Peo­ple only like singers till the time their songs are in films: Ankit

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Singer-com­poser Ankit Tiwari has some sub­stan­tial work be­hind him in Bol­ly­wood, but he still seeks an iden­tity that’s truly his own, in­de­pen­dent of the glitz of cin­ema and the lim­i­ta­tions of play­back.

The 31-year-old shot to fame with the chart­buster song Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu from the film Aashiqui 2 (2013). Later, he com­posed for Aamir Khan’s block­buster PK (2014). Other hits in­clude Tu Hai Ki Nahin (Roy, 2015), Dil Cheez Tu­jhe Dedi (Air­lift, 2016), Tere Liye (Sanam Re, 2016). De­spite this, Ankit isn’t ful­filled. “Peo­ple only like singers till the time their songs are fea­tured in films, ya jab tak kisi bade hero ki play­back karte hain (or as long as one sings play­back for a ma­jor star),” he says.

“Singing for some­one else means that singers aur mu­si­cians ki apni koi pe­hchaan nahi hoti (singers and mu­si­cians get no recog­ni­tion on their own). I’m search­ing for that pe­hchaan (iden­tity) through in­de­pen­dent sin­gles,” adds Ankit, who is now work­ing on a project. He’ll re­lease 12 non-film songs on YouTube, one ev­ery month.

Ankit also feels for lyri­cists — here’s a group that con­trib­utes much to a film’s suc­cess but gets lit­tle praise for it. “The most thank­less job in our film in­dus­try is that of lyri­cists. Next [come] writ­ers. Th­ese two don’t get any recog­ni­tion, whereas they have the most im­por­tant roles in films to­day,” he says.

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