Sunidhi Chauhan looks for the new ‘Indian Idol'
“I still miss those carefree days when as a kid I would roam around on my father's scooter, eat kulchey while waiting for the bus to arrive.” That's Sunidhi Chauhan for you, somebody who has retained that carefree attitude in her voice all these years. Mast was the film that announced her arrival and that's what her voice epitomises even after a decade. She might offer a Kaisi Paheli Hai once in a while but we know her bread and butter comes from Crazy Kiya Re or Bidi Jalaile. She has no complaints about the way her career has shaped up. Sunidhi is already an industry veteran at 26.
A find of Indian television's first music-based talent show, Meri Awaaz Suno, Sunidhi has now changed sides. She is one of the judges on the fifth season of the popular reality show Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment Television. Why did she wait for so long to take the judge's chair? “I have been approached many times by different channels. Earlier I was not mentally prepared. Also I found too much drama on such shows. But I was sure when I will enter the ring; it will be with Indian Idol.”
Sunidhi denies that she has taken up the task because of mounting competition from Shreya Ghoshal. However, she doesn't refute the rumour that Shreya was the first choice of the channel for this season. “They may have approached her but when they came to me I could not refuse the offer.”
Isn't she a self-taught singer with hardly any training in classical music? “Yes, I have not taken any formal training under any guru but I consider Lata Mangeshkarji my guru because I have learnt through listening to her cassettes again and again. I believe learning through cassettes should also be counted as training.”
Sunidhi says she is looking for versatility in singers. Sunidhi agrees that in the last few seasons, the focus has been a little too much on presentation. “Youngsters should realise that the looks and performing part could be worked around if you are well grounded in your basic talent.”ANUJ KUMAR