Savvy - - I Believe -

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.

On stage

With Salim Mer­chant and Vishal Dad­lani

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