MUSIC ON MY MIND

Acting might have catapulted her to stardom but it’s music that gives her solace. Actor Shraddha Kapoor tells Priya Adivarekar how she explores music through films

Shraddha Kapoor is not the first Bollywood actor to dabble in playback singing, and she won’t be the last. However, what sets her apart from her contemporaries is her link to one of the most iconic musical families of India. She is the granddaughter of late maestro Pandit Pandharinath Kolhapure, who is the cousin of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

Maybe that’s why the petite actor says that love for music runs in her blood! It’s such an intrinsic part of her that she doesn’t have to try too hard to make time for it. In an exclusive interview, she speaks to us about her passion for acting, exploring music through movies and her inspiration. Excerpts from the conversation:

Being one of the most sought-after actors in Bollywood today, how do you make time for music?

I have been fortunate to receive opportunities to explore music through my movies. I am thankful that I am being able to give music the attention it deserves in my life. Also, I believe if you really love something, it is always possible to make time for it. Acting, too, is not just my profession – it’s a passion as well.

How has your musical experience in Bollywood been?

The first track I recorded, Galliyan from the movie Ek Villain, was quite challenging. I was recording a song for a film for the first time!

I was excited, yet edgy.

Fortunately, the song received a great response and the audience’s reaction encouraged me to sing more. The song that I rendered for the film Rock On 2 (Tere mere dil) posed a different kind of challenge, since I was playing the character of a singer. The film’s script demanded that I sing my own songs and I had to ensure that I rehearsed and sounded like a trained singer.

 

Have you ever considered making music your profession?

Acting is such a versatile profession that it allows me to indulge in my other interests, namely music, dance and even literature – although I haven’t had the chance to share my writing with the world yet. So, I am doing everything I love, and wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, I am inspired in this regard by Jim Carrey, who is a fantastic actor and a prolific painter too.

Have you ever been trained in Indian classical music?

My first guru was my nana (maternal grandfather) Pandit Pandharinath Kolhapure. But I did take some special vocal training to prepare for the character of Jiah Sharma in Rock On 2.

What kind of music do you listen to the most, especially while travelling?

I love all kinds of music, from every genre. I have a dedicated playlist for almost every activity, be it travelling, dancing, meditating or even taking a shower. In fact, I have special names for each one of them – ‘Dancing shoes’, ‘Pump’, ‘Chill’, ‘Gypsy feet’, ‘Bust them moves’, ‘Shower’… the list is endless!

Your love for music also resonates in a recent advertisement campaign for an eyewear brand…

I love the message of the Vogue eyewear campaign. It asks people to explore their Vogue, or V-side, the unique facet that defines a person’s character. And this is reflected in my life: I am an actor and I love being in front of the camera, but my V-side happens to be singing. I am proud of it and thus, I flaunt it!

What is the most memorable compliment you’ve received for your singing?

That would be from my grand aunt, Lata Mangeshkar. After I stared singing in films, she had, on one occasion, told my mother that I sing well. It was a big compliment, and coming from her made it even more special.

 

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