Kangana Ranaut, who shot to fame with her debut film Gangster, has started taking classical singing lessons to silence critics who say her dialogue delivery is poor.
"I wake up religiously at 4 in the morning and get ready for my riyaaz (practice). My guru is Amitabh Chakraborty. He arrives on the dot at 5 in the morning and we practise for a good two hours before I leave for shooting."
Apparently Kangana's neighbours in her building were initially wary of the music. Now they have got used to it.
Kangana not only hopes to master the ragas but she is confident that classical singing would help her improve her voice quality.
"I'm sick and tired of people complaining about my dialogue delivery. I didn't want to just take diction and voice classes. That's why I decided to kill two birds with one stone."
"I'm grateful that my guruji agreed to teach me at this age. He says one can learn classical singing either before 13 or after 40. I don't fit into either category. But stubborn as ever, I insisted, and now Guruji is very happy with my progress."
Such is her mastery over the ragas that Kangana hopes to release an album some day.
"And that's not all. Next I plan to learn guitar. Maybe Saif and I can perform at a concert together."