Amaal Mallik may just be four films old when it comes to music composing, but the budding composer has surely made a mark for himself in Bollywood. The 23 year old music enthusiast, who debuting in B-town with Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’, has as good as 10 songs to his credit, out of which most of them are super hit barring Sooraj Dooba Hai, which is the new age party chartbuster. And now, Amaal has a new single to his credit called Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main featuring Atif Aslam and Tiger Shroff. In a brief chat, Amaal talks about the new song, his interaction with Tiger, roping in Atif Aslam for his single and more. Read on…
How did you get on board for Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main?
Tiger Shroff was the one who got the idea to make this song. He wanted to give it back to the fans because of which his debut movie ‘Heropanti’ was a big hit. So the only way was to feature in something with kids and create that young environment. He spoke to Ahmed Khan sir, who came out with the idea of meeting Bhushan Kumar and that is when all decided to come out with a single. They wanted the song to be fun but with a message. Incidentally, at that time I was doing the music for ‘Leela’ and they thought of me. I had just done Sooraj Dooba Hai which was doing very well. That is how I came on board.
What brief did they give you for the song?
They called me and told me that they want a song which is dancy but not only a club song. It should have a melody with a message without being preachy. So there were too many things. I started and made a simple song. By the end of the day we came up with this line Aa Raha Hoon Main… Zindagi and I really loved it. It is like you are challenging life and that is where our song started.
What does Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main mean?
I think this song in itself explains many things. This song is about both Tiger and me. We both have faced a similar situation in our childhood given that our fathers are a well-known face in Bollywood. We have too many things to live up to. People just try to pull us down. But we have fought everything and made an identity. Tiger has emerged a superstar and I am trying my best to make it big in Bollywood. I have one chartbuster number to my credit. But there is a fight every day to prove ourselves.
Are you happy with the response the song has received?
People have liked our work which is very overwhelming.
Atif Aslam has mostly sung love songs or heartbreak numbers. How did you manage to rope him for Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main?
I think Atif Aslam happened randomly on the song. I always wanted someone like Atif. I could never think that Atif will sing for me because I am just four films old. I have done ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Leela’ and ‘Roy’. And when I made this song, I sung the scratch version in Atif style. When Bhushan sir heard this he discussed with Ahmed Sir if we could get Atif on board, because they are very good friends. They spoke to each other and luckily, Atif’s contract with Tips had just expired. Hence he was free to work with whomever he wants. Then I sent him my song. We were nervous because he has never sung such a track. There is no song of Atif with EDM and dub steps. But when he heard he was excited to work. He said he has never sung such a track and that is why he is eager to do it. And when he gave me a nod, that was a big boost for me.
Are you happy with the kind of response the song is getting?
I am very happy with the response. I can’t believe that a single is getting such a response especially because singles are not really killing it. Without films, people rarely watch singles. In a day to get 5 lakh views is a mad response to a single. Also, Tiger doesn’t have any film release happening. Usually when a film releases, there is lot of media hype and PR happening. But there is nothing happening and still we have so many views which is a great thing. It is his, Atif and T-Series’ fan-following which is working wonders. It is like three giants coming together.
All your songs have been huge hit. So is there a pressure on you now when you are composing other numbers?
After Sooraj Dooba Hai my pressure has become too much. Everyone expects me to make that kind of song again which is not possible. My other songs have been a hit but Sooraj Dooba Hai has been a super-duper hit. That happens sometimes or may not happen sometimes. I don’t want to make a song like that again immediately. I want to do something different and not repeat the same formula just because the first one worked.
So are you consciously making an effort to not get stereotyped in Bollywood?
Yes, I am trying my best. I don’t want to be known as someone who can only make dance tracks. I want to prove my versatility. I actually feel lot of people do same types of songs every time because they feel that is a safe route to get work. But then after a point you will be thrown out because you will get repetitive.
What’s next on cards for you?
I am composing music for ‘Hero’ remake starring Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. Then with T-Series I have ‘All Is Well’, ‘Sanam Re’ and Junooniyat. I am also doing Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Calendar Girls’.