Shailender Singh Sodhi aka Shellee is the Mumbai based Chandigarhian who owns the credit for penning down the latest chart buster Chitta Ve, from the movie Udta Punjab.
Shellee, whose father is the late Punjabi scholar Himmat Singh Sodhi, graduated from the department of Indian theatre at Panjab University, Chandigarh, after studying at DAV School, Ambala cantonment. He has a Chinese-Indian wife Meiying, who has stood by him as rock through his years of struggle. His 15-year-old son Anhad is also humming this song at home in Mumbai and has liked the beat.
According to Shellee, Chitta Ve went through 10 revisions before he finally heard it on air.
And, he admits, he had no idea it would turn out to be the hit it has become today. He also has three other songs on the album of seven.
While an HT reporter asked him whether he has glorified drugs through this song, he replied, "While the dependence on drugs comes out in the song, so does the desperation, and the devastation. There is a line in the song that says, ‘Pehle maza par phir mazar ban gaya’ (First it was fun, then it turned into a grave)."
Read the full interview HERE