After winning Star Ya Rockstar, I wanted to do something in music

says the talented actress Manasi Parekh, who has added a new feather to her cap by releasing her single video Saanwariya...

Monday, April 29, 2013 | 5:58:03 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Tell us something about Saanwariya?

Saanwariya is a single video. I have been working on it for quite some time now and it's an independent single. I really wanted this to be featured on MTV's show called Roots. It's one of the first shows of India which promotes Independent music. Luckily enough, they loved the video and they are featuring us this Friday at 9 PM. I have collaborated with a friend of mine – Jhanvi Shrimankar, who is also a singer. We have come together to produce this.

What inspired you to do this music video?

I have always been very interested in music and after winning Star Ya Rockstar, I thought that I should do something related to music. I was travelling for my musical plays across the country. I was singing, dancing and acting in it. After the play got over, we decided to collaborate on this single. It is a 'Thumri' which was originally sung by Govinda's Mother Nirmala Deviji. It's one of my favorite songs and Jhanvi loved it too. That's how the song came into being.

Are you a trained classical singer? How long have you trained and with whom?

Yes, I have taken training in Hindustani classical singing for 9 years. I have got trained under Smt. Madhubala Chawla and Seeta Tipnis.  

Were you training even while you were busy with your daily soaps?

No, I was not able to do all this when I was busy with my daily soaps due to lack of time. I used to do my Riyaaz everyday whenever I used to get time.

How was it working with Jhanvi Srimankar?

It was great for both of us to work together. Both of us love food and music and we had a blast while working. Our conversations always used to revolve around food and music. It was a lot of fun for both of us while shooting the video which was shot at a beautiful location just ahead of Lonavala.

While shooting there was a sequence when we both had to walk gracefully looking in the camera and suddenly we didn't realized that there was a huge puddle of mud ahead of us. We didn't even realise till we both fell into it (laughs). It was a great fun for us.  

What according to you is going to be the USP of the music album?

In India, we don't have the concept of two women singing together. So for the audience two women who are a great combination of looks and talent will be a Double Dhamaka!

What next ?

We have already started conceptualizing on the second song. We are planning it to be a fun song.

So, when is it expected to be launched?

Firstly, we would like to see the reaction of people on Saanwariya and then we will be working on the next.

What kind of response did you get for your play - Maru Piyu Gayu Rangoon which premiered at the Globe theatre in London?

We got a tremendous response for the play. We have finished almost 50 shows across the country. I am already working on my second play. Its going to be exciting.

Are you planning to make a comeback to television?

Yes, but only when if something exciting comes up. I want to be a part of different projects. A sitcom would be great or then something in Non-Fiction.

What kind of offers are you getting – fiction / non-fiction?

I am getting a lot of offers for fiction but I want to keep my options open. After Gulaal and Star Ya Rockstar, I want to do something really different.

What kind of roles are you looking forward to play?

I am looking forward to play a role different to what I have played earlier. I would like to play a mad or quirky kind of character.  

Any message for your fans?

I would like to thank my fans for constantly showering their love and support on me. I get a lot of messages saying we miss you and ask me to comeback on television. I would like to say to all of them to wait a little longer and I assure you that the wait will be worthwhile. 

Anwesha Kamal


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Posted on: 01 May 2013 at 1:55am
Waiting for Friday MTV Roots with bated breath..Can't wait to hear you sing and see you gain on-screen :D

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Posted on: 30 April 2013 at 1:12am
Commenting thrice coz my love 4 Gulsar never gonna end.Neil n Manasi- the best

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 10:37pm
Loved you and Neil in Gulaal.
Wishou all the best Manasi and hope to see you on screen soon.

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 9:57pm
Kesar n Gulal-thats the best thing in tv 4 me.Missing Neil n Manasi both.PLz comeback with Neil,GulSar rocks!kesar rocks!
I'll always love u Kesar.

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 9:21pm
manasi u r awesome . . .good luck for ur future project . .

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 1:41pm
Love u Manasi! Your a brilliant and beautiful actress! <3
I loved her in Gulaal and her pairing with Neil Bhat was sizzling! Kesar and Gulaal are two characters that will alwaus remain in my heart,they such wonderfully complicated character portrayed so aptly by Mansi and Neil. I was and still am crazy about GulSar LOL
Hope to see you back on TV soon! (Hopefully with Neil again Wink)

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 12:45pm
Eagerly waiting to see your video...
Missing you badly...Wish you get a good project soon

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 12:07pm
I liked her in Gulaal which I saw towards the end of that show! I was new to Indian TV at the time! I liked her pairing with Neil Bhaat. Both of them did some great acting! The title song of the show was beautiful!

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 11:08am
Love u sweetheart... All the best :) :) :)

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Posted on: 29 April 2013 at 9:41am
Hey Manasi...eagerly waiting for the video now...All The Best!!!

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