Bollywood has already fallen in love with the classically trained voice of Lakhwinder Wadali post the song Rabb Manneya, which happens to be his Bollywood debut as a playback singer. The song is from the movie Koi Jaane Na, starring Kunal Kapoor and Amyra Dastur and it has Aamir Khan in a special appearance.
Already getting offers for more Bollywood songs, Lakhwinder says, “I believe being choosy with songs has finally paid off. I was offered songs earlier as well but I wanted to sing songs with meaningful lyrics.”
The son of Puranchand Wadali, of the Wadali Brothers, he is proud to have started his career in the industry with this original song, Tu Mane Ya Na Mane, which his father and uncle had sung all their life. About nine years ago, it was featured in Coke Studio’s first season.
“To give a pan-India approach to Punjabi songs or folk music, a mixture of Hindi and Punjabi words has become the need of the hour. It has only helped Punjabi music to widen its horizon and incorporate more listeners for the regional singers making them national and international rage,” says Lakhwinder. If given a chance, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar and Mein To Deewani, Khwaja ki Deewani are the two songs he would like to sing in his lifetime.
About his Bollywood debut, Lakhwinder calls it, “a great experience in itself. Rochak Kohli has done a great job bringing the sufi song into romantic Bollywood music while keeping its vibe intact. The lyrics are relatable as well. I enjoyed singing the song and from the response that I have got so far, the audience has accepted it with open arms. Also, the younger lot has found a connection with its music.”
Lakhwinder will soon be releasing another song, Nazaraa, with Bigg Boss-fame Mahira Sharma and Paras Chhabrra. Missing his uncle, Pyarelal Wadali, who passed away in 2018, he adds, “That’s a void which no one can fill but to live with that grief with a smile is what life is all about. Music is the biggest healer and as taught by him and my father, we put all our emotions back into our music.”
It is his wish to collaborate with AR Rahman, and as far as the pressure of family legacy is concerned, he says, “I don’t take pressure. To be happy you need to accept what it is, and what my father and uncle has done and lived for, I cannot surpass that and I accept that humbly and concentrate on what I have been taught—to take it further. By the look of it, the innings has just started. On the sides, I will continue to work on Punjabi music and composition with my father and release it under our own label, Wadali Music.”
Lakhwinder was in Amritsar, his home city and performed for the BSF soldiers at the Attari border, which was also graced by actor Sonu Sood. He says, “It was great meeting Sonu paaji. The relentless seva he has been doing for humanity has always made me look up to him. More power to him.”