Singer Shaan says the primary reason about his absence from Bollywood music scene is the fact that the newer generation has taken over the industry, leaving fewer opportunities for senior artistes like him. The voice behind the hits such as Bum bum bole, Chand sifarish, Behti hawa sa tha woh and Jab se tere naina, among others, says he was disheartened for a brief period as not much work was coming his way.
Recalling his low phase, Shaan said, “From 2010 to 2013-14, I was not able to understand what was happening. Why I was not getting the work that I was getting earlier? What did I do wrong? I couldn’t find the answer but I figured that it happens with everyone as new people come in and they take over.”
“But now, my belief in my own singing has grown. I feel I am a better singer today. I have worked on my shortcomings. I am working hard and proud of myself,” he added.
Shaan has come to terms with this shift and says he is busy doing his own independent music, ad films and collaborations. “With film songs, the A-league stuff is not happening. I have been open to the idea of singing for newer production houses. Many advised me to not take this up and said it will affect your career and that I should be connecting to the top guys. I feel, I was new at some point of a time in my life and somebody did give me an opportunity.”
The singer believes doing live concerts are the best way of connecting with the fans. “Music as a industry is going through lot of changes. I don’t know how well paying it is to be a singer today. If you can entertain through live performances then sky is the limit as people enjoy it. People are enjoying it,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Shaan and his son Shubh reprised the popular DuckTales track in Hindi. He remembers watching this show when he was in his 20s. “The jingle came to me quickly as somewhere it was in my head. It is an iconic show, I couldn’t have said no to this offer.”
Shaan says the track complements the sense of adventure and excitement of the show and it was fun recording the Hindi version especially because he shared the experience with his son. Back in the 90s, Ducktales used to air on Doordarshan in Hindi and now Disney India channel is set to relaunch the adventures of Uncle Scrooge and his family in the reboot.
Ducktales will be aired on Disney India channel from October 1.