Not quitting Bollywood

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2018 10:50:43


By Natalia Ningthoujam, 

Singer Shalmali Kholgade made an impressive debut in Bollywood with the romantic song Pareshaan in 2012. She went on to lend her voice for films starring Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Jacqueline Fernandez. She says she doesn't want to close the door on Bollywood, but will definitely focus more on independent music as it makes her ‘very happy’.

“I will never close the door on Bollywood. It is the reason why I can do independent music today with the kind of freedom that I think I do it with,” Shalmali told IANS in an email interview.

“There is no pressure of releasing one song every month because I know that parallelly I have Bollywood career that helps me to stabilise my life financially and otherwise.”
Also, she doesn't believe in pursuing just one thing with “so much focus that you forget that there are other things that you can do as well. In that sense, I have always wanted to do a solo gig in a small club all by myself and hold an audience. I will definitely focus a lot more on independent music now because I think that it makes me very happy.

“But that doesn't mean that I will quit Bollywood to do that," said the Baby ko bass pasand hai hitmaker, who accompanied composer Pritam and singers like Harshdeep Kaur and Nakash Aziz on a North America tour earlier this year.
Indie music certainly makes her happy but going by the response to her English single ‘Spark a fire’, which released last month and received only 2,817 views on YouTube, it seems like she has to go the extra mile.

She understands that the number of views that her song has got is nothing compared to the Bollywood tracks that easily get millions of views but the ‘sense of achievement’ that she feels is incomparable.