It was patience and persistence that helped Millind Gaba make it big. By Team Viva
He swayed millions of heart with his new single Zindagi Di Paudi and is riding the crest of success. But it has not been an easy ride for Millind Gaba despite having roots in the industry. He shares “I imbibed music since childhood because my father is a music producer and has been a part of the industry for the last 35 years.” He says when he stepped out for a job, no option other than music was open to him as he was not good at sports or academics. Moreover, he too was determined to make a mark in the industry. He adds, “My family was happy to see me continuing the legacy. They made me aware about the intricacies and uncertainties of the field.” He was taught to strike a balance between success and failures even before he stepped into the world of music.
Initially, though it was music production that he ventured into. But his heart lay in singing and he often requested producers to allow him to perform for free but they did not comply. “All I wanted was a chance to prove myself but I was always rejected as they felt that I was a child,” he says. Along with music, he was keen to act as well. Here too, he faced so many rejections that he started questioning his destiny. The only thing which kept him going was his patience.
He wanted to make his music the talk of the town, which ultimately did happen in 2014 when he sang, Daru Party. “It turned out to be a game changer. I won appreciation and recognition everywhere. It gave me the opportunity to perform and connect with people from all walks of life all over India.”
The excitement in his voice is palpable when he talks about how he performed four roles in his song Four Men Down which was inspired by Mann behka in Ghajini where Aamir Khan played 11.
Gaba has been partial to Punjabi songs and he has sung most of his numbers in the language. He says, “I am a hardcore Punjabi. After singing in Hindi, I decided to switch to my mother tongue to make people aware of my Dilli wali Punjabi.” He shares that he has an inclination towards Bhojpuri.
An allegation that has dogged Gaba often is that of his lyrics being sexist in nature. However he counters and talks about the double entendre that he finds implicit in the songs of past, “People have started questioning the lyrics now. In the past there were songs like Aao huzoor tumko baharo mei le chalu and Aaj ki raat mere dil ki salaami le le.’ Aren’t these sexist? Kaun leta hai raat mei salami? Tell me? These songs were never questioned. Songs can be interpreted according to our intentions. I don’t pay attention to all this as I feel songs are made for entertainment. The ones I sing were created as dance numbers to enjoy. Listen, dance, enjoy, go back and sleep. I am not giving you any advice or suggestions through my songs”
Talking about his recent release, Zindagi Di Paudi he says, love inspired him to sing it. He had not sung any love song by far so he thought this was a good one to show his versatility. He showcased his acting alongside his music skills through it. He expressed his happiness over the success of the song and also that it had struck a chord with boys. “I had hoped that the song would have this effect,” he says.
While choosing a song he makes sure that it syncs with his personality as he is well aware that he can’t portray a gangster or even a negative role. His favourite actor is Ranveer Singh. “I can identify myself with him especially when he is on the stage. He has a volcano of energy.” He also admires Aamir Khan for his acting and professionalism and wants to work with him. His list of favourite singers include Hariharan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sonu Nigam.
Besides being a music addict, he is a travel junkie. His next song is a lively friendship anthem with his friends. Besides this, he will also share the screen with Tulsi Kumar soon.
Writer: Team Viva
Courtesy: The Pioneer