Aparshakti Khurana, who you have so far known as an actor debuts as a
singer-composer and lyricist with his maiden single Kudiye Ni, which
released today. Interestingly, in a first once again, the video of Kudiye
Ni has been directed by his sister-in-law Tahira Kashyap Khurrana and is
produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series.
You will be surprised to know that Kudiye Ni was composed and written in
exactly five minutes when Aparshakti was shooting for Dangal in Delhi four
years ago. The directorial debut of Tahira is a simple song where the boy
and girl meet at a common friend's wedding in Chandigarh and indulge in
light banter. "You could even call it a musical love conversation between
the two," quips, Aparshakti. Besides Aparshakti the song features actor
Sargun Mehta in the video.
Further talking about his debut single, Aparshakti says, "I took time to
bring this song to the listeners/viewers. I was looking for the right
window, the right person to direct it and the right platform and the label
to release the song, the right co-actor to feature in it and the right
person to render female vocals for it. Who better than a versatile singer and
family friend Neeti Mohan? That's why it took four years. I believe
everything happens at the right time. I did not want to come out with this
single in a hurry for the heck of it."
Director Tahira points out, "Aparshakti came to me with the song and said we
have to shoot this video in the next 10 days and I was like okay, let's do
it. Suddenly, we were told the shoot has been preponed by 4-5 days. Here, I
was thinking this is my debut effort and am going to do a full-on prep but
next thing we know we were rolling. It was complete madness but all of us
had fun putting together the video."
Strangely, although Sargun was finalised to feature in the video months ago,
the actors had to wait for three months to shoot it because they just
couldn't lock a date when both of them were free on the same day. Laughing
at the memory, Sargun says, "Now also if someone asks for my dates, I can
only give them dates in September, not before that but yes I enjoyed working
in Kudiye Ni because of the raw vibe and experimental streak that Tahira
brought with her. It is a very hummable song and people who often caught me
humming it would ask me what is that song?"
Producer Bhushan Kumar adds: "Aparshakti's talent has been revelatory. He is
multi-talented just like his brother Ayushmann Khurrana. In Kudiye Ni, he
impresses with the simplicity in which he has penned the small town nok-jhok
between a boy and a girl. In a traditional set-up, he infuses a contemporary
sensibility through the lyrics and the singing. Neeti Mohan matches the
tempo in this peppy number through her playful singing.