Manmeet & Harmeet Singh: We've learnt the hard way..

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By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 3 -- Over the past five years, songs such as 'Baby doll' (Ragini MMS 2; 2014), 'Hangover' (Kick; 2014) and 'Chittiyaan kalaiyaan' (Roy) made the trio called Meet Bros Anjjan - comprising Manmeet Singh, Harmeet Singh and Anjjan Bhattacharya - a winning combination.

But at a time when they were churning out hits after hits, Anjjan decided to quit the group to start a solo career. Here, Manmeet and Harmeet, who now go by the name, Meet Bros, talk about their new song, 'Yeh mera India', the split with their third partner, and more.

How have things changed since Anjjan's exit?

HARMEET: The only difference is that we miss him a lot. When you spend every day with somebody for eight years, and suddenly you find that person missing, it hurts. That space will always be empty. We loved each other, and we're still together as friends.

Why did the spilt happen?

MANMEET: The decision [to part ways] was mutual. We realised that it was getting too much for three people to waste their energies on one song. Also, Harmeet and I are very different personalities; we are very outgoing, energetic and social. Anjjan is laid-back and easy-going. Since every musician wants his or her personality to reflect in his or her work, somehow Anjjan must have felt that his wasn't really coming out [through the music that we were making].

You have composed several hit songs for Bollywood films. How has the journey been so far?

HARMEET: It's been beautiful. We've learnt the hard way. Nothing has happened overnight for us in the industry. We've been here for 12 years. We've worked hard and learnt every aspect of music making.

MANMEET: Our business background helped us crack better deals; we knew how to handle the producers, etc. We've learnt that music should be honest. It should represent who you are, and should not be dictated by others.

Do you feel the industry is competitive?

MANMEET: It's very competitive, and we like it that way, because it keeps us on our toes. I think competition is the healthiest thing that has ever happened to this world. I am glad that the monopoly that used to exist in Bollywood has ended. [Yo Yo] Honey Singh and we have been instrumental in doing that because we started doing one-off songs, and today, the whole world has moved on to doing singles.

What was the biggest challenge for you when you entered Bollywood?

HARMEET: It was to learn how to make songs that appeal to different sections of society.

Both of you left acting to pursue music. Why?

MANMEET: Acting happened because we could act. We did so much acting during our school and college days that it came handy when we were working on our first album, which was a long-drawn process. Acting worked for us, but our hearts always belonged to music. The moment our first song came out, we said goodbye to acting.

Is there one genre in mausic that you haven't tried, and would want to work on?

MANMEET: We would love to make a thumri. We've not tried that yet, but would love to because we can bring our own colour to it.

Does classical music interest you?

HARMEET: It doesn't appeal to me too much. But it's rich, and anything that is classy and rich will appeal to you at some level. But I am not a crazy classical fan. I like light music. We like to keep our music simple.