Decoding Guru Randhawa
Earlier this year, his song Lahore secured the 21st position in the Billboard Top 25 on YouTube. This was just another milestone for Guru Randhawa who is known for hits such as High Rated Gabru, Suit Suit, Ban Ja Rani and Patola. Guru’s latest song, Raat Kamaal Hai, which was released last evening is already climbing the popularity charts. A duet with singer Tulsi Kumar, featuring Guru and Khushali Kumar in the video, the song is unlike his usual numbers which portray a romantic image of a woman.
“Raat Kamaal Hai is a simple party song. The video is amazing and I really think people will like it. This song has nothing to do with a girl,” says the singer candidly. The reason behind the young artiste’s popularity is perhaps the fact that he is honest about whatever he does. In fact, even at his last concert in Bengaluru that was organised by Ikom Ventures and MR Networks, where over 4,000 fans were in attendance, Guru kept giving them credit for his success. He acknowledged the love of his fans by saying that all he owns today is because of them, “If you didn’t listen to my songs and didn’t have liked my music, I wouldn’t have had all of this.”
True to self
Even Guru’s songs reflect his principles. Unlike his contemporaries who tend to objectify women, Guru steers away from all kinds of innuendos. Question him why he isn’t following the industry trend that’s bent towards showing women in a ‘desirable’ light, and he says, “I have nothing to do with people who objectify women. I am not breaking a trend, I am doing what I like doing. If my portrayal of women is right, you must appreciate me. I write songs I am comfortable with and which can be sung by everyone.”
From the roots
Not just his singles, even his film songs like Kaun Nachdi (Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety), Patola (Blackmail), Nach Le Na (Dil Juunglee), Ban Ja Rani (Tumhari Sulu) and others have elements of Punjabi music.Though these are predominantly Bollywood songs with Hindi words, Guru manages to retain his original style. “I am comfortable with Punjabi, and I am at ease pronouncing certain words. So even when I sing Hindi songs, I give it a Punjabi touch to retain my originality because of which people like me,” he says. It is this unabashed honesty that makes Guru Randhawa and his songs so popular, plus his humility when he says to his fans, “Respect your parents and fulfill your dream,” every time he is on stage or gives an interview.