the first past of Baahubali on television, he got goosebumps. 

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