Television actress and model Nisha Rawal has recorded a cover version of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman's popular track "Choti si asha", which will be released on the eve of Children's Day to raise funds for under privileged children.
The video for "Choti si asha" is shot with children from The Vatsalya Foundation, which has been running shelters for underprivileged children for over three decades.
"These children have so much positive energy and determination, a little bit of push would really help them to dream bigger and set goals, not getting limited to thinking that they are helpless. The day of shoot has been memorable not only for these kids but for every member present in the unit," Nisha said in a statement.
Thanking Rahman for letting her use his song, she said that she came up with a holistic approach to feature children in her video, which instills a sense of pride and confidence in them and also creates a connect with potential donors and philanthropists.
The video is directed by Nisha's husband, Karan Mehra, a leading face on Indian television.
Nisha has just made a career progression with music, early this year with vocal training under a renowned teacher.
She had been contemplating diversification for a while when her friends and hit musical duo Meet Brothers of "Baby doll" fame encouraged her to take up music as a vocation.
As a singer, her first cover was "Tu bin bataye" from the film "Rang De Basanti", juxtaposed with covers of Coldplay's "Yellow" and John Lennon's "Imagine".