We spoke to the former cricketer-turned-popular singer Harrdy Sandhu – who’s delivered uber-hit songs like Naah and Bijlee Bijlee , and acted in films like 83 and Code Name: Tiranga – after the Kunal Rawal showcase in Gurugram at the Blender’s Pride Glassware Fashion Tour 2022, powered by FDCI. Entitled ‘Pride in Celebrating Diversity by Defying Labels’, this was a mélange of models of all shapes and sizes – one of the most diverse shows seen in Indian fashion history.
LI: I wanted to ask you how you made the transition from singer to actor and if has it been easy.
HS: As an artist, I have been in front of the camera for the longest time and I have been lucky enough to have veterans like Ranveer and Parineeti guide me through the transition.
LI: What do you like most about being on a film set, as compared to on the stage?
HS: In all honesty, both are the same; I get on it to perform and deliver my best always.
LI: How was it to bring the great Madan Lal to life in 83 ? Did you delve into your own cricketing experience?
HS: Going from real pitch to reel pitch; life came full circle as I got the chance to “play” for India yet again since I was once a part of the under-19 Indian world cup team. In February 2019, I was in Chandigarh only for a day and I got a call from Ammy Virk (he was one of the first few actors to be confirmed for 83 ) saying, ‘Come down to the restaurant of your building, I have to make you meet someone.’ That’s when I met Kabir Khan sir and Balwinder Sandhu Ji for the first time. We talked about how 83 is taking shape and they asked me if I could replicate Madan Lal Ji’s bowling action. Coincidentally, Madan Lal Ji had coached me at an NCB camp and he was a fast bowler too so I thought I could do this. I practiced a lot and sent them a video of me bowling as Madan Lal Ji but I didn't receive a response for a long while. One fine day, I heard from my team that they loved the finesse with which I pulled it off and that's how I became a part of 83
LI: In your film Codename – Tiranga, what did Ki Kariye evoke in you as you sang it, it’s such a romantic Punjabi song... do you think it’s on its way to being a super hit?
HS: That’s for the audience to decide!
LI: Is Parineeti Chopra a fun co-actor, because she seems really lovely!
HS: There’s never a dull moment around Parineeti! She’s so warm and fun to be around; her energy is infectious!
LI: What do you like most about menswear designer Kunal Rawal’s clothes?
HS: I love the fact that Kunal Rawal believes in individuality, inclusivity, and being true to yourself.
LI: You have a very bold, urban, hip-hop fashion style – what and who inspires your fashion?
HS: Fashion is like an extension of my mind - I think I like to go on the fly and get inspired by whatever is happening around me!
LI: What are your go-to outfits during shows and events?
HS: Fashion to me means visually expressing my state of mind. So, the priority is to fit the occasion and curate an outfit that replicates how I am feeling in the moment.
LI: And what do you like to wear when you travel – the famous airport look?
HS: My fashion sense is constantly in a state of flux; so, no two looks will ever be the same, be it on the stage or the airport!
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