P.K. Ajith Kumar
Ranjini Jose says she prefers being a singer
Kozhikode: She could easily have become a model or an actress. But Ranjini Jose chose to pursue a melodious career and is content being a singer.
“I have received many offers to act, but I am not interested,” says Ranjini, who was in Kozhikode recently to perform in a stage show. I was never tempted to act because it is singing that I enjoy most in life.”
The Kochiite is looking forward to her songs in films such as ‘Nasrani’ and ‘Ayurrekha.’ In ‘Nasrani,’ a Mammootty-starrer directed by Joshi, Ranjini has sung a duet with Vineeth Sreenivasan.
“It is a fast number. In ‘Ayrurrekha,’ I have a melody. It’s a duet with M.G. Sreekumar. I hope these songs will get noticed. I have sung for a few Tamil films.”
Her biggest hit is Masam masam… from ‘Aparichithan,’ a peppy number which she sang with Jyotsna. Unfortunately, some of her “good songs” such as Ammayyenna Vakku… from ‘Ponmudipuzhayoram’ went unnoticed, she says.
“It was a lovely song, composed by Ilayaraja. The film has to do well if you want your song to get the due recognition. It was my bad luck that the song I recorded for ‘Classmates’ had to be replaced at the last minute by another song,” says Ranjini, who began her career as a playback singer with Theyyam kattil… (a duet with K.S. Chitra) for the film ‘Melevaryathe Malakhakuttikal.’
Ranjini used to write poems during her schooldays and has penned the lyrics of an English song which she recorded. The video of the song, Falling…, picturised on Ranjini has been aired on television. “I would like to write more songs,” says the singer.
Ranjini, like many of her contemporaries, is a product of music shows on television. “Television gives you a lot of exposure, but too much of it can be counter-productive. I have stopped anchoring and have decided not to appear frequently on television. I want to devote my time to stage shows, which I absolutely love doing, and recording songs.”
Ranjini says she likes to listen to different genres of music. “I grew up in Chennai listening to Western music. There are many singers and bands I adore — Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, Scorpions, The Carpenters, The Beatles, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Seal, whose Kiss from a rose… is an all-time favourite.