THESE ACTORS ARE ON A SONG
Lead pairs in Bollywood are lending their voice to duet songs from the flick they are acting in. We decode the trend
Actors Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar’s duet in the recentlyreleased movie, Dil Dhadakne Do, got music lovers swinging. The duo was cast as a pair in the film. And it looks like PeeCee and Farhan are not an exception to the rule, but are actually a part of a growing trend in Bollywood — that of on-screen lead pairs doing playback singing as well.
Actors Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan will reportedly sing for filmmaker Shakun Batra’s next, while The Rock On! sequel is said to have a duet by actors Shraddha Kapoor and Farhan. So does having popular actors singing duets guarantee a chartbuster? “Well, their popularity does contribute to making the song seem more real as the actors sing in their own voices,” says composer Ehsaan Noorani, who was one of the composers of Dil Dhadakne Do. However he is quick to point out, “Even though we had actors singing the song, they were singers for us and we had to take the exact approach as we would with any singer.” Singer Adnan Sami thinks that a lead pair singing their own songs is of immense value. “There is nothing more authentic and beautiful than the actors singing the songs themselves. In fact, that is how it should be,” he says. However, film critic Omar Qureshi says that the popularity of the song depends on the music of a song, and stars singing it does not mean a popular track is in the making. “If the track is good, then people will like it. Else, you can get the entire industry to sing the song, but it won’t help. Sometimes, the novelty value of an actor singing for the first time creates a buzz. But beyond that, there is no guarantee that the song will do well,” says Qureshi.
Singer Sona Mahapatra feels that an actor should take to singing their own songs, only if they are truly capable. “Everyone has the right to sing. But it should be done professionally, just following a fad is a big no,” she says.
Priyanka Chopra has said that she felt shy to sing, but Farhan (Akhtar) motivated her to take up playback singing
I am training in (the) rock genre for this film ... Farhan and I were practising a song recently, it was lovely
Shraddha Kapoor, actor Clockwise: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan and Shraddha Kapoor