The man who’s composed such intensely romantic songs such as Atif Aslam’s “Kuch Is Tarah”, and “Tum Hi Ho” from Aashiqui 2, confesses he’s chicken when it comes to falling in love himself. Read on for more revelations from Mithoon...
FHMIndia: If you were asked to create a TV show what would it be about?
Mithoon: As a viewer I enjoy watching National Geographic a lot. So it would be nice to do a show on wildlife and nature. I also find the biographies on History channel very enriching and entertaining. I’m especially fascinated by the lives of geniuses and how their personal life affects their professional life. For instance, the letter found amongst Beethoven’s possessions addressed to his “Immortal Beloved” — the mystery woman who influenced him, inspired him, made his world go mad — these kind of personal details intrigue me. A show along those lines, that brings to light India’s many unsung heroes, would be great to watch. I’d also love to do something on Chanakya, the man behind the rise of the Mauryan Empire. I think he’s underrated and today’s generation could really benefit from his wisdom.
You discover a beautiful island where you can be king and build your own kind of kingdom. What’s the first rule that you’’ll put into place?
I’d ban money. And that’s where my responsibility as a king would come into place — to provide citizens with all the basic necessities and to be able to manage things without money. The Bible says the the love for money is the root of all evil, and I do believe doing away with it would solve a lot of issues.
If you could be a superhero which one would you be and why?
Batman — because of his hidden identity. I like that the face the world sees is of a superficial billionnaire playboy but he’s actually a crimefighter. I love that contrast. I consider it truly heroic when you can avoid the glory and just do your job. That’s how I try to function in my professional life too. I’ve been working for 11 years now, I don’t socialise or go to events. Staying away from the limelight keeps me grounded.
Could you recount an embarrassing episode or experience from childhood that still makes you cringe?
I used to play the keyboard in school. I was in the 7th grade when during one of my performances, the keyboard just went off. I just froze and didn’t know what to do. The world crumbled around me… seeing that light go off onstage. A couple of minutes later I gathered my courage, plugged the keyboard back on, and continued. I was in tears but it was a good lesson. Life teaches you to get back on.
The other experience is more generic. Till quite some time I was uncomfortable about my complexion. I wouldn’t say I was heavily complexed about it, but yeah, I knew I’m not a “fair” kid. Things changed in college when I started getting appreciated as a serious musician — I realised my identity is not about the way I look or my skin colour but what I contribute to the world.
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