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Sound of success

Sunidhi Chauhan sits pretty as the one of the most wanted singers today. She talks about music and movies in this freewheeling chat.

NOTE WORTHY: Sunidhi Chauhan.

NINETEEN YEARS and at the zenith of her career, Sunidhi Chauhan's life looks a lot like that of the princess locked in the pages of a fairy tale. She crooned her first number Ladki Diwani (Shastra) in 1994, went on to win the mega final of Meri Awaaz Suno in 1996, has sung for over 150 Hindi and regional language films till date.On the personal front she is married to director Bobby Khan (he has directed music videos for Anamika and Daler Mehndi), "I got married last year and have been doing better after marriage," says Sunidhi, who records two to four songs daily. It has been a long journey from New Delhi to Mumbai for the artiste who began crooning at the age of four.

"Tabassumji noticed my ability and asked me to come to Mumbai, where I met Kalyanji Bhai. My real name is Nidhi Chauhan, but he felt that Sonali and Sadhana were lucky and changed my name to Sunidhi," she recollects.

It proved auspicious especially when she walked into an arena, which had stalwarts such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, and Kavita Krishnamurthy, and with no training in music. "I was different from them so maybe that's why I clicked. I make it a point to sound different and want to be known for my own style. There are other good artistes such as Shreya Goshal, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Jaspinder Narula in the playback field today. What I am happy about is that I did not merely sing item numbers but did some serious stuff such as for Sur," she says.

Some of her other favourite renditions are those for Fiza, Kuch to hai, Ajnabi and the forthcoming Mein prem ki diwani hoon. "I liked singing Bhumro especially the way it was picturised on Preity Zinta. We are not told whom we are singing for. But whatever I sing gels with the actress on screen," she says.

"I liked working with M.M. Kreem. And I did the video for Bhoot recently which was a great experience," she says. One finds her stunning in the video.

How important are looks for an artiste? "It is important to know how to carry yourself. I carry myself very well especially when I am on stage," she says. In fact her shows in London, South Africa and U.S. were a sell out. "I perform like a free bird. You get a glimpse of the `me inside', in my performances. As for my songs each and every note of the songs inspires me to sing. So do the ballads, jazz, blues and other genres of music--I am presently listening to a lot of Norah Jones and intend to cut an international album shortly. When I am upset I sing better. My sorrows inspire me. I am a very emotional person," says the Leo.

"I have missed a lot in life, my childhood, my friends and college and the only thing I had with me all through was music. When I am on stage I am happy. I find solace in the fact that many people want to be there but cannot because of several reasons. I am lucky to have made it. I never thought I would become a playback singer. As for the future, I never predict my career, I would like to continue singing, will do one film, but I believe in the fact that I will make it big some day," she says.

Known for her passionate rendition of Mariah Carey's Hero, she lives by the lyrics of the number Look inside and you will see that a hero lies in you as well. Here's wishing her happiness and many more glowing years ahead.


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