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Singer-composer Akhil Sachdeva marked his Bollywood debut with the romantic track Humsafar from Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. He has now released his debut single Gal sun, which he says is a song he will always remember. “While shooting this video, things got so real and intense that I broke my left hand and had to go through surgery. But, even after the surgery and despite the plaster cast, we continued the shoot. That is why I will always remember this video."

“It was also an amazing experience. Our production team was very warm. I am also acting in this song. So, it helped me realise that there is more to me than just being a singer.” remembers Sachdeva.

About his inspiration for writing the song, he says, “Nothing in particular inspired me. I am a singer and a stage performer, and by God’s grace, I happen to write and compose too.”

Divulging some details on Gal sun, he says, “I wrote this song entirely in Punjabi but to make it more commercially viable to the larger audience, it was worked upon with Manoj Muntashir. I am a huge fan of his and he wrote the words amazingly by understanding the vibe I was feeling. It sounds so fresh as some of the words in the song had never been used anywhere before, including the way they were pronounced and sung. That adds to the charm of the song.”

Sachdeva explains why he did not sense any difference between Humsafar and Gal sun. “Both songs were mine so I didn’t find any difference. When I sing someone else’s song, I sing it by pouring my heart into it. I always maintain that I want to make simple songs. I think every song writes its own destiny and honestly views and counts don’t affect me. What really affects me is that, when I write a song with innocence and sing it from my heart, I want people to accept it in the same way.”

On this being his first collaboration with T-Series, the singer remarks, “It was amazing. They took care of me like they would do their own artistes. I am still new in this industry, with only one song before this, and that song became so huge that it has become a responsibility for me more than popularity.

“Expectations from me have grown so much that it became important for me as well as T-Series to discuss how to launch a second song. Also, I wasn’t expecting them to market it so well. The attempt is to make this song reach more people. The song will win on its own,” he smiles.

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