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Neeti Mohan: If not a singer, I'd serve in the Indian Army

September 24, 2014 1:39:39 PM IST
By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
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Neeti Mohan arrived with a bang in 2012 with two chartbusters in the form of ‘Jiya Re’ from JAB TAK HAI JAAN and ‘Ishq Wala Love’ from STUDENT OF THE YEAR and since then there has been no looking back for her. From recently released songs like ‘Bang Bang’ (BANG BANG) and ‘Indiawaale’ (HAPPY NEW YEAR) to ‘Tu Hi Tu’ (KICK), ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’ (GUNDAY), ‘Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari’ (CHENNAI EXPRESS) among many others, Neeti has indeed come a long way. Though she is busy with her recordings and performing at live shows, we managed to pin down Neeti for an exclusive chat with us for special section Music Mania. Excerpts:

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Do you think you took long to make it big in Bollywood?
I think everybody is on their own journey. And I feel that because I didn’t have any connection in Bollywood, so I had to take my own time and then establish myself. All I did was took part in a reality show and moved to Mumbai. Then I started working with A.R. Rahman sir and since 2012 I have been singing in Bollywood.

Did you ever feel like giving up in your struggling phase?
No I never felt like giving up. I never would have given up even if I would have never sung in the films which I have done. Because I do music as it is my passion and it is not in my control to achieve what I can. I just work hard and do what I love doing.

'Never felt like giving up in my decade long struggle'

You did a small stint with acting in SOCHA NA THA. So did you have plans to pursuing it further?
No. I was not going to act in the film. But that time I was assisting Ashley Lobo, who was the choreographer for the film, so for only that project he asked me to come down. Otherwise I have never tried my hand at acting.

How did you manage to get your big break?
I didn’t do anything. I was just called to sing. And I feel that is how songs happen. Just sing it the way a music director asks you to and I just did that. I didn’t know what STUDENT OF THE YEAR was, I didn’t even know about the film’s star cast. ‘Ishq Wala Love’ and ‘Jiya Re’ happened at a stage when I wasn’t aware for which film it is being recorded. All I knew were the music directors.

Will it be true to say that getting the first break is important and the rest just follows?
In some ways yes, but in lot of cases, the one like actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and so many other actors have been struggling since long. They have done so many films, but when the right film happened, they have come into notice. First break is important, but then the industry is such that you never know what works when.

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