A doctor turned singer-composer and, now, a lyricist, Arko Pravo Mukherjee creates history. He is the first artist to ever be nominated in all three prestigious Music Categories at Filmfare Awards. Known for winning hearts and bagging awards, this year Arko is up for Best Singer, Best Lyricist and Best Music Composer at the 63rd Filmfare Awards. His nominations are for the beautiful track NazmNazm from Bareilly Ki Barfi. His journey has been incredible, from medicine to music, from the city of joy to the city of dreams. In a quick chat with Music Plus, Arko talks about awards, music and more.
Three nominations in the major music categories at the Filmfare Awards, that is special to say the least. How do you feel?
I am honestly surprised and humbled to be on all three lists among such talented people. And, some of whom I have admired for years. I am not into trivia or statistics, but it does feel special to be acknowledged by the esteemed jury.
You didn’t know Hindi or Urdu till about 2008, and now you are nominated for the Best Lyrics category, how did you make it possible?
Well song-writing, like any other literary form, is about talent and constant learning. It is true I grew up speaking English and Bengali, but I spent the first three years in Bombay reading a lot of poets and lyricists in Hindi and Urdu. It is an ocean which I have probably just grasped a bucketful. And yes, I am honored each time I am nominated alongside the best of Indian cinema and music, especially for lyrics, as I believe half the song’s heart is what it says.
Which category do you think has the toughest competition amongst the ones you have been nominated?
I personally find it difficult to judge singing and rendition as I feel it depends so much on the particular song in question. However, I think among these three categories this year, best lyrics might be the tough one.
Which aspect of making music do you enjoy the most, composing or singing or writing?
For me, a song is usually born in my mind with lyrics which we may or may not change later according to the film. I am a songwriter and it is the coming together of words plus tune that I enjoy witnessing the most.
What can we expect from you in 2018?
Starting February, there are a few films which are different from other. I have tried to do justice to the faith shown in me. The rest, of course, is destiny. After the love of the audience for Tere Sang Yaara last year and Nazm Nazm this year, my faith in old-school melodic songwriting is validated. And, I am encouraged to bring more songs for everyone to love again.