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Amaal Mallik on recreating a hit track from the ‘90s, his new single, and collaborating with T-Series for some of the biggest upcoming films

After Amaal Mallik shone on the Bollywood front with his chartbuster Sooraj dooba hai from Roy, the young composer has churned out several chartbusters including the title track of Salman Khan’s Hero.  Recently, the composer also recreated the popular song, Tumhe apna banane ki, from the 1991 superhit film Sadak, for Vishal Pandya’s Hate Story 3. On the song, Mallik says, “Bhushan (Kumar, T-Series) sir came up with an idea of recreating this hit song. While the original was a romantic number, I have tried to recreate it by including a modern sound and sexy tune, while keeping the original feel intact. I am glad the song has been so well received by listeners as it helped me play with different styles of music.” With T-Series, the composer-singer has also released a new single, Main rahoon ya na rahoon, featuring Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta. The single, sung by Mallik’s brother Armaan, had reached the 5-million mark, a week after its release. “I never think too much about the composition. I generally compose as it comes to me, otherwise it doesn’t sound natural. I created a romantic song Main rahoon ya na rahoon and at the time of the making, I didn’t know on whom this song was going to be picturised. So it wasn’t daunting for me. Later, when I learnt that the music video would feature Emraan Hashmi, I wasn’t sure if he would like it as he is known to prefer melodious tracks. But he liked the song. More than me, there was pressure on Armaan, who has sung the track,” says Mallik. Mallik had earlier composed two singles for the label – Zindagi aa raha hoon main and Chal wahan jaate hain – both featuring Tiger Shroff. Apart from this, Mallik will be composing music for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Airlift, Sanam Re, Junooniyat and Mastizaade. The composer is also working on his first solo project, which happens to be Neeraj Pandey’s upcoming biopic on Mahendra Singh Dhoni titled MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Mallik has composed six tracks for the film, including three romantic numbers. He is also one of the few artistes to have signed a seven-year deal with T-Series.

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