From kickstarting his career with reality shows to now composing music for Bollywood films, singer turned music composer Toshi Sabri has indeed come a long way. With chartbusters like ‘Maahi’ (RAAZ 2), ‘Lambi Judai’ (JANNAT) to his credit and films like RAAZ 2, YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA 2, HUMTPY SHARMA KI DULHANIA in his kitty as a music composer, Toshi is going strong. In a candid chat, Toshi opens up about his Bollywood journey, forthcoming projects and his desire to work with Salman Khan on glamsham’s special section Music Mania. Read on…
Music has been in your genes. So was it obvious for you to take it up as your career?
It wasn’t decided. My family never forced me to get into this. Even though my father was a great classical vocalist, yet he never forced me to learn music. But his teachings inspired me. He passed away last year in August, but abhi bhi unka ilm yaad hai mujhe. His compositions, his songs and all have been great. So you can say that I am totally, truly, madly and deeply in love with him. Unlike other kids, who are more attached to their mothers, for me my father was like my mother. So I shared that connection with him.
So did he inspire you to get into music?
You can say so because since childhood, I have been his fan. I always wanted to be like my father. So that thing inspired me to start learning music. Then I discussed this with my father and he said it is very difficult. His only reply was Agar lohe ke chane chabane ki taakat hai toh aajao. But I was stubborn to learn music and that is how it all started. I first learnt classical music, almost till the age of 18 years.
'I'm still awaiting my next 'Maahi''
How did play back singing happen to you?
After learning music, I came to Mumbai and then ‘Voice of India’ happened. I got popular and people started recognizing me. It was a very different phase in my life. Then eventually we (Toshi with brother Sharib Sabri) got into Bollywood. We started giving music to films. As a singer, the first break that we got was in RAAZ 2. Our song ‘Maahi Maahi’ became a chartbuster and then we started singing more songs, we started composing and that is how all of that went about.
You shot to fame with reality shows, but did that help you get work in Bollywood?
No, it is not the fame that fetches you work. You have to work hard. Aapko sirf apna kaam hi kaam dilata hai. How special and mind blowing you are needs to be proved. You have to be extra-ordinary. You cannot survive if you are good or ok! I can say this straight forward, that apart from your work, nothing else can help you get a break. If you have been a reality show participant, you are not unique. There have been such 1000s of contestants about whom people don’t remember anything, But yeah I will thank the reality show platform, because Mahesh Bhatt heard me for the first time there and that is how he roped me in for the song in his film.