Shilpa Rao, who turns 36 immediately on 11 April, made her debut with ‘Tose Naina‘ in Manish Jha’s 2007 romantic thriller Anwar. While her first movie music received its fair proportion of admirers, the music that stole the highlight from that film was Roop Kumar Rathod’s ‘Maula Mere Maula.’
Since then, Rao has held her personal for 13 years now. She has labored with virtually each huge title within the Hindi music business, and has soldiered on with all her conviction. “I’m fortunate to have worked with so many awesome music composers, lyricists, and directors. I’ve learnt a lot from all of them as a human, and that has added a lot to my life, not just my music. The best part about my journey has been that these people have never tried to change who I am. I’m really proud of that,” says Shilpa, in an unique interview.
Earlier this 12 months, Rao received her first main award (Filmfare) for ‘Ghungroo‘ from Siddharth Anand’s espionage thriller War. But she claims awards will not be her main incentive. “I don’t think awards should matter so much. What gets you from one day to another is the process of going to a recording studio, singing, and hoping people will listen to it. The day the audience stops assessing my fans is the day I feel I need to introspect,” she provides.
It is true that after belting out over a dozen immensely memorable songs previously 13 years, Shilpa has not been tainted by the dearth of recognition from award ceremonies. On the event of her 36th birthday, we rank a few of her greatest songs until date. She is variety sufficient to share her recollections related to the music, together with crooning a few traces.
Mudi Mudi – Paa (2009)
Shilpa reveals she received the chance to sing this music by means of the lyricist Swanand Kirkire, whom she had collaborated with earlier than. “He suggested my name to R Balki (director). They asked me to send him a CD with my work. They didn’t get back for a long time so I though they didn’t want me. But then they called me a month or two before the release of the film for the recording. I’m glad it turned out well as it’s such a pretty song.”
Pretty, soulful, and very difficult. The music, filmed on Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan, sounds as arduous as a tongue-twister, but Shilpa sang it in with the convenience of counting your fingers. To make issues worse for her, the music was composed by veteran music director Illayaraja. “His aura precedes his presence. It’s good to be nervous in a recording room but I was scared. It wasn’t easy as he is very particular about what he wants. The direction is very clear. It was a new technique for me but there was no room for doing something else. But sometimes, an artist needs to be thrown into the deep end of the pool in order to bring the best out of them,” she says, smiling.
Gustakh Dil – English Vinglish (2012)
Three years after singing in Balki’s film, she rendered a few songs in his spouse Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut. “Gauri put across the message of being sensitive to people so beautifully in the movie. I also believe in living my life the same way but I was only given the brief that it’s a song about a dilemma when I recorded it. Later, when I watched the film, I felt even prouder that my art served a greater purpose, and I was part of a film that stood for what I believe in personally,” says Shilpa.
Written but once more by Kirkire, ‘Gustakh Dil‘ was composed by Amit Trivedi, who has a stellar mixture with Shilpa Rao, as they’ve spun quite a few unimaginable songs over the previous 10 years.
Dhol Yaara Dhol – Dev D (2009)
This music marked the maiden collaboration of Trivedi and Shilpa, and was written by Shellee. Filmed on Mahi Gill, it was the opening sequence of Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D, a retelling of Devdas.
Shilpa reveals she was the one who launched Trivedi to Kashyap. “I’d recorded an unbiased single with Amit. I knew Anurag from the time he w as writing Gulaal,
and he’d stated we must always work collectively. I ran into him at MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival), and launched him to Trivedi. So Dev.D was in actual fact made of plenty of singles Amit was doing with me, with Shruti (Pathak), with Tochi (Raina). It was Kashyap’s brilliance that he match all of the songs into the narrative so nicely.”
Tose Naina Laage – Anwar (2007)
This was Shilpa’s debut music, which was provided by Mithoon. “I nonetheless bear in mind when he known as me to his studio, and sang the music on the harmonium. Mithoon is likely one of the few individuals who have not modified even after so a few years of tasting success. Also, I’m grateful to all of the RJs who performed this music and ‘Maula Mere
‘ on radio in succession these days, which actually catapulted this album,” says Shilpa.
Manmarziyan – Lootera (2013)
Yet one other collaboration with Trivedi, this monitor from Vikramaditya Motwane’s interval romance was written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Like each different music from the album, this one additionally captured the stillness pervading the movie. Shilpa recollects it washer shortest recording ever.”We completed it in hardly 30 to 40 minutes. It was one of many songs that fell in place lyrically and musically. I recorded it like my model of a ghazal. It got here so naturally to me.”
Ghungroo – War (2019)
A reinterpretation of Pankaj Udhas’ ghazal ‘Ghungroo Toot Gaye,‘ the music was picturised on Vaani Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. It marks the fourth collaboration of Shilpa with each Vishal-Shekhar and Siddharth Anand. They had earlier collaborated on ‘Meherban‘ in Bang Bang (2014), the title monitor of Anjaana Anjaani (2010), and ‘Khuda Jaane‘ in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).
“I bear in mind once I was recording ‘Khuda Jaane,‘ I although I would not have the option to since it is a very tough music. But the way in which Vishal-Shekhar and Siddharth Anand help a brand new artist, I managed to do it nicely. So ‘Ghungroo’ was a really acquainted house to work in,” says Shilpa.
Wo Ajnabee – The Train (2007)
Another collaboration with Mithoon in the identical 12 months as her debut, ‘Wo Ajnabee‘ was filmed on Emraan Hashmi and Sayali Bhagat. It was a duet, like ‘Ghungroo‘ (the place she shared the mic with Vishal Dadlani), and had her music composer double up because the male voice. “It was a very different avatar of Mithoon I discovered. He has this incredible range of composing different songs, and yet that soul never leaves any of them.”
Kalank – title music (2019)
In the identical 12 months as ‘Ghungroo,’ Shilpa had one other chartbuster within the title music of Abhishek Varman’s interval romance Kalank. While the Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan-starrer bombed on the field workplace, the music continues to soar. “When I recorded it with Pritam (composer), we didn’t discuss the song at all. We chatted about politics, and the series we were watching. That detaches you from the process, and you sing with a fresh mind. That’s a human quality I love about Pritam, which separates him from other composers.”
Bulleya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Karan Johar’s romantic drama starred Ranbir Kapoor as a singer. So naturally, there had to be plenty of songs. While Arijit Singh was his voice all through the movie, the character met a match in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who performed a shayara. And she was voiced by Shilpa. “Pritam gave me two songs within the movie. I recorded ‘Bulleya‘ for one or one-and-a-half years. On the opposite hand, I recorded ‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo‘ (rehashed model) in simply half an hour. So ya generally songs do take time however I’m glad each turned out nicely.”
Ishq Shava – Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
This music, that includes Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan, from Yash Chopra’s romantic drama was the monument each singer waits for of their profession. She received a name from music maestro AR Rahman’s group. When she went to document the music, she did not count on the flock sitting there: Rahman, veteran lyricist, Gulzar, Yash Chopra, and son Aditya Chopra. “It hits you that even after making great music for so many years, their efforts and energy in making a new song haven’t gotten subdued at all. They have the passion to make the next one even better. That’s something to admire and imbibe.”
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Updated Date: Apr 11, 2020 09:36:40 IST