Playback singing ridiculous: Alisha Chinai

Singer Alisha Chinai thinks playback singing is ridiculous and says she can't do it any more at any cost...

Monday, December 20, 2010 | 11:02:45 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Singer Alisha Chinai, with chartbusters like 'Kajra re' ('Bunty Aur Babli') and 'Tera hone laga hoon' ('Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani') to her name, thinks playback singing is ridiculous and says she can't do it any more at any cost.

'Aishwarya and Katrina are beautiful women. But sorry, I didn't enjoy watching them pretending to sing my songs 'Kajra re' and 'Tera hone laga'. My God! It's so ridiculous! Would you ever see Julia Robert singing in Madonna's voice? Over here this practice of ghost voices just spooks me out, man. I can't do it, sorry,' she said.

Alisha's latest grievance over the tradition of ghost voices is the chartbuster 'Munni badnaam hui.'

'Who knows it is sung by Mamta Sharma? Everyone sees it as Malaika's song,' protests Alisha.

So what's her solution?

'I've none. I can't fight the system. For years and years, the heroines have been walking away with the credit for songs sung by us playback singers. Today things have come to such a pathetic and sorry state for playback singers that no one knows the singers' identity any more. Who knows I sang 'Tera hone laga' for Katrina and 'It's rocking' and 'Bebo main bebo' for Kareena? In fact, many people think they sang these numbers!' she said.

Alisha finds this continual neglect of playback singers degrading and thoroughly unacceptable.

'I've told my manager not to even entertain any offers for playback singing. I can't do it. In the past, I saw Sridevi walk away with all the raves for my song 'Kaate nahin kat-te' in 'Mr. India'. It hurt then, it hurts more now. I'd rather sit at home jobless than allow my talent to be used to further any actress' popularity,' a livid Alisha said.

Alisha said she hoped to revive the era of non-film albums.

'I know I'm being unrealistic, but I can't help it. Either I'll sing in non-film albums or otherwise let the singer also do music videos of songs that heroines lip-sync on screen. I know other singers just sing their songs, take the peanuts offered as remuneration and go home. I can't do that. I won't be exploited in this way. Pay me and give me my due credit. Or I am out of here,' she said.

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 6:57pm
LOL ... its so funny when singers say that. For singers like Latatai and Ashatai, one doesn't even remember their actresses anymore. One only remembers their ethereal voice. I agree with the person who has said that the kind of songs Alisha sings are not memorable without their performance. Why should it hurt when Sridevi gave so beautiful expressions for Kaate Nahin that even Shekhar Kapoor was in a dilemma - whether to focus on her face or her dance. He had even said so in an interview. As for songs like Munni, Kajra Re ... they are today's news, but tomorrow's scrap.

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 6:45pm
I believe she is a good singer for certain songs. Her voice limits her to sing only certain songs, and that is why reaches limited audiece. I agree they are paid peanuts, and I am of the opinion they should be paid at least 5 fold. If she wants to be more popular then she needs to give lot more hits.

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 6:01pm
What?????Sour Grapes.. huh!

If this becomes a norm than the Music Directors of non-album songs will say - Why should singers take credit of our music!!

You need to have a distinct voice and one that can make impression on others... We can still make out if its Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhosale or Shreya Ghoshal singing.. Its a uniqueness and melody in their voice that shines through the song and people recognize them!

Songs Alisha sings (or for that matter Sunidhi sings) - it will be so difficult to see them past the performance !!! They are mostly item & peppy songs which are popular because of its music/performance - not who is singing them!

Sorry Lady... You please rest and stay home... World out there is fierce!

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 4:57pm
awww she's right,
so love her voice, and i remember her cassette from my childhood days! :D
some singers have built up a good rep and do get credit and awards ya know....but the actresses do steal the limelight more...and in actual fact she is soooo's ridiculous!

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 3:44pm
she has an amazing voice,
and i agree with her. she should get credit for her work

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 3:17pm
I love Alisha!
shes right though!
I love her voice!! :D
I hope she comes back! :D

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 3:12pm
Good she's finally gone.

Shreya and Sunidhi are so much better and Abhilasha will be making her way up soon as well!

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 2:55pm
shes right in the last paragraph singers need to be paid their due, but if she was so unhappy with playback singing why did she continue to do it for so long and then complain, she should have just quit earlier on. She did say she preferred to be jobless at home then let her talent go to waste, so why didnt she? Obviously she needs the peanuts to live on.

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 2:38pm
I think Alisha is justified about seeking better pay but I dont get her frustration about playback singing. Songs are written for characters and situations, so the actress who plays the character features in the song. May be Alisha should try full time acting and see if she can emote well enough to do justice to a song.

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Posted on: 21 December 2010 at 9:28am
I do acknowledge the singers of these songs, not the actors and I love her voice. Playback singing gives her the opportunity to sing forever if she wants. And with playback your voice lives on for eternity in that movie. Sometimes the movie is terrible, but you remember the beautiful singing. I own a lot of soundtracks and I focus on the artist, not the actors when I listen. But her comments show an ungrateful attitude for her success. Honestly Alisha even a dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds him. Shame on you.

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