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I’m still a struggler: Anu Malik

Anu produced music for Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Welcome Back this year. PHOTO: FILE

Anu produced music for Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Welcome Back this year. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Music composer Anu Malik said he’s a struggler even today and goes around asking for work but isn’t ashamed of it. “I’m still a struggler, by the way, struggling even today. Even now, I keep asking for work and am not ashamed of this,” Anu said at the launch of a reality TV show.

“We have such fantastic talent in India, and there are some great Marathi singers, great sound producers, great sound engineers, and a great breed of lyric writers. But the problem is that you need a platform,” he added.

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Anu has backed newcomers as a judge by giving opportunities to budding talent on reality shows, such as Indian Idol and Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. According to him, it’s important to give the youngsters an opportunity with these reality shows. But his personal struggle was a challenging one.

“When I was very young, around 11 or 12 … when I actually started meeting people, trying to get work, I had to meet producers and directors but didn’t have the platform,” shared Anu. He said he had to knock the doors of ‘great’ directors and producers in the process as he was “desperate for work.”

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He added, “I remember one of the producers saying, ‘We have RD Burman, we have Laxmikant-Pyarelal, we have Kalyanji-Anandji … why should we take you?’ And they were such great composers that to get a foothold in the industry was very tough for me. There was no other platform.”

Fast forward to 2015 and Anu feels things are finally looking up. “There are reality shows where people come in and get a chance to showcase their talent. And this is moving things forward now.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2015.

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