Dancer, actor and now, singer... Aditi Rao Hydari is all set for yet another challenge.

She created waves as the feisty Lalitha Krishnan in London Paris New York. But this time, Aditi Rao Hydari is set to woo her fans with her voice. The dancer-actress has been roped in to sing a special Hindi version of the Ice Age theme song, “We Are Family”!

The international version has been sung by Jennifer Lopez and a special music video with an Indian touch went on air just before the release Ice Age 4: Continental Drift this week. “I am so excited about the song! It has turned out well and I hope everyone loves it,” says the actress.

Aditi landed the song as Fox Star Studios India (which distributed her film London Paris New York) convinced her to sing even then, and impressed with the results urged, her to do so once again. “Singing is perhaps in my genes as my mother is trained in classical music. Even I have not trained formally, I have a good sense of music. Yet, when Fox Star asked me to sing in London Paris New York, I was reluctant. By the time, “We Are Family” happened, I was cool about it,” says Aditi.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is reportedly the biggest release for an animated film in India, both in terms of promotions as well as distribution reach, and is going to be the first animated film to be dubbed in Tamil and Telugu, apart from Hindi. Aditi says, “I love Ice Age. It is not just an amazing film in terms of content, but also the scale on which it is mounted is so grand. I am obviously thrilled to be part of such a successful franchise.”

Aditi says she is trying to sidestep the sweet bubbly girl image which she feels she might get slotted into. “It’s strange but people have been offering me diverse roles. For people like me, who are not too familiar with the working of the industry, it’s a big thing that work is coming in. It might take time but it’s happening nonetheless.”

Aditi has recently been signed for Mukesh Bhatt’s son Vishesh Bhatt’s debut film Murder 3. “I know a lot of people are already thinking that I won’t be able to do a Murder heroine but there is something beyond being in-your-face sexual. That’s the space I am going to be in. Moreover Vishesh and I are on the same page. He is a focussed actor,” she says. She will also have a new co-star in Randeep Hooda.

Aditi says that the filmmaker’s intention gets her interested in projects. “Filmmaking is about story-telling. It’s not about gimmicks. They may work at times but what lasts is what makes sense. My characters have to be of consequence.”

Aditi, who began her career with the Tamil period film Sringaram, says she is looking forward to doing more South films. “I think some of the best stories came from the South,” she says.