The trend of tinsel town actresses turning playback singers has been on the rise, of late. While some believe it is a fad, others think that one more skill may just add zing to their repertoire. Sashidhar Adivi attempts to decode the phenomenon.
Actress Anjali turned singer when she got the opportunity to croon for one of the mass tracks in her forthcoming ‘Chitrangada’. Apparently, the actress has recently recorded her first ever number in the Telugu-Tamil bilingual directed by Ashok. Interestingly, the actress has sung both the versions of the track composed by musicians’ duo Selvaganesh and Swaminathan.
But why was the actress asked to sing? “I have seen several times Anjali humming on the sets and I found her voice to be peculiar. When I came across a mass number in the film, I immediately thought it’ll be quirky if she can sing to such tracks. Moreover, I believe her voice will appeal to the youth. I’m glad that she gave her consent. Not only will the audiences’ get a taste of her singing skills but also her dance moves. It will come as a surprise package for the audience,” Ashok justifies.
Meanwhile Anjali too is thrilled with the prospect of singing. “I’m singing for the first time and it was a new experience. Since I’m fluent in Telugu and Tamil, I could understand the meaning of the lyrics and express well. But after seeing the final mix (of the tune), I was thrilled with the way the song has turned out.”
Trisha is the latest entrant to join the singing bandwagon with her forthcoming film ‘Nayaki’. The actress has developed confidence in her singing abilities after her very first unplugged version for the Telugu-Tamil bilingual, ‘Nayaki’. The Chennai-beauty lent her voice for a promotional song (both versions) in the horror comedy directed by Govardhan Reddy.
So does having popular actors singing numbers guarantee a chartbuster? “I believe the number will be more authentic and real if Trisha can sing the track. With her mellifluous voice she was able to attract the music lovers and we got a superb response for the number. The novelty factor of Trisha crooning for the first time created a buzz too and it benefitted us in reaching out to more audience,” says the film’s composer Raghu Kunche.
Earlier this year, Priyamani too donned a new hat when she exercised her vocal chords for a musical composition. The National award winning actress, who has acted in several Kannada films made her singing debut in Kannada for one of the tracks in the film ‘Devravne Budu Guru’ in which her friend Akul Balaji plays the lead.
Priyamani, who added a new feather in the cap, though on friendly terms, received accolades from the team for her singing skills. Interestingly, the Bengaluru-born completed recording her maiden song while Akul had no inkling whatsoever but was thrilled after listening to the track.
Likewise, Kajal Aggarwal also grabbed the opportunity to sing. The Mumbai-actress made her debut in Kannada film industry not as an actress but as a singer. She stepped into the hearts of Kannadigas through their ears as she crooned for the first time in the Kannada film ‘Chakravyuha’ with Puneeth Rajkumar. The duet number composed by SS Thaman was shot in Portugal on the lead pair Puneeth and Rachitha Ram. Interestingly, the track received thumping response after release.
Commenting on the new initiative, Kajal says, “I like singing and keep humming. When my friends Thaman and Puneeth asked me to have sing for the number, I thought let’s give it a shot since it’s something I was attempting for the first time in my life.” Nice!