Harshdeep Kaur talks to Titas Chowdhury about her latest songs from Manmarziyaan and Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi that have struck a chord with the audience.
With quirky romantic tracks like Grey walaa shade and Chonch ladhiyaan from Manmarziyaan, and the title song of Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi in her kitty, playback singer Harshdeep Kaur has become an epitome of versatility. “As a child, it was my dream to become a playback singer. My father always guided me and my gurus taught me that a playback singer should be able to sing any type of song. In Bollywood movies, there are so many diverse situations. There can be a romantic song, a sad song, a peppy song, a dance song. I am trained in both Indian and Western classical music, and that helps me in my playback singing,” she says.
For Harshdeep, expressions and acting are primary tools for a vocalist. “Actresses need to lip sync to your songs. If you sing without expression, the actress you are singing for won’t be able to give much. So I try to be as versatile as I can.”
She says that working on Manmarziyaan with composer Amit Trivedi was a delight. “Amit is a genius in what he does. He is also a great friend. When I was recording Grey walaa shade, he explained the situation of the song to me. He said it was a love song with a twist since it is an Anurag Kashyap film. He gives the singer a lot of freedom. Mazaa aata hai recording mein!”
Divulging details about the song, she Harshdeep says, “In the song, the words go like, ‘Kala na safed hai, ishqe da rang yara, grey walaa shade…’ When you read it, it might seem funny. But if you believe in those words and then you sing, toh woh ek alag effect aata hai! The song is written in way youngsters speak today. Shellee has written the song, and he has done a fabulous job.”
Explaining the folksy Chonch ladhiyaan, she adds, “If you listen to the song, it is a gem, even in the way in which it rhymes. Shellee found words like digambar, paigambar, Sikandar, Jalandhar, December (Laughs). It is very witty writing.”
Talking about coming on board Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, Harshdeep reveals, “I had sung the title song of Happy Bhag Jayegi, along with Shahid (Mallya). Sohail Sen was the music director. When they were doing Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, they called me again. Sohail likes my textured voice. To match up to Daler Mehndi was another challenge, because he has such a powerful voice.”
Hinting at her upcoming projects, the songstress says, “I am working on my singles. I have already recorded them. There are also a few more film songs in the pipeline.”