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As he mesmerises the audience with his latest song, Dil mein ho tum, singer Armaan Malik talks to Bhakti Mehta about the uniqueness of this recreated track and the overwhelming response from fans

Known to touch heartstrings with his voice, Armaan Malik is back with a soulful song Dil mein ho tum from Why Cheat India. Talking about how he always wanted to work with composer Rochak Kohli, Malik says, “I am a big fan of his music. One of my favourite songs from his earlier compositions is Tera yaar hoon main from Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.

“We have come close to collaborating for a song many times but that did not happen. This time, he called me and said this song was mine and he could not see anyone else lending their voice to it. For me, that was really big.”

He continues, “Since I am one of those who loves to do original music, I wasn’t very sure about this. I had just done Ghar se nikalte hi, and I wanted to do some more original songs. But since recreation is in vogue, I thought I would give it a try. Rochak sir then asked me to come to the studio and listen to the track. I realised it was very different from the original track. Only the hook line was the same; the chorus and verses were quite different from the original song. I loved it!”

Malik says they didn’t waste any time recording it. Recreating the song of a legendary musician can make some musicians nervous, including Malik. “All the songs that I have recreated were rendered by legendary artistes. Even Dil mein ho tum was originally sung by Kishore Kumar and composed by Bappi Lahiri in Bengali. It was recreated in Hindi as Dil mein ho tum for Vinod Khanna’s film Satyamev Jayate, and that version was sung by Bappida himself,” he recalls.

Overwhelmed by the response from his fans, the singer shares, “The response has been phenomenal. Social media tells me how much people love it. Also, the song features Emraan Hashmi, whom people love. They look forward to his tracks because he has always been associated with good music. I had already done two big songs with him titled Bol do na zara and Main rahoon ya na rahoon, so this was a hat-trick.”

Malik has many other promising tracks coming out. “I have a very big romantic track with Amaal Malik. It has been composed by him and sung by me for Ajay Devgn. It will release early this year.”

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