EXCLUSIVE: Arko Pravo Mukherjee on Kesari song Teri Mitti, the trend of remixes & singers getting recognition

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Pinkvilla, singer-musician Arko Pravo Mukherjee spoke about his new song Teri Mitti from Akshay Kumar's Kesari, the trend of remixes in Bollywood and how singers and composers are now getting the recognition they deserve.
EXCLUSIVE: Arko Pravo Mukherjee on Kesari song Teri Mitti, the trend of remixes & singers getting recognitionEXCLUSIVE: Arko Pravo Mukherjee on Kesari song Teri Mitti, the trend of remixes & singers getting recognition
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Arko Pravo Mukherjee has composed and sung some of the best soulful tracks in Bollywood films. He is not just a wonderful composer, but also an amazing singer and a songwriter. Arko got his first Bollywood break in 2012 for the film Jism 3 in which he composed three mesmerising songs like Abhi Abhi, Yeh Jism Hai Toh Kya and Maula. Post this, he gave some fantastic hits to Bollywood like Allah Waariyan, Saathi Rey, Tere Sang Yaara, Dariya, Nazm Nazm to name a few.

This year, Arko Pravo composed one of the melodious and emotional songs for Akshay Kumar's Kesari called Teri Mitti. After giving back-to-back romantic hits, this is the first time Arko has composed a patriotic song. The lyrics of Teri Mitti are penned by Manoj Muntashir and the song is sung by B Praak. Arko's first patriotic composition has got him a lot of praises and positive response.

In an EXCLUSIVE conversation with Pinkvilla, we spoke to the singer about how he managed to compose a song expressing love for the nation, working for Akshay Kumar again, the trend of remixes and much more.

Read the full interview:

What do you have to say about the great response Teri Mitti has received?

This is a very special song. It is my first patriotic song. Earlier also, for many songs I've received a lot of love. But primarily those were romantic songs from personal emotions. In this case, this is the first song which is dedicated to my motherland and valour of the soldiers. Manoj Muntashir, B Praak and I are overwhelmed with the response on Twitter and YouTube. All my friends and fans loved it. There are so many comments even from other countries, people have written so emotionally about the song. 

You've always composed or sung romantic tracks. How different was it to work on a song which expresses love towards the nation?

Well, Akshay sir told me that whenever it's a love song, I think of calling you but this is something even more precious to me. The love in this has to be even more emotional than love you feel for a woman you love romantically, more emotional if you write something for your mother. This is for your motherland and this has to be straight from the heart. This composition was done a year back but the film took long time to be made as it's a big film. When Manoj Muntashir came, I know that this is the most passionate subject for him as a shaayar, as a poet, the subject of national pride and patriotism. So, when we got him on board, he wrote such magnificent lyrics, we were finally relieved that we got something of this quality.

This is the fourth time you work for Akshay Kumar. What do you have to say about it?

He is the most versatile, most hardworking and most imaginative superstar with different roles in different films and he does films of different scales, time periods and stories. From Gold to PadMan to this, it's an honour to work with him for the fourth time who deals with the subjects of relevance to the country, subjects of different strata of society. I am very honoured that he loves my work and he trusts me on very important songs. There is a sense of trust so I am very grateful to him.


Earlier, only the actor starring in a song used to get noticed. But that's not the case anymore. Now, the audiences appreciate the music composer, singer and the lyricist of songs. What do you have to say about this great change and recognition you all are getting?

In any field of work, especially in creative work, the main thing is motivation. The actor also has to be motivated and also the composer and the singer. For everybody, motivation is recognition. If someone values and acknowledges us, it's very positive and should've happened a long time back. Even now, people associate songs with actors and singers only, but slowly it's changing and composers and writers who actually make the songs (are getting recognised). The singers only spend a few hours whereas the composers and lyricists spend many days, sometimes months and years trying to get a song better and better. It's the right thing that it's happening; however, even now, it has not completely changed like it's in the West. It's getting better, but we would be very grateful if the producers, directors and actors and superstars mention the people who have done the hard work. We would be very happy and that's how it should be.


The trend of remixes is going strong in Bollywood for the past few years. Even if the audiences are unhappy with it now, the makers aren't stopping. People aren't getting originality in music like before. What are your views on the recreation of old songs for movies today?

It's not a problem. I've also done remixes at the beginning of my career. But there are too many good composers and writers in our country and if all the songs are remixed, then what will all our composers give as the original content? And wanting to remix one or two party song like Kala Chashma in an album, that's all right, but if entire film has songs that are remixed, then the writers and composers of our country who are so capable, their work is not getting a chance to come out. Also, every time is known for something, like 60s-70s had its own music, the 90s had its own style of music. So if our time has so many remixes, what will we be known by? We should be known by original work. Every decade, every time is known for original work. I guess, it's the formula that's working right now but it's not fine for the creative people and for the industry.

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