Friends for eight years, but Commando 3’s Akhiyaan Milavanga marks first time Mannan Shaah and Arijit Singh collaborate

By Bryan Durham - November 19, 2019

Listening to Akhiyaan Milavanga and seeing a recent picture of composer Mannan Shaah with singer Arijit Singh, nobody would say that this is their first single together.

Friends for eight years, but Commando 3’s Akhiyaan Milavanga marks first time Mannan Shaah and Arijit Singh collaborate
Mannan Shaah with Arijit Singh

It is. 

But the composer and the singing superstar have known each other far longer. Shares Mannan, “Arijit and I have been friends for the past eight years now. Once upon a time, we were colleagues and assisted music composer Pritam and that’s how we became friends.”

Says Mannan of getting Arijit on board Akhiyaan Milavanga, “It’s a perfect song to begin our association. Recording this song was a fulfilling experience for both of us.”

Praising Arijit as a “rare talent” and “gifted”, he gets nostalgic. “I remember when we used to work together at Pritam’s, he used to sing scratches and even back then, he’d sing them in one take. I’d sing scratches too, but never did I think I’d turn composer with the Commando franchise. I missed him in the Namaste England album, but I’m happy we’ve collaborated on Akhiyaan Milavanga.

Watch the song here:

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