Peruvian pop sensation Mia Mont, the voice behind the Spanish version of “Dhoom: 3” title track, says it was a dream come true for her to sing in Bollywood, but was nervous since her style differs from Indian music.
The 24-year-old singer, whose songs are mostly influenced by pop music of the 1980s, says she would like to act in Bollywood movies.
“I am really grateful that the Bollywood community has opened to me in a really good way,” the promising voice of Latin pop music told PTI from Lima, Peru’s capital city. Mia says her record label was approached with an offer by the producers of the Aamir Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer “Dhoom Machale Dhoom”, and thus began her collaborative journey.
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“The truth is that this experience was actually a surprise for me. The producers, Yash Raj Films, contacted my record label for the project. I was really exited but at the same time nervous. It definitely was a whole new experience for me because the way I sing pop music in Spanish or English is completely different from the way Indian music is sung”, says Mia.
“I was basically inspired by the original version of the song and my recording team led by my producer Ed Montoya delivered a song that ultimately convinced the producers of ‘Dhoom: 3’,” says the fan of melody queen Shreya Ghoshal.
“The response to the Spanish version of the song has been amazing,” adds Mia A songwriter too, Mia says she wishes to act in Bollywood movies as they give a lot of attention to music, dancing and styling.
“I would love to perform other Bollywood songs in the near future. I really enjoyed it and it has been an honour. Acting is something that I am also considering to complement my career, so in that sense Bollywood is a dream,” she said in an email interview.
“I love that there’s a lot of attention to music, dancing, photography, styling. India has a very developed industry that aims to produce pretty amazing movies. Also, I love how Indian movies always manage to represent the country’s culture and the whole world is starting to know more about India since the movies are getting more attention,” says Mia, who started singing when she was just eight years old.
The Latino singer says she wants to make people laugh, cry or dedicate her songs to dear ones. “My songs talk about my own experiences and also of my friends. They are mostly about love and following your dreams,” Mia says.
The Spanish version of the song “Dhoom Machale Dhoom” starring Katrina Kaif is about to be introduced on radio stations in Peru, she says. “There are a lot of people demanding the song to be played on radio.”
“Dhoom: 3” premiered in Peru on January 16. Mia’s first single “Por El” (By Him) came out in 2010 and was a huge success in Peru and other Latin American countries.
The song featured in the popular soup opera “La Lola” that was aired in Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries.
She says she wants to collaborate with Shreya Ghosal in future and learn the Bollywood style of dancing. “Shreya Ghoshal is young, beautiful, very popular and has a great voice. It would be great to meet her someday.”
Mia says she has tried Indian cusine and is a great fan. “I have tried Indian food and I find it very tasty. It would be great to have the chance to eat locally,” says Mia, for whom a visit to the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple ranks high if she gets a chance to travel to India.
Bollywood has considerable presence in Latin America, especially in Peru and Colombia. Located over 16,700 kilometers away from India, Peru got hooked on to Bollywood in the 1970s after the screening of movies like “Mother India” and “Mera Naam Joker”.
With its romantic and dramatic themes as well as foot-tapping songs, Bollywood is described as a lesser known secret passion of the Latin American country.
Despite a small Indian diaspora in Peru, films like “3 Idiots”, “My Name Is Khan”, “Guzaarish”, “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” and “Chennai Express” received good response in theatres in the Spanish-speaking nation.