After making her playback singing debut with Sooha saha in Highway, actress Alia Bhatt has taken her love for singing to the next level by crooning another track. After the success of the duet version, an unplugged version of Samjhawan from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, in Bhatt’s voice, was released at an event in Mumbai last week. The song is set in a more contemporary space when compared to the original version, which is sung by Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Instead of playing the song on the music system, Bhatt gave a live performance and crooned the track, to ensure that the audience doesn’t think that her voice has been auto-tuned in the song.
In the unplugged version, Bhatt has tried to experiment with the pitch, blending together both high and low notes. “The idea was to make this track more western. It’s got a jazz or coke studio like vibe. It’s the kind of a song that you would like to sing while jamming with friends. I simply had to relax and sing as if I am doing so at my home. The day we recorded the number, I had lost my voice, as I have been out on promotional tours since quite sometime,” mentioned Bhatt. Karan Johar and director Shashank Khaitan had strictly informed the actress not to ape Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s original song from Virsa or the re-created version in Humpty…, but add her own charm to the song. “When the rights of the song were purchased, all of us knew that we had to live upto a lot of expectations, because Rahat sahab had sung the number beautifully and even Arijit’s version in our film got a great response. It was Karan who felt like the song should be reprised, but in an unique female voice,” mentioned actor Varun Dhawan.
While discussing whether, she had any reference points in mind before getting behind the mic, Bhatt mentioned that since she listens to a lot of music, she didn’t necessarily need a reference point, but she definitely took inspiration from her favourites including Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Priyanka Chopra. When asked if she is interested in taking her passion for singing forward, Bhatt replied that she is keen on working for a non – film music album. “If I get the opportunity, I would love to try playback again. But I really want to release an album of my own someday,” Bhatt confessed.