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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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

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