How did the song 'Hum Jee Lenge' in Murder 3 come about?
I had composed this song for someone a long time back. I knew Vishesh (Bhatt) since the time they made Awarapan. He was present at a private gathering where I had sung this incomplete song. I was in India when he was making Murder 3, when he called me and reminded me of the song that I had sung long time back. 'I think we should take it for the film', he said. I reminded him that there was only one mukhda, which had been composed in a particular state of mind. But then Bhatt saab almost forced me to finish the song and it was amazing to see the song transform from 'heartbreak' into a 'moving-on' song. It clearly defines the phase I went through then, and the phase I am in now. The whole process of composing and writing this song was probably the easiest as it told my story.
What were your expectations when you wrote this song for the movie?
Expectations in the Bhatt camp are always high, because of the kind of music they have given in the past, especially, when it comes to Murder. The franchise has become so huge in terms of film and music that people expect a lot. I remember when Bhatt saab and I were discussing this song, he said he wanted to recreate the magic of 'Bheege Honth Tere'; the tune has become a sensation over the years. He heard my composition and loved it. He is confident that this tune will definitely reach that level. And the response has been fantastic. I have received a lot of calls and text messages from people who have liked the lyrics, etc. People have instantly connected with the song.
What are you trying to convey through the lyrics?
Move on – this is the message that I want to convey through this song. A broken relationship does not mean the end of the world. Hum sub apni zindagi mein pyaar karte hain. Hum pyar mein galtiya bhi karte hain. Aur humare dil mein woh guilt rehta hain. Par humein zindagi mein aage bhadna hain.
I have never gone to any school or taken any formal lessons – in music or for singing. I don't think that one needs to have a degree in music, or acting, to reach a certain level. To me, music is about expressing yourself.
Is your band planning any tours in India?
The band is in Mumbai right now to shoot a promotional video. We did the same thing in 2010, when Awarapan was releasing. We did two shows last month, and since we are in town now, we are hoping to host a couple of shows before we leave.
What do you think of your career as a playback singer in Bollywood?
Playback is something that I really enjoy. Earlier, I would only sing songs that were my compositions or written by me. But now singing someone else's composition is fun too, especially with the director trying to get me into the mood that the actor would be in when he is shooting. Playback mein seekhne ko bahut kuch milta hain. What I have also learnt is to be more expressive. You have to get into the skin of the actor's emotions while singing.
What are your future projects?
I will be singing for Sanjay Gupta's Shootout At Wadala. I have written and composed one song for it. I will also be rendering a song for Mohit Suri's Aashiqui 2.