Anuradha Paudwal on actors singing in music videos and films: They should at least maintain the dignity of the song – Eagles Vine

Anuradha Paudwal, who has been the voice behind some popular and melodious Bollywood tracks like ‘Bahut Pyaar Karte Hain’, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’, ‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye’ and many others, has had an enriching journey in the industry so far. In an exclusive interview with ETimes, the ace singer, who is also renowned for her devotional tracks, opened up about the current music scenario in Bollywood, the new crop of singers, her music videos, and more. Excerpts…

You have been a part of the Indian music industry for the past five decades now. How do you look back at your journey so far?
I would say my journey in the music industry so far has been enriching and rewarding. I have got the opportunity to sing in many languages, many moods of Bollywood songs. I have got the opportunity to work with some big and known names in the industry. I have got the opportunity to sing with many artists of yesteryear as well as singers of today. So, it was quite a journey!

Take us back to the time when you recorded your first Bollywood song for ‘Abhimaan’. What was the feeling like?
It was very thrilling, but at the same time, I was very nervous too (smiles). I wasn’t prepared for the song as I was called in for the recording at the last moment. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful experience.

You have garnered immense accolades and awards in your long and glorious career, including a Padma Shri in 2017. Do you think you have got your due as a singer, in this industry?
From the time I started singing, I never aspired to become a playback singer. Considering that, I think it is a huge blessing and privilege to be able to interact with the audience and sing and receive immense love for the same.


You have also been quite vocal about a lot of things on your professional front. Have you ever held back on something thinking it would affect your work?
I don’t think I have ever held back on something just because it would affect my work. If I do not agree with something, I do not agree with it; It is as simple as that, for me.

What are your views on the current music scenario in Bollywood?
Honestly, I have no views on the current music scenario in Bollywood. Music has always been a window to the current situation in society. So it is in hand-in-hand with it. The music of today is a reflection of society.

Many classics have been remade to suit the tastes of the current generation. Are you happy with them?
Frankly, no, I am not happy with it. But it doesn’t matter what I think. I believe if something has to be changed, the base of it, the gravity of it should not be tampered with.

Many actors have now started singing in their respective movies and music videos. Do you think this is a good trend, considering they have not been trained?
I don’t mind actors singing for their own songs but they should at least keep the basic sur and taal in place when they do. Here, by the word ‘trained’, I don’t mean ‘sa re ga ma pa’. But, they should at least maintain the dignity of the song. Having said that, there are some good singers also.


How was your experience of working with DJ Sheizwood?
My experience was not any different from my other recordings. It is the treatment that has been given to the song after I sang it, by DJ Sheizwood, that has made all the difference. He has taken the song to some other level altogether.

You have been away from Bollywood for a long time now. Will we see you singing for films anytime soon?
I don’t know. I am really happy with what I am doing right now. I am not saying ‘no’ to it also. I think I will decide when the opportunity and time come.

From amongst the new crop of singers, who do you think has great potential?
All the young singers, who have sung some beautiful songs, have all done justice to them. I would say that they are all very talented.

Is there any advice that you would like to give to aspiring singers who wish to make a career in music?
I believe music is a very pious thing; something that is very close to God. I would like to just say that one should keep it with the utmost respect.


The Times of India

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