Today is Actor Alekh Sangal’s birthday. I got in touch with Alekh Sangal for the first time through his mother, Aruna Ma’am. She had given me a short interview for the Facebook page of a print magazine and had helped me get in touch with her son, as well. I thought that on Alekh’s birthday it would be only right to do a short interview of his here, as well.
Alekh debuted as an actor with Silence Please – The Dressing Room (2004). Asked how it was looking back, he replied, “Oh the journey has been great. Having been an actor for more than 15 years now, having acted in all mediums be it theatre, film, TV and the web, dabbled in hosting, voice-overs, writing, directing (children’s theatre) and now also having a little production company, creating very exciting web content; looking back seems pretty satisfying and exciting, indeed.”
Then, I wanted to know if his being late Director Ambarish Sangal and Actor Aruna Ma’am’s son helped him in getting work. He said, “Being Mr. Ambrish Sangal and Mrs. Aruna Sangal’s son, has been a blessing in a whole lot of ways. Though I can’t say that it has directly resulted in getting me work, what it has definitely given me is a certain sense of respect and responsibility. Respect because both my parents were and have had very respectful and long careers and everyone I have met along the way, who knew them has always spoken highly of them. With that comes the responsibility of living up to the standards they have set in their own rights and always being careful that I don’t end up letting them down.”
Bollywood and Actor Alekh Sangal’s Birthday:
I requested Alekh to list out his favorite songs from Bollywood. This is his list:
9 songs from my movies… Frankly, I haven’t been a part of too many musically inclined films to list 9 songs, but Summer 2007 (2008) had a couple of good tracks, so did Gujjubhai – The Great (2015), one of which was sung by me, as well. Kshay (2012) had a spectacular original soundtrack, which was scored by the film’s director, Karan Gour, himself.
Apart from that, I love Yeh jo des tera… from Swades (2004),
Rubaru… from Rang De Basanti (2006),
Tum ho toh… from Rock On (2008),
Kholo kholo… from Taare Zameen Par (2007),
Nadaan parindey… from Rockstar (2011),
Phir le aaya dil… from Barfi (2012),
Tum paas ho… from Tamasha (2015) and
recently I have loved Laila o Laila… from the new Laila-Majnu (2018) and
Dhyaanchand… from Manmarziyaan (2018).
Tu is tarah se… Aap Toh Aise Na The (1980) The pride of place? It would have to be Tu is tarah se… because it was a song very close to my father’s heart and symbolic of how he will always be with me, long after his sad demise in 2005.
Tumse milke… from Main Hoon Na (2004) holds a special place in my heart. So, that’s a song I would have loved to feature in.
Also, Tum ho toh… from Rock On (2008), as I can actually sing in Farhan Akhtar’s voice and that’s the song I sang for my fiancée on the day of our engagement. 🙂