Every song is like an exam result
The trend of a film’s songs being sung by multiple singers is perfectly fine, so said ‘Bulleya’ singer Amit Mishra.Updated: May 13, 2019 13:38 IST
The trend of a film’s songs being sung by multiple singers is perfectly fine, so said ‘Bulleya’ singer Amit Mishra. “Yeh to kala ko aakaar dene wali baat ho gai (This is like giving shape to art)! Even if 8 or 10 people sing the same song, eventually, it’s not about the singer or lyricist alone but about the producer and director’s vision as they know what’s best for a character. It’s about 100s and 1000s of people who make a film possible,” the singer said.
During a recent visit to HT House in Lucknow, he said, “I just go to the studio, give more than a 100% and later, with God’s grace, the filmmakers send in a confirmation agreement that my effort has been chosen out of all those singers. It’s like examination mein pass ka result aa gaya (It is like the result of your examination being declared)!”
TRAINING AT HOME
“I was born and brought up here. Of late, I have been frequenting Lucknow and my parents are the biggest reasons, as they don’t like Mumbai much. I come here to play cricket, ghar ka khana (home food) and the zubaan (language) here is very refined and polished, for which I am known in Mumbai. So, I keep dropping into town to stay connected to my roots,” he said. This time around, Mishra was in town to cast his vote to elect the MP from Lucknow.
Talking about his mother’s concerns, he said, “I lost 10 kg due to my fitness and dance training to develop core power for stage performance for my North America tour. I feel fit and light but for mom it’s a concern. She likes me golu-molu and is now treating me food laced with desi ghee.”
Music training is also something that drives him to Lucknow. “Guru ka mahatva (importance) in my case is very important. I come here to further my vocal training under Vinod Prasadji. I had different coaches in my journey. In Bhatkhandey (University) Devendra Pathak, and Vijay Bajpai were my gurus, while for light music I went to Mayank Shukla and Vinodji,” he said.
His list of gurus does not end here. “In Mumbai, I trained under Samantha Edwards and then Marianne D’Cruz was arranged for me as I am a ‘Jaam8’ talent hub product (a project mentored by Pritam Chakraborty). I also train under Jaime Vendera who keeps coming from California. This is besides my studio masters, dance (Binaisha Deshmukh) and fitness coaches. And, Pritam Da has been my mentor for which I am fortunate.”
RISING IN LOVE
Last year, he came up with his first single ‘Vacation’. “It was my own ‘Summer of 69’. I was on a vacation with the talented group of musicians including Nishith Hedge, Rahul Hariharan and Ashwain Shriyan. We shot it during those holidays at Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was a dedication to my team who we have been working with for years.”
He will come up with his second single ‘Rising In Your Love’. “The song has been recorded. We will shoot the song in Canada and till then we will keep improving the track,” he said.
HIGH ON DIGITAL SPACE
His next song is in the film ‘Drive’ which has music of Amartya Rahut (Bobo) and stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez. “I did a song in ‘Badla’ which was with Clinton (Cerejo) Sir and had rap by Amitabh Bachchan Saheb. I had title song in ‘Bhajiyaji Superhit’ and my last song was in the film ‘Blank’,” he said.
He is doing a lot of work on digital platform. “I have song in the film ‘Don’ which is for AltBajaji platform. I sung for ‘Rajma chawal’ which had four songs where again I got chance to sing with Arijit Singh after ‘Galti Se Mistake’. So, a lot of digital work is happening. With five - six Bollywood songs and digital work its decent number of songs and I hope soon my dream of cutting a CD will be fulfilled soon.”
ACTING...NOT JUST YET
Acting is on his mind but he is not prepared for it. “There is a temptation and creative urge. I got an offer for ‘Bigg Boss’ but I am not a fit candidate according to the format of the show. I will go in front of camera but when, I can’t say. Films are certainly not a no, but right now, I am prepared for it. I have to get trained for it which I am not able to find time in my busy schedule. I also want to learn Kalyaripattu (martial arts) which I will for sure. Right now the focus is on songs and live concerts,” he said.