A role reversal of sorts for her — she shot to limelight after winning the TVS Sa Re Ga Ma and now she is sitting on the judge’s seat in Star Voice of India: Chhote Ustaad. Singer Shreya Ghoshal speaks to HT City. Excerpts from a chat with the singer:
You seem to be flooded with offers…
Yes, I am getting busier over the last few months. And it’s not just because of playback singing but also live shows.
And you are also a judge now…
That doesn’t take much time as I shoot once a week. I am enjoying my stint as a judge, so I don’t count it as added workload. It’s all about time management.
You were also a contestant once…
Time has changed and reality shows too haven’t been left out of this. These shows have grown bigger and better and now the spotlight is always on the contestants with TV reaching every household. In our days it was only once a week and we did not have established singers to groom us.
Did you ever think that one day you would be judging a show?
Never… I always thought I would be doing playback and nothing else.
Your song Yeh ishq hai in Jab We Met was appreciated, as you have tried to experiment with a new genre…
I haven’t tried to experiment but it’s certainly not the kind of song audiences have heard me sing too often. In playback singing it’s the music directors who experiment. I am happy doing the songs I get and don’t intend to experiment much. Even the music directors know that.
Is that the reason you are heard less than your contemporaries?
I think that’s good because I have always looked for quality… songs that have melody. I experiment only when the music director asks me. Otherwise I follow a pattern as per the requirement of the song.
What about a private album?
I never say that I am coming out with an album just to keep myself in the news. An album requires time, urge and creative power. It’s not all about compiling a couple of hit songs. Right now I don’t have the time.