Playback singer Payal Dev talks to Bhavi Gathani about the experience of her working on the upcoming film Student Of The Year 2, her journey as a singer and more
Payal Dev started her Bollywood journey as a playback singer with the film Mai… in 2013 and has lent her voice to many actors since then. Describing her journey so far, Dev says, “It has been very interesting. The best thing about the last five years is that I got the chance to explore almost every genre. I have sung romantic songs, dance numbers, peppy tracks, disco songs and classical numbers. All this has added to my experience. I have also worked with many music composers. Each one has their unique approach to a song and it was a learning period for me.”
Dev wants to explore more romantic numbers. “My favourite genre is romantic songs but most of the songs I have sung so far are fast-paced numbers. I hope I get to sing soft melodies, something I am going to be doing in a few upcoming films,” she says.
Asked what it was like to be a part of Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY2), Dev remarks “This is really special for me. SOTY2 happened to me because of Badshah bhai. I had worked with him in Namaste England, on the song Bhare bazaar, and so he introduced me to Vishal-Shekhar. They wanted to try the song Jat ludhiyane da with me. After that, Mumbai dilli di kudiyaan happened at the last moment. They told me they needed to crack one more song urgently and called me to the studio. When that song was complete, everyone loved it, including Karan Johar and Punit Malhotra. And so the song was locked.”
About the The jawaani song, a recreation, the songstress says, “This song is more special for me because it has Kishore (Kumar) da’s voice in it. I am grateful that I got to share the song with the legendary singer. I was confident that people would love this song as there is a recall value to every popular song. They are evergreen. Also, these days, there are a lot of recreations and every composition is a super hit.”
About her approach to recreations, she reveals, “That is fully the music composer’s vision. He guided me on how I should approach the song. I had sung a recreation before this one, Haseeno ka deewana, for Kaabil. Even that was Kishore da’s song. I think Kishore da is really lucky for me.” (Smiles)
Hinting at her upcoming projects, Dev says, “I have sung for Tara Sutaria in Marjaavaan, and there is another project, whose title is yet to be decided. Also, there is Sonakshi Sinha’s Khandaani Shafakhana and a Netflix original film titled Dhaka, and Gippy Grewal’s film. Apart from these, I am also doing a few interesting singles and collaborating with other artistes.”