I like a quiet life, but rise of so­cial me­dia has af­fected me: Arijit Singh

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pooja Sharma pooja.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Singer Arijit Singh says he prefers be­ing low-key, even as this year saw him vent­ing his feel­ings on Face­book. First, he wrote about be­ing snubbed by ac­tor Sal­man Khan, and his songs be­ing dropped from films. And re­cently, he lashed out at com­poser Ab­hi­jit Vaghani for the song, Wa­jah Tum Ho. “Thank you for cheat­ing me... for re­tun­ing my voice so much that I don’t even recog­nise (sic),” he had writ­ten.

The 29-year-old, how­ever, re­frains from in­ter­act­ing with the me­dia. Why so? “I en­joy lead­ing a quiet life. I don’t like to be in­ter­rupted. In the past two to three years, my fan base has grown grad­u­ally. They’ve also taken a con­sid­er­able amount of time to un­der­stand (that I like be­ing low-key).”

With songs such as Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2; 2013), Musku­rane (Ci­tyLights; 2014) and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ti­tle track; 2016), among oth­ers — he’s had the max­i­mum chart­busters in re­cent times. Ask Arijit if suc­cess has changed his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, and he says: “The pro­fes­sional life (of artists) never changes. You get what you de­serve. I have been work­ing through­out. I have done it the hard way, but I’m sat­is­fied. The lit­tle share that I am re­ceiv­ing is be­cause of my hard work. I am happy about that. How­ever, I can’t say that it (my ca­reer) hasn’t changed my per­sonal life be­cause it has. I have al­ways liked to live my life in a peace­ful man­ner. But the rise in so­cial me­dia has cer­tainly af­fected me. Now I am al­ways no­ticed. Peo­ple try to reach out to me and that is a dif­fer­ent feeling. But mostly, the change has been pos­i­tive. My fans have been sup­port­ive, which is very help­ful for a singer. When you at­tain suc­cess, you need to deal with a lot of things,” he says.

(Be­cause of so­cial me­dia) I am al­ways no­ticed. Peo­ple try to reach out to me and that is a dif­fer­ent feeling ARIJIT SINGH, SINGER

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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