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Singer-composer Bappi Lahiri set to direct feature film Ek Adhura Sangeet

Lahiri had earlier helmed a documentary titled Slum Stars (2015), but his new project will be in the fiction space.


Reinvention has been at the heart of everything that Bappi Lahiri — who turned 65 on Tuesday (27 November) — has done in his 50-year journey in showbiz. The celebrated singer-composer, who introduced synthesised disco music in India and has taken Indian sounds to the world, is now set to don the director's hat for a feature film.

Lahiri had earlier helmed a documentary titled Slum Stars (2015), but his new project will be in the fiction space. It is titled Ek Adhura Sangeet.

"I always think I should keep doing something every year. This time, I will begin a big journey as a director of a feature film. It's a huge journey," Lahiri told IANS, a news agency, over a recorded response from Mumbai.

On Ek Adhura Sangeet, he said: "Like the song 'Zindagi mera gaana, main isi ka deewana... I am a disco dancer'... Without music, people's lives are incomplete... Music can bring happiness in life. So, this is a journey that I am beginning."

He said the subject of his film is "very good".

"After doing 600 films across Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Odia and Gujarati languages, I have gained a lot of experience. So, I thought I should give it a try. Maybe it does well. My wife Chitrani had produced Lal Darja which won a National Award in 1997... Whatever film I make, it won't be average. I can't say it will be superhit, but nobody will say it's a bad film. I am confident I will make a good film, whether it works or not," said Lahiri.

He also hinted at doing "something" in Hollywood.

"My son Bappa and I are working with a Latin group," he said, adding that one never knows he may just be directed by a Hollywood filmmaker.

Adding another feather to his hat, Bappi has also written a book titled World, Peace, Love and Harmony: We Are One.

"It has good words like 'our colour of blood is one', 'our emotion is one'... It's all in the form of poetry," said the "Tamma Tamma' singer, who is proud of his journey in the film industry and beyond.

"The journey is still on... The public loves me so much. I perform all over the world. I am not just a composer, I am also a singer. I sing with the public one-to-one, and it feels so good when the public, including youngsters, sway to and sing along songs that were made 20-25 years ago."

Tracing his glorious journey that has spanned generations, Lahiri, who has even collaborated with international artists, said: "From Dev Anand to Dilip Kumar to Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh, the journey in Bollywood [Hindi cinema] has been great. In Bengali cinema, the journey has spanned from Uttam Kumar, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Tapas Paul to Dev.

"My songs don't get old. Everyone likes to dance to these songs, and there are also sad and romantic songs."

The 50 years, he says, have been all about getting a lot of love and happiness. He expressed this by breaking into his song "De De Pyaar De', and said, "I have really got a lot of love, blessings, and I thank everyone for all of this."

His mantra in life is to "Keep working. Don't look back. Do something new."