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“I can’t believe this is happening to me” – Amaal Malik


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Suddenly, with his compositions like 'Main Hoon Hero Tera', 'Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon' and 'Wedding Da Reason' cracking the charts, 26-year old Amaal Malik

is one of the hottest music composers in Bollywood.

Now, with a slew of popular awards ratifying his growing popularity Amaal is perched at a place very few of his contemporaries have seen at that age. Speaking of his popularity Amaal says, "I have

been hearing from people that everyone is loving my music....which is a great feeling. To be honest, it's overwhelming...The female following on Twitter is insane....They call themselves Amaalians,

ha ha. It's wonderful to see that my music has reached out and connected to so many people."

It isn't as if Amaal has found overnight success. Assets Amaal, "It's not been easy and nothing has come quickly. I have been an assistant for 10 years now, did ads to earn my bread and butter,

television title tracks, background scores, assisted Salim-Sulaiman, Amar Mohile, Pritam, Sandeep Chowta and then after 20 30 odd films, almost a 100 jingles, and few songs later I got a break."



The break was a blockbuster, courtesy Salman Khan, says Amaal gratefully, "Salman Khan gave me 3 songs in Jai Ho and put me right on the map. Then (T Series head honcho) Bhushan Kumar also

saw potential in me and gave me a break again with Roy which was my rebirth!"

Amaal who is veteran composer Anu Malik's nephew has seen his father composer Daboo Malik struggle to make ends meet.

Says Amaal, "Success is good but I have seen the other side. I don't think much about it. I just work towards making a good melody, with catchy yet meaningful lyrics, and as I'm a music producer

and arranger myself I know the sound I need, it's all in my head."

Amaal and his brother Armaan (who is a singer) were trained from music from childhood.

Recalls Amaal, "We worked day and night for it and our young teenage years went into preparing for today and the future. My parents were very far-sighted, they just enrolled my brother and I into

music class and that's when music took over our lives. We shut everything and everyone else except music out of our lives."



Music, says Amaal, is his best friend. "I give a lot of importance to tune and lyrics....I work a lot with 3 writers namely Kumaar, Rashmi Virag & Manoj Muntashir. Me and Kumaar meet every day as

friends sing random tunes, have fun and make some fun tunes and lyrics."

Amaal wants to make listeners happy with his music. "My songs have a certain feel good vibe to them, even the sad melodies, ha ha. So I guess that brings a smile on every ones face. I have two most

successful and powerful humans - Salman Khan and Bhushan supporting me, and that helps me deliver new stuff every day. I work really hard with my lyric writers to get out the best, Kumaar is a

rebellious genius, Manoj is a poet and Virag is like a breath of fresh air. My team of music producers work on every song along with me."

Amaal says he makes all his family and friends listen to his songs. "Everyone's opinion matters, my music is played to all my friends before release. They are my musical geniuses and they give the

most awesomely honest feedback."

Future plans? "I never plan because plans don't materialize...I have been wanting to take a break and leave the city to go and relax and take a week off but it hasn't happened. My plan from next

year is to work harder next year and deliver better work with every film.

Amaal Malik's 10 favourite film songs of all times

1. 'Zindagi Ke Safar Mein': Kishore Kumar (Aap Ki Kasam)

2. 'Saaranga Teri Yaad Mein': Mukesh (Saaranga)

3. 'O Re Piya': Raahat Fateh Ali Khan (Aaja Nachle)

4. 'Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya': Jagjit Singh (Sarfarosh)

5. 'Jeena Jeena': Atif Aslam (Badlapur)

6. 'Abhi Mujhme Kahin': Sonu Nigam (Ageepath)

7. 'Tum Hi Ho': Arjit Singh (Ashiqui 2)

8. 'Khudaya Ve': Salim Merchant (Luck)

9. 'Agar Tum Saath Ho': Arjit Singh-Alka Yagnik (Tamasha)

10. 'Sooraj Dooba Hain': Arjit Singh-Aditi Singh Sharma (Roy)

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