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247098_189960734388203_7724337_nAsh King talks about singing the song Baarish for the upcoming film Half Girlfriend, in an interview to Komal Sharma

Ash King’s biggest concern before recording Baarish was to not sound fake. “When I first recorded this song, my reaction was, oh my God, how do I sound desi and also keep myself in character, because I didn’t want to be fake. I like to be real. I recorded the song a couple of times and eventually got the right feeling from the song. I was happy to achieve that. But when the song released, I was not sure whether or not my voice would be used in the song.”

On the brief he received from director Mohit Suri, King reveals, “Mohit Suri asked me to record the song immediately even though he knew I was from England. He said Arjun Kapoor’s character in the film could not speak a word of English. He sees Sharddha Kapoor for the first time and is stunned and his expression is like, ‘Wow, who’s that girl?’ That was one brief and the other was that although the character is confident in his own way, he is not confident enough to speak in English and he knows he doesn’t know the language. I tried to capture that while singing. For Baarish, I have kept new thoughts in my mind because I have never sung a song like this before.”

The vocalist says that before he records a song, he needs to fully understand the lyrics. “In this case, Tanishk Bagchi, who penned the lyrics of this song, helped me understand them. I can also relate to the song because when I came to India, I was not confident of speaking Hindi. But now I can speak a little Hindi and understand it pretty well too.”

King has worked in Hollywood as well as in Bollywood and finds the working styles between the two industries slightly different. “In Hollywood, everyone collaborates. They work for independent music and everybody works with everybody at some point. In Bollywood, things are a little different, especially the working style. That is why they are successful.”

He thinks playback singers need to know the storyline of the film to be more expressive about the songs they deliver. “The singers need to get into the mood of the actor. They need to understand what the actor is going to see. When I sang the I love you song for Salman Khan in Bodyguard, I knew the story and also about his character. A song can be sung in many ways but, in Hindi cinema, you have to sing according to what the film demands.”

 

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