I wanted to quit the music industry: Amaal Mallik

  • Rukmini Chopra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 20:16 IST
“I am not Anu Malik’s son. So, for me, it wasn’t direct stardom, as my father was not as successful as my uncle,” says Amaal Mallik.

Amaal Mallik made it big by composing hit tracks like ‘Main hoon hero tera’ and ‘Sooraj dooba hai’. But not many know that this popularity didn’t come easy to him. Amaal, who recently returned from the Dream Catchers’ holistic residential camp at Lavasa, tells us more about his musical journey.

Read: Amaal Malik composed ‘Salamat’ when he was 17

When you started composing music, were you worried about being compared to your father, Daboo Malik, or your uncle, Anu Malik?
I knew there would be comparisons, and there were many, especially with my uncle. There was a point when I even wanted to quit the music industry. But, ‘Sooraj dooba hai’ was the turning point for me. It gave me the confidence [to stay]. I don’t think I would have been a composer today if Salman Khan had not given me a chance in Hero (2015). He fought with a lot of people for me, as they didn’t want to take a risk with me.

Many actors are taking to singing these days. Does this practice take away opportunities from playback singers?
It does, in a big way. But when Salman sang for a song in Hero, it was different, as it helped the publicity of the film. Having said that, I feel that this shouldn’t keep happening, unless the actor is a great singer, like Shraddha Kapoor.

Watch: Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon by Amaal Mallik, Armaan Mallik

Today, independent artistes receive more recognition only once they compose music for films….
Earlier, the producers were happy making artistes out of unknown names. Today, they want easy money, and are very dependent on popular faces. There are singles being made with Bollywood stars, who are also realising that they can connect with their audience in a better way by featuring in music videos.

Read: I’m on top of the world after singing for Salman: Armaan Malik

Would you say your journey has been easier, considering you come from a famous family?
I am not Anu Malik’s son. So, for me, it wasn’t direct stardom, as my father was not as successful as my uncle. People think it is easy for artistes to get work if they belong to well-known families. But no one realises the hard work that star kids put in. No one is aware of the 10 years of hard work that I had to put in [to get here]. Maybe your surname can get you to meet influential people. But post that, if you don’t deliver, no one will work with you.

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