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‘I have to sing the Sheila song thrice at every show’

Some Sheilas across the country are upset because her chartbuster has made them the victim of catcalls, but for Sunidhi Chauhan the Tees Maar Khan item song rocks. She doesn’t even mind being called Sheila Sunidhi Chauhan.

music Updated: Jan 06, 2011 15:31 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Some Sheilas across the country are upset because her chartbuster has made them the victim of catcalls, but for Sunidhi Chauhan the Tees Maar Khan item song rocks. She doesn’t even mind being called Sheila Sunidhi Chauhan. “Frankly, we have bigger issues to focus on than crib over a song. Listen and move on,” she advises.

Quiz her on the 'Munni versus Sheila: Which is the No. 1 item song?’ debate and she retorts, “Just the other day, I was at a friend’s party and after playing Sheila ki jawaani… twice, they put on Munni badnaam hui… and I danced to it too. Why can’t everyone else do the same instead of getting into this numbers game?”

Last month, the singer was busy with shows, including one in Indore on New Year’s eve. And everywhere she went, she had to sing her No. 1 item song at least thrice on popular demand. “I knew Sheila ki jawaani.. would be a hit the first time I heard it, but I had never imagined that it would become an instant superhit. Like a virus, it grew bigger with every hour, and today, even kids are singing and dancing to its tune,” marvels Sunidhi, recalling a cute seven year old at the Indore show, whose lip sync went off because Sunidhi goofed up in the second antara. “I could see how appalled she was. The second time I sang the song, I repeated the antara only for her.”

The singer has around 60-plus charttoppers to her credit, of which 20 are a must-hear at every show. The playlist includes Sajna ve… (Chameli), Dhoom machale… (Dhoom), Crazy kiya re… (Dhoom 2). Desi girl… and Ma da ladla.. (Dostana), and Beedi jalaile… (Omkara). “Like Sheila ki jawaani… these days, Beedi… is a song I have to sing at every show,” she says. In the last year itself, she’s given six hits including Sheila..., Parda… (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai), Apni to jaise taise… (Housefull) , Udi teri aankhon se… (Guzaarish), Bin tere… (I Hate Luv Storys) and Ainvayi ainvayi… (Band Baaja Baraat).

“Going by popularity, all six songs deserve a Best Singer nomination, but only Sheila… made it to the top list,” says Sunidhi, adding that irrespective of whether she brings home another trophy, she gets her award in watching A-list stars dancing to her songs on stage. And when will Sunidhi dance to her song on screen, given her acting aspirations? “When the right opportunity comes up,” she quips. “For now, I’d rather stick to singing.”

2011 promises to be a good year for her. There are plans to go global. She’s doesn’t divulge any details, but admits that there is good news in store: “Everybody wants to make it on the world stage and there are many who believe I can.”

And what about TV? Any chance of getting back with Anu Malik and Salim Merchant for another season of Indian Idol? “Maybe, maybe not,” she shrugs. There have been plenty of speculations about Anu Malik and her. She laughs, “Some of what you heard was true, some wasn’t. Anu and I share a beautiful love-hate relationship!”