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There are a lot of similarities between Akshay and my father: Tulsi Kumar

Singer Tulsi Kumar is on a roll. She has just released her third single, Mera Highway Star, featuring sister designer-turned-actor Khushali Kumar and Raftaar. Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Noor that hit the theatres on Friday, April 21, had her crooning ‘Gulaabi 2.0’.

She’s Got Attitude
Her stylish look in the video as the garage girl coupled with peppy lyrics and above all, the modulation of her voice is simple yet catchy together show all that spunk that she is. She has managed to experiment with her voice, from soft, velvety, innocent voice, to sensuous, mature and uber cool, she is taking her songs a notch higher with every rendition. “I was dancing and enjoying while recording Gulabi 2.0 track for Noor. It is a mix of rap and hip-hop, and required a carefree, ‘bindass’ attitude in rendition. I have tried my best to do justice to the spirit of the song,” says Tulsi. The song that has been composed by Amaal Malik, and sung by Tulsi and Yash Narvekar, is an EDM version of RD Burman and Mohammed Rafi’s ‘Gulaabi aankhen’.

On the same track, Tulsi has hit the right notes in the newly released single. While she has sung Mera Highway Star, modulating her voice to suit the situation, sounding cool and stylish, both of them have acted in the video. The sisters play the character of garage girls which is basically a man’s job. “It is for today’s girl. One should be who one wants to be. It is all about breaking free and just being. Through this song, we have tried to say that there is nothing that girls can’t do,” she says.

Sibling revelry
Collaborating with her sister in a never seen glam avatar, Tulsi has had a lot of fun this time around. “We worked together from the concept to lyrics, from visualising the song to its styling. It is great to have her around as there are so many ideas that come around which only enhance the creative aspect of the song.” The star sisters connect on the creative level and even though they have differences, the tiff only adds to the glam quotient of the song. The lyrics for Mera… have been co-written by Khushali and Raftaar.

The sisters had earlier worked together in hit singles like ‘Mainu Ishq Da Lagya Rog’ and ‘Mere Papa’. “while ‘Mainu Ishq Da Lagya Rog’ was recreated from Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’, Mere Papa was an emotional song for us. It was a tribute to our father and his memories,” she says.

Father’s footsteps
She has started T-Series Stageworks Academy of Film Music and Performing Arts in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, along with her husband Hitesh Rahlan. Through this academy, which imparts training in the fields of singing, dance, modelling and acting, Tulsi is taking her father Gulshan Kumar’s dream of honing talent and making superstars of tomorrow. “The Academy aims to nurture budding talent so that they get an opportunity to bloom and not wither away,” she says.
But unlike other activities such as dance, music, modelling and acting, to join the Academy for a career in singing requires one to clear the audition. “You can hone and mould someone to dance, model and act, but it is different in the case of a singer. A person can either sing or can’t. That recommendation has to come early so that time is not wasted. But yes, if once selected, the Academy will train and guide and help aim for the stars.”

Also Read : Akshay perfect to portray my father onscreen: Tulsi Kumar

Capital connection
Tulsi shuttles between Delhi and Mumbai, giving her time and attention to both cities in equal measure. “Delhi because it is home and my heart and Mumbai because it is where work is,” she says, adding, “There’s a connect to the place as there are so many memories of the city.” She was recently in the Capital for a college fest and the energy was infectious. “The college crowd was so enthusiastic and it was overwhelming to see them sing along with me. The atmosphere was all charged up and they made it a great experience to perform live,” she says.

Biopic on Music Mogul
Twenty years on, her father’s life is all set to get a cinematic treatment with Akshay Kumar playing Gulshan Kumar on the big screen. The film, titled ‘Mogul’, will chronicle his meteoric rise in music, from nowhere to being the undisputed king of the music world. His love for music is unparalleled. Tulsi, 31, says there are a lot of resemblances between her father and Akshay when it comes to leading a disciplined life. “There are a lot of similarities between Akshay and my father. Akshay is a Punjabi and so are we. He is Delhi-based and my dad was also from Delhi. Akshay is hard working and disciplined. My dad’s journey was also all about hard work and his love for music. I think all these things will come together. Akshay is perfect for Mogul,” she says.

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