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Singer Najim Arshad makes Bollywood debut

"The music composer is Advait Nemlekar and it is a feature film," said Najim.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chennai | Published: September 6, 2013 2:31:44 pm

Basking in the success of his track ‘Kootti Muttiya’ in Malayalam film ‘Pullipulikalaum Aaattinkuttiyum’,singer Najim Arshad has now made a foray into Bollywood with two songs in ‘Kaafiron Ki Namaaz’.

“The music composer is Advait Nemlekar and it is a feature film,” Najim told PTI.

The 27-year-old thinks he is fortunate to be singing in the film with singers like Sukhwinder Singh,Javed Ali and Usha Uthup. He has also done a Marathi song for the same composer.

Talking about ‘Kootti Muttiya’,his duet with Sujatha Mohan in the Lal Jose-directed Malayalam film which is picturised on Kunchako Bobban and debutant Namitha,said it is a haunting number composed by music composer Vidyasagar.

The Lal Jose-Vidyasagar team has spelled success for this 27-year-old post graduate in music from the Sree Swati Tirunal College of Music at Thiruvanathapuram.

He considers himself lucky to be singing for Vidyasagar. It was his ‘Thottu Thottu’ number in ‘Diamond Necklace’ last year that became a turning point for Najim.

For the singer,2012 was a fulfilling year professionally as he turned out several chartbusters in films like ‘Diamond Necklace’,’Trivandrum Lodge’,’Ayalum Njanum Thammil’ and ‘Da Thadiya.’

Najim this year also gave hits like ‘Aalolam’ (Paathiramanal),’Ilam Veyil’ (Red wine) and ‘Manathudichathu’ (Immanuel) and ‘Kooti Muttiya’.

The journey has not been easy for Najim,a winner of Asianet’s Idea Star Singer in 2007.

“It gave me a platform,and recognition,no doubt. But then one has to work his way up. Sitting back and just enjoying celebrity status will not do,” he said.

His first song was ‘Mizhineer’ in the 2007 Mammootty starrer ‘Mission 90 days’. That was recorded before he won the reality show,he said.

But then he struggled for over four years before hitting the jackpot with the Vidyasagar number in ‘Diamond Necklace.’

Najim,who has sung in close to 50 films,has several songs in the pipeline.

He is looking forward to the Indrajith-starrer ‘Kaanchi’,to be released later this month,and the Kamal directed ‘Nadan’ starring Jayaram. Another One is ‘Dial 1091’ in which he has sang a difficult ghazal set to music by Shyam Dharman.

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