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I have never been good at PR: Mahalaxmi Iyer

Despite having worked with top music composers like AR Rahman and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, limelight still eludes Mahalaxmi Iyer. Ritujaay Ghosh speaks to the singer.

music Updated: Jan 08, 2008 17:05 IST

In 2006, after Mahalaxmi Iyer sang Aaj ki raat in Don: The Chase Begins Again, she became a star overnight. But that was after being in the industry for 13 years.

During this period, Iyer had already sung in more than 18 languages and worked with the crème de la crème of music composers such as AR Rahman, Ilayaraja and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. So, it was quite curious that the limelight eluded her.

Quite a year
The singer, however, is undettered by this fact. She says,"I was reluctant to sing too many songs as I always focused on the quality of my work".

However, she feels that the last two years have given her the much desired success as a singer in Bollywood. Better offers are coming her way "I have grown as an artist and I feel more confident these days," she says.

Iyer has already had a successful 2007 with hits in films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Salaam-e-Ishq and Ta Ra Rum Pum.

For the singer, this year will be just as important. She is working on Tashan, Mission Istanbul, Maan Gaaye Mughal-e-Azam and Choona Hai Asmaan.

Second chance
"I have never been good at PR. This is why people fail to recognise my talent despite my songs becoming hits," she admits.

Perhaps this is the reason her debut album, which released four years ago, went unnoticed. She hopes things will change with her second album.

For the singer, Mission Ustaad, has been the ‘icing on the cake'. "The show has made me a known face." says Iyer.

Iyer made her debut under the guidance of AR Rahman in Dil Se, and has always been a favourite with the best music directors in Bollywood. The industry, she feels, has helped her prove her versatility as a singer.

New beginnings
"In the beginning, people thought that I could only sing melodious numbers. Although romantic songs are my favourite, I have proved my critics wrong," she maintains.

Mission Ustaad also gave her the oppurtunity to compose. The recognition of this long cherished dream could be a turning point in her career.

She teamed up with Kailash Kher for Mission Ustad. "He is a brilliant composer and singer. I have learnt a lot from him," says the singer.