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That’s what a Bollywood stamp does for you,” says the 25-year-old. It was TV that got him hooked to music, specifically watching Gurdas Maan on New Year’s eve on Doordarshan. Din dekhne zaroori hain,” says Randhawa, whose music was firmly rooted in the folk tradition of Punjab. He has been performing nonstop. While the single was shot at a farmhouse amid a wedding setting, one in the Irrfan and Saba Qamar starrer is shot in the bylanes of Tbilisi, Georgia and has Irrfan sporting a trench coat with a chic scarf, and grooving to the piece. Babu Maan, Gurdas Maan from Punjab and Arif Lohar, Shehzad Roy and Abral-ul-Haq sahab from Pakistan — they heavily inspired me. The success of Suit suit wasn’t something Randhawa expected. We meet Randhawa at the office of his publicist (he acquired one recently) in one of the hipster villages in Delhi. When I go home, I play my songs on loop for them. “I try and carry forward that tradition. “What’s the point of creating something which cannot be enjoyed by everyone anywhere? But with Irrfan sir in it, it’s going to be a big deal for me. For about seven-eight years he struggled. It was already a Punjabi hit. Sporting a ripped jeans, a white collared t-shirt, sun glasses and stiff gelled hair give you the idea that Randhawa is taking the traditional popstar route. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now TV used to be a big deal. The single, which released in June last year, has already accumulated 55 million views. Irrfan and Saba Qamar in Hindi Medium
Guru was born as Gursharanjot Singh Randhawa in Punjab’s Nurpur, Dera Baba Nanak Tehsil in district Gurdaspur and never really had any significant interest in music. “I am thankful that the producers took my song. He hasn’t even got his parents — who live in Gurdaspur — to watch his live shows. Also once I am on stage , I won’t be able to pay any special attention to them. Things changed with the breakout song Patola, an urban funk piece in Punjabi. 2017-05-16T00:00:29+00:00″>
Published:May 16, 2017 12:00 am

Guru Randhawa (Express/Tashi Tobgyal)
Guru Randhawa — the name itself is unlikely to ring a bell, but his latest Punjabi single, Suit suit karda, will surely jolt your memory and take you to a foot-tapping and catchy awakening. They are happy,” says Randhawa, whose next project will take him to Los Angeles for the shoot. Now I am on TV every day,” says Randhawa. “I am a small town boy and have realised it’s important to struggle. Mujhe bas TV pe aana tha (I just wanted to be on TV). He began with small shows in Gurdaspur, and then began performing in Delhi, at small parties and functions. I am not a trained musician or singer. While many are bonding over it on social media websites, the piece is already a club favourite and is finding regular airtime and now features in the upcoming film, Hindi Medium. Just like people who are my inspiration did,” says Randhawa. “I’ll have to see when the tickets are cheaper,” he rues. “There is no grand story behind my interest in music. “They won’t enjoy my music at a live show. He has now joined the big league where Honey Singh and Badshah reside. I decided to write my own songs. His music and videos steered clear of any double meanings or misogynistic lyrics, which are currently a staple of major Punjabi hit songs. So much so, that he just remembers checking into hotels and packing his suitcases. The past three years — the time in which Randhawa has become a name to be reckoned with on the Punjabi music circuit — have thrown up hits such as Khat, Yaar Mod Do, and established him as a musician. He would get around Rs 500 per show. Randhawa, since then, has been catapulted to fame. The time has also been a bit of a blur. I will now be paid better. I don’t want to embarrass a family which is sitting together and watching videos of my songs,” he says.