'I was offered a few roles but they were of singers. I refused them because I don’t want to play myself. I would love to portray a common person with an ordinary character,' Sunidhi Chauhan tells Rediff contributor Rajul Hegde.
Tired of listening to below average singers on TV’s reality shows?
Bollywood’s top playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan promises that The Voice India -- the newest singing reality show starting on June 6 -- will feature only the BEST!
“I am proud to say that on The Voice, you will only find good singers. Not average, not even below average. It will start from good to excellent,” Sunidhi assures.
Sunidhi is one of the coaches along with Himesh Reshammiya, Shaan and Mika Singh on The Voice India, on &TV.
“Nothing excited me to come back to a reality show. But I follow the international show The Voice and I love it,” Sunidhi, who was a judge for Indian Idol seasons 5 and 6, says.
There will be blind auditions in which the coaches will pick contestants without seeing them.
The format of music reality shows has changed from the time when Sunidhi won Meri Awaz Suno way back in 1996.
“The voting system has evolved and TRPs also matter,” she explains. “But I am a part of this reality show because it’s only about the voice. Also, all four of us coaches know each other very well. We have a lot of fun on the sets.”
The versatile singer, who has lost loads of weight and will look glamorous on the show, says she feels fit and healthy.
“One day I decided to go to the gym and eat healthy. I am wearing everything which I couldn’t wear when I was fat. I like to stay fit and love wearing classy clothes,” she says.
“I love samosas and jalebis, they are my weaknesses. Sunday is my cheat day and I have everything that I feel like eating,” she smiles.
Sunidhi does not rule out acting in the near future.
“My dad was an actor. He did Ram Leela for 12 years and he was fantastic, so it’s always been on my mind.
“I would love to act if the right role is offered to me. I was offered a few roles but they were of singers so I refused them because I don’t want to play myself. I would love to portray a common person with an ordinary character."
Actresses like Alia Bhat, Shraddha Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra have turned singers. Does she feel threatened by them?
“There is a lot of freedom in the industry and a person can do anything. Music is not about feeling jealous or fighting. I love their voices and wish them all the best.
“Kathra muje agar kisi singer se nahi hai toh inlogo se kya hoga? (If I don’t feel threatened by singers, why would I feel threatened by these people?) I appreciate other people’s work because I get to learn a lot from them,” says the songstress.
Which actress does she think her voice suits the best?
“I really don’t know, but people say it fits well for Priyanka Chopra. In the beginning, people said it was for Urmila Matondkar.”
The Voice India will be telecast at 9pm on weekends, on &TV.