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Catch the rhythm divine

Enrique Iglesias on his dad, Anna Kournikova and his India tour in this interview


ENRIQUE IGLESIAS moved to Miami (he was born in Madrid, Spain) to be with his superstar singer dad, Julio Iglesias, after his parents' divorce. He grew a well-adjusted teenager and even did a year at business school in the university of Miami, before switching to entertainment.

Enrique took on the name of Martinez to guard against the charge of nepotism and did the legwork required to have his demo tape heard. However, his famous last name stuck and at the age of 20 in 1995, Enrique's self-titled album, Enrique Iglesias, burnt up the Spanish charts. Enrique's Bailamos, which was featured in the Will Smith starrer Wild, Wild, West was the most requested radio track. Though Enrique was initially hesitant about recording in English ("I got to remember something - what got me here was Spanish"), his first English album in 1999, Enrique, went double platinum in the US and quadruple platinum worldwide. Last year saw Enrique's silver screen debut in Robert Rodriguez' Once a upon a Time in Mexico where he played a Mariachi alongside Antonio Banderas.

On the eve of his visit to India, Enrique took time off his busy touring schedule to field some questions on his famous dad, his equally famous girl friend (tennis superstar Anna Kournikova) and the India experience.

Has being the son of Julio Iglesias been a help or hindrance in your career?

I am not going to follow your intrigues. My father is such a hard-working guy and I admire his tenacity. We just both work and try to do our best.

But we are two different people with different styles of music and singing to different crowds and generations. In the beginning, the media would compare us but our music is so different and there's a generation gap.

What are your plans for the future?

For now, it is to continue with the tour that is taking us around the world. We already did Australia and the US, and will be doing several countries in South East Asia, South Africa, Russia, Egypt, etc., etc. After that, just keep working and keep trying to write good songs.

Could you tell us something about your relationship with Anna Kournikova?

I don't like talking about my private life. When it comes to that I prefer to keep it private.

Are you looking forward to performing in India?

This is my first time in India and I am so looking forward to get there. It's such an intriguing culture and I've heard it is a wonderful place, with warm and friendly people. We have a day in between concerts and haven't decided yet what we will do.

I don't know yet if schedule will permit (because there will always be promotions and interviews) but I hope I will have the chance to go out and explore a little bit of the country, the market, etc.

Your music is very popular in India, is there anything special that we can look forward to?

We are bringing a very good show and all I want is hopefully for the fans to come and have a good time and for a couple of hours forget about their problems. We are going to sing all the hits plus some surprises!

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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