He has recreated iconic songs from ‘Aashiqui’ and ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi’. How was your experience singing the popular songs?
These are two different iconic songs, so there is a certain attachment that people have for it. Each artist has his own sensitivity. It was fun to visit them again. I really hope people like what we have done and we are really looking forward to this space.
What was it like collaborating with Yasser Desai for the first time?
I heard his voice while we were working on this project. I hadn’t met him before, but when we did, I felt like we had known each other for a long time. He’s extremely laid-back, down-to-earth and a very simple guy. I wish him all the best with his work and with his music career.
Is there any other song from the 90s that you would like to recreate one day?
Well, I think the ’90s, for me, was the advent of AR Rahman, sir, because that’s when music started, and we all started listening to it as it changed the whole music scene with its soundscape. So, I’d love to recreate one of your songs.
Your song ‘Phuljhadiyon’ by ‘Mimi’ sounds super fun. How did you get on board?
AR Rahman sir and I had gotten together for a session and we were talking about the ghazals that he had posted. I had performed in front of him on a reality show and he had loved it. He said he transported him to Egypt and couldn’t believe if it was me or Amar Mahal singing. That was a huge compliment to me and the next day I got a call saying that we had to record a song together. I went to his studio, recorded, and sent him several funny takes because it’s such a brilliant song.
What was it like working with Rahman, sir?
Working with Mr. Rahman is every musician’s dream. He loves musicians, singers and even performers, and he lets people work in their own way and never puts restrictions. He allows you to bring your own credibility and sensitivity and it is the dream of every musician to work that way. This is why all his songs have a sense of freedom, and yes, this is why he is so much fun to work with.
As a singer, does it matter who you lend your voice to? Is there an actress you would like to sing for one day?
It matters in the sense that you build an association with that person. In this case, I will say that with Kriti Sanon, I never sang for her. This is my first song with her and with this song, it is a partnership. When my work and hers come together, it’s destiny. I saw the trailer and I understood that the plot is from the movie and it seemed like a very difficult role and an important movie for her. I wish her all the best and I am sure this movie will take her to the next level. I want to sing for Tabu; I really hope it happens.
What do you think makes you stand out from the crowd?
I think it is my childish tendency and I consider it my point in favor. I mean nothing is good or bad, but this is a situation that I always find myself in. Naturally, it wouldn’t fit in many spaces, be it at school or in my circle of friends, or on any social occasion. I am very lucky that my family, my parents, my brother let me be myself and never let me stick to a certain mold. Many times, you have the pressure to be a certain way and fortunately I have never felt that.
There’s a wave of female-oriented content, especially on OTT. Do you think this change is also very necessary in the music industry?
It’s true because if you talk about history, it will never be complete without a male perspective and a female perspective. We need them both because we constitute the world in nature, unless we do not have a female point of view, any concept is incomplete, be it cinema or art, or even law and order, both sides of perspective are needed. It’s great that the females are recognizing each other and getting on their stage and there are more powerful females around.
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