Palak Muchhal is a renowned playback singer. She has rendered her voice for the hit movies like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Ek Tha Tiger, Ashiqui2, Kaabil and Baaghi2 etc. She performs stage shows with her younger brother Palash across India and abroad to raise the funds for needy heart patients. In an exclusive interview with Yogesh Mishra, she spoke about her childhood days, her success stories, current projects, future plans and more…
How were your childhood days?
I belong to Indore. I belong to a 'marwadi' family so there was no connection with music. I am singing since the age of 2.5 years. In my childhood, once in a family function I sang a Lata ji’s song ‘Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche’. Everybody became shocked after hearing my song. Since then my mother took this seriously. She started looking for a classical music teacher. After that there is no looking back.
How were you as a student?
In-fact, I am still a student. I am doing my Ph.D. I was always in topper’s list in my school.
When exactly you realized first that you should try your luck in music industry?
I think, I decided to become a playback singer in the age of 6.
When did you decide to come to Mumbai?
I shifted to Mumbai with my family in 2006.
How did you get the ticket to Bollywood?
I am quite lucky in this matter. When I came to Mumbai, I called to Mr. Rumi Jaffery because I knew him well in advance. I told him that ‘uncle I am in Mumbai now, so let me know if there is any work for me.’ After seven days I got a call from him saying ‘come to RK studio urgently’. I went there and the person I met there was Salman Khan sir. It was like a life changing meeting for me. He said that ‘soon you will be singing for my film’. I had no idea that it is going to be true but yes, this is how I got my first break.
Which was the first song you ever recorded in Mumbai?
I recorded my first song in Mumbai for Himesh Reshammiya sir for the film called ‘Damadam’.
How did you get the chance to sing in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’?
I had recorded maximum song with Himesh Reshammiya ji. One day he called me studio to record a song. That time I was not aware that Rajshri Productions is looking for a new voice for his next movie. Till then 'Ashiqui2' had already happened. When I went to studio, I saw the whole team of Rajshri Productions sitting there including Sooraj Barjatya sir. It was already decided for me that I am going to be the voice for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
What kind of differences did you find in your career graph before and after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?
I got so many awards that year for a best playback singer. After that a tag of ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ attached with my name. Wherever I go to perform shows, audience always demands for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo song. After this song somewhere people started taking me seriously as a singer.
Although you have won so many awards so far but is there any award that you still wish to win?
There is no any award that I still wish to win but yes, I just hope that I will be able to get this love from the people because that is what matters for me.
You have done so many shows with your brother Palash. Tell us something about your upcoming shows with him?
Whenever we do concerts, we do it together. It is titled as a ‘Palak-Palash Live’. This mission is saving heart patients as it is our mission. This mission belongs to both of us. Palash is a successful professional. He is the youngest composer in Bollywood. He is the youngest guitarist in Guinness Book of World Record. Now I am a proud sister. Our next concert is in Hyderabad.
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