Amaal Malik the son of Daboo Malik recently spoke to Times of India about the ongoing controversy about nepotism in the Hindi film industry. Malik has said that he knows he has an advantage but it was still difficult for him to make a name for himself.
In his interview, Amaal said, "First of all, with due respect to my dad, he wasn’t an ace composer. He never got the success that my uncle did. So it wasn’t a phone call that went and someone said, ‘ Please listen to my son, he is a composer’. He’s obviously done his share of songs and he found his little bit of success. When Armaan sang his first song for Vishal Dadlani, he didn’t know that they were making Daboo Malik’s son sing. He went inside the studio when he was 10-11, sang a scratch and it went on to be part of Bhoothnath. He didn’t get the opportunity because he was so and so’s a kid."
"A lot of people have that notion that it must have been easier for me because I had the Malik tag. But I don’t feel it’s right. With due respect to someone like Ankit Tiwari who leaves everything at home to come and make it big here without any backing, I agree I have an advantage. I know how things work. I have seen the failures of my family members so I know how it would work and that’s the only difference. I have been doing it since the age of 19, but I got my first film at 24, " he added.
In the same interview, Amaal also expressed grief over the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Amaal said that he met Sushant after the release of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Amaal recalled Sushant as a childlike and funny person.