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AP Dhillon talks about 'surviving' after moving to Canada, receiving offers for Hindi film

AP Dhillon's documentary series, AP Dhillon: First of A Kind, was recently released. Now, he spoke about surviving in Canada, receiving offers from Hindi film industry and more.

Edited By: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Published on: August 23, 2023 8:22 IST
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India-born Canadian artiste AP Dhillon believes the brown community is finally getting the appreciation it deserves. The musician, whose journey from Punjab's Gurdaspur to Vancouver in Canada to finally tasting popularity is the subject of a new documentary series, "AP Dhillon: First of A Kind", said he is proud that the world is taking note of the music created by Indians residing in Canada and the US.

"We, as a brown community, are getting the light, the appreciation that we deserve, and that our culture is moving forward, like hip-hop music. I don't think the world took us seriously before, and now they are. The music coming from India or the Indian people, who are in Canada or in States, is getting recognised. It is amazing to see all these artists now doing different things, trying independently. So it gave people hope that, 'If he can do it, I can do it too'," Dhillon told PTI.

AP Dhillon on being 'in survival mode' 

The musician, 30, whose real name is Amritpal Singh Dhillon, moved to Canada in 2015 for his post-graduation course in Business Administration and Management. For about four years, he did odd jobs like working at gas stations and convenience stores, a detail that also features in his 2020 hit "Brown Munde".

While music was always his passion, he initially wanted to become a basketball player. "Before this I just wanted to be a basketball player. When I moved to Canada, I was in survival mode. I salute all the students who go there. They work so hard, they go there from such a different culture. They try to fit in, there is pressure of working, making money, and going to school. Sometimes you forget about your dreams, you just want to survive. But we didn't stop. Music was always my passion. I wanted to make music, I loved singing, and playing guitar here and there," he said.

Receiving offers for Hindi film 

Asked if he has received offers from the Hindi film industry for a collaboration, the singer, whose documentary premiere in Mumbai saw the presence of Hindi film industry stars such as Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh, said there were many but the timing was an issue. "Whenever we feel right, we will do it. But so many times we have been offered but we didn't get time to do it. Whenever we feel right for a certain movie, like it goes with our image and sound... We just don't want to force it," he added.

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