No multiple voices, no re-recordings, no double and triple versions of the same tune… Only Arijit Singh would sing for Ranbir Kapoor in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
This was what producer-director Karan Johar and his music composer Pritam Chakraborty decided when they embarked on the musical journey that was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) .
It can now be revealed that Ranbir Kapoor plays a singer in ADHM. And it was decided only Arijit Singh will sing all the songs for Ranbir. According to sources, Ranbir Kapoor felt Arijit Singh suited him vocally.
Arijit Singh admits it is an added responsibility for the playback singer to give voice to an actor when he plays a singer. “I’ve done it earlier in Aashiqui 2, where Aditya Roy Kapur played a singer. Now with Ranbir Kapoor, I am again giving voice to the character of a professional singer, and it’s different, more challenging than the usual playback singing. Ranbir Kapoor had already shot the title song with a scratch recording (song recorded in a makeshift voice). I sat and observed Ranbir Kapoor emoting to the words .Then recorded my songs.”
Arijit Singh is all praise for Ranbir Kapoor. “It is very rare for an actor today to be able to hold the camera on his face for almost a minute emoting to the lyrics. Ranbir Kapoor has done it in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Not for a second does one feel he is faking the emotions. When I watched Ranbir Kapoor emoting to the words and tune, I felt inspired and challenged to give better than my best. I’ve seen how Ranbir Kapoor responded to the music that he had to sing in Rockstar when he played a singer. It’s very inspiring for any playback singer.”
The ADHM experience has made Arijit Singh realize how important it is to have an actor understand what he is singing. “Ranbir Kapoor isn’t just using my voice in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He is experiencing and savouring the words, letting them flow into his soul. It’s such a pleasure to sing for him because as a professional playback singer, I know Ranbir Kapoor’s screen presence will carry my song very far.”
Arijit Singh says he is still recording songs for ADHM. “We haven’t decided on how many songs I will sing for Ranbir Kapoor. But I can tell you this. Whatever Dada (composer Pritam Chakraborty) and Karan Johar decide, it will all add up to a grand musical experience. And for those who are raving about my first song for Ranbir in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, here’s news. My second song for Ranbir Kapoor is even better. I rate it as one of the best songs I’ve sung so far.”