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Sangeet ke Diwani: Bollywood Play back singer Poonam Bhatia

Chicago IL: June 15, 2012 Suresh Bodiwala had an opportunity to interview Bollywood Play back singer Poonam Bhatia regarding "Her passion of music, journey in Bollywood, experience with AR Rehman and fans in USA. Please tell us about your journey in Bollywood?
I started my singing career as a playback singer in the Mumbai film industry , which is now called Bollywood. From my childhood I had this secret dream to become a playback singer! Even my folks didn’t know about it! My mom is a trained classical singer. But she only sang on Delhi Radio. Singing on stage was a taboo! Forget about the films! But Lata Mangeshkar is what I wanted to be! Without realizing the hardship I’d need to endure and the amount of hard work that goes into it. I seriously started doing my riaz and taking my music lessons very seriously.
We hear stories about people struggling to get a break in Bollywood. So when did you get your first break?
I had gone with my friend to meet Anu Malik in a studio. He was recording for a movie called Diljale. They were recording the song “mera mulk mera desh, mera ye watan”. Anu Ji just asked me to sing something, which I did. We were leaving after meeting him. I had just gotten into my car to drive back, and his secretary came running after us, saying that Anu Ji wanted me to dub a small alap in the song right then! I couldn’t believe my ears! That was my first recording experience in a studio, on one of those fancy intimidating studio microphones for the first time ever!!

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