Multitalented Farhan Akhtar is all set to release his next single Why Couldn’t It Be Me from his album Echoes today (December 14).
Why Couldn’t It Be Me is part of his album Echoes which Farhan describes as “a powerful and emotive journey into the pain of grief and guilt.” While the album is an electric musical mix and lyrically focused on love and relationships, the acoustic, Why Couldn’t It Be Me, brings an extra dimension to Farhan’s work. The song is the actor-director’s latest endeavour to tackle the maltreatment of women. From mothers and fathers to children and siblings of victims, the pain is felt throughout a family and community.
Farhan shares an incident that inspired him to pen down this song. Talking about it, he says, “After 2014 massacre in Peshawar in Pakistan, when the Taliban stormed into an army school and shot over 200 children — I read an article about a mother whose younger son hadn’t gone to school that day because he’d pretended to be sick but his older sibling had gone and killed in the massacre.” He further added, “When I read that story I thought it must be such a strange dilemma for a young boy. He must have thought, ‘It could have been me in place of my brother.’ That thought got me writing, and I wrote Why Couldn’t It Be Me from the perspective of that younger brother.”
Farhan also shared that all this was possible because he wanted to focus on his music career. He said, “Over the last two years I was just working on films non-stop. And I felt that I needed some time out for myself, to reconnect with other things, to look where my life’s at. I wanted to channel what I was feeling, and put it out there, just to share it with people and I found that process very cathartic.”
Earlier in September, Farhan had released his first English single Rear View Mirror and Jaane Ye Kyun Kiya his first Hindi single which garnered immense appreciation from the listeners. Farhan had made his debut with Rock On!! as not only actor but also singer. And, he has been doing many concerts not just in India but at UK and US as well.