“My music made Akshay Kumar a star."
Indian singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya believes that he is the one responsible for Akshay Kumar’s success.
He also said he should take credit for Suniel Shetty’s fame too.
According to Bhattacharya, Kumar used to be known as the “poor man’s Mithun Chakraborty”.
Now, he is one of Bollywood’s most successful actors and one of the world’s highest-paid people in the entertainment industry.
Abhijeet Bhattacharya is the voice behind multiple hits such as ‘Sheher Ki Ladki’ and ‘Zara Sa Jhoom Lu Main’.
In a recent interview with India.com, the playback singer said that he is made to only sing for stars.
Abhijeet Bhattacharya said:
“I am made to sing only for the stars, not for the actors. No matter how good I sing, if the person is not a star, it isn’t worth anything.
“There’s Shah Rukh Khan on one side and there’s Suniel Shetty on the other. Now, SRK is a star.
“He has a class when he speaks and Suniel has got this rough and tough appeal attached to him.
“Every time someone decided to create a song for Suniel, it had to be aggressive and wild.
“I sang for both Suniel and SRK. All my songs picturised on both the actors were a hit.”
Abhijeet Bhattacharya then went on to talk about Akshay Kumar, and how it was his songs that made him the star he is today.
“My music made Akshay Kumar a star. When he was launched, he wasn’t a star.
“He was earlier known as ‘Gareebo Ka Mithun Chakraborty’, like how Mithun was known as ‘Gareebo Ka Amitabh Bachchan’.
“Music is so powerful that it can turn an actor into a star whether it’s Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, or Rajesh Khanna.
“Akshay became a star after Khiladi, and all his movies were titled as Khiladi later. My voice has suited them all.
“These are the actors who weren’t stars before my songs turned them into stars.”
Abhijeet Bhattacharya recently appeared on an episode of Indian Idol 12.
During his stint on the reality show, he slammed the judges for being ‘inexperienced’.
In an interview with Bollywood Spy, he said:
“I told them I am not asking for work, I am asking for what is rightfully mine.
“People work under me. I am the employer. They call people who’ve sung four songs in their life.
“You make those people judges who haven’t served music. They are only commercial.
“They’ve given hit songs, but they haven’t given music anything.”