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FPJ Exclusive: “I want to sing for Mr. Bachchan, Aamir Khan & Ranbir”, says Arijit Singh


Striking the chords on the right note, his voice bespeaks the modern age rhythm divine. It is a blessing bestowed to him by the empyrean above. A songster of remarkable prowess, Arijit Singh speaks with The Free Press Journal about his musical journey, Bollywood music and more…

Talking about your collision with Salman Khan, do you think it was disrespectful for a popular and a revered singer like you to act contrite despite of being ingenuous?

Honestly, this is history for me now and I have been really busy on my projects. I don’t regret it because whatever I feel I do it and I think it was right for me to do it. As a singer, the kind of teachings I got from my parents and my teachers, it inspired me to do it.

Do you think Bollywood music has transitioned from being soulful to soulless?

I really love Retro music, I love RD Burman’s music, I love SD Burman’s and Shankar Jaikishan’s music. It’s not that I don’t love music from our era but there’s difference in it. If one wants to debate about it then there are points where one can debate on but at the same time one cannot ignore that there are people who are still working hard to make it soulful. One of the best examples is Jeet Gannguli, Mithoon Sharma and Pritam Da, whereas as a lyricist Amitabh (Bhattacharya) is doing really well. One can’t really say that no soulful music is happening.

Reality shows assure a successful singing career for the promising singers, but they are no where to be seen after the show has ended and only a handful of them could make it to a successful musical journey. Do you think reality shows play a pivotal role in shaping one’s career?

I think it does because you have a platform to showcase your talent but later on what happens is up to you. One can’t depend on a reality show to make one’s life.

Although singers have their individual music album, but audiences only prefer them singing Bollywood songs, what is your outlook towards such prejudice?

This difference has been created lately because independent music is not that strong enough. Around 10 years back in the industry, independent music was happening and people were happy doing it, but these days one has no proper platform and even the album sells out of the market so one will obviously prefer a song which will be promoted, hence Bollywood songs are preferred more. One definitely wants to do independent songs as well as Bollywood songs, but the only difference is it hasn’t created market completely.

As you are popular for singing romantic genre, which other genres would you prefer singing in the future that can take you afar from the usual romantic numbers?

Any genre, the song has to be challenging.

Being endowed with a successful musical career, whom do you credit your success?

I dedicate my success to my parents, my teachers, my family, my wife, my friends and everyone around me.

How did your musical journey begin?

I started as a singer in my life. I became a musician. I did a reality show and then worked as a music producer and produced till I got to sing for Mithoon. I started singing for films since 2012 and I hardly get any time to produce songs now. My last produced song was Gerua.

Which actors would you love to sing the most?

I would want to sing for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and again Ranbir Kapoor.