It’s not my fault, clearly,” chuckles playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan, who brings in her 27th birthday today with Pakistan’s 63rd. “I’m glad people in two countries celebrate my birthday, in India as mine, and in Pakistan as theirs,” she adds, stating that she has no plans for her birthday except shooting for the second last episode of Sony’s singing reality show,
Indian Idol 5
“I can’t have asked for a better birthday. It’s the finale eve. I’ll be performing and watching the three finalists, Bhoomi, Rakesh and Sriram, give their best shots before the show ends tomorrow,” says Chauhan, who still hasn’t placed her bet on any of the finalists.
One of the highest paid female playback singers in the country, and reportedly, the highest-paid judge on
Indian Idol 5
, Chauhan reasons, “The best singer should win. Bhoomi and Sriram have a strong following. Rakesh is a rockstar. It’s impossible for me to choose one out of three. I’ve closely watched their journeys on the show.”
The singer had stated that Indian Idol 5 was a nationwide search for a playback voice and not a performer-package. Has Chauhan spotted anyone? “Our top 17 contenders had promising playback voices, each different from the other. Thankfully, no one sounded like me though there are loud voices on the show. That’s good because no one should be like anyone else. It reduces novelty,” she points out.
Chauhan has also been watching
Chote Ustaad 2
on Star Plus that features Indian and Pakistani kids. “We’ve always welcomed our guests, whether they’re renowned or not,” she says. “Music transcends boundaries. It’s a good bunch, they’re power-packed performers.
The concept of bringing India and Pakistan on a friendly platform is great.”