Former One-Direction-er Zayn Malik has been killing the game as a solo artist and has not shied away from experimenting with music to bring his fans something new each time. He’s testing the waters with a full-on Bollywood track this time. He recently told Elle Magazine India about the song and that it’s the first time he’s recorded a track in Hindi. The half-Pakistani and half-British artist can speak in Urdu, but he has never released music in Urdu or Hindi.“It’s one of the first songs I’ve sung in full Hindi, so it’s going to be cool to see what the response to that is,” the 25-year-old singer told Elle India.
He didn’t divulge the details so we don’t know which film or the title of the track as of yet, but the announcement is enough to have fans in a frenzy.
i need zayn’s bollywood song to come out so i can die in peace
— rimal (@ryangodling) February 7, 2018
So I read in the newspaper that ZAYN sang a Hindi song for Bollywood movie. If this is true, the OMG I’M SOOOO EXCITEDDDDD
— Aarushyy (@whoisaarushi) February 8, 2018
I just wanna take a moment to say that I am so happy that zayn is expanding his musical career & dipping into the Bollywood scene bc I think it’s gonna be amaZAYN & I just can’t wait I wanna scream
— ✨aumbreen✨ (@queenbreeen) February 7, 2018
Not only is the singer working on a Bollywood track, he is also incorporating more of his desi culture into his new album, “Mind of Mine.” He has tracks in Urdu like the song “Intermission: Flower” which was inspired by his father and the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
“There’s definitely a lot of Urdu,” Malik said, “some nice qawwali sounds. There might even be some bhangra vibes. I have worked with AR Rahman on one song.”
Urdu lyrics, qawwali, bhangra, AR. Rahman AND a Bollywood soundtrack? Malik bleeding his ethnicity into his music is quite possibly the best thing that will happen this year.
Malik has grown up with Bollywood music and movies. “Before I can even remember… [Bollywood films were] on the TV,” he tells Elle India. “Bollywood is so impeccable.”
His knowledge and love of Bollywood (his favorite movie is “Devdas” by the way!) combined with his talents make me confident that Malik’s new album will be beyond promising. It may just be his best ever.