‘Akshay Kumar entered my life as a God,’ says singer B Praak

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 16 April 2020

After the success of Filhaal, musician B Praak is working on Filhaal 2, which will yet again star Nupur Sanon and Akshay Kumar. He says that the song is yet to be shot.

No matter what genre of music he is composing and singing, B Praak connects with every track. The talented singer and composer, who has given us one of the most soulful tracks of 2019 — Teri Mitti, recently released Kuch Bhi Ho Jaye — a track which is very close to him and Jaani.

The song has been sung and composed by B Praak, while Jaani has written the lyrics and presented it along with Arvinder Kaira.

"This song was there with us for a while, and we just reworked it a bit and released it. The song is based on the concept of deception. It's a sad number, and I hope people love it. We have just released a lyrical, and if it gets the love (we believe it should) and if there is demand, then we will do a video too," says Praak, who has been working with Jaani since 2012 and has delivered several hit numbers.

WORKING WITH AKSHAY KUMAR
After the success of Filhaal, he is working on Filhaal 2, which will yet again star Nupur Sanon and Akshay Kumar. He says that the song is yet to be shot.

Praak shares a special bond with the Airlift actor and has composed music for many of his films including Teri Mitti (Kesari) and Maana Dil (Good Newwz). He can’t stop gushing about his relationship and collaboration with the actor. “Akshay sir came into my life as a god, and that's what he is to me. His knowledge of music is immense. Besides Filhaal 2, I am also composing music for Bachchan Pandey,” he says. 

COMPOSING FOR FILMS
The Punjabi singer started his career with the independent music industry. Over the years, he has composed several independent tracks including Soch, Taara, Pachtaoge, Dance Like, among others. After working in the independent music scene, how challenging is it to work in the film industry where production houses and labels control music, we ask?

He says that he has never worked within boundaries even while composing music for Bollywood films. “I have never been bound by boundaries while making a track. Even while composing music for Bachchan Pandey, we were given a situation, and we worked according to that. In fact, often in the Punjabi film industry, the situations are tweaked to accommodate the songs because it adds flavour and soul to the film," says the composer who made his Bollywood debut last year with Kesari.

INDIE ARTISTS FLOURISHING
Along with making their presence felt in the Indian film industry, many singers are also doing well as independent artists. Ask him about this trend, and he says, "I think there are drifts. There is more independent music existing now, but there is always space for both genres. They will always co-exist."

Adding further, Praak says, "I think every artist is coming up with independent music. It is something that is practised internationally, and now people understand the business module here too."

ENTERTAINING PEOPLE
Before signing off, we ask him about his experience of the lockdown, and he says, "I have just been doing what everyone is doing. Besides that, I have been spending a lot of time in the studio, making music and trying to give something to people to be entertained during the tough times. Right now, I have got a bit busy with my latest release; fans have loved it a lot. It's overwhelming reading messages on Tik Tok videos.”

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