By Kanika Rajani
We heard her in ‘Gandi baat’ from the film R… Rajkumar, but not many remembered her in that number dominated with vocals by Nakash Aziz. This time she’s captured everyone’s attention as she sings Radha nachegi in Tevar—the first Bollywood film set to release in 2015. The song, which features Sonakshi Sinha as she dances against the backdrop of a makeshift Taj Mahal, is an unforgettable number, not just because of its grandeur, but also for the way Ritu Pathak has sung it.
The song is composed by Sajid-Wajid with lyrics by Amit Sharma. The song prominently uses the word Radha, but the Radha featured here, namely Sonakshi Sinha is a rather outgoing one for which Ritu Pathak’s voice seemed like the perfect fit. When asked about the theme of the song, she was speechless and was unable to talk about the theme and the role of the song in the story. She, however, pointed out that while the song had a rustic feel to it, it also had strong western influences.
While its picturisation and the use of high pitched drums indicate that the song is predominantly an ethnic number, Ritu Pathak feels that it is a fusion number.
“It’s a classy, Indo-Western Radha-Krishna song which required me to sing energetically as the tempo’s pace constantly fluctuates and after the beginning, one expects the lyrics to finally play, but one hears a guitar piece. The chorus is also loud and powerful. Notes of the sitar have been used before the first stanza ends and the second stanza also consists of rap beats,” described Pathak as she spoke about the elements that went into scoring this infectious, power-packed song. It has also incorporated live percussions and consists of mouth percussions rendered by Wajid Ali. Its rhythms have been arranged by Taufiq Qureshi and Danish Shabri and Shabab Shabri have sung portions of the song.
The song may be devotional, but apart from being sweet, it has a bubbly, energetic and naughty mood. “I had to keep these factors in mind while singing. I was also required to adjust my pitch according to the song’s tempo and make Sonakshi sound vivacious. But this worked in my favour as there was immense scope to prove my versatility,” added Pathak who recorded this song three-four months back.
When asked about whether she intentionally tried to sound like Sinha, she spoke about how she needed to be mindful of certain factors and was even appreciated for her voice resonating with the actor’s.
Some of Pathak’s upcoming projects include her working with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Ram Sampath and the Meet Brothers.