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Singer Aanandi Joshi talks to Joanne D’Silva about her first Hindi song, her musical journey so far and her expectations from Bollywood

Starting her musical journey as a contestant on a singing reality show, Aanandi Joshi has made her mark at a very young age. From singing for Marathi films, TV shows, jingles and a few South Indian films, she makes her Bollywood debut with the song Zara suno from Malaal.

About coming on board for Zara suno, Joshi says, “I am happy as my first song in Bollywood is finally out. I have been dreaming about this and it has finally happened. Shail Hada has composed the song Zara suno and I have known him for a few years. I had done a show with him and, since he really loved my voice, he told me that he would make me sing a song and with God’s grace, it will happen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. And I think this was in 2015 and now it is actually happening.”

Joshi shares the vocal credits for this song with Rutvik Talashilkar. Sharing her experience of working with him, she says, “I love his energy. When I was singing the scratch, he was around playing his guitar. At that point in time, I didn’t know he had sung the other part of the song. He is a very shy person. He is very quiet and sweet. He says he hasn’t learned anything from anybody but he has his own style of singing.”

Not all singing reality show contestants get the chance to make it in the music industry. This is what Joshi has to say about her career path. “I now feel that being a part of a competition is a completely different level of stress and everything is quite different there. I always wanted to be part of playback singing and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa was a great platform for me to reach out to music composers, people and the film industry.  And that is how I got my work as a playback singer. “

She is all praise for her composer Shail Hada, who was very encouraging. “Shail bhaiyya is a great singer and artiste. He is a fabulous composer and he has been in the industry for so many years. He always nudged us towards perfection. He is really like a father figure to us as he points us in the right direction,” she says.

“I’m very new to the Hindi film industry and I have felt really welcomed by people. In the Marathi film industry, it is like a family environment. I hope I find something similar in the Hindi industry,” she concludes.

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