From Jism 2 to Reeva, this singer has hit all the right notes
Playback singer Arko Pravo Mukherjee has been making the headlines for all the right reasons in the past few weeks. Firstly, he recently became the first Indian artist to break into the Billboard with his debut international music video titled Reeva. Later, he announced an upcoming tour in the country, starting this September. Following that, he will move on to the UK, Australia and the US, a fair sign that the 34-year-old from Kolkata is confident about winning the hearts of a global audience. After all, Reeva’s three million views in two months is not a bad achievement, considering that many viewers expressed their disappointment with the video but praised his vocals.
Arko started off on a very different path, although not as a musician. He was pursuing medicine until he decided to take the musical route. “It is very difficult to pinpoint a particular event but I think when I joined college I met so many guys from different walks of life and I was exposed to this world full of new music and bands,” he explains, adding that he is still picking up styles of music, such as classical and pop rock.
This hunger to evolve is perhaps the reason why he has never looked back after conjuring his debut chart-busting soundtrack for the 2012 movie Jism 2 (rewind his soulful rendition of Yeh Jism in the movie). Since then, he has lent music for 10 movies, such as The Shaukeens, Yaariyan, Kapoor & Sons and others. “There are so many kinds of music which are now incorporated in Bollywood and I am really glad that all kinds of artistes have an opportunity in the industry today,” he comments.
On that note, look out for his work in upcoming movies like Oculus Dobara and Bareilly Ki Barfi. Besides that, he will be collaborating with English and Latin artistes as well.