Popular Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu has opened a restobar in the city, where foodies can relish kebabs and tikkas while listening to his retro numbers from the ’90s. The decor, choice of songs and menu of the multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Dum Laga K Haisha’, named after the 2015 romantic comedy but with a twist in the spelling, would give people a glimpse of the life and works of the singer. “My fans will be able to know about my journey to the music world, how I reached this far, who were my duet partners and the music directors I’ve worked with,” Sanu said.
Sanu settled on the name of the restaurant, inaugurated by actor Prosenjit Chatterjee just before Durga Puja, because he said it was catchy and had a Bollywood effect. The hero’s character, essayed by Ayushmann Khurrana, was a die-hard fan of Sanu who also played himself in the movie and belted out three numbers. The restaurant walls are decorated with posters tracing the 60-year-old playback singer’s journey to stardom — his first major Bollywood song in Hero Hiralal (1988), how he got his name changed from Kedarnath Bhattacharya to Kumar Sanu and his first Filmfare Award for the 1990 film Aashiqui.
Sanu had worked with almost all top music directors, including Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Himesh Reshammiya, Rajesh Roshan, Viju Shah and Anand-Milind, and the restaurant walls are adorned with photos of the singer with the composers. The food served at the restobar would include North Indian, Chinese and Bengali cuisines and serve such dishes as Pomfret Tandoori, Jugli Kebab (chicken and mutton kebabs in a skewer), Smoked Bekti and Fish Malai Tikka. “Dum Laga K Haisha can be best described as a musical restobar. This is a new concept and people can bite into Mughlai, North Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies while humming a song or two,” he said.
The singer said he had plans to set up a chain of restaurants in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and that he was also getting franchise offers. As a Bengali, he said, he always wished to give back to the state its due.