‘IT’S EASY TO BE TYPECAST AS A SINGER’

Says singer Tulsi Ku­mar, who keeps dab­bling in dif­fer­ent gen­res to avoid get­ting stereo­typed

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Tulsi Ku­mar (right) has spent over a decade as a play­back singer in the Hindi film in­dus­try. And there’s one thing she has learnt for sure — “Bol­ly­wood can eas­ily typecast you when you are a singer,” she says. To avoid get­ting stereo­typed, Tulsi tries to take up all kinds of songs to sing, even though softer tracks suit her voice and taste.

“My forte is sad ro­man­tic num­bers, and I ab­so­lutely love singing them. But I’ve sung all kinds of songs, in­clud­ing peppy, dance num­bers as I want to keep ex­per­i­ment­ing,” she says.

The singer made a name for her­self with the ro­man­tic song, Tum Jo Aaye, in the film Once Upon a Time in Mum­bai (2010). Tulsi calls the song — also fea­tur­ing singer Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan — a “turn­ing point” in her ca­reer. “The love and fame that I re­ceived after that song has been spe­cial. It’s still played ev­ery­where [at events, func­tions etc]. That in­deed is spe­cial, and the rea­son why, I be­lieve, I’m good at singing these kind of songs,” she says.

But like she said, she’s ex­per­i­ment­ing. And her two lat­est of­fer­ings have been dance num­bers — Mara High­way star (an in­de­pen­dent sin­gle fea­tur­ing rap­per Raf­taar) and one in an up­com­ing film, star­ring Ar­jun Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. After back-to-back peppy num­bers, she wants to re­lease a very “dif­fer­ent” sin­gle. “That’s the beauty of re­leas­ing sin­gles. You can change the style with ev­ery song you come up with,” says Tulsi, adding, “A new song should be out pretty soon!”

My forte is sad ro­man­tic num­bers. But I’ve sung all kinds of songs, in­clud­ing peppy, dance num­bers TULSI KU­MAR, SINGER

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