In 1999, the mega-starrer Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam took the box office by storm. The movie was immensely popular for its soundtracks especially Tadap Tadap Ke that not only topped the charts but also cemented singer KK’s place in the entertainment industry.
Today Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, is among the most versatile singers in Bollywood. With a career spanning two decades, hit numbers like Yaaron, Pal, Alvida, Koi Kahe, O Humdum Suniyo Re under his belt, KK’s soulful voice sells records. Over the years, he has successfully adapted to the demands in playback, often tailor-made to suit the younger audience. For instance, from melodies like Sachh Keh Raha Hai to his recent dance number Tu Ne Maari Entryaan from Gunday, or even the peppy India Wale — his songs are hugely popular among the youth. “I have just gone with the flow. For me, songs and lyrics are the most important guiding factors. I’ve never looked beyond the song or thought about how big an actor I am lending my voice to. I don’t let these things cloud my thoughts,” he says.
It was not until ’94 that KK moved to Mumbai with nothing but for a few recordings he carried along. He featured in over 3,500 jingles before he got his first Bollywood break in Maachis by AR Rahman. “I never aspired to be in Bollywood but always wanted to sing and be happy, be it jingles or my own albums,” he says.
Though he admits to being lucky when it comes to finding work in Bollywood, he says that producing singles or working on his albums are most satisfying. “Even to this day, my first album, Pal, and songs from Humsafar (his second album) are close to my heart. In fact, I took a break from Bollywood for about six months to compose and write some of the songs for my second album,” he says.
When KK takes the stage here in Bengaluru, in a show that promises to enthrall the audience, the line-up of songs will be a mix of old tunes, and current hit numbers from recent times. This show will be followed by yet another performance in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Dubai where he will share the stage with long-time friend Shaan.
January 22. At Phoenix Market City. 7 pm. Tickets (Rs.500 onwards) on bookmyshow.com
— Nandini Kumar