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A new Surya for Shael



Shael... now on to films.

HIS SMILE is as captivating as his number "Hasna Kamal" but Shael Oswal means business. So, after the roaring success of "Hasna Kamal", Shael forays into playback singing with "Chal Jhoomein Masti Mein" for the film "Surya", whose music was released in New Delhi this past week. "My first love is pop album but when Adeshji offered me this song, I couldn't say no. In fact, with this track, I am graduating from soft, peppy numbers to high-pitched numbers where you have to raise your scale," reasons Shael.

On the growing obscenity in music videos, he observes that at the end of the day it is music and lyrics that count. "Whenever we shoot a video, I keep in mind that whole family can watch it together. And I am lucky that my music company respects my opinion." One doesn't know how much is too much but his videos are known to be on the lower side of the `obscenity scale'.

Trained in classical music, Shael is a first-generation singer. He believes even for attaining proficiency in Indipop, rigorous training is must.

Shael feels that music industry is in a bad shape and the resurgence is not going to help it either. "Albums usually have one hit number and if the FM stations play it 20 times a day, the customer will not go for cassettes and CDs," he explains.

Coming from a business family and a degree in Business Administration from Boston College to boast, Shael concedes that that it's not music but business that runs in his veins. So to put his business sense to use, Shael is now venturing into production with Sohana Entertainment, named after his daughter. "Besides producing my albums the company will give opportunity to new talent as I don't want a good voice to wait for 10 years," he informs.

Shael, keep on minting melodies, audience is there to keep the stocks soaring.

ANUJ KUMAR

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