With a unique texture to her voice to her flawless fashion statements, singer Kanika Kapoor has made her mark in the Bollywood industry.
Through hard-work, perseverance and a passion for what she does, Kanika Kapoor is one of the most sought-after singers today. The singer recently released, in association with Saavn and T-Series a mixtape – a perfect retake on Ambarsariya and Suit-Suit. The India Diaries spoke to her, and she’s beyond magnificent.
You started your career by being in Anup Jalota’s troupe. From there to Baby Doll and beyond, how has the journey been so far?
Kanika Kapoor: It feels amazing. I feel blessed, and it has been a great journey together. I’ve been learning fortunate to have learned from such great masters. Wherever I am today, it’s just because of them. People came to me at the right time, and I’m extremely fortunate for them. So now that I look back, it’s just a lot of gratitude.
What is YOUR favorite kind of music, and what do you relate to?
Kanika Kapoor: My style is clearly Sufi, Old Classics, RD Burman and singing semi-classical songs.
Your life has been full of ups and downs and more ups, how do you deal with it?
Kanika Kapoor: We often don’t have time since we’re working for 14-15 hours. We’re misunderstood by family, friends, and others. My mother often tells me “Now you’re a big star, you don’t have time for us.” And it’s exhausting because I’m helpless about it. We just have to let go of things frankly to be sane.
Talking about the mix-tape, how has this experience been, considering both the songs have been so well-received in their original forms?
Kanika Kapoor: It was a great experience and I’m glad that I was a part of it. An association with T-Series has always with great. Working with Abhijit Vaghani and Guru was great as well. I was slightly nervous about doing a retake on a song like this but the response that we’ve been getting towards it is overwhelming. They wanted me to make the song “calmer” and more “chilled”.
There’s currently a new trend of remaking old classics. Do you think that it takes away the essence of the originals?
Kanika Kapoor: I like a few, but I don’t like many. You need to remake a song, and not just remix it and make it tacky. Some songs are very tacky while some are phenomenal. My own career started with Jugni Ji which was a remake of an old song and I think we did justice to it. But yes, the essence of the song should be kept intact.
Actors are especially very choosy about their roles often because they don’t wish to be typecast. However, we’ve seen your voice being lent to some of the peppiest and sensuous numbers which become party numbers. Do you think you’ll be typecast?
Kanika Kapoor: I think I was typecast for a really long time till I sang Chhil Gaye Naina for NH10 and won all the awards for that. After IIFA, so many people called me to ask “Oh My God, you sang that song” and I was like “Ummm…yeaaaah I guess I did.” Because it was a completely different Kanika.
With digital revolution happening almost on a daily basis, newer and independent artists are emerging with every passing day. What is your message to upcoming artists?
Kanika Kapoor: It took me 15 years to reach where I am, so please don’t give up and try to do as much stage work as possible because half the battle is won there!
Watch her mixtape here: