'Software cannot produce a singer'

'Software cannot produce a singer'

His is a voice that has an overwhelming presence, one that has an identity of its own. A voice that was once synonymous with Shah Rukh Khan.

Though singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has not been in the playback arena for a while,  recently, he returned with Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai from Besharam. But he doesn’t believe that he has gone anywhere. “I am doing music my way. It doesn’t matter if I was singing playback or not,” he affirms.

“I am a brand and for me, music is not just Bollywood. I am more into international concerts now and was away from Mumbai for a long time,” he informs.

For over two decades, this gloriously gifted singer has been enriching connoisseurs with melodies, rich and varied, as  Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon, Suno Na Suno Na, Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika and more.

However, he is not very pleased with Bollywood music at the moment.  “It has become so vulgar. The entire Bollywood music culture has become so dirty  and I don’t want to be party to it,” he says.

“My kind of music starts from Shankar-Jaikishan till five years ago. I am a born singer and performer. And even if there was no Bollywood, I would have been a performer-singer on my own and I have my three albums, which are immortal,” he adds.

Talk of technology turning singers out of non-singers and he cannot be more blunt. “Music has become artificial now. Software cannot produce a singer. Black cannot be made white, it can only be made grey. Technology is only for the besuras or non-singers. It is a curse,” he says.

There was a time when he was judging reality shows, which is why he has his own take on reality shows. “These shows have been there a long time now and I’ve been part of them. There are really good singers taking part. The judges, however, praise everyone irrespective how they are. I, on the other hand, tell them they are bad if they are,” he says. “There are now almost 20,000 singers struggling to make it. The same thing is happening in the Bollywood music industry. There are as many as five directors making music for one film and about 10 singers singing for one film,” he informs.

All said and done, who would he like to sing for? “My voice is still fresh and it changes as per the requirement. I work hard for my voice and every song of mine is different. Stars should have the kind of quality which suits my voice. Shah Rukh Khan has it and so does Ranbir Kapoor. A good melody will go well with such actors,” he says.

Abhijeet, certainly, is not looking back but is content on how his career is progressing. “I am enjoying life right now. I have whatever I wanted at the moment.”

Will he turn composer in the long run? “I’ve already done it for my album Tere Bina. I know what I am doing. As for films, it’s very difficult when I compose something and the director rejects me for lack of understanding my creation,” he rues.

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