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The ‘Naughty Naughty’ girl

Singer Anushka Manchanda, the ex-Viva band member is ready to croon her way through Chandni Chowk to China. Himadree catches up with the rockstar of Bollywood’s music scene.

music Updated: Jan 15, 2009 19:57 IST

Singer Anushka Manchanda rose to fame with songs like Naughty Naughty from Cash and the title song from the movie Golmaal. The ex-Viva band member is ready to croon her way through Chandni Chowk to China. Ht City catches up with the rockstar of Bollywood’s music scene.

So how is Bollywood treating you?
Aha! I am really lucky that I have been recognised. I never planned anything but everything just fell into place. I have worked with a lot of music directors.

The track Naughty Naughty turned out to be a huge hit.
Of course, it’s all because of my favourite music directors — Vishal and Shekhar. They gave me immense confidence, which pushed me to be a perfectionist. Now, I am looking forward to working with the maestro — AR Rahman.

Any sweet, bitter memories of Viva, the platform that got you all the recognition?
At first, I never thought that such a thing would happen. But then, it was good and we had great fun. I have no regrets. Things didn’t work out (with the band) but I learned to fly.

So how did it all begin?
Singing happened purely by accident. I never used to listen to Hindi music. I was more of a Guns ‘n’ Roses and Metallica person. But just before my family was to migrate to the US and I was to sit for my class 12th exams, I was bit by a dog. It was the most horrifying experience of my life. I was on rest and my parents decided to stay back. That’s when the audition for the Indi-pop thing happened. My dad encouraged me to go ahead, I couldn’t even sing and thought of myself as an amateur artist. But my career started with good support.

Any formal training in singing?
Not really, but while I was growing up, I had this liking for playing as many instruments as I could. I know the basics of guitar and the drums but piano is my passion. I have a British piano and it’s quite old and one of my prized possessions.

On her title track for Chandni Chowk to China and future projects…
Currently I am basking in the glory of being a part of a big budget movie like Chandni Chowk To China. Working with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy felt just great.

I am also doing the score for Money Money, a song from the upcoming flick, Victory. Anu Malikji wanted hard-hitting vocals. The whole idea of the song was to express that money could buy anything. I had to get that sense of euphoria which the lead, played by Harman Baweja, feels when he reaches that state.

There are such talented singers in the industry. Anyone that you envy?
One and only one person…and that is Sunidhi Chauhan. She has got such a versatile voice and the way she has ruled the industry for so long is just amazing. I wish I could be a little like her.