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Musician Jasleen Royal tells Bhakti Mehta how she manages to continue

Musician Jasleen Royal tells Bhakti Mehta how she manages to continue belting out back-to-back hits, the latest being Peh gaya khalara from Fukrey Returns

She’s just a newbie in this industry but has apparently discovered the secret to stardom. Singer and composer Jasleen Royal talks about the feedback she has received for her latest song Peh gaya khalara. “The response has been amazing and it is nice to see how people are reacting to it. The industry has been supportive. Musicians like Neha Kakkar have tweeted about it and that makes me very happy. Even Richa (Chadha) told me that she loves the song. All this is very encouraging for me. Unfortunately, I have not had the time to see how the audience has reacted but I’m told that they really like it. It really is a team effort. From lyrics, to music to voice, everybody’s contribution makes songs like this a major success.”

On wearing two hats, that of singer and composer for this shaadi number from Fukrey Returns, Royal remarks, “It is not always decided from the get-go that I will be singing for all the songs that I am composing. So here, too, I composed the songs and sent the scraps to the makers in my voice. My director and producer ended up asking me to sing them too. Often, I want to collaborate with other people, other singers, but you have to do what seems right for the song.”

On how she created this number, Royal reveals, “I was on the phone with my lyricist and we were throwing some ideas around. Masti masti mein, we figured out that we had actually made a pretty good song. The inspiration seems to have just hit us and he kept on saying lines which I kept on composing in my mind to the tune I had. Since we had so much fun making this song, it reflected in the music too.”

Known for melodies like Din shagna da and Nachde ne saare, Royal keeps it real by balancing the Punjabi folk element in commercial movies. “I’m not sure how that happens. I think it happens very organically. I simply make what I like. I am at a stage in my career where I have the freedom to do things that come from my heart. I follow music that speaks to me. Whether commercial or folk, it has to be something that touches me. Only then will it also touch the audience.”

The budding musician reveals her next projects, “There are a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline. I am working on the film Hichki and this other movie called Gulab Jamun. There are a few other movies too but my focus is on Hichki right now.”

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