Going by Vivek Verma’s words, Bollywood’s playback singing industry is brutal both to upstarts and the newcomers. He is one of those Bollywood celebs dealing in music, who are coming ahead and talking about nepotism and mafia, post-Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide.
Sushant committed suicide this June 14th after succumbing to nepotism and Bollywood mafia’s bad deeds.
Vivek Verma who hails from Kolkata and has no relative in film city, had only one ambition as he grew and that was to pursue the performing arts. But in the world’s 2nd most populous nation, with no one to back you, it was for sure a tough road ahead. Verma’s parents are school teachers.
A talented musician: Verma, is trained in both Western and Eastern classical music. He migrated to Mumbai in 2011.
“My family was not that rich to provide me with a lump of money and yet I ventured out hoping I’d make a mark for myself.”
Every day was a struggle for Verma. He was forced to save every penny in order to survive, wake up the next day, and hustle. Verma met a few people who helped him to achieve his dreams.
“In my journey, I met a lot of people who helped me a lot in becoming what I am today; I call them the people of God.”
Now a well known name in Bollywood, Verma takes a walk back to the past and wonders how he managed to spend days sleeping on the benches of bus stops with the sky over his head & earth beneath. One thing that always pushed him to continue with his struggle was his passion for music and confidence in himself — that someday he would get a chance to make a name in Bollywood.
Verma’s breakthrough came when he met India’s famous singer, Himesh Reshammiya, and after joining his team he was able to give music to major flicks like Action Jackson, All is Well, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sanam Teri Kasam, Aap Se Mausiiquii, Teraa Surrorr, and Happy Hardy and Heer.
The starting success made Verma feel over the moon, but immediately he realized that Bollywood was not so rosy after all.
Going by Viveks’s words, young musicians in India have to struggle and the Bollywood music industry is no different. The competition is extreme and only those who keep working hard will be able to achieve something.