Q: Youíve made history! Yes, itís quite something. Unfortunately, I couldnít attend the Filmfare Awards because I had a prior commitment out of Mumbai.
Also, to be honest, at an earlier popular awards I was neither nominated for my music nor singing in Aashiq Banaya Aapne. I felt baffled. Aisa kyon kiya unhone' Filmfare revived my hopes. And I was all set to catch a flight back to Mumbai. But got delayed and reached at 11:30 pm. My dad did go to the awards. But 20 minutes late.
Q: For the first time a music director won the best playback singer award. It doesnít mean that I see myself as a threat to the playback singers who were nominated alongside me. I do feel sorry that I didnít win the best music directorís award. The award for the best playback singer is special because itís the first song that I recorded for a film. I donít think anyone else got an award for his first recorded song.
Q: People ridiculed you for being nasal. Thatís over. After the stupendous sales of Aap Ka Suroor, where Iíve explored my entire range, that has stopped. Now those who still call me nasal are just talking for talkingís sake.
Iíve sung seven superhit songs, the latest being Jhoom in Tom Dick & Harry which I predict will be the biggest chartbuster of them all. I insist, I am not a professional playback singer. Iím a music director first. If I sing one out of my six compositions, whatís the problem'
Q: Would you sing for other composers' Only if A.R. Rahman asks me. No one else. Heís the No-1. And he did say in an interview that Aashiq banaya aapne is his favourite track of the year.