She made a huge mark in a music reality show. Though she did not win the show, she got an opportunity to sing for a Bollywood film soon enough. Her debut film song 'Kheech Meri Photo' was a chartbuster. After a gap, Akasa is back with her debut pop single 'Thug Ranjha' that is scorching the charts right now. In this interview, she talks about the process of creating the song, collaborating with lyricist and composer Vayu, acting aspirations and forthcoming projects.
The concept of 'Thug Ranjha' is quite unique. It is a song that celebrates heartbreak. How did the idea come to you?
Vayu is known for writing quirky songs like "Twist Kamariya" and "Rocket Saiyaan". His composition and lyrics stand out in this track. How was the experience of collaborating with him?
Vayu is one of the best when it comes to quirky lyrics. If you hear the hook of the song which is the pre-chorus 've main chadheya ishq di paudiyan'. There is nothing quirky about the rest of the song. Even his other songs which are romantic are amazing. Apart from quirky songs, he has written some really deep lyrics. In this song too, he has written some rich lyrics. There is also quirk in lines like stating ""je tu marna te marja nigodeya". Creating the song was a challenging but a fun process. He is a very easy going and cool person. We did have some trouble in figuring out where we should start the song from. It took a few months to finalise the track. One day, Eric Pillai, who is one of the best sound designers around, gave the beat. Vayu heard the beat, went out of the studio and came back after ten minutes with the lyrics. We came up with the whole song.
You participated in a music reality three years back, got your first break with "Kheech Meri Photo" from 'Sanam Teri Kasam'. Why did it take so long for you to come up with a song after that?
I feel like usually when you get a Bollywood song, you feel like you have arrived. Today, there is such amazing talent in the industry that there are not enough songs for the number of singers we have. Back in the day, for each kind of a song, music directors would go to a particular singer. These days, for every song, there are multiple voices to choose from. After "Kheech Meri Photo", I did a couple of Punjabi songs. I did did two shows, namely 'Angels Of Rock' and 'The Remix'. I am glad I waited for that much time. 'Thug Ranjha' is a standalone track where we did not have any restrictions. Here, I got to be the heroine and the voice of my own song.
You have dabbled in acting as well. You had acted in an episode for the show 'Yeh Hai Aashiqui'. Would you like to take your acting career further?
If I get an offer, why not. My mum says 'bachpan se nautanki thi'. In college, I had to make a choice between acting and singing. Mika Singh took me under his wings and I was a part of several of his live shows. In 'Yeh Hai Aashiqui', the story revolved around a girl who was a biker. I ride a bike in real life. I would love to do films if I get some good offers. When I was a child, I used to think "main hi apna gaana gaungi aur main usme heroine houngi". That is exactly what happened with 'Thug Ranjha'.
These days, there is a trend of trying multiple voices for a single song. How do you look at this trend? I feel like it has two sides to it. It is great because more people get an opportunity that way. It is also more difficult for a singer today because of the options the music director has. Till the time the song comes out you do not know whether your voice has been retained in it or not. It has both a good and a bad side to it.
We see Paresh Pahuja entering the video towards the final moments. Is there going to be another video featuring the two of you?
I wish I could tell you but you would have to wait for it. The whole angle of Paresh Pahuja being in the video is amazing. The fact that he comes in towards the end of the video builds up a lot of suspense and intrigue in the audience. He is someone from saving me from 'Thug Ranjha' and helping me come out of what I have been through. So, he is like a 'thug buster'.
Have you sung for any Hindi film lately?
I am working on a bunch of Bollywood projects. I will talk about them when they come out. I am also working on a reality show with Shilpa Shetty that is going to come out on Prime Video soon. I am a big fan of Guru Randhawa. I am opening for him at the Bollyboom concert. I will come up with more singles soon.
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