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Singer Asees Kaur talks to Padma Iyer about her songs in Simmba, singing for Sara Ali Khan and more

For someone who made her playback singing debut just three years ago, Asees Kaur’s voice is one of the up and coming ones in the Bollywood music scene. Now that she is the voice of the happening star, Sara Ali Khan in her debut film Kedarnath and the soon-to-release Simmba, Kaur is at the centre of all the musical action. Sharing her excitement about this double whammy, she remarks, “I am very happy and grateful that I got the chance to sing for Sara in both her films.”

Tere bin, the recently released song from the Ranveer Singh-Sara Ali Khan starrer Simmba, is a remake of the famous Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song Tere bin nahin lagda. This new version has been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Did she feel any pressure while lending her voice to a legendary song? Kaur says with confidence, “The thought never came to mind. I never feel pressurised because if you do, it shows in your work. I am happy that I was called to sing such a legendary song. I took it as an opportunity. Also this was for a film like Simmba being produced by a big banner. And I was singing for Sara. The only thing that I thought about was giving my best to the song.”

About sharing credits with Rahat Ali Khan she says, “It was a huge responsibility and an honour to sing with Rahat Ali Khan saab. I dubbed for the song first and when he heard my voice, he was very happy with the rendition. I got a call saying he had liked my voice.”

Tere bin is not the only song that Kaur has in Simmba. “I have two songs in Simmba, the other one being Bandeya. It is a duet with Arijit Singh. I am very happy that after Bolna I got to sing one more song with him. I look forward to singing with him as he is one of my favourite vocalists,” she says. Another reason she is excited about the song is that it takes the story forward and is woven into the script.

She lent her voice to Sara Ali Khan in Kedarnath for the song Jaan nisaar and now Simmba. Asked if she had to mould her voice according to the actor she was singing for, she reveals, “Usually, we don’t know who we are singing for on screen. So, my approach is to thoroughly go through the song, understand the mood and then decide what the feel and texture of the song should be.”

Kaur just loves to sing and that is evident when she talks about her music. The genre of the song doesn’t matter to her as long as she is singing. “When people listen to a song of mine, if it is a romantic song it should soothe them and if it is a dance number, they should want to get up and dance,” she states.

2018 has been a good year for the talented singer, and 2019 looks equally promising. “There are many other projects but I cannot share details. I also aspire to sing in other languages, especially Marathi. I want to sing for Ajay-Atul and I hope after this interview, they call me,” she concludes.

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