Have you heard the song Radha… from Jab Harry Met Sejal, which remained the top of the charts for a very long time. He is melodious singer Shahid Mallya, who is still rejoicing the success of his hit song. The singer who made his debut by being Shahid Kapoor’s voice, Rabba Mein Toh Mar Gaya Re talks about his journey of aiming to be a successful playback singer.
What was your debut song and how did you bag this?
My first song was ‘‘Rabbameintoh Mar Gaya Re from Shahid Kapoor’s Mausam and my friend Kumar who was in his struggling phase with me that time was working on a project with Pritam. On Kumar’s request Pritamji heard me after almost an year and directly gave me the opportunity to sing the soulful ‘Rabbameintoh Mar Gaya Re song
Your last song Radha from Jab Harry Met Sejal was a huge hit. Did Shah Rukh Khan personally wish you for the song’s success?
Unfortunately no but my guru Pritam did and it is because of Pritam Da that I got this song. I am a huge Shahrukh Khan fan and to sing a song for him was an appreciation and honor in its own way. However Pritam Da did not leave a stone unturned to make me feel special for this song, Radha.. post its success.
What are the things you keep in mind while signing up for a song?
I always connect to the song by getting into the skin of the lyrics. If a song is a happy one, I remember my old school days with my friends and relish that time and if it is a hard hitting emotional song, I remember my break up and struggle days. These are just two examples, I have ample list with me.
What kind of songs due you prefer?
I believe in versatility and every song is important to me. On a personal front I have more inclination towards songs which bring out the emotions in you.
Things one should keep in mind that a singer should possess ?
First is that Music is God, one has to connect and feel its presence. Second is that the singer should have the quality of bringing happiness around him through his songs and lastly the singer should be able to apart to any song, only then his true emotions will come out through his songs.
As a singer your popular songs ?
My popular songs are – Radha (Jab Harry Met Sejal), IkkKudi and ChittaVe (Udta Punjab), Toh Dishoom (Dishoom), Iski Uski ( 2 States), Saaiyaan and Bolo Na (Gunday), Kukkad (Student of the Year), Rabba Main Toh Mara Gaya Re and IkTu Hi (Mausam)
Rapid Fire questions:
Favorite singer (Indian) – Mohammed Rafi Saheb
Favorite singer (International) – Enrique Iglesias
Favorite food – Any dish in Tandoori
Favorite song – Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh song by Lataji