It all started with a Twitter face-off between actress Sonakshi Sinha and singer Armaan Malik with the latter vehemently opposing the idea of actors singing for themselves on screen. But now the issue has acquired far-reaching ramifications.
Explains Armaan, “It takes years and years of devotion to be able to sing and pursue music to reach a professional level. Leave music and singing, any art for that matter requires that. Millions of singers are finding opportunities to work. Imagine how crushed they would feel when they see non-singers getting that chance?!”
So is Armaan calling the stars-turned-singer non-singers? Says Amaan, “All I believe in is putting the truth out there. When these actors sing their own songs the average middleclass movie going public thinks, ‘If they can sing, we can also sing’. The standard of music and singing in our cinema has fallen so long because anybody can sing these days. Aspiring singers will stop putting efforts in learning music, ragas, solfege, classical music, etc.”
Playback singer Alka Yagnik, however disagrees with Armaan. “Why not? Why shouldn’t actors sing? In any case anybody can be made to sound like a singer these days, what with the help of advanced technology like auto-tuning.”
Ace composer Amit Trivedi agrees with Alka, “As long as the actors sing really well it’s all really good. I don’t have a problem with actors singing. Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh have sung for me.”