She’s the blue-eyed girl of most music composers. Literally. Trained in Hindustani classical when she was knee-high, Vasundhara Das is a rare bird — a singing actress.
The 28-year-old has been busy with one meeting after another...but makes time to talk to me at the appointed hour:
Can I have an update on you?
I’ve completed work on my first Hindi jazz album with Ronojeet Gogoi. For the first time, we’ve attempted pure jazz in Hindi.
I’ve also collaborated with Babul Supriyo for his next private album...on a couple of the songs actually. Work wise, I’m flooded.
What about films?
Right now, I’m doing Ek Dastak, a story on the stock market and Pathar bezubaan based on a real life incident in Uttar Pradesh. The films are on the editing table and should release mid-year.
What went wrong with your film career?
I disagree. Nothing has gone wrong. I started with author-backed roles. I enjoyed all the films I did in Kannada, Tamil and Hindi. They were enriching experiences, including Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana. I did the film at a time when I was looking for a break from serious cinema. I felt it would be a relief.
Ultimately, every film can’t be a hit. Maybe its release wasn’t timed well. It’s also the director’s responsibility to get the actors to perform well. If one film doesn’t click, it doesn’t mean something has gone haywire with my film career.
Why don’t you compose music?
I have co-composed music earlier for a private album Meri Jaan. Today, I’m exploring myself as a singer.
How come you haven’t won any award despite quite a few top-selling songs?
Who says I haven’t? Every time I see the crowd rocking at one of my gigs, it’s like winning an award. No trophy from a panel of critics can beat that.
How do you avoid getting typecast in pop?
I’m popular in the film circuit for a certain kind of songs only. Chale jaise hawayein, It’s the time to disco or Saiyaan ko chhod ke, all my songs have been foot-tappers.
I’m popular for fast and racy numbers. That’s okay by me. I have another side to me — I collaborate with musicians across the globe; sing songs in Tamil, Kannada, Spanish and French.
I believe you have a band Arya.
Yes in Bangalore, but I’m in a profession which doesn’t allow me to stay in Bangalore. So since it just isn’t working out logistically, I’m looking for a new band here.
Weren’t you seeing director Shaad Ali?
There are so many aspects of my life that the media would like to know. I’d rather keep it private.
Who’s the new man in your life now?
Please. I’m single and happy. I don’t want to get married or hitched.