He may be only 23, but city boy Karunya, who shot to fame after his stint in Indian Idol, has now become the voice of Andhra Pradesh in the song, Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. The excited singer claims that this is a tale he wants to pass down to his grandkids.
“I feel privileged that I was chosen among all my contemporaries to be the voice of AP in a remake of a song that once had the nation hooked,” says Singer Karunya. He says the song came his way rather unexpectedly.
“I got a call from Kailash Surendranath’s office asking me if I would want to take up this project. I was recommended by Mahesh Babu for whom I’d sung earlier in Sainikudu.”
The young playback singer who is gearing up to sing another song for the Pokiri actor, is happy that he got to jam with big names, thanks to the song. “Working with Louis Banks was like a dream come true for me. He was encouraging and he gave me the freedom to sing my part the way I wanted it. We recorded my bit in just one go,” says the singer, who feels AP was represented much better in this version. “In Mile Sur… AP was represented in a fleeting scene. This time, Mahesh Babu was given good screen time and I sang a sizeable part too.”
Quiz him if the flak that Phir Mile Sur… received worried him and he says, “The song was remade to reflect young India. People need to look beyond the fact that the celebs featured are Bollywood stars. Each of these stars advocate a social cause that needs to be addressed. Be it the cause of the girl child that Priyanka Chopra endorses or the children’s education drive that Aamir Khan has undertaken, these actors also play important social roles.”