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Amaal Mallik: Happy with Salman Khan featuring in my song

February 24, 2015 10:28:40 AM IST
By Jahnavi Patel, Glamsham Editorial
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2015 has started with a bang for the ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai' composer Amaal Mallik. His party track has been loved by the audience & he has actually set everyone grooving to his party anthem. For this young composer, music runs in the blood and he has been creating magic with his tunes. From ‘Tumko To Aana Hi Tha', ‘Love You Till The End' & ‘Jai Ho Title Track' (JAI HO), to ‘Naina' (KHOOBSURAT) to now ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai' (ROY), Amaal has proved his versatility & there is no looking back for him. The promising young music composer certainly has a very long way to go! In an exclusive tête-à-tête, Amaal Mallik talks about his musical journey, inspiration, his wish to make Shreya Ghoshal & Sunidhi Chauhan sing for him, his contentment with Salman Khan featuring in the song composed by him & much more in our special section Music Mania. Read on…


Coming from a filmy musical background with established people in the Industry, was is of any advantage for you?
Advantage in learning, yes, but not in any other way. Even when I started out as an assistant to Salim-Sulaiman, Sandeep Chowta, Pritam and others, I went without taking my surname. They use to only see my work. Eventually they would get to know about me that I am Anu Malik's nephew & Daboo Malik's son, but that is something I am not even rubbing onto. I don't use my surname to get any work. At the end of the day, if you have a good song, anyone will buy it, today it has become like that.”
Did watching your father & uncle work inspire you to get into Bollywood?
I was growing up in a very filmy music atmosphere and have seen my dad & uncle do music all their life and since childhood, I have been learning western music. So I had influences of both. But at around 15-16 years of age, I had composed a tune and played it to my dad. He told me it has got a very filmy vibe to it, so you can do film music. That's when I thought maybe I can, let's work towards it. I was learning music since I was 8 years, but it was around 15-16 that I made my first song & started thinking that lets get into this.”

''Acting is for Himesh sir to do, not me. Only he can do it''

So was Bollywood always on your wish list?
Yes, always. Bollywood was there since a young age only.

Multitasking has become a fad now. People are composing, singing & acting as well, so do we see you singing or acting in the future?
No acting, I am not going to do that. Acting is for Himesh sir to do, not me. Only he can do it, I cannot risk that. I am happy doing music. If I come across a song and I feel I can sing well, I'll sing it. This year there is no song that I am singing, but maybe next year if I am doing some song and I feel I'll sing it well, I will definitely sing. Singing is there, but no acting. Maybe I will feature in music videos if I feel, but not acting for any movie, there is no chance for that. I am a very lazy person; I can never get up on time and do anything on time.
Who has been your inspiration?
I have grown up listening to really different music. You can say there is R.D Burman, Hans Zimmer- the background scorer from the west, Pritam (Chakraborty), A. R. Rahman, all these people. I have worked under Salim-Sulaiman, they have mentored me, so you know, all these people have an influence on me. But, someone whose music I really admire and has done a really good job is Pritam. I like the way for 10 years he has given hit-pe-hit. That is a very big task for any music director to live up to. Pritam is someone I'd look up to.

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