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Born to sing

`Khallas' put him in the limelight after his pop track `Aey sanam.' Abbey is a down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky Goan and a promising entrant in Bollywood.

MAKE A SPLASH: Abbey gets the crowd into the groove at Ocean Park.

HE IS a down to earth happy-go-lucky artiste, with music and films happening to him big time. "They wanted a brash look and it worked for my good," says Abbey of the Khallas fame. "Gullu bhai (Gulshan Grover) is the baap, but maybe I can beat him at the singing and dancing villain act," he chuckles rolling his eyes upwards.

A lazy chilled out fun loving Goan Aquarian is how he defines himself. "Psst... parents don't want to give their daughters to Goan guys," he whispers.

He doesn't mind being mobbed, and feels artistes are there for the audience.

And he just did that at his recent visit to the twin cities rocking the young crowd at the Friendship Day party at Ocean Park where the inter-collegiate dance, music and fashion competitions were held.

He belted out his numbers at one of the newer pubs Where Else (opened for the new year bash), for the Friendship day show with the ground promo for the youth-oriented flick Mujhse Dosti Karoge.

The select audience for the evening had the numbers sung live -- no lip sync here - by Abbey, starting from his first pop album `Josh' with the Aey sanam pyar me tere number which was an anthem, as its one-take video directed by Sanjay. F. Gupta.

SOUND OF MUSIC: Abbey croons at `Where Else.'

From serenading to an audience of two people to doing a gig for a 60,000 live audience, it has been a memorable journey for this humble singer-actor.

Music runs in his family -- his mother has been a pop singer.

He also owes it to his friends who listened to him and conducted his mock press meets at the beaches of the then Bombay.

Looking back today as he faces the arc lights, he muses, "it feels so nice now. It has been a phase of wanting to prove and do a lot of things in life."

He was hooked to pop music while studying Sound engineering and he decided to cut his album.

Another big wave of success that came his way was Company.

"At first I wondered if it would go against me, but the whole thing went off even better, " he says.

The khallas fame has children and families in tow come and greet him while the young remember his Aey sanam track.

"It hasn't gone to the head since I've come up the hard way,'' he says.

Today, he is a happy man, `very chilled out', as he says. "Mumbai is awesome.

At 11 p.m. you iron your clothes, at 1 a.m. you walk into a disco and come back home at 7 a.m. (whither Hyderabad?) catching up on sleep during the flight and programme schedules," he says.

During free time, he listens to Sting and Police, and Bob Dylan of late since his show `A tribute to Bob Dylan', for which "I read a lot of books apart from listening to him in order to get into the groove of his genre of music,'' he says.

Also, Abbey is into soccer-with the 3rd League Golden Football Club, and a nature enthusiast-fishing, hiking and forests enthuse him.

"You'll find me either on the beach or at the jungle if not at home," he says.

He loves dogs and cats, and he informs, "we are planning an animal club, not too commercial though, if we can help it."

Time out. He has fans waiting to see him under the floodlights and he stands there as the composed Abbey, taking things as they come.

"With offers for films pouring in, it is very exciting, more so the idea of being in the league.

As for the future, I can see myself doing films but I'll not leave music -it will always be there," he sums up, invariably, one of the humble artistes who knows how to be unruffled and rooted to terra firma.


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