'I want to be recognised for my work'

'I want to be recognised for my work'

Shahid Mallya  started  his career as a playback singer for Indian television serials. A few years later, he made his debut in Bollywood with 'Gurbani' from 'Yamla Pagla Deewana'.  

But recognition came when his lyricist friend Kumaar introduced him to Pritam who had him sing 'Rabba Main To Mar Gaya Oye' and 'Ik Tu Hi Tu' for Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut 'Mausam'.

Since then, he has churned out hit  songs in films like 'Gunday', '2 States', 'Udta Punjab', 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' and now 'Fukrey Returns'.  

He  speaks to about his journey in the industry so far.  

Your songs in 'Fukrey Returns' are becoming very popular. How do you feel about that?  

It's always great when you are recognised for your work and this is just one of those recognitions that I am proud of. I'm glad that my hard work is paying off.  

What do you think makes your songs interesting for listeners?  

It's a different flavour when it comes to the songs I sing. Over the years, I've learnt what are the important aspects of the song and deliver what is asked of me.  

What are some of the other songs that you're working on?  

I'm in the studio every single day working on songs. However, I don't know which film the songs are for. But I am working with Amit Trivedi and a few other composers at the moment.

Who was your driving force to join Bollywood?  

I came to Bollywood to fulfil my dad's dreams. He was a well-known singer in the 80s. He came to Mumbai to pursue his dreams but he got into an accident which forced him to go back home. I learnt  music from him and performed a few shows with him.  Soon enough, I moved to Mumbai to follow my dreams.    

What's the best advice you've received so far?

Do whatever you want to do, whether it's big or small, with all your heart and work hard for your dreams. I believe that  the city of Mumbai has accepted me but now it's up to me to continue my good work.  

Who  do you consider your competition in the industry?  

I truly believe that everyone has their own time.  Luck is the deciding factor for many in the industry. Having said that, there are many good singers and there will always be better ones.  

What is your opinion about songs being remixed these days?  

People should really stop making remixes. It feels like you are disrespecting the artiste who originally sang the song. There were so many factors that made the original song what it was. So when you  remake the song, you're taking the entire credit away. I wouldn't like it if people did that to my songs.  

A few years down the line, what would you like to have achieved in your career?  

I want to travel around the world and  introduce my music everywhere I go. I want to be recognised for my work.  

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