His song 'Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai' has become an anthem among youngsters. The song from the movie 'Fukrey Returns' took playback singer and entrepreneur Gandhharv Sachdeav to new heights.
Gandhharv made his debut in the industry with the song 'Tu Zaroorat Nahi' from the film 'Fuddu'. With chartbusters like these, the young singer is climbing the ladder of success.
In a candid chat with Surupasree Sarmmah, Gandhharv throws light on his journey as a singer and a producer.
What made you realise that music was your calling?
From the very beginning, I was inclined towards music. My mother is a national award sitarist and my guru. I learnt Hindustani classical from her and soon realised that music was my calling. I formed a band and also participated in many youth festivals in college but soon realised that I needed to do something big. I have always believed that an artiste should create opportunities and not wait for them. For me, gaining knowledge in music and the business side of it was important.
Your song 'Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai', became an instant hit. How does it feel to be part of such popular tracks?
It is a fantastic feeling. I am thankful to Excel Entertainment, Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Mrigdeep Singh Lamba (director of 'Fukrey') for giving me an opportunity like this. Everyone is loving the song and it is so amazing.
You have also co-produced the movie 'Fuddu'. How was that experience?
(Laughs) That was an interesting experience too. This world is a mixture of creativity and business, which I am fond of. Being an artiste, I can understand the creative side and being an entrepreneur, the business aspect also makes sense.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
A R Rahman tops my list. Pritam Chakraborty, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Vishal Dadlani are other Indian artistes I look up to. Adele and Bryan Adams are my international favourites.
What do you do when you are not working?
I love to travel, read, try new food and meditate. I like to visit different 'ashrams' and explore my inner self. Spiritual space is very important to me.
You have a close relation with Bengaluru...
While I was doing my MBA, I had to stay at Manipal University in Bengaluru for six months. I fell in love with the city instantly. The vibe and the culture of this place are amazing. The best part is people are knowledgeable about music and are music lovers in the true sense. I try to visit this place at least once a year. I have many friends here.
Any moments from your career that you are particularly proud of?
At present, I am proud of the song 'Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai'. It is doing really well. It is loved by the industry and audience. Salman Khan himself loved the song and so did Varun Dhawan. This in itself is a big achievement. The cherry on the cake is the movie also has done great business.
What's next for you?
I am coming up with a single, which is a sad dance song. There is an international celebrity involved, along with Bollywood stars. This apart, there are many singles coming up in movies.