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“Aashiqui 2 put me under a lot of pressure”

Ankit Tiwari hails from Kanpur, and, like thousands before him, he too came to Mumbai to make a mark. After much blood, sweat and tears, Tiwari’s talent was noticed by the audience in Aashiqui 2, for which he has composed the song Sunn Raha…


Music is in my genes. My mother is a singer and she sings devotional songs. So I have been inclined to music since I was five. I learnt classical music later. Mumbai has always been a city of dreams to me and I dreamt of coming here since I was a child.

Struggling Days

When I came to Mumbai, it was not easy to land a project. It was hard enough getting to meet with directors. To survive, I did some live shows and jingles. But I knew I wanted to compose songs for Hindi films so I kept working hard. It taught me two things – to never give up and that things fall in place when the time is right. Talent never goes unnoticed in Bollywood.

First Break

I probably approached 50-odd directors before I got my first break. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia agreed to meet me, and I showed him some of my compositions. And from there, I got Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, where I had composed the song Saheb Bada Hathila, the theme song. That was my first break in the industry.

On Aashiqui 2

Mahesh Bhatt didn’t know me and, after two to three phone calls, he told me he was not making a film at the time. But, he said, Mohit Suri was and he introduced me to Suri. Mohit asked me to bring along ten of my best songs. The first song was Sunn Raha. Suri liked all the songs and told me he would use them so before I sold them to someone else, I should let him know.

After a year, I got a call from Vishesh Films, saying my song Sunn Raha had been chosen for Aashiqui 2.

Living Up To Cult Classic

I remember telling my brother that Aashiqui was a musical blockbuster and I had to live up to the audience’s expectations. Yes, there was a lot of pressure to make music at par with the original. So when the music of Aashiqui 2released and everyone liked the album, I was thrilled.

On Vishesh Films

The best thing about Vishesh Films is they scout for talent and give newcomers a break. Imagine my surprise when Mahesh Bhatt agreed to meet me. How many people do that?

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