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June 22, 2014

Power Crooner: Sunidhi Chauhan

Text by Nasrin Modak

She boasts of an almost two-decade long singing career at the age of 30 and she can’t wait to take a vacation in a hill station. Sunidhi Chauhan makes it to the Verve Power Women of 2014

She has several sensuous numbers to her credit and has lent her voice to almost every heroine in Tinseltown. Bollywood’s favourite crooner, who loves Mumbai because it has given her everything she has dreamt of, believes in her inherent talent and the divine power. Stating that if one focuses on one’s career and has the sur, everything else falls into place automatically. The singer boasts of an almost two-decade long career at the age of 30. She won a televised contest (Meri Awaaz Suno in 1996) and years later featured in the India mix of Enrique Iglesias’s hit single Heartbeat. The versatile songstress – who has sung for the popular tele-serial Ek Hasina Thi – has been spotted of late sporting a hip new hairdo. She grabbed the spotlight in April by winning the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for Best Singer (Female) for the hit number Kamli from Dhoom 3.

On winning the Dadasaheb Phalke award: “I couldn’t believe it because it takes years of hard work to be honoured with an award of such importance. I am happy that my talent has been appreciated.”

On the possibility of acting: “Even if I get offers to act in films, I will turn them down. I am madly in love with singing.”

What Kamli meant as a song to you: “Every song is challenging and so was Kamli. Since the song was for Dhoom 3 I gave it my 1000 per cent best as singing for Yash Raj Films is very special.”

Success mantra: “Keep up with the physical exercise as that is the foundation of doing well.”

Favourite song: “My current favourite is Tukuja from Highway.”

An iconic singer you admire: “Mehndi Hasan saab.”

On being a judge for Indian Idol 5: ‘I still don’t consider myself as a ‘judge’. I can only give my opinion on a contestant’s singing. How can I judge someone when I am still a learner?’

Your new hairstyle, a style statement? “No, it was one of those decisions taken without much thought.”

Advice for new singers: “Just keep on singing.”

What next? “A vacation in a hill station.”

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