Ar­maan against ac­tors in non-film mu­sic videos

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Singer Ar­maan Ma­lik (right) doesn’t hold back from call­ing out Bol­ly­wood for over­shad­ow­ing mu­si­cians. Af­ter ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha was said to be per­form­ing with Cana­dian pop star Justin Bieber, Ar­maan got into a Twit­ter feud with the ac­tor and said that “a singer should get a chance be­fore an ac­tor” to per­form at in­ter­na­tional con­certs in In­dia. Not just this, even Bol­ly­wood ac­tors ap­pear­ing in in­de­pen­dent mu­sic videos irks Ar­maan. “It’s non-film mu­sic, and it gives mu­si­cians a chance to show them­selves to the au­di­ence. If the song’s video has a Bol­ly­wood ac­tor [danc­ing], then the singer who has ac­tu­ally cre­ated the en­tire song, gets lost some­where in the back­ground. I’m not sure if this helps mu­si­cians to ex­pand their fan base,” says Ar­maan. The singer’s last in­de­pen­dent sin­gle, Aaja Na Fer­rari Mein, was a big hit and he feels that such mu­sic videos are the only way mu­si­cians can face the cam­era and get no­ticed.

“When I re­lease a song, writ­ten and sung by me, many will won­der why am I not there in the video? Some will want to see me there.Then, it will be an­other case of an ac­tor lip-sync­ing to the song and when the au­di­ence sees some­one else in it, they’ll not know who I am. I am not just a play­back singer and I don’t want to be known as that [only] ei­ther. I am a singer­song­writer, and when I am mak­ing my own mu­sic, I am show­cas­ing my­self, as a singer, and not a Bol­ly­wood singer,” adds Ar­maan.

If the song’s video has an ac­tor danc­ing, then the singer who has ac­tu­ally cre­ated the en­tire song, gets lost in the back­ground AR­MAAN MA­LIK, SINGER

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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