August 4, 2014 5:54:18 PM IST By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
Her laughter is contagious, her songs are unforgettable and her deep husky voice makes her stand apart from the rest. Shefali Alvares, who has numerous party numbers like ‘Badtameez Dil’, ‘Party On My Mind’, ‘Subah Hone Na De’ to her credit, has in no time made a place for herself on Bollywood’s music map. While she vacations in the picturesque locales of Leh-Ladakh, we exchanged a quick conversation with Shefali where she runs us through her Bollywood journey, her equation with Pritam and her forthcoming projects in glamsham’s special section Music Mania! Read on…
Your father Joe Alvares has been a great singer. So was it obvious for you to get into music? He never forced me to sing. It just happened. I was only forced to learn piano which now I regret giving it up. But I always wanted to sing since I have always loved music. It is easier to sing than talk.
How did playback singing happen? Playback singing happened by chance. My first ever break was a Telugu song with Sandeep Chowta, renowned music director, where I met this guy called Sunny. Later, Sunny started assisting Pritam and that’s when he called me and said that Pritam is looking for a fresh voice so come and try. So that is how it all started.
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Your maximum association has been with Pritam and Amit Trivedi. Aren’t you open at working with other composers? Well, of course I am. But it is not a conscious decision. I believe that when someone is in the need of your voice, they’ll call you. There are loads of singers in the market so whenever you are needed, people call you accordingly. I am open to working with new people and want to sing different kind of songs.
How has been your experience of working with Pritam on ten films?Working with Pritam has been amazing. He is very focused about what he wants. It was fun working with him. He has allowed me to be myself while recording songs. I had to work on my diction, but it was a great learning experience with him. So in some sense, Pritam is my Godfather. It is with him that I started my career and have many chartbusters.