Sujata Majumdar speaks to the Amaal Malik, who recently won the Dada Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation Award for best Music Director.
Amaal Malik, the youngest music composer in the Hindi film industry is on cloud nine these days with his songs “kar gayi chull”, “bol do na zara”, “Salamat” and “Sab Tera” topping the charts. As a music director he has carved a niche for himself by receiving all the prestigious awards of 2015 for his song “Sooraj Dooba” from the film Roy. Adding yet another esteemed feather to his cap is the recently won Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award for Best Music Director of 2016. He is the most sought after composer today with several superhit songs in films like Airlift, Kapoor & Sons, Hero, Sanam re, Ek Paheli Leela, Mastizaade, etc.
Q: How does it feel to achieve huge success in such a young age?
A: It may be age for the world but it should be known that it is a journey my father started and I picked up the broken dreams of his at a very young age. His struggle and my work of last ten years is a long time so my real age is 24 but I have the maturity and sensibility of much matured age.
Q: After bagging all important awards of 2015, you recently got the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for best music director 2016. Please share your feelings!
A: It has been a wonderful run for me this year, but this particular award gives me pride and lot of responsibility to work better. I would like to dedicate this award to my team of musicians, music producers, lyricists, singers and engineers who have worked hard with me throughout these years and supported me at every step.
Q: Please mention something about your family as your support system.
A: My father Daboo Malik, a super-talented composer himself, has always been my strongest supporter as well as my biggest critic. All my songs are heard by him and he always has strong opinion on them so I am always fighting my way there right up to the final selection outside my house. My mother Jyothi Malik loves all my compositions and is constantly concerned that I have my food in time and get adequate sleep. I have best creative compatibility with my brother Armaan Malik. He is younger than me but I call him “chhote ustaad”. My closely knit family is a big reason behind my success today.
Q: What are your forthcoming projects?
A: I am looking forward to Sarabjit with director Omung Kumar, Azhar with Balaji and M S Dhoni –The Untold Story with director Neeraj Pandey in which I have seven songs as a solo composer. My songs from Sarabjit and Azhar have already become very popular.
Q: Apart from your own compositions, which songs from other composers are close to your heart?
A: I love all compositions of my grandfather Sardaar Malik, all songs of R D Burman, Anu Malik uncle’s songs from Ashoka, all compositions of my father especially his songs from the film Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar, and of course the songs of A R Rahman and Preetam da.
Q: What message do you have for contemporary singers and musicians?
A: My only message is…Chase your passion with all your might! There is always a way to get to your goals!