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I was skeptical about singing Chichora Piya: Shalmali Kholgade

In a candid chat with HT, Shalmali Kholgade, the singer who's ladder to success started with her debut song Pareshaan (Ishqzaade) to Chichora Piya (Action Jackson)

bollywood Updated: Nov 15, 2014 15:42 IST
Namita S Kalla
Namita S Kalla
Hindustan Times

Shalmali Kholgade, the singer who's ladder to success started with her debut song Pareshaan from the film Ishqzaade, was in the pink city on Saturday. " I had never thought I will ever sing a Hindi song. Pareshaan was a surprise and Chichora Piya from the upcoming movie Action Jackson, is yet another surprise. I have given a pinch of classical touch to Chichora Piya, which I am sure people will like." said the classical trained Marathi



Her popular numbers include Daaru Desi from Cocktail, Lat Lagg Gaye from Race 2, and Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawani hai Diwani. All of which have been an instant hit. Speaking about her success, she said, "I think my voice texture is my USP. Both my voice and the choice of my songs relate a lot with the current generation, and that I think is the reason for my success."

On choosing lyrics with care, she said, " Sometimes I am skeptical about certain lyrics, and at times I have even requested the music directors to either change the lyrics or make someone else sing the song, for if I am not comfortable I cannot give my best."

She added that she had reservations for the word Chichora from the movie Action Jackson. " We don't use the word in our daily life, hence I was dubious at first, but later was convinced that it isn't all that bad."

Kholgade said she does not see the actor who sing their own songs as competition, "Every talented person can make his space in the industry. Even I might start acting tomorrow. So I shouldn't be shocked why actresses are singing."

The bubbly singer feels musical reality shows on television are a disappointment. " I am not very happy with whatever I have seen on these reality shows. There is so much pressure on the participants. And the worse part is the pressure is not to better oneself but to beat the others." she said.

First Published: Nov 15, 2014 15:02 IST