When Sunil Yash Kalra made the sports documentary, Poor Cousins Of Million Dollar Babies’, about the Indian women’s cricket team, he needed an important song in the background of the movie that would depict the team celebrating.
That’s when Arjuna Awardee and Indian women’s cricket team captain, Anjum Chopra, suggested singer Tulsi Kumar’s name for a new song.
“Until I met Anjum, I wasn’t even aware that we had a women’s cricket team,” Tulsi admits. “I was amazed when she told me about the team and I suggested my track to her. Since it was a celebration track, she liked it and incorporated it in the movie.”
Eventually, the track ‘Kudi Punjaban’ from Kumar’s album, Love Ho Jaaye, made its way into the documentary, which is going to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival on October 1. “Since it is a dance track about a girl from India, it gels well with the film,” Kumar smiles.
Kumar is happy that her debut album, that hit the stores three months ago, is still drawing listeners. Says Kumar, “I started my career with playback singing and only when I was sure that people are appreciating my songs, I came out with the album. And thankfully, I’ve got a good response to it.”
The singer, who is late Gulshan Kumar’s daughter, is happy to build her career slowly.
“I don’t want people to say that she is getting ahead in her career because she is Gulshan Kumar’s daughter. There has been a pressure to live up to my family’s name but I prefer going slow,” She states.
Here to sing
Though Kumar’s first album had soft melodies and safe romantic numbers, she doesn’t mind singing item numbers or risqué songs as well.
“I would do any song that comes my way,” she says. “I’m here to sing songs and I can’t be choosy at this stage. As long as I personally like it, the song or lyrics don’t really matter. So I hope people offer me everything from item songs to rock numbers to hip hop tracks.”
Kumar will next be heard on Adnan Sami’s album on a duet track and an upcoming song with Neeraj Sridhar.