Heer & the Hero

Actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana is ready to serenade with his new single,O Heeriye

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: September 4, 2013 5:41:50 am

Ten years ago,when a teenaged Ayushmann Khurrana penned a romantic ballad,Paani da rang,little did he know that it would reach the top of the music charts as part of his debut Bollywood film Vicky Donor,and also break a few records along the way. Writing and composing songs came naturally to Khurrana,who was instrumental in creating and running popular theatre groups Aaghaz and Manch Tantra,along with friend Rochak Kohli in Chandigarh.

During the same time,he also penned Saadi gali,which has now found itself on the hit album of Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Saala,Khurrana’s second Bollywood film as an actor. Inspired and encouraged by the tremendous response to his songs,Khurrana — along with Kohli — has written and composed a brand new single,titled O Heeriye.

With Yash Raj Films as a producer on this solo,Khurrana is looking at a digital release soon along with a music video doing rounds on music channels.

“It’s a Punjabi soft rock love ballad,and will be released in the third week of September,” says Khurrana,adding how he wrote Paani da… when he was in college while Saadi gali happened when he was in high school. He admits that his approach and style of creating a song have changed over time,but not his enthusiasm to make music. The usual questions follow — why not an album,and why not release the songs when they were made originally? “Well,the ’90s and the early 2000s were not a great time and market for independent artistes,and there was little reach of such songs. Bollywood music called the shots,and so I let it be,” he says.

Yes,he could’ve released them when his television career took off. But this “actor,anchor,crooner,donor,poser,composer,blogger,jogger and hogger” (so reads his twitter bio),decided against it. “The impact would’ve been less,much less than what a film can make and generate. A film is a mass medium and lends a face to the voice too,” he says.

Interestingly,Khurrana will be singing another song in his upcoming film with Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor early next year,and yet another one in a biopic that is still under wraps. In fact,he plans to sing one song in every film he signs on. Is that his lucky charm? “I guess so,and also because I want to keep doing this till I can and till the filmmakers willingly bring me on board with it,” he says.

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