Strong singing voice of Chaiyya Chaiyya song, Sukhwinder Singh recently sung the title track of Ajay Devgan‘s Shivaay and admitted that, he sings this track just because of Ajay Devgan. He said, Ajay is his dear friend and offered him to sing the title track for his production, Shivaay.
He said that Ajay explained to him that the track is very significant for the film. Moreover, he said that he simply can’t say no to Ajay and added that Ajay has great knowledge of music. The ‘Jai Ho’ singer also disclosed that Ajay was present during the recording and motivated the singers.
The singer, along with the actor, had also visited the Wagah Border with Ajay Devgan, recently and entertained the jawans there with his songs. the Army band was playing and I joined them. I could see the Pakistani officers from the gate saying ‘Namaste’ and ‘Sat Sri Akal’,” he recalls. Their gesture touched him, he says.
His recent interview about the IMPPA banning Pakistani artists, he says, “If they come to India, I will be the first one to welcome them, but on one condition – they must condemn such attacks. Main nahin kehta sadak pe tamasha karo, par ek aah toh bhar sakte ho. After the Peshawar school massacre, they condemned those attacks and we, the Indian artists, joined them. Aap ek line toh keh sakte ho. They were approached by Indian friends and were advised to at least give a message about friendship and brotherhood and say that the attacks were wrong. If they can’t say that, they must leave.”
On Pakistan banning Indian movies, Sukhwinder says, “Usse India ko koi fark nahin padega, par agar Pakistani artists yahan ban ho gaye toh woh barbaad ho jayenge.” He adds, “Terrorism is killing them also. When I meet these artists in the US, the UK or Canada, they tell me, ‘Sukwinder sahab, zindagi toh aap log jeete ho India mein, hum toh musibat mein jeete hain.”
Sukhwinder, who hails from Amritsar, says though he is a true patriot, the animosity between the two countries hurts him. “Batwara actually India ka nahin, Punjab ka hua tha. Abbottabad, Multan, Peshawar, Lahore were all part of Punjab. Border mein high alert hota hai, but we don’t look at Pakistanis with anger or hatred. There is a point in Amritsar where if you keep a step ahead, you are in Pakistan – one step back, you are in India. I saw many pigeons crossing the border freely there. I almost cried – I thought, 60-70 years back, this line never existed. Aaj bhi apnon se hi ladai chal rahi hai.”