Chinmayi might have been missing from the Hindi playback industry for a while but she has made her presence felt with three back-to-back hit tracks
There are some voices that linger in your mind, long after a song has come and gone. And when that same voice is heard again, it sure is a happy feeling. In the year 2007, Tamil singer Chinmayi made everyone sit up and take notice of her when she sang the sensuous Mayya mayya and the heartwarming Tere bina from the movie Guru. Even though she did sing the occasional Sajnaa from Lamhaa and Maiyya Yashoda from Jhootha Hi Sahi, the playback singer who has over a thousand songs in over five to six languages to her credit, had her hands full with assignments in the South film industry. Last year though, Chinmayi made a comeback of sorts to the Hindi film industry, and what a comeback it was! Starting with the melodious Titli from Chennai Express and the lilting Rang sharbaton ka from Phata Poster Nikla Hero, her latest Zehnaseeb from Hasee toh phasee, is slowly but steadily climbing the music charts.
Chinmayi has only words of gratitude for composer and co-singer Shekhar Ravjiani for giving her the opportunity to sing this emotional track from the upcoming Siddharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra movie. “I had recorded a single in Telugu with Shekhar sir right after Titli and we share a very good rapport. Ever since then, I wanted to sing a song in Hindi with him. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for him and Vishal (Dadlani) sir for giving me this song,” says the singer, who believes that the beauty of the song lies in the strength of the composition. All her three recent songs fall in the romantic/soothing category and she admits that she loves being a part of such numbers. “I pour my heart and soul into them. They are right up my alley,” she adds.
Chinmayi knows the way in which the playback industry works, so she isn’t surprised about not getting a lot of offers from Bollywood in the interim. “Though I spend a considerable amount of time in Mumbai, I’m not seen socialising, so I don’t bump into relevant people. And it’s probably established in the minds of composers that since I don’t belong to Mumbai, they will have to call me from Chennai,” she says. The singer doesn’t mind it though. “There is a quantum of work coming from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, so it’s all right. Things will happen at the right time,” says the singer, who is also a voice-artiste for Tamil and Telugu films.
As for the influx of new singers, Chinmayi says she isn’t insecure. “I’m new as far as Mumbai is concerned but I have sung over a thousand songs in over five or six languages. I have sung 35 songs for Rahman sir alone, so the word insecurity doesn’t exist for me. I sincerely believe that everybody has their time under the spotlight. Gaane gaane pe likha hai, gaane wale ka naam, (every song has a singer for it),” she laughs.