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Alive and Singing

Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth makes his Bollywood debut with two songs in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Chandigarh | Published: June 27, 2013 4:59:38 am

Dropping by the studio while his father Shankar Mahadevan and the rest of the trio — Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa — recorded the music for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was a casual affair for Siddharth Mahadevan. His college was nearby and being a young artiste himself,he liked to hang around. He had even sung a song for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s video for Green Peace Organisation and was eager to grab another opportunity to work with him again.

Just then,like a bolt from the blue,says Siddharth,he was offered to sing the track Zinda for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Though he has composed music for a Marathi film released earlier this year and sung for a regional project or two,Zinda has become his debut in playback singing in Bollywood.

“Rakesh uncle would always say that he wants me to sing for him again. I was eager to work with him,but I thought he used to just talk about it casually. When they were looking for someone to sing Zinda and he asked me to sing,I thought he was kidding,” says Siddharth.

Soon,Siddharth had a good reason to be walking into the studio. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were also convinced that the young one would be able to sing the folk-rock based song with a power that would reach out to many. “Rock is my favourite genre. I connected with the song in a way that every young and passionate person will when they hear it,” he says.

Once Zinda was done,the entire crew appreciated Siddharth but it didn’t stop there. He was also offered to sing the rock version of title track Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. “The song took a day to record. Since it was in the same zone (genre) as Zinda,the composers felt that my voice aptly fits the version. Darshan was playing the drums,Adi was on bass and I sang,” says Siddharth. He reveals that this rock version is one of his personal favorites.

Besides,Siddharth has already recorded a song for Nikhil Advani’s D-Day,and is now in the process of recording a private album in collaboration with his father.

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