Bhajans to Dhating Naach

Singer Neha Kakkar,who has set many a foot tapping with peppy numbers,will perform in the city over the weekend.

Written by Rushil Dutta | Published: October 5, 2013 4:58 am

Neha Kakkar started out young. At the age of four,inspired by her elder sister Sonu — also a singer — Kakkar found her calling in bhajans. Her journey as a singer has now led to her foray into Bollywood as a playback singer. Kakkar,now 25,and the voice behind hit songs such as Second hand jawani and Dhating Naach,will be in the city this weekend to perform at a dandiya event.

“I started singing as soon as I learnt how to speak,” says Kakkar,adding,“I have been performing for over two decades now.” A devout believer in Goddess Durga,Kakkar devoted most of her childhood and adolescence to singing at bhajan sandhyas and Mata ki chowki,earning quite a reputation in the respective circuits.

Her life took a sharp turn after her experience at Indian Idol season 2. “I was 16 when Indian Idol happened and I wound up as one of the finalists,” says Kakkar. But Indian Idol did not get her work as a playback singer. “It definitely made me famous; I appeared on television and people started noticing me on the streets. But I had to work my way up and I guess my hard work bore fruit,” she says.

A couple of years after her appearance on Indian Idol,Kakkar bagged her first playback singing project for composer Sandeep Chowta. “I got a break alongside Sukhwinder Singh in the film Meerabai Not Out (2008),” recalls Kakkar.

Kakkar’s next project was Blue (2009),for which she sang the theme song and got the opportunity to sing for AR Rahman; after which,she worked on a couple of other projects until she sang Second hand jawani for the film Cocktail (2012). “I was overwhelmed by the response it received. It wasn’t the first time I was singing for Pritam da. I had earlier recorded a few scratches with him but nothing had worked out. But when this song was being recorded,the producers really liked it and I was sure it’d get approved. It did,and also proved to be a major hit,” says Kakkar.

She went ahead and dropped another bomb,Dhating Naach in Phata Poster Nikla Hero (2013). “The lyrics are fun and I enjoyed each and every word while singing. Shahid (Kapoor) and Nargis Fakhri look great in the video and I was told that Dhating Naach was perhaps the most played song,along with Lungi dance,during this year’s Ganapati immersions,” says Kakkar.

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