DOING THINGS MY WAY?
Every singer has their unique voice quality and style of singing. I don’t think every singer needs to sex things up in a song to compete with the demanding times. It depends on what a particular song needs. I happen to sing either bold dance songs or love songs. What the song requires determines how I should sound.
With regard to compromises with the music director, since the song is composed by him, it is his baby. The singer can suggest an alternative way of approaching a song, but at the end of the day, I, as a singer, wouldn’t think it fit to assert my ideas and vision onto any music director I’m working with. If at all I am uncomfortable singing a certain line because of the lyrics or the style in which I’m asked to sing it, I will bring it up with the music director.
The people I’ve met in the last three years have been central to my growth in and understanding of Bollywood. The first person within the industry I met was Amit Trivedi - the man who saw something in a girl who hadn’t sung in Hindi before. Along with Amit, I was fortunate to work with director Habib Faisal and lyricist Kausar Munir. While recording ‘Pareshaan’, these three people spent their valuable time explaining the song to me word by word, line by line, frame by frame. Kausar ma’am broke down every Urdu and Hindi word I hadn’t heard before and explained it to me like I was a four-year-old.
Next, I recorded ‘Daaru Desi’ with Pritam. Here, I ended up not meeting Pritam but had the singing star of our nation, Arijit Singh, record me. Arijit directed me through the song. Every time he demonstrated what he wanted me to sing, I would wonder why they had even called me to sing since this man could do it all easily and so beautifully. Arijit taught me some invaluable tricks to emote behind the microphone.
With Salim Merchant and Vishal Dadlani