TWO OF A KIND
These two sisters are young, beautiful and a breath of fresh air in the music industry. What gives Sukriti and Prakriti Kakar an edge is that they are identical twins, but with a set of unique vocals. They are widely known as India’s only ‘singing twins’.
Widely known as India’s only ‘singing twins’, Payal Mehta catches up with Sukriti and Prakriti Kakar, as they gear up to conquer the world of music.
The Kakar sisters have literally got music in their DNA. Elder sister Akriti Kakar has already found fame as a playback singer in Bollywood and now younger twins Prakriti and Sukriti are following suit, and have slowly carved a niche for themselves as individual playback singers. “We grew up in a household where music was a way of life. Still is, actually. Our mom was a music teacher and she first sparked our interest in music,” says Sukriti. To an extent, both of them are self-taught and trained singers. What began as a passing interest gradually became an incredible passion and eventually a conscious career choice. The equally gorgeous Prakriti adds, “Akriti didi was also a major influence and inspiration growing up and continues being one. She is also our biggest critic. One thing led to another and we soon found ourselves getting our first break. There has been no looking back since.” The sisters have sung a series of hit songs over the years, performed in a hundred live shows and lent their inimitable vocals to various ad jingles. Akriti Kakar had ventured out alone, whereas her sisters Prakriti and Sukriti started chasing their singing dream around the same time. There had to be disadvantage for them in terms of getting recognised and finding success. “We are living a dream together. To wake up every morning and do what we do, together, is an incredible feeling. Dreaming, delivering, failing, succeeding and learning is all a part of the game. It’s a great time to be in the music circuit because composers and filmmakers are open to experimentation. A range of voices are being tried, and there’s huge scope for opportunity, quite unlike the last few years,” quips Sukriti. But, what about competition? We can’t help but wonder how it would be if both of them were auditioning for the same song. To this, Prakriti logically explains, “There are times when both of us audition for a particular song and we are unwittingly put in a position of competition. But apart from us, there will be other voices too auditioning for the same song. It is just the nature of the business. At the end
of the day; it might be either Sukriti or me who might get the final call and that is the prerogative of the director or producer. It hardly matters because ultimately the song is coming home.” Sukriti agrees to this, saying that she’d be the happiest to know if Prakriti had got a particular song, even it was at her own expense. “Her success is mine and vice versa,” she adds with joy. Looks like, it’s them against the world.
Talking about the big, but not-really-bad world of music, recently there were discussions among a few well-known female vocalists that female singers in Bollywood didn’t have equal as much opportunity as male singers. Either the whole album has 90 per cent songs that require male vocals or the female vocals required are just for a little part of the whole song. The 22-year-olds don’t completely agree. Prakriti, whose latest single Paas Aao just had a few lines for her to sing, justifies, “It differs from script to script and one cannot generalise. But, I’ve managed to sing a few songs with my fair share of female vocals.” Even Sukriti attributes it to the composer and the director who have the final call. “The situation of the song really matters in each case and no one is deliberately trying to deprive a female singer,” she avers. So, how are they different from each other, or from others competing with them? “Our voices are unique and we have our own strengths. But, what really sets us apart is our depth and range. One thing is believing you’re versatile, but it is another thing altogether to deliver on that belief,” reasons Prakriti. “Our focus right now is to broaden our horizons and challenge ourselves with a diverse range of work across multiple genres. The competition in the industry leaves you with no choice in this regard,” says a determined Sukriti. Non-Bollywood music in the form of singles and albums is making a comeback, which, for me, as a ’ 90s kid is pretty exciting. “It is great to see that trend back
in vogue. It widens the talent pool, exposes listeners to diverse genres and artistes and enriches the overall music scene in the country. There’s a market and an audience for everything now,” says an overjoyed Sukriti. Adds Prakriti, “The indie music scene suffered a little in the early 2000s but with easy access to digital content and a greater demand for quality music, the trend has come back. This resurgence is very heartening and I’m fortunate enough to be a witness to this growth story.” The sisters have entered the industry with one dream—singing. Being such beauties, we ask them if they will ever venture into acting. And we get the same answer from both of them—that their focus right now is only on music. They do get a lot of film offers but haven’t thought of it seriously as an option. “But, who knows what lies in store down the line? As they say, never say never!” says Sukriti, giving us a hint that the option cannot be ruled out. Talking about chasing dreams, Sukriti, who has worked with music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy on Pehli Baar from Dil Dhadakne Do, recalls her experience with them rather lovingly and can’t wait to work with them again. Both of them dream of working with the musical icons of the industry like AR Rahman, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Sachin-Jigar and Amit Trivedi. Prakriti is also a fan of singer Arijit Singh and admires Sonu Nigam, with whom she sang in Tu Hi Na Jaane from the movie Azhar. For her, it was nothing short of a dream come true. The girls have had a really good year so far, with both of them being part of the T-Series Mix Tape album with the likes of Shaan and upcoming artist Jubin Nautiyal. Prakriti has had songs like Hai Zaroori from
Noor and the aforementioned single Paas Aao with Amaal and Armaan Malik and has recently sung Hawa Hawa alongside Mika from the Arjun Kapoor-Anil Kapoor starrer Mubarakan which is already topping the charts. On the other hand, Sukriti, who gave us a variety last year with a hit dance number like Kar Gayi Chull from Kapoor and Sons and the soulful Rustom Vahi from Rustom, sang the groovy Zubi Zubi from Naam Shabana and Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai from Noor this year, which received a lot of appreciation from the audience. She has crooned to the title track of Mubarakan, which again is doing very well. The talented duo is also working on some projects together. “There’s a song that we have written and composed. We hope to do a music video together soon,” says an excited Sukriti. Well, we wish them the best for their future endeavours.
Before leaving them to their busy schedules, I couldn’t help but ask them something fun. The sisters have often been spotted wearing the same kind of outfits on various occasions. I was just curious to know if they did that on purpose to have fun with people or if it was something that they had done since childhood. To this, the twins giggle. Prakriti then explains, “As kids, we would often wear same or similar looking clothes. As we’ve grown older and developed our individual senses of style, we borrow each other’s clothes now and then. We are sisters, after all!” To this, Sukriti laughs and adds, “We may wear the same kind of outfits from time to time. It’s interesting to note people’s reactions and confusion! I guess it is a ‘twin’ thing.” Now, this is some real sisterhood we’ve got here!