He is the grandson of yesteryear’s musician Sardar Malik, whose sons, Anu Malik, Daboo Malik, and Abu Malik took the Malik legacy forward in the entertainment industry. Amaal Malik, son of Daboo, comes from the same lineage and has already made his mark in just a span of five years. When he made his debut in 2014 as a music composer in Salman Khan's Jai Ho, many said that music runs in his blood due to his family name. However, for Amaal, it wasn't easy to get rid of the family name and create an identity of his own.
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During the conversation, the Sooraj Dooba Hai composer revealed how Salman Khan got him his big break in Jai Ho after hearing his independent album. Amaal was nearly 23 when he got the offer and therefore, skepticism whether to take the project or not was at its peak since the jump was "scary". "He gave me two options, either you do this movie now or you wait for your chance," Amaal reminisced. His family name didn't make it easy for him to make a mark in the music space either. Instead, it "only added baggage". "Everyone had this assumption that because of my surname it would have been easy. But it was never like that. We (me and my brother Armaan) have crawled our way," Amaal shared, and continued, "I don't think our family name helped us it; more like it added baggage to me. It was difficult to assist composers because it was not easy to get into musicians' camps." Talking further about the struggles he had due to his last name, Amaal also mentioned, "There were many music producers at that time; they used to hear my music, but when they would get to know that I'm Amaal Malik they used to be a little wary of it."
While discussing low times, Amaal mentioned how post Jai Ho the lull phase bogged him down. That phase had also made him run behind a producers' cars. "There have been times when I have run behind producers' cars to give them a CD of mine," he revealed. The struggles, harsh criticisms and comparisons did push the composer "very close to quitting" just before 2015's hit Sooraj Dooba Hai from the movie Cocktail changed the course of his career. As the conversation proceeded, Amaal also opened up on how he wanted to take a break from making music, but he couldn't since he "had responsibility." "I had responsibilities. I had to set my family. We were also not financially very stable," the composer added.
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