Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs’ Aditya Narayan: Today people know me by my name
He has hosted many reality shows, lent his voice to Bollywood songs, released independent singles and also acted in movies. Aditya Narayan, son of singer Udit Narayan, who has been around in the industry since childhood, says his journey is “very different” from that of his father’s.
Does it make a difference that you are Udit Narayan’s son?
I don’t know how it works. On a personal level, he is a lovely human being, so I am glad that I am his son. Obviously, it changes the world around me. People perceive me in a different way. I become Udit Narayan ka ladka (son). My identity is always my father’s son. But today, people know me by my name, and all young girls know my father by my name. I never try and measure my success with him because our journeys are different. I can never do what he is doing, and I don’t think he wants to do what I am doing.
Do you feel the pressure?
No, there is no negative factor. In fact, I expect a lot from myself. I am my own taskmaster. I am never satisfied with anything that I do. So, I think that overshadows everything. When I am working, I want to be the best. Had I been only a playback singer, maybe I would have measured my journey in terms of what my father has done, but I am doing different things. I am fortunate. I don’t want to be here [in the industry] for three to five years, I want to be here all my life.
You haven’t restricted yourself to just playback singing…
Yes, I am a singer-songwriter. In India, the music director, lyricist and playback singers are different, because we have the culture of making music for the big screen. Everywhere else, you are a singer-songwriter. But since I studied in London (UK), I imbibed that culture. However, I am a singer who composes, not a composer who sings.
You started your career at a young age. Was there ever a fear of burning out?
No, because I am always acquiring new skills, so I can never exhaust anything. I like to keep it simple and exclusive. Music is my first love, so even if I do films, I would want them to be music oriented because that’s the centre of my universe.
Are you planning on acting in more movies?
I have big plans. I get offered a lot of films every year. As I am always on TV, so people keep picturing me playing roles [in movies]. However, the character has to excite me. I met Sidharth and Garima, who were the writers of Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), during the shoot. I pitched an idea for a musical and they loved it. They asked me to give them a year’s time to write the script. Last month, the script got ready, so let’s see how we go ahead. Obviously, I am going to approach production houses and producers. I am also going to be acting in it.