At a time when several youngsters close to her age are still figuring out their career paths, 22-year-old Indore born singer Palak Muchhal has already recorded more than a 100 songs. With no family background in music and a passion for singing, Muchhal has come a long way since her early days, where close relatives and friends would often ask her to croon a line or two of a popular Bollywood number at local functions. Little did she know that there would come a time when hundreds of fans watching her perform on stage would ask her to sing tracks belted out by her in Bollywood films. “I started singing at the age of two. Coming from a Marwari family where nobody is into music, things could have been very difficult. But I think, music is god’s special gift that has been bestowed upon me,” stated Muchhal. The singer first surprised her parents at the age of two and a half, when at a family function, she got excited looking at everyone performing on stage and asked her mother if she could go up as well. “I sang Lata (Mangeshkar) ji’s popular song, Chalri sajni ab kya soche. The moment I finished, it came as a surprise for everyone around that I could sing. Since then, there was no looking back,” she quipped.
Muchhal’s mother made sure that she continues this passion and at the age of four, enrolled her for training in classical music, apart from learning Urdu and special sessions in voice culture. “She knew that I have always wanted to be a playback singer, a successful one to be particular,” she adds. At the age of seven, she gained recognition for using her singing skills for charitable causes. Muchhal would collect funds by performing at local events and her efforts helped in collecting money for the Kargil war victims of 1999 and the Odisha cyclone, which took place in the same year. It was in 2011 that she came down to Mumbai and sang the title track of the Himesh Reshammiya starrer, Damadamm.
Since then, she has sung various tracks in films like Ek Tha Tiger, Aashiqui 2, R… Rajkumar among others. “I love to sing all genres of songs and it’s good that so far, I have got the opportunity to experiment with different genres, be it romantic, sad or even dance numbers,” mentioned Muchhal, who believes that her early beginnings gave her an added advantages, since she got to learn a lot from the music composers and co – singers with whom she has worked. “Plus, you get pampered a lot,” she says with a smile. “But on a serious note, I don’t think age has got anything to do with fulfilling your dreams. If you have got the determination and you continue to be sincere towards your work, you will definitely achieve your goals, irrespective of your age,” she says.
This year, while her songs from Jai Ho and Dishkiyaoon are already out, the singer has close to 50 tracks coming up. Some of her upcoming projects include The Xpose, where her song Ice cream khaungi has earned more than 50,000 hits in less than one day on YouTube. She has also sung tracks for films like Ishqeriya, Traffic and two untitled projects under the Vishesh Films banner. She will also be singing for Khan’s next film, Kick. With a busy schedule ahead, Muchhal confesses that she is only focusing on Bollywood projects at the moment and will think about the prospects of coming out with an album sometime later. At the same time, the singer continues to devote her time to social causes, along with her younger brother, composer Palash Muchhal. She adds, “I have been doing concerts across the world along with Palash to raise funds for heart patients. So far, we have managed to collect close to three and a half crores, to help 628 patients get their operations done. Currently, we have a waiting list of 595 patients, for whom we are continuously trying to raise funds. Let’s hope it all goes well.”