February 7, 2009 2:24:28 am
Mohit Chouhan does it again with Masakali
His occasional tryst with Bollywood has always spelt success but Mohit Chouhans latest track the chartbuster Masakali from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehras Delhi 6 has sealed his reputation.
Though his previous hit,Jab We Mets Tum Se Hi still continues to feature on the pop charts,Masakalis success tastes a lot sweeter to Chouhan who was the lead
singer with 90s band Silk Route. Most of my hits,including Dooba Dooba from the band Silk Routes debut album,have been softer,more romantic numbers. But Masakali has a groovy feel to it,which should hopefully break the mould for me, says the excited singer.
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Chouhan confesses the song has been a bit of hard work. The lyrics and the music needed a switch in notes and some breathless singing,but the effort has finally paid off. I have worked with A R Rahman in the past on Rang De Basantis Khoon Chala and I was only more than happy to work with him again.
While the Delhi-based artiste admires the southern genius,he feels the Bollywood music industry too has come of age now and is experimenting much more. Silk Routes second album had a song called Morni,which had a folksy pop influence. Though music connoisseurs thought it was a fabulous experiment with music,the song didnt do well commercially. But these days,the audiences palate has matured. And with music directors willing to take risks,I think the time is right for the music industry to grow.
Chouhan has moved base to Mumbai and is currently working on a solo album.
Bollywood isnt his destination but well surely hear him soon in Imtiaz Alis next,he promises.
At the same time,the soft-spoken singer teamed up with a couple of old band members,including drummer Kenny Puri and Parikramas guitarist Subir Malik,for concerts. I have been travelling extensively of late. Weve done shows in Nepal,
Bangalore,Delhi and even at Mood-I in Mumbai, he recalls.
He dismisses the suggestion that Silk Route will be coming together again but explains that the new set isnt officially a band yet. Can you believe that the only thing stopping us is that we havent come up with a suitable name, he laughs out loud.
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