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Mumbai: Singer Armaan Malik at the "GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019" in Mumbai on Sep 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS) Image Credit: IANS

Bollywood singer Armaan Malik is out with a new single, ‘Tootey Khaab’, and fans are applauding not just his singing skills, but also his screen presence in the music video.

This was the first time he has appeared extensively in a music video.

“Honestly, I do not have any big plan to step into the business of acting because I am quite engrossed in my music and my live gigs. Singing is a part of who I am, but it is also true that I am a performer. Acting is a performing art. So, if I am offered something like ‘Aashiqui 2’ or ‘Rockstar’ where I have to portray an artist or a musician, it would be relatable to me. That might intrigue me enough to become an actor. I would love to be part of a Bollywood musical film, as an actor and a singer because music has to be there for my act,” Malik said.

Malik, who has scored hits such as ‘Naina’, ‘Main Hoon Hero Tera’, ‘Bol Do Na Zara’, ‘Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon’, believes social media plays an important role in building popularity but only if it’s honest.

“I keep it 90 per cent real [laughs]. The rest 10 per cent is my personal space that every individual should have. Youngsters — whether one is a celebrity or a regular guy — are intelligent enough to understand what is real and what is fake. One cannot build a steady fan following if you are fake. My pictures, songs, shooting days, vacations, my people, the way I engage in conversation in the comments section — everything is real. I think fans are smart enough to differentiate between fake and real social media feeds. One cannot be fake on social media to build a real image as a celebrity. You can’t be fake to look real,” he said.

His new song ‘Tootey Khaab’ is a break-up track and the singer said that although he has never faced heartbreak in life so far, it was a very relatable song for youngsters.

“We live in an era where we fall in and out of love very easily. We are not those lovers anymore who sulk after a break-up, as it used to happen in the case of old-world romance. But I also have seen friends who went through rejection and heartbreak, and cried before moving on. In the video that is what I have tried to capture. The boy, after the break-up, feels upset for a while. During this phase he writes a song, and that break-up song makes him a singing sensation. You see, it completely makes sense in a real context,” he said.

Starting his career in the world of Bollywood playback singing with ‘Bum Bum Bhole’ for the film ‘Taare Zameen Par’ in 2007, Malik has garnered a lot of popularity among young listeners.

“I am always excited about a new song because I am always aiming to make my new song bigger and better from my last released song. So, no matter how much love and appreciation my last song received, I have to offer something new to them, I have to surprise them with a new side of me. I am glad that ‘Tootey Khaab does that,” Malik added.