Arijit Singh is currently the most successful singer in Bollywood belting out hits after hits (he has risen to the top after appearing in a singing based reality tv show). He’s also the highest paid singer when it comes to singing at ‘events’.
Considering his cool demeanor, it really came as a surprise when Arjit Singh lost his cool and took to the social media to voice his grouse against a music composer.
Arijit Singh recently sung the recreated version of ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’, the chartbuster song from the Dharmendra-Rakhee-starrer ‘Blackmail’ (1973), in the movie ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ featuring Gurmeet Choudhary and Sana Khan. the music was recreated by music composer Abhijit Vaghani.
Here’s what Arijit wrote on Facebook, “I do not understand why people act smart for no reason. Abhijit Vaghani (music composer), you did not have to tune my voice to this extent. I am so ashamed of this rendition and I so love the original. Good luck with your music bro, but, honestly, your sense of tuning and ruining the classic tune is a classic one. Keep up the good work. You are a talented music producer, but I am so done with you. Thank you for making me hear the worst song master ever, thank you for retuning my voice so much that I don’t even recognise (it anymore).
Thank you really for cheating me. If I knew you will change the mix later, I wouldn’t have sung this [song]. A classic insult to the original song.”
Watch: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Song, sung by Arijit Singh
Watch: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Song, sung by Kishore Kumar
Not sure why Arijit Singh took to Facebook to voice his anger. He could have spoken to the filmmakers to sort it out, or could have asked someone else to sing the song.
Arjit Singh Begged to Salman to Retain Song in Sultan
It really came as a surprise to many that the hugely talented & successful singer (with a huge fan following) also has his own insecurities, and one of that came to the fore recently.
After Arjit Singh’s song for Salman Khan’s Sultan was removed from the movie’s soundtrack, Arijit Singh had publicly apologised to Salman Khan (thinking that he had hurt him in some way) asking him to retain his song. It seems even the singer is a big fan of ‘Dabangg’ star Salman Khan, and was desperate to have at least one song in his repertoire that was for Salman Khan.
Apparently, at an awards function, Salman told Arjit that his song ‘Tum hi ho’ froom Aashiqui2 puts him to sleep. To this Arjit had reacted with a smirky, ‘Nice!. What Arijit didn’t realise is that Salman’s anger was towards Mithoon (composer of the song) and not Arjit.
But Arijit panicked when he heard that his song is not going to be retained (it was not Salman’s call alone, it was decided among the Producer, Director, Vishal-Shekhar & Salman) and gave out a public apology.
Arijit Singh’s well-intended public apology to Salman Khan seems to have had a positive affect and his song will now be retained in Sultan.
Bollywood Singer Arijit Singh Now Charges Rs 1.5 Crore for 1-Hour Live Performance
Arijit Singh is another example of the ‘slow & steady wins the race. Like most other artists, even he had to struggle a lot in the beginning. He took part in a few singing shows, set up his own music studio, worked as a music programmer, assisted big Bollywood music composer’s as a music programmer, and eventually made it big in Bollywood. In fact, he’s so big today that he commands Rs. 1.5 crore ($0.25 million) for doing a 45 min – 60 min live show.
Yes, that’s true! Arijit Singh has now become the first Bollywood singer to charge over a crore for a live performance. The Rs.1-1.5 crore per gig puts him on par with most A-list actors.
There’s no doubt that Arijit Singh is currently ruling the Bollywood charts, and has got several hits to his name. Arijit is also most sought after singer in the events circuit and gets requests from across the globe. So it was just a matter of time before he hiked his remuneration.
For quite some time now, Arijit has been doing shows only abroad, as many in India could not afford him. Insiders reveal that the other big names in the music industry like Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Salim Sulaiman, Vishal Shekhar, Ankit Tiwari charge any where between Rs 20-40 lakh, whereas Mika Singh charges somewhere around 40 lakhs.
Obviously, some event organisers are not happy with Arijit’s decision to hike his fees. Though there are some who are ready to pay that much for one performance, Arijit needs to understand that it’s a bad managerial call since new singers emerge every other day,” says a Mumbai-based organiser.
Gangster Ravi Pujari Demands Rs. 5CR from Top Bollywood Singer Arijit Singh
He’s currently the hottest male singer in Bollywood, leaving behind even the likes of veteran singer Sonu Nigam. Arijit Singh has sung some of the most popular Bollywood songs in recent times, he’s extremely popular overseas with tickets for his live shows selling like hot cakes. He’s so much in demand overseas for live shows, that he has to turn down requests for singing at luxury weddings (artistes get paid really well performing at luxury weddings).
With so much on his plate, it naturally drew attention of the underworld. And it seems Gangster Ravi Pujari demanded Rs. 5 Crores (close to 1 million dollars) from singer Arijit Singh (the singer apparently agreed to do 2 overseas shows for FREE).
Arijit Singh’s overseas shows are usually handled by one Mr. Nattu bhai, who co-ordinates with promoters from different cities and gets a lot of last-minute requests for extra shows.
“We decided to not go ahead with one such promoter because he kept bargaining for a lower budget. This particular promoter had certain connections and contacted Ravi Pujari, who exerted a lot of pressure on my manager, Tarsane. I do not answer calls when I am at my studio and Pujari kept pressurizing Tarsane, who got scared and informed me of the calls, and then filed a police complaint,” said Arijit Singh.
According to the Oshiwara police, Arijit Singh told Ravi Pujari that he didn’t have that much money and will not be able to meet the demand. Relenting somewhat, Pujari told Singh that he likes his voice and asked him to do a couple of shows organised by his men instead. After the call, Singh approached the police.
“I don’t know Ravi Pujari and I did not receive a threat directly from him. He asked me to perform for free at a couple of shows, and my manager was being pushed to comply. I was not asked for any money directly, and honestly, I do not earn that kind of money either,” Singh added.
The singer was rather cool & composed about the entire situation.
“This is the first time something like this has happened to me. And I don’t think it is a big deal at all. All organizers want to make money and this is getting out of hand because of Ravi Pujari’s name being involved. It’s all a part and parcel of the business.”
“I don’t mind doing a complimentary show and sometimes I pay out of my pocket for technicians too, but I don’t like being manipulated,” Singh said.
Senior Police Inspector at the Oshiwara police station said, “We asked the singer to file an FIR in the matter, but he refused. He also doesn’t want any police protection. We have made a diary entry of the incident.”
Arijit Singh’s Musical Journey
Arijit Singh lost in the finals of reality show ‘Fame Gurukul’, but won the show ’10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil’, which was a musical face-off between the winners of Fame Gurukul and Indian Idol.
After winning the show, Singh built a recording setup of his own, and started working as a music programmer. He even worked as an assistant music programmer to Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Vishal–Shekhar and Mithoon.
Arijit had to go through a number of auditions to make it to the Fame Gurukul show. “I slept through my auditions because there were so many rounds and I used to get very tired after a while. So, I often dozed off.” admits Arijit candidly.
“Like all participants, I also thought that now that I’m slightly known, I’ll get to sing playback songs. However, I had to put a lot of hard work for that to happen. In fact, in the meantime I worked with a lot of musicians and became a music producer'” says Arijit.
Its said that during the time, Mahadevan once tried to convince a producer to retain Arijit Singh’s version of a certain song, saying Arijit is the voice of the future. But the producer refused, and opted for a more “popular” voice.
Arijit Singh became a household name with the song “Tum Hi Ho” from Aashiqui 2, and the song also fetched him several awards. Since then, Arijit has not looked behind.