His smile is longer than his answers, but we still manage to meet the man who has managed to be one of India's most desirable DJs for the past decade-and-a-half.
DJ Aqeel is not one to run after work. His destiny, says he, has been kind enough to hand him opportunities that others could kill for. From the first song he remixed - Shake It Daddy Mix -- to his recent debut as a music director for Ameesha Patel Productions' upcoming movie Desi Magic -- Aqeel has never chased after projects. "Remixing songs happened when Universal Music thought that I played good music and asked me if I could remix songs as well. I agreed and remixed my first song, Nahi Nahi Abhi Nahi. Similarly, I was recently approached to compose music for Desi Magic, and I was game for it. Before that, no one had ever asked me to compose music for any Bollywood film. Now that I've done it, I'm really looking forward to it," shares the DJ, in Chandigarh for the launch of a nightclub in Sector 17.
For Desi Magic -- a rom-com featuring Ameesha Patel and Zayed Khan -- Aqeel has composed three songs, out of which, one is a rendition of Ek Do Teen from Tezaab (1988). "The new version is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and it has come out rather well. The second one is a sensual track and the third is a dance number. These songs are sung by Kunal Ganjawala, Anusha Mani and Shreya Ghoshal," says Aqeel.
About DJing, Aqeel rues the fact that the country isn't producing the number of DJs that it should. "We assume that off late there has been a boom in the DJ industry, which is not the case," says he, and to substantiate his claim, adds, "During the wedding season, there's a particular date that sees about 15,000 weddings in Delhi itself, every year. My management alone receives more than 200 calls. Tell me then, do we have enough DJs?"
By raising that question, Aqeel also directs our attention towards the music sense in Chandigarh. "I have been doing a lot of research on Chandigarh and have realised that Chandigarh's crowd, besides listening to Bollywood and Punjabi music, is also a great fan of EDM," says he.
In the middle of the dialogue, a query from someone about his wife Farah Khan Ali's sister Suzanne Khan's separation from Hrithik Roshan pops up, to which he says, "They are related to my sister, not me. I don't live with them. How should I be in a position to comment? The day the news broke out online, I had switched my phone off, as the entire media started calling me."
Next on Aqeel's cards is making music for international singers. Not disclosing names of the artistes, he says, "I don't know who it will be; it depends entirely on the music I make and the voice it suits. It could be anyone from Shakira to Rihanna!"