Fenil and Bollywood

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan speaks about his sons and their bad experience with Dutta

Posted on: January 13, 2010

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 12, 2010)

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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (centre) with Amaan (left) and Ayaan (right)

Although elated about cutting an album with his sons Amaan and Ayaan, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan still ponders over their future. “They are facing a rough time trying to come out of my shadow, no doubt about it. Fortunately, my sons are multi-dimensional and doing a lot of other things besides playing the sarod.”

Acting is a common interest shared by the Khan siblings. Once-upon-a-time, they were both gung-ho about it, what with an offer by filmmaker JP Dutta to launch them.

However, their enthusiasm gave away to disappointment when the film didn’t take off for a year and then got shelved.

Talking about the frustrating wait for the JP Dutta project, the Ustad recounts, “My sons gave a full year of their lives to JP Dutta’s project. Not only did they train themselves in horse riding, they also underwent a lot of other training to become equipped for an acting career. They were categorically told not to play the sarod for a year. That was really sad, because without their music, my sons lost out on a lot of opportunities. And at the end of it, the film got shelved.”

JP Dutta

The experience seems to have destroyed the inclination of both Aman and Ayaan to embark on an acting career. “If Amaan and Ayaan get a chance to score music in a film, they will happily do so. As for acting, if they get an opportunity to play what they are (musicians), then it is fine. Otherwise, there are hundreds of young hopefuls out there to play other kinds of roles,” adds Ustad. “They are focusing entirely on the sarod now. They are too soft-hearted to cope with today’s crafty world.”

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