We are grateful to Mithoon for a lot of good music. But more than that, we are grateful to him for bringing Arijit Singh into Bollywood. Singh made his debut with Phir Mohabbat in 2011. The song was a major hit and since then he has not missed it even once, be it Phir Le Aya Dil the next year or Tum Hi Ho after that. Not only Bollywood, but he has made his name in Bengali world as well, giving his voice to tons of Bengali hits. Besides, he has been a part of other regional works like Telugu and Marathi.
The year 2015 was Singh’s year. Not that he hasn’t worked so well before, but this year was special because now, he has worked with every major music director in the industry. From Pritam in Barfi! and Ye Jawani Hai Deewani to Vishal-Shekhar in Chennai Express and Shanghai to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in 2 States to Amit Trivedi in Queen to Vishal Bhardwaj in Haiderand now, finally A. R. Rahman in Tamasha this year. Rahman had already used his vocals in one of his Tamil soundtracks in 2014, but this Bollywood collaboration was really a step forward for the former Fame Gurukul runner-up. Besides, he also gave his voice for the Hindi version of one of Rahman’s tracks from the Tamil film I. Not only music directors but this year he also shared the mic with some of the most acclaimed female singers, including Rekha Bharadwaj and Alka Yagnik.
It is so effortless, his singing. One can easily forget the world around and get lost in his voice. He is the obvious first choice for love ballads, for good reason. And, his contribution to Wat WatWat from Tamasha shows him in a different light and it is quite refreshing. Its as if his voice is spiked and will make you feel everything that he wants you to, just with his singing. This makes him a perfect voice of Bollywood. It comes as no surprise that just like a compulsory item number in each album, an Arijit song is a must too. Thankfully, the latter is not as unpleasant as the former. However, this is not an entirely good thing because, in the past, Bollywood has had a tendency to overuse their singers which does not work really well for them in the end. Hopefully, Arijit will not get Mohit Chauhan-ed and will keep rolling out good music just like he has for the past couple of years.