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Khushboo Grewal: I used to hear Salman Khan's song 'Madhosh Dil Ki Dhadkan' umpteen times in my childhood

April 27, 2016 5:25:57 PM IST
By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
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The multi-faceted Khushboo Grewal began as a VJ and then took to acting in few of Punjabi and Hindi films along with some daily soaps too. However, her forte and focus was always singing. She embarked her singing career with Akshay Kumar starrer BOSS as a backing vocalist and gained fame with the HATE STORY 2 song ‘Pink Lips'. While other songs include ‘Selfiyaan' (SHARAFAT GAYI TEL LENE), ‘Lak Tunu Tunu' (DOUBLE DI TROUBLE), ‘Tu Takke' (DHARAM SANKAT MEIN) and ‘Awesome Mera Mahiya' (CALENDAR GIRLS). Interestingly, all of them have been with Meet Bros (as she is the lead vocalist of the band).  And her association with Meet Bros. continues in her latest song ‘Girl I Need You' from BAAGHI too. But for the first time the pretty singer has sung the duet with the most desirable Arijit Singh. 

In an exclusive interaction the versatile and go-getter Khushboo Grewal shares about her association & equation with Meet Bros., her transition from an actor to singer, crooning along with Arijit Singh in BAAGHI, how she was crazy for Salman Khan's song and much more in our special section Music Mania. Read on…


How did you form an association with Meet Bros.?
We have been friends for many years. They used to watch me sing at Karaoke parties and after one of those parties they just pushed me into a studio to sing. And that's how it all started!

Tell us about your equation and comfort level with Meet Bros.
We are alike on my fronts and we share great chemistry personally and professionally. We travel a lot for shows together. It's like three boys hanging out. The things that keep us together mostly are our love for music, love for food and our crazy punjabi energy.

Your range of songs suggest you are more inclined to crooning party and foot-tapping numbers?
I personally love dance numbers but I think my voice does better justice to soft romantic songs and that's the zone where the texture of my voice fits better. I personally would love to do more romantic and emotional songs. But that's my personal choice, we will have to wait and find out what the audience thinks is better for me.

Tell us about your song in BAAGHI with Arijit Singh, who is the singing sensation in Bollywood currently?
I feel lucky to be singing a duet with Arijit so early on in my singing career. It's all thanks to Meet Bros for exploring my voice in the romantic genre as well. ‘Girl I Need You' from BAAGHI is a fresh composition from them that will get hooked on to the people along with the vocal magic and the newness by Roch Killa a rap sensation from UK.

'I share great chemistry with Meet Bros. It's like three boys hanging out'

You began your career as an actress, however shifted focus to singing? While we see singers turning actors from Himesh Reshammiya to Honey Singh, in your case it was otherwise. Where people crave to make a mark as actors, what made you step back and take to singing?
My focus was always on singing. Only, no one paid me for it. Lol! The performer and singer in me was always there even while I was acting and VJing but I only got the courage to pursue it professionally when Meet bros pushed me into it.

Personally, if you ask me you need all these skill sets to be a singer or a performer. We do nautanki on stage all the time in front of our audience so we are constantly using our acting and dancing skills. I don't think singing is a step back. In fact, any step in your life is a step forward to new horizons and new destinations. Just waiting to see what this journey unfolds for me.

Was it an easy transition to turn a singer from actress?
Personally not so much. But, in people's heads, yes! Clearly from the positioning point of view. People who have known me for so long as an actor, VJ or host; for them when they would call me for work and suddenly I would say “You know what..I am singing!”, it was a little difficult for them to understand that how this switch has happened. As not many knew that I had a singing background or that I like to sing. So, it was obviously a little strange for people to accept that transition. So there are a lot of people who still don't know that I have moved to singing as a career. But in my head, I never made a transition, I was always a singer and a performer… like I said, it's just that I wasn't getting paid for it.

Will you be concentrating only on singing?
Acting is something that comes along with singing as well while you are constantly emoting in songs and when you are emoting on stage. You are acting and emoting even while you are performing on stage. So, I think acting will always be a part of my performance. As far as profession, yes I am currently concentrating only on singing. But of course, never say never so I am open to any good offers anytime.

What is your first love - acting, singing or hosting?
After trying it all, I have realised that my only love is being on stage. The whole adrenaline of just being on stage and being in front of a live audience and just challenging yourself every time with a different crowd is what excites me the most. I think that's the best feeling. It involves everything, like I said, that when we are singing, we are also interacting with the audience, so we are also using our hosting abilities and also expressing and emoting ourselves, acting in a way. Put all that together, and you become a performer- when you are acting, hosting and singing together. So I think, I love performing and I love being on stage so my first love will always be ‘being on stage'!

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