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MUSICALLY INCLINED Bhargavi carves her niche in regional films Photo:.K. Gajendran
MUSICALLY INCLINED Bhargavi carves her niche in regional films Photo:.K. Gajendran

Bhargavi croons to Rahman's tunes for Mani Ratnam's 'Guru'

I want to be Rahman's in-house singer. But it's not easy, I have to work really hard. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. And guess who's thanking her stars this time, our very own singer Bhargavi who is just back after recording a song for A.R. Rahman. The opportunity came knocking unexpectedly at her doorstep, or rather on her mobile. "I had dropped my demo cd with Rahman a few months ago through a music director friend of mine. I was in Chennai for some other work when I got a call from sound engineer Kartik who asked me to come over to Rahman's studio at 3 p.m. I was told I have to do some chorus bit for Mani Ratnam's Guru," says the singer in her early twenties. "Only when I went there, I realised I will be singing an entire song, along with singer Tanvi, for the Tamil film Jillendru Oru Kadhal Kathai, starring Surya and Jyothika. It's a slow paced song and we were supposed to sound like angels," she elucidates. Her mom being a Tamilian, singing in Tamil was no big deal for the girl. "Believe me, it's easier to sing and talk in Tamil," she quips.

Meeting the stalwarts

It's a dream come true for the dusky gal who always idolised Rahman. "He is one of the sweetest persons I have come across. You get such good vibes from him that you feel really comfortable. During the recording, he kept asking me if I was comfortable," says Bhargavi, who just can't stop gushing about Rahman.What's makes this even more special is that during this course of recording, she got an opportunity to meet Mani Ratnam and Gulzar saab. "We went at 9.30 a.m for the recording. But Rahman was busy with Guru's music. While we were waiting, Gulzar saab came and enquired about us. I was touched," says one of the winners of the SS music pop hunt. And what happened to her band S5? There hasn't been any news from them after their first album. "We have taken a break for a few months before we start doing shows again. We are also contemplating another album," she reels out. This Kendriya Vidyalaya Picket alumni has also recorded a couple of songs for Telugu films. She has sung a song for the film Great Lovers and another for an untitled film, which has music by Anup. Now that she has made her entry into both Tamil and Telugu industries, is Bollywood her next step? "Actually not. I have been trying at a few places, but it will take sometime. I would prefer to make a name in Telugu and Tamil film industries first." But right now, she has only one dream - to become an in-house singer for Rahman. "It's not easy, I have to really work hard," she points out. MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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