Amaal Mallik on Bollywood: I didn’t come here to survive, I came here to manage

Music composer Amaal Mallik is perhaps one of the strongest voices we have heard against the Bollywood trend of remixes and remixes. However, he has embraced the trend a few times in his career but, as he says, conditions apply.

“I’ve said no to remixes but only when the original song is interrupted or ruined. I have made about 4-5 remixes out of 80-85 songs that I have composed so far. And so far, the original composers haven’t felt bad about it. So, I’m safe, ”says Amaal, who recently composed the remixed version of Dua Lipa’s” Levitating “along with singers Sukriti Kakar and Prakriti Kakar.

Amaal said he didn’t care about “Levitating” recreation because ‘the artist himself asked me to do it.’ Speaking about the remix, he said, “Our mind was to bring India to it. The original, which has a pop and 80s feel to it, we gave it a UK-based Bhangra-Reggaeton mix to make it cool. ”

Amaal said his goal to pave his way into Bollywood is more to prove he is a ‘different Mallik’. “Fortunately or unfortunately, I’ve been followed by the Mallik tag all my life and career. I belong to a family involved in movies. I took the film line to prove that I am not Anu Mallik or Dabboo Mallik but a new Mallik. As a 15-year-old, I also had the dream to put on my own music, my own video. I’m glad that Sukriti and Prakriti, along with other artists like Armaan Mallik and Darshan Raval are putting out their own music. Fortunately, because of the lockdown, we have no movie music to focus on. People are listening to everything, all artists and showering with tremendous love. In fact, a couple of times, these artists get more love than their Bollywood songs. I’m also slowly trying to do something in that space (independent music). I did “Tu Mera Nahi.” I was to compose another but at the moment, it’s been held back, ”the composer explained.

A 90s aficionado, Amaal believes that the music made at that time still applies, and may have more charm than today’s numbers.

“The composers then got more support from directors. I have seen music sittings happening at home. The deciding factor used to be between directors, composers and lyricist. Today, we have levels of approvals. When I did “Aashiq Surrender Hua,” Ganesh Acharya even got involved. So, with times, things have changed. Back then, the lyrics were simple and straightforward. Today, people don’t like a lot of straightforward things at once, ”the Hero composer voiced.

“But the way we look at romantic songs (today) has not changed,” Amaal expressed adding “My DNA of music comes straight from my grandfather Sardar Mallik. I have the 60s in me. I have the music of Madan Mohan, Shankar Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal and all. I have grown up listening to them. I’m just producing it as a 2021 composer but the soul in my songs like “Bol Do Na Zara” or “Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon” I’ve kept that era alive. ”

The composer recalled how he thanked Jatin Pandit, of Jatin-Lalit fame, for keeping the 90s alive through his music.

“When I was part of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa as a judge, Jatin sir, of the Jatin-Lalit duo, came to me and thanked me for keeping their kind of music alive. But even if we need to reinvent or evolve, I will try to keep that soul intact in romantic numbers. As far as the 90s in question, we’re all 90s kids, we’ve grown up listening to it. The 90s are always going to stay special to us, it’s in our DNA. They are still so valuable, which is why they are being recreated, ”he continued.

On a closing note, Amaal said it was Bollywood to win hearts. “I didn’t come here to survive. I came here to manage. So, I’m focused on doing that. I’m not trying to compete because I’m here to make my kind of music. The kind of love I have is enough. It is more important to win a heart because charts keep changing every day, ”says Saina’s composer.