Arijit Singh: I struggled a lot to make my place in the industry

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In a candid conversation with indianexpress.com, Arijit Singh speaks about how he had inhibitions about improvising in the beginning of his career as he feared losing out on an opportunity. The singer also spoke about his way of choosing a song.

He might have sung “Phir Mohabbat” from Murder 2, “Dua” from Shanghai and “Raabta” from Agent Vinod but there was no looking back for Arijit Singh after Aashiqui 2 album came out in 2013, with “Tum Hi Ho” becoming the anthem of every romantic in the nation. Needless to say, Arijit has become the voice of every lover. But the singer quips his intention was never to gain any sorts of title for himself but to always give good music to the audience. In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Arijit Singh shares his take on being synonymous with romance and heartbreak at the same time and said, “These are just stereotypical tags, this was not intentional at all. I sing all the songs that come to me with all my heart, with equal focus and dedication.”

While his romantic and heartbreak numbers have never failed to strike a chord with the audience, his party numbers lose their steam after a while. However, he does not believe so. “I don’t think so at all. I have sung love songs, fast numbers as well as dance numbers. I am being as dynamic as possible with keeping my fans expectations in mind. I have sung various genres so far and they have done well.”

The singer, who has sung “Aaj Se Teri” from PadMan, spoke about how he decides on his projects, “There are various reasons as to why I take a song up. Sometimes it’s because of the relationship with the music composer. Sometimes it’s because of the filmmaker. Sometimes the story excites me and sometimes the song is something new for me to tackle as a challenge.” Arijit mentions he would never lose out on an opportunity to work with different composers as it helps him to learn and reinvent what he knows already. He said, “I want to work with all music composers that I have not worked with till now be it in India or Internationally. There is so much of talent around us that there is always something new to learn. For me, it doesn’t make sense to take only one or two names. It is my intent to create great collaborations eventually.”

Today, while he might be in a situation to take the liberty to add his own style to a song, he quips how in the beginning of his career, he used to be scared to lose out on opportunities. When we asked what has been his most difficult song to sing, Arijit said, “Most of my songs that I began my career with were super tough mostly because back then I used to over think a lot. I had struggled a lot to make my place in the industry so I was very apprehensive about giving the songs a personal touch or anything at all. All I wanted to do was exactly what the music director’s brief asked of me.”

The artist is gearing up to perform in Leisure Valley, Gurugram, on February 17. For all those who do not know, Arijit surprises his audience by singing songs sung by other artists. While we wondered if he sings these songs because he likes them or wanted to sing them personally, he says that every artist does justice to their song. He mentions that he sings songs by other artistes only because he admires them, “No, not at all. They are simply my favorite songs that I admire a lot because they have been sung so beautifully by their respective singers. In Kolkata, I had performed some of Hemant Kumar’s songs and other contemporaries as well. There’s nothing such as wishing I had sung them instead because I genuinely believe that each singer does justice to their songs.”

As the conversation came to an end, Arijit, who has sung recreated versions of “Soch”, “Har Kisi Ko” and “Main Tenu Samjhawan” among others, shared his opinion on recreations of classics which seemed to have become a never-ending trend in Bollywood.

“I have nothing against recreated songs at all. People are loving it. We make music for people to love and as long as that music is making people happy, I see no harm,” he said.

When we asked if he would be fine with his song being recreated in future, Arijit laughed and said, “I don’t know how I will feel about my songs being recreated, guess we’ll eventually find out when it happens.”

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