FaceTime Friday | Shilpa Rao

By Bandook - March 16, 2018

‘Musicians from India and Pakistan have absolutely no problem with each other’
Shilpa Rao on Hichki’s ‘Phir Kya Hai Gham’ and why most artists are “open to scenarios that a lot of people would not be okay with” during bandook‘s #FaceTimeFriday

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Rani Mukherji-starrer Hichki’s ‘Phir Kya Hai Gham’ has finally got a music video. The song, composed by Jasleen Royal and sung by Shilpa Rao, is a self-motivational pick-yourself-up song that delivers just the right doses of encouragement and motivation.

It’s been a while since we last sat down to talk to the singer. This time, as we talk shop, asking about the song and working with the maverick young composer for the first time, we’re also getting a bit more personal as we ask her to take stock of her ghams and the hichkis she’s faced over the years.

We ask her to comment on whether the call for a temporary ban by a singer-turned-politician on hiring Pakistani singers until relations between India and Pakistan improve, is justified. She is the only Indian artist to have performed on Coke Studio (Pakistan) (on ‘Paar Chanaa De’). She tells us as she understands it, artists on both sides of the border, for the most part, have no problem with each other. She’s optimistic that there will be peace someday soon between the two nations and hopes that the situation will improve.

She also takes a stand on the remix fad sweeping Bollywood with one astute observation. “We have access to original classics because someone made them in the past. If we don’t make any originals now, they won’t be classics 10 or 20 years from now.” She hopes producers, directors and record labels focus their energies on creating new music rather than resorting to remixes.

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