Singer-composer Vishal Mishra’s Pyaar ho from Munna Michael might have swept us off our feet, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking his musical journey forward, with his latest, Qarib Qarib Singlle. Here’s Mishra, in conversation with Suranjana Biswas
“Qarib Qarib Singlle is a film based on the journey of two people. And for this film, I have travelled all over the country. I had to be in sync with the script. I flew to Chandigarh to do my first song, which was Khatam kahani. I have worked with blind people, who I would call super-blessed as they are so talented and would work for hours on end. I also worked with Nooran (sisters) and then I went to Dubai. It’s been a beautiful journey, the songs are amazing. Jaane de by Atif Aslam, which will release by the end of this month, is the best song in the album. I made all the songs in front of the producers, when they were narrating them to me,” says Mishra.
Making a mark simultaneously in both the regional and Hindi film industries is quite an achievement. “Rubik’s Cube was my first Marathi project with Mahesh Manjrekar. The songs I made were in Hindi. I have also worked for Tamil and Telegu films. The process is the same, whether regional or Hindi films. I don’t understand Marathi or Telegu but I have done 22-23 songs in these languages.”
Pyaar ho won a million hearts! “With me, everything is very natural. I can play 21 instruments but I haven’t learnt any of them. Writing, composing, singing and painting comes to me naturally. I made Pyaar ho in 10 minutes. If you want to see magic, you need to feel music.”
This gifted soul has never let success go to his head. “I realise that whatever you achieve is not yours. I am two and a half years old in this industry and I have done 40 songs! I believe that God is being kind to me, and the music I make doesn’t belong to me. I also believe that it might go away from me any time, and this thought keeps me grounded. I’m just enjoying the phase,” he says, a tad philosophically.
Mishra’s ever-so progressive thinking is a boon for the music industry. “I think this is the best phase of music. All kinds of talented people are coming up, and some amazing music is being made. Look at the independent artistes. The process has not changed since the 1950s. Technology can enhance a song but when you create music, you create it from your heart. Ten years down the line, we will be the best in the business. The independent scene will also see a lot of progress, since the artistes are paid well.”
He adds, “It is just about preparation meeting opportunity. I have never learnt to play the 21 instruments that I know how to play. I know people who have been trained for 20 years, and are not doing the things that they are supposed to do.”
On future projects, Mishra reveals, “I am doing some of the best projects right now. Jaane de from Qarib Qarib Singlle is coming up. I am doing Apke kamre mein koi rehta hai with Gaurav Sinha. Also, I am working for Womainiya, which is now Saand Ki Aankh, produced by Phantom.