Independent singer and composer Jasleen Royal seems to have found her footing in Bollywood. First, she sang the hit Preet from last year’s Khoobsurat, now she has lent her voice to the rocking track Badla Badla from Badlapur. That’s not all, she is also turning into a Bollywood composer with Haramkhor now, which stars veteran actor Nawazuddin Siddique.
Having already made a name as an independent artist, why this inclination to Bollywood? Jasleen says, “My primary motive is to make music, Bollywood happened by chance. As an independent singer, I stayed in Delhi for the longest period because I wasn’t particularly inclined towards anything specific. Good projects started coming my way. Composers such as Sneha Khanwalkar and Sachin Jigar approached me and I got into playback singing. I would like to believe that my honesty appealed to everyone.”
Jasleen first made her presence felt as a young contestant in the first edition of India’s Got Talent. She was noticed for her ability to play multiple instruments and sing at the same time. Three years later, she again came to prominence when her single, Panchi Ho Jaava, was released on YouTube and became an instant hit. After a year, the song was picked up by the MTV India to be featured on MTV Roots.
Her independent songs seem to be issue-driven. Does she consciously do that? “The music I make reflects how I feel and think, but I don’t ever have any particular agenda in mind like ‘let’s make a song about this today’. My independent compositions are pretty much what occupy my headspace on the day I make that song,” says Jasleen.