Gippy Grewal, formally known as Rupinder Singh Grewal, has tasted success most village boys dream of. The untrained singer from small Punjabi village Koom Kalan near Ludhiana, now has a huge fan following. He entered the world of Bhangra with his first album Chak Lai. He has released four other solo albums, but it was his track Phulkari, a major hit of 2004-05, that launched his mainstream career. Since then, he has given us hits like Rakh Honsla, Adhiye Da Nasha, Halaat, Yar Mera, Sharabi and Mere Yaar Ne. He debuts as an actor in Mel Karade Rabba, a Punjabi comedy flick, which releases on July 16. He features on the multi-star album Makhna, which is out at the end of July and his solo album hits the market in September.
The one thing you'd always like to get as a gift?
Anything given with love.
Your favourite indoor and outdoor game?
Kabaddi and PlayStation.
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
I would spend the maximum amount on myself and I would give the rest to charity.
Which villain or vamp do you identify with?
Rahul Mehra, the obsessed lover, played by Shahrukh Khan in Darr.
The craziest rumour you've heard about yourself?
That I was killed in a car accident.
The turning point of your life?
My song Phulkari from my third album.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Reaching new heights.
Do you think aliens exist?
I didn't earlier, but I changed my mind when I started watching alien-oriented movies with my son.
Your best feature?
A mole on my cheek.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?
The power to rectify all problems of the world.
Your good luck charm?
My three-year-old son.
One thing you'd like to change about yourself?
The way I over think things and lose my temper at times.
The most annoying celebrity?
Arjun Rampal. I'm not a fan of his acting.
Would you prefer a holiday at the beach or up in the mountains?
Your biggest fear?
None. Although, I used to be afraid of the water as I didn't know how to swim.
Party animal or homebody?
I was a party animal when I was younger, but now I enjoy time at home.
An obstacle you've overcome?
When I first entered the music industry, I didn't know much about music and lacked professional training. People in the industry would make fun of me. So, I made it a point to work hard and prove myself.
Sweet or savoury?
Your role model?