Music director Devi Sri Prasad or DSP, as he is fondly called, is flying high these days after the success of Telugu film Gabbar Singh and his Pillaa song topping the charts. In an exclusive chat , he speaks about his upcoming projects and the strong bond he shares with Salman Khan.

While DSP has composed the music for several Telugu films, he now has movies such as Alex Pandian and Singham 2 lined up in K-town. “The Kollywood industry has welcomed me with open arms. After Kandaswamy, my work was appreciated in a short span of time, so I am being very picky when it comes to producing music here,” he smiles.

After the success of Dhinka Chika from the SalmanAsin starrer Ready, DSP has been receiving quite a few offers from Bollywood as well. About his upcoming projects, he says, “After Dhinka Chika, I have been offered many films and I’m currently working on Kabeer Kaushik’s Maximum, in which the Aa Ante song from Arya will be remade in Hindi.” Many people don’t know that DSP not only shares a bond with Salman, but the two are also good friends.

He says, “I still remember how Salman Khan hugged me at the audio launch for Ready and I will work with Salman again. He wanted me to do a few songs for Bodyguard too, but time did not permit me. Salman still calls me when he hears any of my new songs. He loves my music so we will work together again.

He asked me to perform in Dubai for the CCL and I have also been invited to the IIFA awards, so I can’t wait to meet him again,” he smiles. On the phenomenal success of Pillaa, DSP says, “It feels good to know that your work is being appreciated, and all your hard work has paid off. The song is even more special because I penned it myself.” About the positive response to the song, he says, “It’s a mass song, about a girl’s smile.

So when all the girls are dancing to it, what better way to know they have enjoyed the composition? I have even received compliments from legends such as Sitarama Shastry and Chandrabose garu, and it’s really heartening.” A man of multiple talents, DSP also sings, dances and writes. “I always wanted to be a pop artist, so it’s not surprising for me to dance and sing. My dad being a wellknown writer, it’s in my genes,” he quips. On his musical influences while growing up, he adds, “I would eat my dinner while watching Michael Jackson and do my homework to Ilayaraja’s tunes playing in the background.”