Bollywood playback singer Neha Kakkar chooses to define her eight-year journey in the industry as a mix of hard work and luck. She never formally trained in music and yet managed to carve her own success story.
Kakkar, who had her first brush with fame during her Indian Idol stint in 2006 has several chartbusters to her credit, such as Dhating Naach (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), London Thumakda (Queen) and Manali Trance (The Shaukeens).
“The fact that I am not formally trained never really bothered me. There were times I knew it could have been a brownie point, had I been trained but it never pulled me back,” says Kakkar. Dressed in glittery silver pants and a black sequined top, the singer was in Pune for a performance at Crescendo ‘15, an annual college festival by the International School of Business and Media at the Rohi Villa Gardens.
Not many are aware that Kakkar started her music career with bhajans and aartis. “I was probably four when I knew that I wanted to be a singer. I used to sing at mata ki chowkis and other religious events and people loved me. You can say, a lot of my selfconfidence was shaped during those days,” says the 26-year old.
Sister of Aali re, sali re (No One Killed Jessica) fame Sonu Kakkar, Neha admits she has always looked up to her sister, who was already making her presence felt in the industry. “When it comes to a particular song, she guides me on how to sing it and how to do regular riyaaz.
Although I never used her name to get the limelight. We were both clear that we won’t use each other’s popularity to achieve something,” says Kakkar, adding that currently she is working on her singles along with a couple of songs with Yo Yo Honey Singh and Tony Kakkar. She is the brain behind the selfie videos — Botol Khol and Manali Trance — that got viral on YouTube.
The trend, she says, is a good medium to connect with her fans. “Selfie photos became such a craze in the last few years. One day I thought, why not try something different? In selfie pictures, there is no human touch, it’s all about the pose. But selfie videos have sound, actions and emotions.
When I first posted a video online, I never thought it would liked so much by audiences. But now that it’s a hit, I am likely to carry the trend forward,” she says. Having already sung for actors such as Deepika Padukone, Sunny Leone and Kangana Ranaut, the singer continues to have one unfulfilled dream. “I want to lend my voice to Madhuri Dixit. I am a huge fan ofhers but I really don’t know if I can, because my voice is very young but I would still hope for the best,” says Kakkar.
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