This year has been a continuous celebration of sheer talent, brilliance, and great music. With a wide array of amazing performances, this year belongs to five women of the industry. As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at the stellar female vocalists, who took the industry by a melodious storm.
Turned down by a talent hunt show and then signed up to become a superstar – that sums up Meghna Mishra’s debut in Bollywood. Before making her debut in Bollywood Meghna has worked in Marathi films. The young charming girl with a beautiful voice got the perfect break with Main Kaun Hun (Secret Superstar).
“Did I expect to end up singing for Amit Trivedi in a Aamir Khan film? Never! When I first went to studio with my father I just filled up the form, but it was after Amit Trivedi walked in and started giving us the details I read the contract,” she giggled.
Certain of becoming a playback singer in Bollywood, the 16-year-old is waiting to sign her next project.
Whereas the Zee Cine Awards winner of the best female vocalist for Pallo Latke, Jyotica Tangri has already become a popular name among the top music directors.
“After the show ended (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa), I started singing scratches for music composers and directors. Luckily, Anurag Bedi from Zee Music heard one of my scratches and gave me my debut song.”
Her songs Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahungi (Half Girlfriend) has been a hot favourite, but the beautiful romantic composition Ishq Ke Fanniyar (Fukrey) was well received by the audiences.
“Actually, I did not expect it to happen this soon. Yes, I definitely had a dream of being a playback singer in Bollywood and win awards, but I never thought it would be so quick. Just last year I was a part of a reality show call Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a finalist,” she exclaimed.
December has been all about juggling between recordings studios and live performances for Jyotica as she has been busy working on some exciting Bollywood films and her single which is releasing in January 2018.
“A beautiful single with Time Music is coming up in January 2018 and of course, there are Bollywood songs on their way too. Lately, I have been recording a lot in the studios and travelling to different cities for the performances. Well, that’s how it is when you are a full time singer and a performer.”
With back to back super hits Laila Main Laila (Raees) and Sweety Tera Drama (Bareilly ki Barfi), Pawni Pandey was sure to make it big this year.
“I definitely wanted to leave a mark in the year 2017, but I never thought that it would actually happen. Honestly, it is really overwhelming to be chosen as one of the talented women of this year.” Excited about the New Year and the upcoming ‘untitled’ projects, “2018 should be really interesting for me as I have recorded songs with few great music directors for some interesting ‘untitled’ films. I hope 2018 is even better,” Pandey added.
Famously known as Bollywood’s Humma girl, Shashaa Tirupati believes she has done really rich work this year.
“Of course, I am extremely happy I could be a part of such an iconic number. It is rare that a singer gets to sing a track that becomes not only your identity, but becomes a song that everyone knows Humma was one of those songs. Initially there were a lot of controversies regarding Humma, but it all died away and people actually ended up loving the track.”
Shashaa totally rocked Bollywood with Baarissh, Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga (Half Girlfriend), Kanha (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan) after great success in Kollywood and Tollywood. She has done a lot of great music this year and she needs to be duly credited.
“Being part of songs like these is very fulfilling. I have done really rich work this year. Sunn Bhavara for one had some brilliant composition and lyrical value. I have been around for awhile now, but things just started rolling this year. It was like a snowball effect and the funniest thing about this is, they are all exclusive. It is not like they heard me in Ok Jannu then called me for another song and this is where you risk being a typecast. But, they called me thinking let’s try her out and I cannot stress enough how meaningful that is for an artist. That is the most beautiful part about it. I am thankful to god and so grateful to the composers who trusted me,” she added.
Come 2018, Shashaa is looking forward to sing an item number.
“Humma, Baarish and all the other songs, I didn’t even know I was going to be a part of them. They just happened and I saw my name in the credit and I was like ‘Oh my god, they kept my voice’ so 2018 I am praying that I get to sing more variety of songs. I would love to sing a dance track maybe an item song something like Tune Mari Entry. I am a huge Vishal-Shekhar fan so something for them. Also, I would love to sing something for Pritam, Amit and Amaal. Actually, I’d kill to be singing for them,” Shashaa chuckled.
Calling her a life a series of great unexpected events, she is grateful to make her debut with Pritam in Bollywood. Nikhita Gandhi said,
“Well, at the beginning of 2017 I thought I was going to be a fulltime dentist, but things did turn out to be different. I didn’t expect Bollywood to happen for sure and that too this quickly. So this is a huge surprise and definitely a good one. I have sung a few tracks in the South while I was studying but Raabta was actually my first song in Bollywood.” 2017 has been a absolute blessing, she is expecting the unexpected in 2018.
These ladies are not short of skill or art, they have, undoubtedly, thoroughly enjoyed singing their way through this glorious year as they made it big in Bollywood. Well, there is a chance that a song can change your life.