Mukhtar Sahota: It’s all a learning curve for me


Mukhtar Sahota
Mukhtar Sahota

LEGENDARY MUSICIAN MUKHTAR SAHOTA ON HIS AMAZING JOURNEY AND WINNING SOUNDTRACK by ASJAD NAZIR Having gone from being a member of an iconic bhangra band to a respected solo artist, who has worked with world-class talents, it would be easy for Mukhtar Sahota to rest on his impressive achievements. The British music legend is showing no signs of slowing down after decades in the music industry and has masterminded one of the biggest movie soundtracks of 2019. He has brought together big-named artists, including Sunidhi Chauhan, The Nooran Sisters, Sonu Nigam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mika Singh for the soundtrack of Punjabi film Ishq My Religion, which will be released this week and added more blockbuster hits to his name. I caught up with Mukhtar to talk about his amazing journey, music and latest triumphant offering. Tell us, how do you look back on your amazing journey? It’s all a learning curve for me and I’m thankful for all the opportunities I have had, good and bad. I am thankful to the artists, lyricists, video directors and the media that I have worked with, as this experience and journey, so far, have made me who I am today. I still look back at some of my projects and think, did I really do that? Is there any one achievement you are most proud of? Working with A R Rahman in his studio on various projects, including films. What led towards you composing the soundtrack for Ishq My Religion? The director contacted me with his script, which I found interesting and wanted to do something outside the box than the norm of Punjabi film soundtracks. How does this compare to other projects you have done? I have spent over two years on this project, which is longer than normal due to locking…

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