Striking The Right Chord

After winning accolades for his rendition of Bulleya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Amit Mishra is now being appreciated for his latest Suno Ganpati from Judwaa 2. Here’s Mishra In conversation with Suranjana Biswas.

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Amit Mishra can’t stop gushing about lending his voice to heartthrob Varun Dhawan. “This is the third time I am working with Varun Dhawan sir, and it’s an amazing feeling. This was also the first time I had worked with Sajid-Wajid and they are just amazing as mentors. It was a great learning session at the studios. The song is pretty energetic and Varun sir has danced really well. It is the best time to release the track.” Mishra says he couldn’t be happier to be able to deliver a dance track on Ganpati.

It’s been quite an eventful year for the singer. “After Manma emotion, I had back-to- back hits for three years. I got to work with Pritam da again. It is always blissful to work with him. So, this year, Galti se mistake released, Ding Dang from Munna Michael also did well. It’s been a good year for live concerts as well and I won awards too. I feel responsible when I get a lot of appreciation from people for my work. Saying that Bulleya was one of the biggest turning points in his career, Mishra reveals, “I recorded Bulleya for Pritam da. It was quite a great session and my third song with him. It was beautifully penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. All this made the song the rage among listeners.”

He says he enjoys collaborating with all the music directors but Pritam da has a special place in his heart. “I have worked with a lot of music composers. Most of the songs in my career have been with Pritam da. Every song made me learn something new. For example, Manma emotion is of the hip-hop genre. Again, Bulleya is a Sufi ballad. So they really help me explore different genres of music. It is a great learning experience for me. I am the kind of singer who takes a lot of time inside the studio but my mentors are patient with me and give me plenty of time to improvise.”

Mishra has an interesting take on the band culture in India. “I have been a part of many bands and have worked simultaneously with individual artistes as well. Working individually in Bollywood is working as a playback singer. After shifting to Bombay, the band scenario wasn’t very good but I do have my band called AM Live. I work with this band and work for live concerts.”

About his regional ventures, Mishra says, “I’ve worked in the regional sector with the Telegu, Marathi and Bengali music industries. It takes a lot of effort in the studio because of the language, which I’m not accustomed to. I choose them properly because if I am required to perform them live, I should be able to remember them for a lifetime.”

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