'My journey has been a learning experience'

Born into a musical family, Nakash Aziz’s interest in music was quite evident from a young age. But, the singer says entering the world of music was something which was not planned and “just happened”. However, this unplanned entry gave him a chance to sing foot tapping chartbusters like Sari Ke Fall Sa and Gandi Baat from the film R... Rajkumar, Dhating Naach from Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, and most recently Selfie Le Le Re from Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Aziz’s journey, however, started much earlier when he assisted Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman in films like Highway, Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Delhi 6 and I. “I consider myself to be very lucky. To be working with such legends is an experience which I think I should not even try to express in words. It’s just my great fortune to be sharing the same breathing space with them,” he tells Metrolife.

Both a singer and composer himself, Aziz says he loves composing as “It’s amazing how an emotion comes out in a song. When I sing, I submit myself to the music composer unless he or she wants me to do my own thing”.

With a career graph reflecting his association with renowned composers like Rahman, Amit Trivedi and Julius Packiam, Nakash says his journey until now has been a “learning experience”.

“Meeting so many talented people really showed me that I will have to work hard and improve my skills lifelong. It is not only about talent, it’s also about understanding how to keep your attitude under constant check. A lot of people influence you in several ways, but it is very important to grow and not lose yourself in the crowd,” he says.

Further elucidating on the kind of songs he has sung until now, he says, “There are several ways of rendering a song. Even though I’ve sung all dance numbers, I do experiment every time I go for a dubbing and would definitely want to sing all kinds of songs.”

And if there is one song he wished he had sung? “Pehla Nasha (from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar), which has been beautifully sung by Udit Narayanji. I wish I have a song like that in my lifetime - a song that stays for ages,” says Aziz who has also sung Afreen from Lasse Hallström-directed The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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