Singer-composer Angarag Mahanta aka Papon has sung a lot of songs in Bollywood, but whatever he has sung has been a hit. The 40-year-old recently sang in the recently released film Sultan and talks to us about his journey in the industry, performing live with actor Farhan Akhtar in the US, and his upcoming independent album. Excerpts from the interview.
You have been singing in Bollywood since 2011 and most of them are hits. How would you say Bollywood has turned out for you?
Honestly, I don’t know. I am satisfied with whatever I have done so far. I don’t have a godfather in the industry unlike many others. But I have managed to create some impact on the Bollywood loving janta. I think the main reason why I am satisfied is because I don’t expect too much. Some might say that I have sung very few songs, but I cant sing every other song right? Let’s not feel bad with what we don’t have, and just enjoy what we have.
Don’t you want to try anything different in Bollywood?
(laughs) Nothing like that. I mean, I am not running after anything. I am happy with the way things are. Of course I want to be more involved in the film industry. There are many genres and a lot of new music directors with their new sounds are making a mark in the industry. It will be fantastic to work with them!
You recently toured with Farhan Akhtar in America...
I had a good time for two reasons. Firstly, I hadn’t done anything live in the Bollywood space so with Farhan, I got that chance. And secondly, Farhan is a Bollywood superstar. Performing at his show meant getting his fans to check me out, just because Farhan’s on the stage.
We hear you are working on an album. Can you tell us more about it ?
It’s been a while since my last album, but I was busy with other projects. Finally, I am working on a proper album and have been recording songs. As of now, I am not sure how many tracks will be there on it, but it’s definitely going to be a different album. I will try to include everything and it will have all kinds of songs. I hope I am able to release it by the end of August.