I never thought I would be a Playback Singer: Parineeti Chopra

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I never thought I would be a Playback Singer: Parineeti Chopra

 

 

Parineeti Chopra is all set to return to the big screen with Yash Raj Films’ Meri Pyaari Bindu after a hiatus of 3 years. The love story features Ayushmann Khurrana opposite the actress.

While this film marks her comeback of sorts, Meri Pyaari Bindu is special for another reason – Parineeti’s singing debut.

Yes, the actress has crooned the romantic number Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin for the venture, which will break on 9XM EXCLUSIVELY tomorrow at 3pm.

Honestly, it was nerve-wracking. I am always singing. I have even sung on stage before but singing on the mic is on another level. Now, I understand why playback singers are geniuses because for that, you require talent. Thankfully, I think I performed okay for the first song. Every one – including Sachin-Jigar (music composers), Maneesh Sharma (producer), Akshay (Roy), Kausar (Munir) and, most importantly, my parents – were happy. They haven’t seen the song yet, so it’s a surprise for them. I am excited as it has been a lifelong dream but I never thought I would be a playback singer. I always wanted to sing my own song so I am happy.

Actress to talk about her debut playback and a (audibly) beaming Parineeti says, “Singing is my first and only passion. I have been doing stage shows since I was 3. I have also trained in Hindustani Classical music while growing up. In the past, while shooting for films, I would often joke around with my directors that main ek din gaoongi.”

Meri Pyaari Bindu tells a story about an aspiring singer and her love story with another character, played by Ayushmann Khurrana. Talking about the film Parineeti had said, “Bindu (my character) is an aspiring singer and it’s a beautiful love story between her character and Ayushmann’s (Khurrana) character. The film is set in Kolkata. The film is going to be beautiful and a heart-wrenching love story.” Meri Pyaari Bindu is produced by Maneesh Sharma.

In today’s times, a number of celebs-turned-singers resort to auto tuning to enhance their voice in the song. However, Parineeti decided against it. “We recorded the song in 2 hrs flat at YRF Studios some time ago. Sachin-Jigar and I were clear that my voice would not be auto-tuned. I didn’t want any sort of technical help.”

One go at the teaser and it’s clear that the number is a soothing classical one, simple in its handling and execution – a stark contrast to present-day remixes. “We have tried to keep it simple. That was the intent,” says a chirpy Parineeti.

“My favourite part of the song is the feel of it. There are many people who don’t find love or have experienced one-sided love. Some also have bitter-sweet feelings towards past relationships or someone special in their life. This song brings out that feeling. I was told to keep it bitter sweet. Sweet memories of someone who has been in your life and it didn’t work out.”

Has she ever had feelings for someone in real life and realised that it was only one-sided? “Thankfully, one way love has never happened with me,” Parineeti chuckles as she signs off.

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