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Thereís something striking about Lucky Aliís persona - his nomadic spirit. Itís almost as if he is in search of someone or something. His restlessness, though not very apparent sometimes does get noticed. An avid traveler himself, Luckyís music too has that searching, wandering texture to it. Masses love the simple, romantic touch of his songs. Itís amazing the way his simple notes and even simpler lyrics bring out the nuances of life so beautifully. Lucky had indeed carved a niche for himself.

We caught up with Lucky Ali in Mumbai for a one-to-one. As we realised, he is not one of those artists who come with the ready mixture of sugary quotes and clichťd answers to make the interview look almost scripted. He may make the chat just a bit difficult and his answers could take you back by surprise but he is one of those people who say nothing yet give a lot more. So when we asked him about his latest album Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai, he didnít say ĎItís differentí.

The Record: How is Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai different from you other albums?
Lucky: Itís not. I mean itís not different from the kind of music that I normally do. I have kept to my style. Right from the beginning of my singing career I have always held on to the melody. Ditto in this album! Yes, there are certain different expressions. I have tried to put together the music of the north, south, east and west along with a bit of jazz. So the album has all these colours. But I would still say itís a regular album but with a different Ďexpressioní.

TR: Which track is your personal favourite?
Lucky: Well, all of them. Thereís a track called Teri Yaad Jab Aati Hai, which I wrote for my kid brother who passed away last year. Then thereís Thappa Thappi Chhuppa Chhuppi, which is a song about innocence and then the intrusion of things that innocence does not understand. I have referred to them as Ďair-gairí in the album. Actually, I like all the tracks except the instrumental, which is not done by me.

TR: It took you 3 years to cut the album. What kind of response are you finally getting for it?
Lucky: People have really appreciated the music but they hate the videos! T-Series has done a T-Series kind of a video. It is their kind of presentation. Maybe it is their USP. I would only like to identify with my work. I am not associated with the thought processes that go behind the way their company works. Iím just involved with the music.

TR: You look unhappy with the videosÖ
Lucky: I think itís a breach of intellectual property, itís injustice. And I hate injustice. I would only say that T-Series hasnít been very lucky with Lucky Ali.

TR: What do you feel about the current Indi-pop scenario?
Lucky: When you say Indi-pop, Iím sure you are talking about the entire sub continent. Thereís a lot of talent from across the border like Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which should be encouraged. Even though we have these borders between us, the culture has always been passed to and fro on its own level. They listen to our music we look at their plays. They take our clothes, we like their styles. Thereís been this acceptance and appreciation of each other cultures.

You can read the rest of our feature on Lucky Ali in the July 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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