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Sonu Niigaam I'm offered sub-standard songs’

“There are two-three reasons because of which I decided to cut down on my projects. First was that not many songs offered to me today appeal to me. This is because composers have started singing themselves,” Sonu said in an interview.

 “Most of the times, composers make songs that are apt for their voices. It's all business. I don't hold it against them because everyone has a right to safeguard their interests.

“Music composers have realised that concerts are money spinners. So they make songs that they can sing. I don't want to be part of this craziness where I am given sub-standard songs and the best are taken by the composers themselves. I’m pretty content with what I’m doing,” he added. The singer, who enthralled music buffs with hit numbers like Suraj hua madham, Saathiya and Kal ho na ho among others, says he misses good music.

“I miss good music in totality today. There are hardly any great songs that have come up in the last three to four years. The songs that sound great instantly, disappear after two-three months. Those songs don't stay with the listeners,” said Sonu who has a huge fan following not only in India but abroad also.

The 36-year-old singer has been working in the industry for more than 17 years and says that he wanted to give himself a break. “I wanted to reduce my work. There were days when I had sung 11 songs in a day. I used to keep running from one studio to another and in that process I lost myself. So I stopped doing songs which were not very good. I made my work qualitative,” informed Sonu.

“I couldn't enjoy life for many years because of work. So now I want to do only quality work. I rather say no to trash. I don't want to spoil my repertoire and that's why you will hear less of me in future. But whatever you hear, you will never say that 'oh that was a trash song',” added the singer.

The versatile singer recently sang the song Chiggy wiggy for Blue and international pop star Kylie Minogue too lent her voice for the same, but they didn't get to meet each other.

 “I gave my nod to Chiggy wiggy because of A R Rahman. I didn't even know that Kylie will be singing the song too. I never met Kylie. She was in London when I sang the song in Mumbai. Then when she came here, I was out of India.”

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Sashaying into Bollywood

Sheena Nayyar is the next young thing to sashay her way to Bollywood with the horror film directed by Wilson Lewis titled 8 opposite Sammir Dattani.

“Who does not want to start her career with Shah Rukh Khan? I would have loved to make my debut with a film with SRK. However beggars cannot be choosers. I am of the opinion that the script is the main element in every movie. It is the story which matters a lot, not whether I am the heroine or Kareena Kapoor.”

Sheena confesses that she has her own limitations. “If kissing is mandatory for a film, I’d certainly give it a thought. But at the same time I do not think that it is necessary to become a big star, because I have hardly seen either Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan giving a passionate lip-to-lip kiss to their heroines.”

Sheena is practical to the core. “I was not at all scared of the casting couch though several people warned me that it exists in Bollywood. If you do not want to do something, no one can force you to. I am ready to act, not to jump into a bed for the sake of furthering my career. Only hard work will take me where I want to reach — the top.”

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