Don't think there's anything wrong in recreating old classic songs - Singer Tulsi Kumar

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Songstress Tulsi Kumar seems to be hitting all the right notes these days. 2016 began on a pitch-perfect note for the singer as she kick-started the year with Soch Na Sake (Airlift), which was a chartbuster. Following this was Mere Papa, in which Tulsi featured with her sister Khushali Kumar and paid a tribute to her father Gulshan Kumar. Next was a duet with Arijit Singh on Salamat (Sarbjit) and once again, she is teaming up with Singh for a new song, Dekh Lena in Tum Bin 2. 

In an exclusive tete-a-tete with, Tulsi spoke at length about her upcoming songs, collaboration with the Aashiqui team and her take on old classics revised into new tunes. Excerpts from the interview:

This year started on a great note for you. You have belted out hit tracks like Soch Na Sake, Salamat, Nachange Saari Raat etc. How does it feel?

It feels really good and gives me more motivation to work harder. The year is not over yet and I have some great tracks lined up. Like my track from Tum Bin 2, Dekh Lena, which is a beautiful romantic composition by Ankit Tiwari. In November, the music of Wajah Tum Ho releases, which has three tracks. One of them is Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho, which is a recreation of the 1977's hit track (recreated by Meet Brothers) and Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass from the film Blackmail (1973). I hope people love each and every song as I am competing with my own songs and making a conscious effort to make it better than the last one. 

Your next duet is with Arijit Singh (Dekh Lena from Tum Bin 2) which is composed by Ankit Tiwari. The entire team of Aashiqui 2 has come together, yet again, for this new song. Tell us about it?

Aashiqui 2 was one project I was emotionally attached to. The reason being, the first Aashiqui was produced by my father and in the second film. I have done the playback (Hum Mar Jaayenge). As a team, I think Ankit, Arijit and me are really thrilled to team up once again. We have very friendly vibes with each other. Also, it's Ankit's first solo album as a music composer and I would like to wish him all the luck. Tum Bin (first part) was also very dear to me, as it was one of my mom's favourite films. Imagine, all the films I have grown up watching, I am doing playback for it! What more can I ask for? I just want the love of my listeners and fans!

It's your third song with Arijit. Is there any future collaboration on the cards? Any music video in the pipeline?

I think coming together with Arijit will be a great plan. I hope there's something we can work out. Whenever we will be able to plan a duet song, especially a music video, I will really have to force Arijit to feature in the video as he's more comfortable behind the camera. 

Nowadays, many singers have ventured into acting. Are you planning to act in a film in the near future?

Acting is not really my cup of tea. I do love featuring in my own videos. I also featured in Mainu Ishq Da Lagaya Rog and an ode to my father, Mere Papa. I am working on many Youtube videos which I will be posting in the upcoming months. I am working on many covers of my songs, especially that are close to my heart. 

In a current lot of singers, which singer do you like?

I think everyone is doing extremely well. The Mallik brothers, Amaal and Armaan and Ankit Tiwari are doing great for themselves. Moreover, each singer has it's own specialty and is singing songs which are best suited to their voice. But Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal have been frontrunners for me, as they have carved a niche for themselves in the music industry. 

Is there any song from recent times, which you would have liked to sing?

I think it will be very unfair to name any such number. Reason being, every singer who has sung any song, did so because his/her voice was well-suited to that particular track. 

Many old classics are being recreated today. How do you feel about it?

Recreation of songs is a very good idea if they suit well in a film and are treated with care. I myself have been a part of many such songs, like Ae Mere Humsafar from All is Well and Maine Ishq Da Lagaya Rog from Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi. A lot of times, with the recreation, people go back to the original song as well. There are great songs which have been a cult in the past and they have been accepted by the listeners. I do not think there is any harm in this because the songs are revised in a contemporary, modern way; which is as per the liking of today's listeners. I do not advocate tampering with any song. But as the original 'hook' tune of the old songs is retained, I do not think there is any harm as it's a great concept.   

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She's around because of her brother. Her voice makes my ears hurt!!!!!

She's the best singer

This girl can't sing. I just wanted to slap her when I heard what she did with Ae Mere Humsafar

YES!!! I get so annoyed when I hear she is singing another song. So many talented female singers who sound soo much, why can't her brother retain them instead of forcing the music directors to use her voice??

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