DLP EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AROON BAKSHI
By SHRI RAM SHAW
New Delhi : As movie buffs we have all known Aroon Bakshi as a consummate actor. His face on silver screen is synonymous with depth, intensity, power, vigour and much more. This apart he has been a consummate singer as well, and regaled audiences with high quality songs, the virtuosity of which is borne by the fact that they have been part of the collective cinematic consciousness of movie lovers for decades.
People have heard them all and sung them all and danced to their tunes with gay abandon. And the list of these songs has been endless including the more popular ones such as ‘Duniya Di Tha Tha Tha’ from the Ajay Devgun starrer ‘Platform’, ‘Tunna Tunna’ from the Sanjay Dutt starrer ‘Adharma’ and ‘Jhule Jhule Lal’ from the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Jai Kishen’.
Bakshi made his acting debut with the 1981 film ‘Sazaye Maut’. He has been in the film industry i.e. Bollywood for almost four decades and has featured in more than hundred films including Hindi, Punjabi and Bhojpuri. He started his playback singing career with the 1986 film Karma, and then went on to lend his voice for songs in many movies. He has 323 songs to his credit till date.
In an exclusive interview with DAILY LEAD PAKISTAN, Aroon Bakshi opens up on his thoughts on his latest album, upcoming films, the current debate on campism in Bollywood and his thoughts on late actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was found dead in his Bandra flat last month.
GROUPISM IN BOLLYWOOD: CAMPS DO EXIST
Talking about the existence of camps in Bollywood, Bakshi said, “Camps do exists in Bollywood. It’s out there for a long time and it is very difficult for an outsider to break into them. People are friendly with those people and at times they are fiercely protected by that group or camp. It’s very difficult for another person to break into it, so yes they do exist. If one wants to be a part of the film industry then they need to interact with people and be friendly. You need to pick up the phone and ask for work. You may get rejections but it’s a part of it. If you are a part of a camp and those people are successful then you may also benefit from it.”
When asked, should the Sushant death probe be handed over to CBI, Bakshi strongly advocated for it and reiterated that CBI for Sushant is a national demand. Mystery is shrouding his death and any angle can’t be ruled out. Injury marks on his body say it all. Hence, CBI enquiry is a must in this case to bring forth the truth before the world. There is no grace left in the film industry now.
‘MMANN’ RESONATES IN THE HEARTS OF LISTENERS WITH RARE POIGNANCY
This powerhouse actor-cum- singer has now come up with his latest song/music album ‘‘Mmann’’ which resonates in the hearts of listeners with rare poignancy. This lilting song was released on YouTube recently and is a connoisseur’s delight! In the video diehard fans can get a glimpse of this talented individual in both his avatars, i.e. as a performer as well as a crooner. The song is stirring to the core, and the phenomenal impact of this Sufi number comes equally from its lyrics penned by Madan Pal. Directed by Mangesh Panwar the song has been composed by Bakshi himself.
Post the release of this album his fans can catch up with his two big film releases as well in the months to come titled, ‘Saumya Ganesh’ helmed by Avinash Dhyani and ‘Ulte’ helmed by Manoj Nathwani. “I essay the role of the heroine’s father in ‘Saumya Ganesh’ and played the character of a ‘corrupt politician’ in ‘Ulte’. Songs in the movie have been composed by Dinesh Rahate, an ardent follower of Oscar award winner music director AR Rehman.’’