After spreading love with his romantic numbers in many Bollywood films, Arko Mukherjee recently came up with a patriotic song ‘Teri Mitti’ in Akshay Kumar’s latest release Kesari.In an exclusive interview with Millennium Post, the singer talks about the song, his tuning with Akshay and his upcoming projects: How did you come up with ‘Teri mitti’. Do you think like films, even the music industry is bending towards patriotism? Patriotism has been a relevant subject in Bollywood since a very long time now – from the time of Lata Mangeshkar singing ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’. The genre is not any new here, it has always been a subject of emotions and pride for the makers as well as the audience. It is not a sudden love for the country or patriotic fever. I believe the vibe persisting in India after the recent attacks is a bit more heavy and sadistic, and this is what gave me the motivation to come up with this song. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger After singing back to back romantic songs, how did you feel working on ‘Teri Mitti’? Generally, people associate me with romantic songs because of the popularity of ‘Nazm Nazm’, ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ etc. But, in the past, I have also done songs like ‘Paani Vala dance’ which was a club song and different situational songs in various other films. But yes, I haven’t ever done a patriotic song, so it was special to me. What were your initial expectations from this song? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upI don’t think any singer makes a song with expectations – of numbers, awards or anything. As a singer it is always my responsibility to do my best. That’s what I attempt to do every time; whether it’s a love song, a sad song, or a patriotic song. You have made an extended version of this song dedicated to Bhagat Singh. Tell something about it? I think Bhagat Singh was the most influential freedom fighter. His bravery and valour has inspired youth of every generation. His death anniversary was on March 23, so we decided to extend our tribute to him in the form of that song. You have collaborated with Akshay for the fourth time. Tell us something about the bond you share with him. I have always been a big fan of Akshay sir. We collaborated for ‘Meherbani’, followed by songs for Rustom, Gold and now Kesari. After working together for various projects, I think he has built trust with me, and therefore discusses everything related to songs. I am working with him on a couple of others tracks as well. What are your future plans? I have some Hindi film projects on my plate and then two Bengali films. I haven’t ever done Bengali films before, so I m excited for it. I also have an English song coming up, for which I am travelling to LA this month. It has been a dream to be an independent English music artist – to write, compose and sing in English. So, I am looking forward to this year.