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Tulsi Kumar Rebooted

Tulsi Kumar talks to Titas Chowdhury about her latest love ballad, Tu laung main elaaichi from Luka Chuppi, 13 years of being in the business and more

Singer Tulsi Kumar, who started her career with a bang in 2006, is one of the most sought-after artistes today. Known for her love ballads, the latest addition to her filmography is Tu laung main elaaichi from Luka Chuppi. The recreated number from the Punjabi film, Laung Laachi has been drawing a lot of attention. 

Shedding light on the rebooted track, Kumar excitedly says, “It is a very big song. The Punjabi version had clicked with the audience. This song actually proves that melodies always stay in the hearts of people. This is a rehashed version in the film, which is more suited to a global audience. It has a whole Punjabi vibe to it but it has Hindi words too. The song plays during a shaadi sequence in the film. The whole idea of shaadi and melody gelled really well.”

She adds, “It has been created by Tanishk Bagchi and the lyrics have been redone by Kunaal Vermaa. It was a fun experience working on this. As I said, melody has such a great registering power with the audience. While I was rendering it, I wanted to stick to the same style and not deviate much. But this one has more beats and it is up-tempo and peppy in its arrangement. It is more of a dance song.”

Bagchi, who has composed the number, is billed as the ‘king of recreations’. On collaborating with him, Kumar says, “I have known him for a very long time. We are working on a lot of projects now. But now we are looking for something fresh. Tanishk has been doing some great recreations and he does them in a tasteful manner. They have an identity of their own and then the hook comes in, which is probably something that we have heard before. Usually, what happens is that the entire track is newly created even in terms of the melodies. Even the antara is changed. But Tanishk is doing some great work and he is connecting with the audience very well.”

Kumar has lent her voice to a bunch of recreations, a trend that is dominating the Hindi music scene. For her, a good film music album is the one that is a blend of rehashes and original songs. “Sometimes, you get so attached to something you have been listening to that you are not ready to accept something new. A lot of people say that songs should not be recreated, and I totally agree with them. There should be a lot of fresh and original stuff in the industry.”

“Everyone time a recreated track releases, people ask, where are all fresh tracks? But at the same time, there is a demand for them and that is why we have a constant supply. I have been a part of a lot of recreated tracks and I do not think there is anything wrong with that. I did Paniyon sa, which was an original romantic track by Rochak (Kohli). As long as you like what you hear, I don’t think we should try and point out flaws,” she says.

With the emergence of the digital era, there has been a major change in the Hindi music industry. Kumar says, “Back in 2007-2008, nobody knew and did not even register the names of singers. They remembered songs because they heard them on the radio or watched it on television. Now with digital platforms, singers have got an opportunity to showcase themselves as the voices behind the songs. The faces of singers are beginning to register. Singers have now come to the forefront rather than just staying behind the microphones.”

Kumar is glad that there is a fresh infusion of talent. “Earlier, our industry had just three to four mainstream singers, but nowadays we have new voices coming in very frequently and they are being welcomed and accepted. That way, the industry is getting a lot more talent. Thanks to digital, the number of singles has also increased. Now the singles trend has come to the fore in a big way, again.” 

The songster kick-started her journey with Mohabbat ke, a chartbuster from Aksar, which was composed by Himesh Reshammiya. However, the song that put her in the centrestage released in 2010. “The film song that was a turning point in my career when both the industry and I felt like Tulsi Kumar is a name and has arrived in the music industry was Tum jo aaye. It was a duet with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan saab and was composed by the supremely talented by Pritamda and written by Irshad Kamilji.”

“The entire package –the film and the song – worked. It became one of the most evergreen love songs. That song got me maximum recognition at a time when I needed it most. It did come in a little slow, but it was there to stay. After that, I did some really great love songs, for which I am mostly known. That particular song holds a lot of importance in my life,” she smiles and says.

Nothing gives Kumar as much joy as going live on stage. “Being live in front of the audience is something that I started in the last two-and-a-half years. Now I have entered the live gig scene in full swing. For me, nothing can match the feeling of being up on stage and having the audience singing along with me. That is the best feeling ever and I am sure every artiste would second that. One of the happiest moments is when you are up on stage and you are getting that kind of response and you actually know that your songs are being loved by everyone.”

Kumar has a string of singles and film songs in her kitty. She has lent her voice to a couple of songs in Marjaavaan. Apart from films, she has a new avenue to focus on. “Very few people know that I have a kids channel on YouTube where I do voiceovers. I am planning to market that in a big way now. Being a new mom, that is something I want to focus on. I am playing a lot of stuff for my son Shivaay. I want to learn what more I can do with the channel. It is called Kids Hut.

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