Singer Kamal Khan talks about his latest song "Chadra" and why he is in awe of SRK in an exclusive interview with A Potpourri of Vestiges

By Murtaza Ali Khan

A Potpourri of Vestiges recently caught up with singer Kamal Khan whose latest Punjabi song “Chadra” is creating a lot of buzz on social media. Already, it has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube alone. Kamal shot to fame by winning of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar 2010 and since then he has managed to carve a niche for himself. Some of his most famous numbers include “Ishq Sufiyana” from Dirty Picture and “Jhooth Boliya” from Jolly LLB. Kamal has been equally successful as a singer of Punjabi songs with songs like “Maula”.


Your recent song “Chadra” is out and it is already creating buzz all around. Tell us about the song and how did it happen?

My fans want me to try new things. I keep getting requests to come up with something different. And it’s not just limited to Hindi but also includes my Punjabi, Marathi and Gujrati listeners. So “Chadra” is one such attempt to express my love and appreciation for my fans.

You shot to fame by winning Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. Tell us about the experience of winning such a big reality event and how it helped your career.

Yes, it was a great platform for someone like me and it paved way for more things that kept coming my way one after the other. I am really grateful to one and all.

You have done both private albums as well as playback singing. How different are these two? Which is more challenging according to you?

Well, both the challenging in their own ways. I like doing both. Of course, playback is behind the curtain and so you don’t really get to perform but it requires a different skill set and so you have to be at the top of your game every time.  

You have sung many hit numbers. If we asked you to pick your favorite which one would that be?

Well, all my songs are close to my heart. Of course, “Ishq Sufiyana” is a favorite and then there is a Sajjad Ali song “Sohni Lagdi” that I have also sung which is very close to my heart.  Then “Chadra” has become a favorite of my fans and so it’s very special as well.  

Tell us a little about your daily routine. How do you keep yourself in a good singing form?

Firstly it is important to have a solid base. Once you have that you can take off from there. Of course, practice is very important and from time to time you have to fine tune yourself. Live show performances can be a great way of practice as well.

Tell us about your influences while growing up. Also tell us about the special bond you share with Shah Rukh Khan.

There were so many influences but if I have to name one singer then it would be Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The legendary singer has sung almost everything that’s there to be sung. So throughout my singing career he has been a great influence. Speaking of Shah Rukh Khan, he is such a great personality. I performed in front of him on his 50th birthday. He is so kind and generous and when you talk to him he makes you feel so important. He is a self-made person and that’s I greatly admire that fact. As a token of my love and appreciation, I come out with a new song on his every birthday.

What advice would you like to give to young singers who are trying to establish themselves in the industry?

Well, I would like to tell them that you can achieve fame even while sticking to good lyrics and songs. There is absolutely no need to compromise on your standards. Also always remember that there is no shortcut to hard work and so keep trying and try hard.  

Chadra Kamal Khan Feat. Kuwar Virk (Official Video)
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