Q. 1 Did you always want to be a singer?
I was always a bedroom singer. Like most people, I too would sing in my pyjamas. Singing was not something that I thought of considering seriously as a career. I never thought that some one would like my voice to actually feature me in a song.
Q. 2 How did you collaborate with international artist Brooklyn Shaanti ?
I was on a promotional tour for my movie from Sydney With Love and that’s when I met Nadim (better known as Brooklyn Shanti). He is an Indo-American dub-artist who has produced a lot of Bollywood songs. We met on the promo tour and he really liked my voice. Shanti said, ‘I like your voice, let’s record something together’. I was surprised and told him that I could not sing. He was aware that I write poems, so he asked me to write something about my life which he would turn into a song. The thought of writing down my own story and presenting it to the world was very exciting. That’s how I ended up writing the song Something beautiful.
Q. 3 Tell us about the song and what it means to you..
Something beautiful speaks about that phase in my life when I felt dejected and disheartened, as nothing was going right for me. I have dedicated the song to those difficult moments in my life. I want to tell others that even when things don’t work out, life is beautiful and eventually everything will happen for the best. I hope those who listen to my song feel motivated and inspired.
Q. 4 What do you think about Bollywood actors singing in films?
It doesn’t matter anymore whether you are a big star or not, the young generation loves versatility. Actors who sing are now acceptable and the audience admires them. The audience just does not want movies based on stardom anymore. They do not like to just see pretty faces on screen. For instance, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani worked because besides a good star cast, Ayan Mukerji also had a very good script.
Q. 5 What kind of music do you like?
I like all genres of music. It mostly depends on my mood. When I am angry, I like to listen to music with a lot of drum beats. I mostly listen to alternative genre. I also like acoustic guitars and country music.
Q. 6 What’s currently playing on your Ipod?
At this point there is a lot of Taylor Swift on my Ipod. I have been listening to a lot of so called “girly music. I have been listening to Ariana Grande as well. I enjoy the kind of music these women create. And I also like Justin Timberlake.
Q. 7 Any song that you hum all the time?
I am a person who loves lyrics. Songs with disrespectful lyrics repel me. I always hum Sunny Sunny from Yaariyan. Apart from that, whenever I finish a movie, the music keeps playing in my head. I just finished shooting for a movie and keep humming the songs from that. I also keep singing Ariana Grande’s Problem to myself.
Q. 8 What kind of music did you listen to as a teenager?
I grew up listening to a lot of hip-hop. I spent my growing up years in Germany where after the World War II, many different sections had formed. One was held by the Russians, another by French and yet another by the Americans. I grew up among a lot of second generation soldiers and their families, and thus I got to hear a lot of hip-hop and R&B. I remember listening to artistes like Ashanti and Tupac as a kid.
Q. 9 How interesting are reality singing shows on television?
I used to follow American Idol but have not watched the Indian version. However, in my opinion, these shows are a big platform for aspiring contestants who can showcase their talent before professionals and ultimately reach their goal.
Q. 10 Now that you have found a calling in music, do you plan to pursue a career in it?
I love music and it has a big impact on my everyday life. I love song writing, but I think it will be difficult to pursue a full-fledged career in singing as I am passionate about acting. However, if my album takes off, then I may do concerts. For the present, my song is just a treat for my fans.
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