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SHAILAJA TRIPATHI
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Chat These are good times for singer Mohit Chauhan who is all the rage in the Hindi film music industry

successfulMohit ChauhanPHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY
successfulMohit ChauhanPHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

Rolling in success and basking in glory. That’s where singer Mohit Chauhan is today. There were times when he struggled to make do with composing jingles and music for documentaries.

But today he is a rage in the Hindi film music industry.

Exciting times

“The journey is still on. Interesting things are happening. I am getting to work with some good musicians, artistes and composers. With my latest song ‘saans’ (a duet with Shreya Ghoshal in Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan ), I got a chance to be associated with a Yash Chopra project. So it feels nice,” says the singer, who was in the Capital recently to perform in the third edition of Qutub Festival, organised by Department of Art, Culture and Languages, (Government of Delhi) and Punjabi Academy.

Silk route to success

It all seems to be coming together for the singer whose voice struck a chord with the public with “Dooba Dooba”, a track from Silk Route’s album “Boondein”.

He had co-founded the band Silk Route with Atul Mittal, Kem Trivedi and Kenny Puri, and the song went on to become a roaring hit.

It follows him to date, wherever he goes. Back then, music lovers went into a tizzy with the unusual composition and a novel video.

“People began to recognise us on the roads. Personally for me, for having been able to release an album was like a dream come true. To be recording your first song in a professional studio was a big thing,” Mohit recalls.

Luck by chance

Bollywood happened just by chance.

“If I had planned to be a singer, I would have got trained. In fact, I was more into theatre and plays while growing up. I even attended a NSD theatre workshop in Himachal. I would trek, roam around, act in plays but never thought of becoming a singer. I sang only for myself.”

Soon after his Master’s, he landed up in Delhi.

“I came here looking for work. I was offered a jingle and that led to another one. Then I composed music for documentaries. It got me in contact with other artistes. We would meet, jam together, and that’s how Silk Route was formed. Those were the interesting days. We would practice at our pad and try and keep the volume low so as not to disturb the neighbours. But nobody ever complained.”

Rockstar success

His innings in Bollywood started off with “Khoon chala” in Rang De Basanti followed by “Tum se hi” in Jab We Met , Masakali in Delhi-6 , “Ye dooriyan” in Luv Aaj Kal , “Pehli baar mohabbat ki hai” in Kaminey , “Pee loon” in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai and “Yun hi” in Tanu Weds Manu .

“‘Masakali” got me my first Filmfare Award and “Ye dooriyan” got me the Producers Guild Award (Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards). I sang so many beautiful compositions but Rockstar stands out for me,” says Mohit.

Fulfilling

With A.R. Rahman’s music, the Ranbir Kapoor starrer, he says, provided him with the complete canvas. “Usually what happens is, one song is given to one singer, another to a different one and so on but here I got to sing each and every song in the film. It was a big high for me and I consider myself very fortunate for that opportunity. I was singing a romantic number followed by a rock number full of angst; then it would be a Sufi song…so I got to display my entire range within a single framework. It was a blessing.”

SHAILAJA TRIPATHI

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