If you heard that the song Patakha Guddi, from Imitiaz Ali’s upcoming movie Highway, was recoded in only a few hours, you’d take the information with a pinch of salt, wouldn’t you? As talent as the singers behind the song — Jyoti and Sultana Nooran — are, once you hear the song, you’d know it’s no mean feat.
Jalandhar’s Nooran sisters — Jyoti and Sultana — rose to fame with Sneha Khalwalkar’s Tung Tung and amazed us yet again with Coke Studio’s (season 2) Allah Hoo. Now, they’ve made their Bollywood playback singing debut with AR Rahman’s Patakha Guddi.]
About how they came about the opportunity, Sultana, 21, says, “In October 2012, AR Rahman’s assistant called our father to say that Rahman sir wanted to record a song with us. Then, a few months later, Rahman sir called, saying he really liked our voice and would like to record a song with us. From what we know, he doesn’t call any artiste personally. But, he says he was so impressed with us that he did!”
Adding to it, Jyoti says, “But, we had our Canada tour planned, which we possibly couldn’t have cancelled. He asked us to return from Canada and get in touch with him.”
When they returned after two months, AR Rahman’s team tried approaching them again. “But, our schedule was still very tight. We had only one day. On January 6, 2013, we reached Mumbai by the afternoon. The recording started at 8 pm and went on till 4 am. We returned to Jalandhar by the early morning flight the same day, as we had some shows in Punjab,” recall the sisters.
The song, which is earning a lot of appreciation, was a fun-filled experience for the sisters, they say. “Rahman sir wasn’t present for the recording. But, their team was surprised to see that we finished the recording so soon! We had a lot of fun recording the song, which shows in the outcome, we believe.”
Though the sisters were paid R2 lakh for the song, the real reason for their joy is making their playback debut with AR Rahman. “We were so elated that the fact that we actually sang the song still hasn’t seeped in. Singing a song for Rahman sir is a big deal for us! It was like a dream come true.”
After the song got its finishing touches, AR Rahman called their father to appreciate the sisters’ talent. “They called our father and said that Rahman sir is proud of our work. Even before the song was out, he said he is sure it would be a big hit.”