Irfan Siddiqui’s love for penning poetry in college led him to pursue a career in song-writing. He started off by helping a friend and then went on to forge a strong bond with composer duo Salim-Sulaiman Merchant. Their latest collaboration titled Jazaak Allah is dedicated to Covid warriors. Irfan talks to us about his journey so far, the new song and his association with Salim-Sulaiman
Tell us something about your background…
I come from a traditional business family with no background in Bollywood at all. During my college days, I used to write poetry and slowly realised that I could write lyrics too. So, I decided to take a leap of faith. Born and raised in Mumbai, I decided to try my luck and was ready to work hard. I think destiny made the rest possible for me.
How did you get your first project?
I had teamed up with my childhood buddy Rajeev Goswami for his debut album Mujhe Mere Yaar Se Matlab. The music of this album was by Salim-Sulaiman. It was during this project that they offered me Iqbal and then the song Aashayein happened.
Did you face any struggle?
Not really. I was lucky Salim-Sulaiman gave me my first break in Hindi films and then there was no looking back.
How has your association with Salim-Sulaiman been?
It has always been a real pleasure working with them. They are more like friends and family, than business associates to me. Their humility and warmth always ensure my capability gets its due. I have learnt a lot from them. SS and I go a long way. We did Iqbal, Fashion, Teen Patti, Kurbaan, Heroine, Chain Kuli Ki Main Khuli and many other projects together.
Tell us about this Eid special song ‘Jazaak Allah’…
Muslims say ‘Jazaak Allah’ instead of thanks. It means ‘May God reward you with goodness’. Jazaak Allah is an ode to all the Covid warriors who are working relentlessly and selflessly just for humanity. It is a very special thing for me as it highlights the feelings of gratitude and kindness.
What did you keep in mind while writing the lyrics of this song?
I kept a little touch of Urdu in the lyrics and wanted people to connect with the essence of the song. I hope I’ve achieved it.
How do you plan to celebrate Eid this year?
We will pray at home.