Young and accomplished British singer-musician Ed Sheeran, who swept fans off their feet at a recent concert in India, feels a “welcoming” and “warm” vibe there and thinks a collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan would be “quite cool.”
“Bollywood is bright and colourful. A film with Shah Rukh Khan would be quite cool,” Sheeran, a Grammy Award winner, said in an interview.
Sheeran, who was on his second visit to India, had met Shah Rukh the last time he visited too, and they met again on Saturday night at a party organised by choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan.
Sheeran is a sensation for his song Shape of You, which he also sang on Sunday night at his gig in Mumbai, which was part of his Divide Album Asia Tour. Sheeran kept his date with India despite his widely reported injury in an accident.
The concert was in support for his third studio album Divide, which released in March. Sheeran turned up in a blue kurta and jeans for the concert. So how was it to perform in India?
“I had to come back to India, I had to. Last time when I performed here, I loved it. The people are so welcoming and warm, I had to come back to these people over here. It’s lovely to be back here,” said the Castle on the Hill hitmaker.
Sheeran also gushed about the “different curries” he had for lunch and dinner, adding that he hadn’t had a chance to explore the city too much due to security reasons. He also said “why not?” when asked if he would consider making a song inspired by India.
On the growing market of international artists, Sheeran said, “Well, given an opportunity, I don’t know… why wouldn’t someone come to India? I have come here whenever I have got a chance.”
Sheeran, who is as loved for his live performances as for his albums, said he tries to strike “a balance of both” in his career.
He recounted that he was just 10 years old when he went to watch Green Day’s gig as a member of the audience.
“And my first live performance was when I was 11, I performed in school,” said the Thinking Out Loud and I See Fire hitmaker, adding that his latest album has “evolved” from his debut record.