After 50 years in Bollywood and directing the music of over 600 movies, Bappi Lahiri is now in LA making music with Akon and Girl Gaga.
Bappi Lahiri (Photograph: Dinodia Photographs / Alamy)
Q. How did your current collaborations with Akon and Girl Gaga materialise?
My track with Akon has already been recorded. I sang the track and gave the music and lyrics. Girl Gaga and I are nonetheless within the strategy of finalising our tunes. There’s nothing new about my journey in Hollywood. My track ‘Jimmy, Jimmy‘ was featured in You Do not Mess with the Zohan (2008). I’ve additionally labored with MC Hammer, and bear in mind, I used to be the primary to get Samantha Fox to India.
Q. What about your music offers it this common attraction?
Michael Jackson advised me he beloved my track ‘Disco Dancer’. When Elton John wanted somebody to dub for his half in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), he stated, “I’ve a lookalike referred to as Bappi Lahiri who sings like me. Solely he’ll dub my half.” Additionally, I consider in fusion music, so having a classical bent of thoughts has helped quite a bit.
Q. It is your 50th yr in Bollywood. Do you suppose the trade has given you your due?
Yearly some track of mine turns into in style, whether or not it is ‘Ooh La La’ or ‘Tamma Tamma’. [Breaks into song] I’m Bappi Lahiri because of Bollywood, because of my followers, because of India, to my Hindustan.
Q. Rishi Kapoor posted your image to want his Twitter followers on Dhanteras. Your ideas?
[Laughs] Gold is my fortunate [sic]. Gold is my Mama. Gold is my Ma Lakshmi. Everybody world wide is aware of that I’m the ‘Gold Man’, however that is not why I put on this jewelry. Every chain or bracelet of mine belongs to some god-Ganpati, Balaji, Hare Krishna, Hare Ram, Hanumanji. They’re all my fortunate.