For Ehan Bhat, 99 Songs is the manifestation of his “endless prayers”. Where a Bollywood break is hard to come by, the Kashmir boy counts himself fortunate to be achieving this personal milestone under the guidance of music maestro-producer AR Rahman. “I auditioned for this film. I was handed over the scene which required a similar emotion that I was going through at that point…. So it was easier for me to emote. (Pauses) I am the first person in my family to enter filmdom and I have had my share of ups and downs. I think that’s what reflected in my performance and got me this role. I am thankful to Rahman Sir and Jio Studios for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” says the actor.
Meeting Rahman for the first time remains one of his most cherished moments.
As part of the prep for the Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy-directed project, Bhat trained formally in music at KM Music Conservatory in Chennai.
In an industry that doesn’t conceal its favouritism, quiz him how crucial is this break