Interview: Lucky Ali talks about making music in the ’90s and its relevance even after two decades
For those who grew up in the late ’90s, Lucky Ali’s music spells nostalgia. His indie-pop sound and memorable videos, often shot in exotic locations, is known for themes centred around love, loss and the joy of exploring. Now that he is set to perform in Hyderabad — Safarnama Tour, in association with Panche Media — his ardent fans are excited, to say the least. Named after his popular song, Safarnama from Tamasha (2015), the concert will have the singer perform his hit tracks from his 25-year-long journey. “I’m trying to pick the best of my songs from my journey to present it to my fans. I’m looking forward to the concert in Hyderabad,” says the 60-year-old.
Around the time when the independent music scene was flourishing on television, the Mumbai-born musician released his first album Sunoh (1996). The 10-track album featured one of the biggest hits of his career — O Sanam — which became a chartbuster across the nation. He is also known to be on one of the few musicians to make music videos back in the day. More than being the pop icon of the ’90s, Lucky captured the attention of the audience not just with his cheerful lyrics, mellifluous voice, but also his charm. He then went on to sing for films, creating waves with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000), followed by S Shankar’s Boys, Mani Ratnam’s Yuva and Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani. Released more than a decade ago, many of his independent songs have garnered over four million views on YouTube. Although Lucky has been away from the circuit for a while with his last release (From The Land of Gandhi) in 2016, his songs have continued to be crowd favourites. “It’s just the grace of God that my songs are still resonating among the fans. I’m happy that my music makes sense to listeners and hope that we can release more music in the coming months If you have made a good number, it has a lifetime of its own. All my songs, I believe, have an endless lifetime,” he shares.
As the conversation veers towards his journey, we can’t help but ask him what has kept him away? “Today’s world is more towards commercial attraction. I’m happy keeping my soul away from it. I love being close to nature and spend time with my family in Bengaluru. But you will see me perform more,” he signs off.
August 10, 7.30 pm.
At Shilpakala Vedika.