Pitch Perfect

Harrdy Sandhu recently lit up the ramp for designer Kunal Rawal at the Blender’s Pride Glassware Fashion Tour 2022, powered by FDCI, at his show We catch up with the singing sensation turned actor, who’s songs have taken over the country.

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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