From a gui­tarist in Asha Bhosle’s band to a lead singer in films, singer Ar­jun Ka­nungo has come a long way

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Singer Ar­jun Ka­nungo (left), who ar­rived on the pop mu­sic scene with the 2015 chart­buster sin­gle Baaki Baatein Peene Baad says that it is only be­cause of leg­endary singer Asha

(right) that he took to singing.

“I’m a self-taught per­son. I learnt to play the guitar on my known. I re­mem­ber Ashaji was look­ing for a gui­tarist for her band and I had gone for its au­di­tions. She asked me to sing im­promptu and her first re­ac­tion was, ‘You’re not only a gui­tarist but also a singer.’ That’s where it all started”, says the 28-year-old.

Not many peo­ple know that Ar­jun’s first break was the song Khoon Choos Le in the film Go Goa Gone (2013) fol­lowed by Learn to Adjust in Mai (2013) and Tum Chal Diye in Pizza (2014). On the de­bate about mu­si­cians never be­ing given enough credit for a film’s suc­cess, Ar­jun says, “This needs to change. In the pop scene, it has changed a lot. But lately, cer­tain Indian mu­sic la­bels have re­leased non-film mu­sic videos on­line, in which big ac­tors lip sync the song, and the singer is nowhere to be seen. Why can’t they just fea­ture the singer op­po­site the ac­tor? In this way, equal ex­po­sure can be given to both of them.”

His mu­sic videos have fea­tured pop­u­lar ac­tors such as Sonam Kapoor and Sonal Chauhan. Does he feel in­se­cure that his hard work might get over­shad­owed by the pres­ence of such celebri­ties? “If the story in the mu­sic video de­mands a star, only then I take one,” says Ar­jun. “Right now, Sonam is one of the big­gest stars in the coun­try. I am nowhere close to these ac­tors, who ap­pear in my videos. My ca­reer has just be­gun and I love to work with them. Also, if my prod­uct is good, then why should I be wor­ried?” asks the singer.

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