Rapper-singer Raftaar is as Delhite as any Delhites might get. He loves Delhi and Delhi love’s him back. He recently spoke in an interview and said, “Outside my house in Delhi, you will find at least 10 guys waiting to catch a glimpse of me”. Raftaar says he is humbled to see people who get their hair coloured like him, and others tattoo his name.
“They wait to touch my feet. It’s a very weird feeling for me to digest all that’s happening”, “I guess it’s just the brotherly love that I’m getting from guys. And I don’t know what it is with the girls (laughs). When I say tera bhai kisse kam hai tere bhai mein bhi dum hai (lyrics of his song Swag Mera Desi),those who connect the most to the lyrics are the Delhi people, because that’s where I’m from and that’s where the lingo belongs to”, he says.
There is a significant contrast in the way Mumbai treats him and the way the capital does. “Delhi gives you a lot of love. Bombay people don’t care much because it’s usual for them to see a TV serial guy or a movie actor. But in Delhi, people love artists. They love any musician, any actor; anybody from the art field who visits from the entertainment industry, gets an amazing response in Delhi”, says Raftaar.
His journey from a backup dancer to a rapper in Bollywood is an inspirational one. “I came from Rohini, I used to stay in Munirka. My movement has been from North Delhi to South Delhi and that means from Zero To Infinity – like the name of my album”.
Just like every other Delhite, Raftaar loves his food and is aware of the good places to go to. “I’m a big foodie. We travel to Chandni Chowk, Nizamuddin and even Saleem beneath the Lajpat Nagar. You ask me a joint for good food and I’ll tell you where to go in Delhi. But now I have to control a bit. But one-and-a-half-years ago, I never thought about my weight or anything. Times have changed, God has been great and it’s not easy to go to public places”, says Raftaar.
Reality check happens for him at home he says. “Mom makes South Indian food for me almost always, because I get it rarely, as I travel a lot for work. Bachchpan mein vo roz khata tha but now whenever I’m back in Delhi, one day is always a dosa session”.