There is no shortcut to success and the same holds in Hyderabadi singer Mohammed Irfan Aliâ€™s case who is on a high after he lent his voice to Behne De from Raavan. The 24-year-old city lad who gained popularity for competing in Voice of India shares his experience of working with A.R. Rahman.
Irfan says that he owes his break to his guru S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who had promised to recommend him to A.R. Rahman. Nearly 18 months passed before Irfan received a call from Rahmanâ€™s office. â€œI am a huge fan of Rahman sir and was very excited to work with him,â€ he says.
Incidentally, Irfan was clueless that the song he was recording was for Raavan. â€œI thought the track was for Rahman sirâ€™s personal album. But when I was told that it had been penned by Gulzar saab, I figured it was for a movie,â€ he says, adding, â€œI only realised that it was for Raavan when one morning I was browsing through Rahmanâ€™s official website before the filmâ€™s music launch and saw my name in the credits!â€
He informs that the dream break gave him the much needed push and says, â€œIâ€™d been trying to sing in movies for the last two years. I lent my voice for a solo track in Jannat but it didnâ€™t figure in the album. Maybe I was destined to debut under Rahman sirâ€™s guidance. Iâ€™ve sung a solo track for another film but I donâ€™t want to discuss it till itâ€™s finalised.â€ In the meantime, he hopes to sing for some Tollywood films back home.