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Shalmali Kholgade’s 2 cents on Bollywood and Favoritism

by Shobhit Kalra
Shalmali Kholgade's 2 cents on Bollywood and Favoritism

Lately the Bollywood industry has been a place of many debates which includes nepotism as well as favoritism. Playback singer Shalmali revealed that her voice has been eradicated from many songs but she doesn’t like the tag of being a victim and believes in creating opportunities apart from lending your voice for music in films.

She said, “I keep away from that controversy because I am rather focussed on making music, writing songs, finding various avenues to channelise my creativity. What else should I do? Pointing fingers on people will not do any good to music.”

“Having said that, favouritism exists in the Bollywood music scene, but what are they trying to say? They do not want to work (with some people)? Okay, let them be. I am here for making music. I am not just here for making music in Bollywood. I look beyond that,” she continued.

Shalmali is the person many hit tracks like ‘Daru Desi’ from Cocktail, ‘Pareshaan’ from ‘Ishaqzaade’, ‘Balam Pichkari’ from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and ‘Baby Ko Bass Pasand Ha’ from Sultan.

While explaining her process of recording a song she said, “When any music director calls me to lend my voice for a film song, I think I am going for an audition. Because that way I feel good in my heart, it humbles me. It keeps me grounded to know that even though I have songs like Balampichkari’ and Laat lag gayee’ in my kitty, I am going through an audition process. If they keep my voice, it is great, if not, it is okay. At least I learnt something new.”

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