Anuradha Paudwal: My name is synonymous with T-series
August 19, 2014 10:48:51 AM IST By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
Spanning almost four decades in Bollywood, one of the most respected and oldest singers around, Anuradha Paudwal is ideally known for her bhajans and spiritual tracks today. However, back then in 80s and 90s every second song had her voice and the songs that she rendered were huge chartbusters. Thanks to T-series creator Gulshan Kumar, who was instrumental enough in taking Anuradhaji’s career to dizzying heights. Though she may be less active on Bollywood front now, she’s more than happy with her devotional numbers and holds her own stand for music. While the 61-year old singer is still busy juggling with her shows, we got hold of the veteran singer in an exclusive chat in our special section Music Mania via a messaging app. Read On:
What led you to take renouncement from Bollywood songs? I haven’t renounced Bollywood. It’s just that I moved towards doing devotional songs. T-series had also sort of stopped doing Bollywood songs to great extent. It wasn’t a conscious effort. It just happened. The transition was gradual. I didn’t go out of my way to deliberately do that.
Why you shifted focus to devotional songs? Because I was always religious by nature and I felt peace. In Bollywood every day is like starting afresh and proving yourself to the world! I had seen it and been there. There was so much to do in devotional.
'It's best to exit when you are at the top'
Does it bother you when people remember you for bhajans more than Bollywood numbers? This is absolutely crap. I am happiest person right now. Whatever songs I have rendered for the films like DIL HAI KI MAANTA NAHIN, AASHIQUI will always be remembered. People still love the songs of these films. I am the last person to even think that way. I think bhajans is a very special blessing to me from God. I am equally popular in regional, spiritual and Bollywood numbers.
Was turning to devotional songs a wrong move? Not at all. Looking at the way the industry is going and where there is absolutely no security I feel that was the best decision at the right time! To exit when you are at the top.
Are you again looking forward to make a comeback and do Bollywood numbers? If I get a nice song certainly yes. But there has to be similar kind of a composer and producer to make such films & songs. It’s not a one man show. But I haven’t tried to get there again. I am pretty content and happy in the position where I am in. I am enjoying doing devotional and feel absolutely lucky.