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Voice that put Salman on song

If Salman Khan is Bodyguard, Jamshedpur lad Rajdeep Chatterjee is making him sing.

At 20, the singer of reality TV shows Indian Idol 4 and Cornetto Luvreels has bagged his first Bollywood break — the film’s title track composed by Himesh Reshammiya, in which Rajdeep shares the song with the vocal chords of Himesh and superstar Salman.

The promo starring Salman and Katrina Kaif is grabbing eyeballs as it is the first appearance of the former “It” couple after their split. Kareena Kapoor is the film’s heroine.

“I did the recording with Himeshji and Salmanji. I was nervous, but the two celebrities made me comfortable. Also, my grounding in classical music gave me confidence. I never thought a mega-celeb like Salmanji could be so down to earth. But no comments on his singing,” laughed Rajdeep over phone from Mumbai.

An alumnus of Loyola School, he is already a pro on stage and has done playback for Tamil and Telugu films. But Bodyguard, directed by Siddique and produced by Reliance Entertainment as well as Salman’s sister Alvira and brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri, is his first Bollywood break.

The song, composed by Himesh, also has performers from his company HR Musik’s Band of Power.

Rajdeep, a Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, and Sangeet Visharad from Gandharv Mahavidyalaya, Pune, is happy with the break. “It is a great chance. I think my dedication to music has yielded results. Though, of course, I have a long way to go. When I got a call from HR Musik a couple of months ago, I didn’t believe I’d sing for Salman Khan. Since Himeshji was in search of new talent and he had seen me performing in Indian Idol, he signed me on,” said Rajdeep, who is also pursuing his bachelors in management studies from KBP College, Mumbai.

Rajdeep, who received praise from Sonu Nigaam and Anu Malik during his stint at Indian Idol about three years ago, got encouragement from Himesh too.

He’s is now keeping his fingers crossed for the next Kunal Kohli film, for which he has been promised playback opportunities. “I have a lot of expectations from the industry. I hope I can achieve my dreams. But the journey has begun,” said Rajdeep, all set for a South Africa tour with HR Musik between September 7 and 11.

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