Anusha Mani, the talented singer who sang the chartbuster song Gulaboo from the movie Shaandar (2015) gets candid about her love for music, working with top composers, her upcoming projects and more...
Hailing from a conservative background, how has your journey to Bollywood been?
The journey has been amazing! The joy of being with music is so satisfying and I am blessed to have grown as an artist. I never had plans to take this up as a profession. One day it was like a wake up call and I decided to do this for the rest of my life. I am blessed to be associated with music.
Do you still practice Carnatic music?
I do, when I get time. But, I do more riyaz of Hindustani music. With a hectic schedule it’s difficult to spend time; but when I do, it’s feels like connecting with God.
How did you react to the gold disk award for your song gulaboo?
It’s something I never imagined. Sometimes you know that a song will work. That’s how gulaboo felt and I instantly knew this was going to be a major hit. There is nothing bigger for an artist than making people happy with music.
From your debut song in Johnny Gadaar (2007) to the recent Gulaboo, how has working with music composers been?
It was actually nerve wrecking in the beginning. But, I’m lucky to have met amazing people along the way. For me to sing my first song for Shankar Ehsaan Loy was amazing. I have learnt from everyone I have met and they have been extremely kind to me.
How do you choose the songs you sing?
I don’t choose my songs. I have had the opportunity to sing songs that are loved and I believe in doing quality music. That’s what is important to me.
Do you have an artist you look up to for inspiration?
Everyone has a unique connection to music. I met a folk musician in Rajasthan; that was inspiring. Music is everywhere and inspiration is everywhere. Anybody can be an inspiration.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am singing a song in JP Dutta’s movie, Jee Bharke Jee Le and will also be doing something for a TV show.
Which genre would you love to experiment with?
I want to try different genres and would love to learn and evolve with music. I want to give everything my best and hope for the best.