He credits composer Wajid for the appreciation Hangover has garnered. "Wajid used to sing one line and I would emulate it. I was comfortable with him since he knows my voice and there is no shyness. I can sing openly in front of him and so, I would improvise. The technicians would then work on it, and I finally realised that most singers work like that. It was a superb experience. I have not just sung the song, I have felt it. One day, I will reach a stage jab har sur barabar lagega," Salman says.
The actor adds, "When I sang inside the studio, it sounded a bit strange. I asked them to stop playing it as I found it bakwaas. But then, the technicians made me listen to the song post recording and I was happy with what I finally heard... kamaal ho gaya... mazaa aa gaya."
Salman says he enjoyed singing so much that he is contemplating doing riyaz every day. Interestingly, he is not new to singing. He had recorded Chandi Ki Daal Par Sone Ka Mor for Hello Brother in 1999. "At that time, maine gaana bola tha, but I have sung for the first time," he points out. In a lighter vein, he adds, "Sriji (Sridevi) had once told me that she feels like running away whenever she hears a song recorded in her voice. It is the same with me. I like my voice only upto the bathroom level... bathroom tak hi achhi lagti hai, but I can't invite everybody in my bathroom, na."
So, what motivated him to sing? Salman replies(with a mischievous grin), "Majboori. Where are the singers these days?" On a serious note, he says, "I want to be a complete actor. If I can do action and comedy, I can sing too. There was no compulsion as such. We were just trying it for fun and I sounded okay. When the song went in mixing and mastering, my voice was presentable. It feels good for my own satisfaction."
Interestingly, if Salman has inherited painting skills from his mother, his singing genes come from his father, Salim Khan. "My father sings very high notes. Our voices are trained for high sur. He likes my singing. Sometimes, it is there in your genes and you don't even know it," he says.
And like his father, Salman loves old Hindi melodies. Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya, Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye, Parbat Ke Peeche Chambe Da Gaon, Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana... are some of his favourite songs. "In Western, I like Michael Jackson and then Retro. I don't understand rap or the new stuff. I remember old songs which are easier to sing and has melody," he says.
Similarly, he sees a certain old-world charm in inviting musicians home for music sittings. "I do it for all my films and it is done in a traditional way. I never hear scratches. Musicians come home with tabla, peti, harmonium; they play the instruments and we have live singing," says the actor.
Has he learnt anything new as a singer? "I have realised that if I can sing, anybody can. Modern equipment and technology help adjust sur. It is just that you need some basic skills. More than singers, it's difficult for the arrangers and composers. Everybody sounds good when the mastered copy comes out. Of course, we have trained singers who are on a different level altogether. But these days, we rarely have songs that need solid, trained singers. Most of the time, tracks are simple. Technicians are turning singers into gods. I can say this from my personal experience."