Singer Sonu Nigam recently opened up about facing rejections during his initial days in the music industry. He also revealed that he used to set out on his two-wheeler, stopping at a phone booth to make calls, seeking opportunities for work.
During one of his podcasts, Sonu Nigam also shared an anecdote with Ranveer Allahbadia involving senior singer-music composer Anu Malik. The singer said that Anu Malik often lied to him when he used to call him for work.
"Anu ji naatak karte the. He would pretend that he is Abu (his younger brother). He would say, ‘Anu ji nahi hain, main unka chota bhai Abu bol raha hu’. I knew it was him only, but one should wait for your time'," Sonu Nigam said.
Earlier, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Sonu Nigam said that he used to get scared of Anu Malik because he used to 'bully' him.
"When I was new in the industry, he used to bully me, in the sense that he was older than me and had a lot of experience. I met him when I was 14 years old, at a competition that I won. That time he had said, 'Get him to me when he grows up,"' he stated. "When I came to Mumbai, my father and I went to see him. He was very intimidating at that time. But slowly, I understood how to deal with him. Jitna daboge, utna dabaenge," he added.
Recalling his first audition, the Suraj Hua Maddham singer stated, "I went to Usha Khanna’s audition in 1991. I was probably 18. I saw Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu coming and singing there. They asked me to sit. But I kept standing. I kept standing for 7 hours. I thought what if the door opens and they see that I am sitting…no, I kept standing because I thought that would leave a good impression."
Sonu Nigam is one of the most influential and accomplished playback singers in India. His melodious voice has earned him a dedicated fan base and a prominent place in the hearts of music enthusiasts across the world.
He began his singing career at a young age and gained recognition as a child artist. Sonu Nigam transitioned into playback singing in Bollywood films in the 1990s.