Farhan Akhtar on APS attack: I wanna become the healing for them
At 44, Farhan Akhtar has had a celebrated profession spreading over two many years of acting, film-production and most as of late, music. In the wake of beginning off with the noteworthy Dil Chahta Hai (2001), he proceeded to star in various effective movies himself, including any semblance of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rock On!! What’s more, presently, he is at long last turning out with his own one of a kind collection, Echoes.
Out of the 11 new tracks, Akhtar has just discharged Rearview Mirror and Why Couldn’t It Be Me this month, amid the globally watched 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The sources got up to speed with the handyman the whole distance at his home in Mumbai to discover progressively about his forthcoming undertakings
“Music has been a passion of mine, all my life. I’ve always been writing but never had the courage or conviction to put it out,” Akhtar began, as we discussed what inspired him to finally go beyond playback singing. “Over the last two-and-a-half or three years, I felt a little burnt-out from doing films non-stop. And with a lot of the things I’d written and the new material I was writing, a part of me just felt I was ready to share it now. There was a certain click that happened in my heart and my head to just go ahead. And that’s what I did.”
Akhtar recorded Echoes in his imposing, unmistakable voice at Collivo’s Studio in Milan. The collection is nevertheless documentation of various periods of his life, featuring his very own development and self-disclosure. Since he has written and made full scale of the tracks himself, one can anticipate high-voltage vigor, uncovered the hotshot.
Akhtar likewise leads Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani and has grabbed on the most recent pattern of web arrangement. After Inside Edge, Mirzapur and the destined to-be-broadcast Made in Heaven, he has included another quill in his officially overwhelming top. Be that as it may, does he figure the internet could represent a risk to the cinema?
“The music is kind of folk-rock in a very contemporary style. It was like a reimagining of the songs because when I’d written them, it was just me and my guitar. So just to see what the producer Tommaso did with all the music was very exciting,” Akhtar shared. “Echoes is very personal. Each song in the album has a very deep meaning for me and is from a certain time of my life… happy times, bad times, times of prospection, grief, separation and mourning. It’s all in there, which is why it’s called Echoes.”
Having spent his formative years following rock music, Akhtar was drawn towards the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, blossoming with a “steady and healthy diet” of hardcore, raw and intense rock. Nonetheless, in times where easy-listening and bubblegum pop have taken center stage, Echoes, he feels that it will find its audience. “I think eventually, the music I’ve done is about what I want to say,” he said.
“Somehow, I think no matter where in the world you are, when you’re sitting in solitude or with your friends and want to listen to music that can somehow resonate, more often than not, you end up listening stuff that’s lyrical because that’s where the magic lies,” he observed. “When people want to listen to music that talks about something substantial and comes from the heart, I hope they’ll find Echoes.”
“The first difference between film and independent music is that the latter has to be about who you are – not a character you’re playing,” he explained. “So, music allows me to share my thoughts and how I feel. These emotions are universal and I hope people can identify and connect with them. The APS attack was an incident that really shocked the world and I just felt compelled to somehow, be a part of the healing process and help those affected by it.”
“I think there’s space for things to coexist. There is a completely different audience for digital platforms. Of course, there will be some overlap but there’s a huge, completely new section that’s grown up on American shows. So when you’re creating such content, it’s aimed at people who aren’t that committed to going to a cinema,” he shared.
“I think the greatest joy was just making the album; to be able to work with some really talented musicians and sound engineers and put together something that was just an idea in my head of what potentially all these songs together could sound like. Just that experience is so fulfilling, it will always bring a smile to my face and a lot of love for the people who worked on it with me,” Akhtar concluded. “Going forward, it encourages me a little bit of more. It has given me the confidence and enthusiasm to want to have this kind of an experience again. But at the same time, I must keep in mind that there was a reason I wrote these songs. I wouldn’t want to write something just for the sake of it. I want it to come from that sauce that this album came from.”
“But because there’s this certain ritual of going there with other people in some kind of a community-way, there are people who will do that regardless. At the end of the day, it’s up to us to create interesting and exciting content for people on both platforms.”