No one would have known that Sonu Nigam was nervous about walking the ramp for the first time last night. The singer walked the ramp at the ITC Grand Central for Shantanu-Nikhil. Says Sonu, "I was terrified initially. As I walked the ramp though, I got calmer. I have done thousands of stage shows but it's different when walking the ramp. It's not just walking. I was the showstopper of Shantanu-Nikhil's show.
One needs to have a certain change of attitude, have passion, style, composure and poise while modelling something on the ramp. Since I am doing it for the first time I have told my family not to show their face at the event or to sit on the last seat. I don't want to do it wrong or be embarrassed or overwhelmed on seeing them."
Wasn't he scared of a wardrobe malfunction considering that it has been happening quite a lot? Sonu laughs and says, "No. I was fully prepared. The actual outfit was in black + printed jacket and trousers and I was wearing lots of layers beneath that to cover any goof-ups that could have happened."
Sonu says his first stint at the fashion show happened suddenly. "I met my designers Shantanu and Nikhil for the first time on Saturday. They had designed my look for the cover of OK! India magazine for me and I was quite impressed. It's strange but musicians often don't make it to the covers of magazines in India but OK! India contacted me and they reinvented and stylised me.
I had my hair straightened by B: Blunt and the shoot turned out to be amazing! I couldn't recognise myself. Then my friend Rohit Roy told me that Shantanu-Nikhil are the best in menswear. We selected 9 changes though that day they didn't come. When they asked me after the shoot if I'd walk for them I agreed." Apart from walking the ramp, Sonu has been reading film scripts and travelling for concerts. "I will be going to Nagpur for Gandhi Jayanti along with my dad Agam Nigam and Gunjan and performing to patriotic songs there. I am also working on my new Kannada album."