Whether it is for stories, songs or even the style sense of film stars, the TV industry often looks to Bollywood for inspiration. In what seems to be the newest such trend, a large number of popular names on the small screen are now singing for their shows. In the past, several Bollywood actors like Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, and even Amitabh Bachchan, have made news for recording songs for their films.
Recently, Ronit Roy was seen singing in the promo of his show, Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar. Karan Kundra, too, will apparently croon a few tracks in his new show; his character is based on a rock star.
Hiba Nawab of Tere Sheher Mein fame was thrilled when she was given the opportunity to sing for her show. She sang ‘Dheere dheere’ with award-winning singer Shaan. “But we changed the antaras. It was super fun. I didn’t know I could sing so well,” says the young actor, who initially thought the makers were joking about the idea. “It was an awesome experience to sing with Shaan. He told me that I sing well. Several stars sing for their movies, perhaps, the makers wanted to try something similar for TV as well,” she adds.
About a decade ago, it was only Smriti Irani who had crooned for a TV show. She sang a lullaby — ‘Maramangeli dher cho’ — in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
Child actor Gracy Goswami (11), aka Nimboli of Balika Vadhu, sang ‘Yaad na aayi’ (a song about a mother) for her show, received numerous compliments for her voice. “Even though my mom isn’t a professional, she is a great singer. The response was great. Some people even suggested I become a singer, but I want to focus on acting at the moment,” she says.
Anas Rashid, aka Sooraj of Diya Aur Baati Hum, recently lent his voice to the sadversion of the title song of his show. “Singing isn’t easy. There is a lot of hard work that goes into it. The title track is very touching, and depicts exactly what mycharacter is going through,” says Anas.
While most actors have managed to sing well for their respective shows, Sucheta Trivedi, who plays a housewife in the serial, Mere Angne Mein, was required to sing the song, ‘Aa jiji’, badly to match her character’s traits. “That required some special talent. I had to be shameless and not feel bad about singing betaal (tuneless). It was good fun, as I wrote the obnoxious lyrics too,” she says.
Listen to Salman Khan sing Main Hoon Hero Tera