I know peo­ple re­ally en­joy it when a for­eigner sings in Hindi: Iu­lia

HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Monika Rawal Kukreja ■ monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ro­ma­nian ac­tor, model and TV host, Iu­lia Van­tur, has al­ways been in the news, thanks to her prox­im­ity with ac­tor Sal­man Khan and ru­mours of their re­la­tion­ship. How­ever, what has got her back in the head­lines is her lat­est sin­gle, ti­tled Har­jai. She has sung the song with ac­torhost Ma­niesh Paul and com­poser-lyri­cist Sachin Gupta.

“It has been a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence and I, my­self, am so sur­prised by the ap­pre­ci­a­tion that I’ve been get­ting from ev­ery­one. Even some friends in the in­dus­try have told me that they heard the song once and it’s play­ing in their head on loop. So, it’s a good sign, as we have put our heart into it,” says Iu­lia.

Asked if it was tough to get the Hindi di­alect and ac­cent right, Iu­lia says that it was “rather easy” for her to sing this one. “You won’t be­lieve it, but when Ma­niesh made me hear the song, I liked it so much that I didn’t even re­alise there were no lyrics writ­ten for the fe­male part, as it was not sup­posed to be a duet. So, when we went to the record­ing stu­dio, we wrote the fe­male singer’s lyrics line by line and Ma­niesh just told me to go in front of the mic and sing it and see how it sounds. So, that’s how record­ing for the song started — I didn’t even know [the words at first],” she quips.

Iu­lia has ear­lier sung Um­bakkum (from O Teri, 2014), a ver­sion of Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai (from Sul­tan, 2016) and Ev­ery Night and Day (from Himesh Re­sham­miya’s al­bum Aap Se Mausi­iquii).

How­ever, Iu­lia ad­mits that at ev­ery point dur­ing the record­ing, she was aware that she had to “sound proper with a per­fect ac­cent” and for that, she gave it her best. “I know peo­ple re­ally en­joy it when a for­eigner sings [in Hindi] but they should be able to un­der­stand it. So, more than the lyrics, I was con­cen­trat­ing on the whole feel and tune of the song,” she shares.

All praise for Ma­niesh, her co-star in the video, Iu­lia says that he gave her guid­ance at ev­ery step. “He was very sup­port­ive dur­ing our record­ing ses­sions. He through­out helped me with my pro­nun­ci­a­tion and dic­tion. If I wasn’t get­ting a word right, he would tell me how it should be,” says Iu­lia, who has al­ready struck a deal to record movie num­bers and sin­gles.

Model­ac­tor Iu­lia Van­tur is now also a suc­cess­ful singer

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