Actors turning playback singers isn’t new in Bollywood. We have seen the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Alia Bhatt going behind the microphone to croon for their films. And now it seems the Tollywood brigade too is following in the footsteps of their Bollywood counterparts. The latest to join the bandwagon are actors Abir Chatterjee, Soham Chakraborty and Rudranil Ghosh, who apart from acting in Raj Chakraborty’s Bengali film Katmundu have also done playback singing for the film. Not to be forgotten are actors Arpita, Dev and Jeet, who too had done playback singing in the past in Bengali films.
The lyric of the song, Ekdin Ekta Bachcha, which is a peppy track, has been written by Padmanabha Dasgupta (also the scriptwriter of the film) and the music has been composed by Anupam Roy.
The song, certainly reminds us of Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, where the trio of Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol, sang Senorita. The song, later, went onto become a big hit. Chakraborty, however, informs that he wasn’t inspired by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Watch the making of Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara here:
“These three characters lie to their boss and take leave from office. A lot happens after that. The song comes at a juncture when the three try to save themselves from getting trapped into a situation. I wanted to use their original voices,” he says.
Soham says that he has a fair knowledge of singing as he is required to sing at different musical and charity events. However, for Abir and Rudranil, it was a completely new experience. “It was Rajda and my idea to make the three sing in the film. The situation was apt and they have done a good job,” says Anupam.
Soham, who is excited about singing in the film, says, “As a child actor, I had sung a song in the Bengali film Bhagyadebata but it wasn’t kept in the final edit. Since the lyrics are funny, we had a blast recording for the song.”
Abir, who too enjoyed doing playback singing for the film, shares how Raj has made him dance to a track too. “Raj made me dance. I can’t even imagine myself dancing to a song. But he managed that too. So, when he asked me to sing, I wasn’t nervous,” he laughs.