Bollywood singer and rapper Pinky Maidasani, popularly known Peacock who has sung songs like ‘Kikli Kaler Di’, recently released her first single ‘Tera Rang’. She spoke to NT BUZZ about her music and journey as a playback singer
SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
- Tell us something about your stage name ‘Pinky Peacock’…
Peacock is actually the name of my band. I had always been a hyperactive child, so my mom would fondly call me her peacock. This remained with me and that’s how I started calling myself Pinky Peacock.
- Tell us about your new single ‘Tera Rang’.
My new single, ‘Tera Rang’ targets people from 30 to 60 years of age because apart from being a love song, it is also a Sufi song. ‘Tera Rang’ track can be played for various events. It can be played for a wedding as it is quite soothing or it can be played at any religious event as it has a mesmerising Sufi effect. The video was shot in Gujarat on the white sands of the Great Rann of Kutch and other heritage places. The video is fascinating and certainly adds more value to the song. The song is produced by Future Wings Entertainment in collaboration with T-Series and the video was directed by Prashant Singh who has been the assistant director for movies ‘Raanjhanaa’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’.
- You have participated in reality shows like ‘Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’ and ‘Indian Idol’. How did they help you grow?
I participated in Indian Idol 3 and Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. Well, Indian Idol is known to be a major platform for the growth of singers. But unfortunately, it did nothing for me. I expected it to be a turning point of my life but it wasn’t. Even four years after the show, I was working as a music teacher in a school in Mumbai. I would do small shows for the army and navy, but that was it.
- What was the turning point then?
At the end of 2012, I got a call from Amit Trivedi. He asked me to sing ‘Kikli Kaler Di’ for the movie Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. I sang the song with Yo Yo Honey Singh. This was a turning point in my career. People started noticing me as a singer. Meanwhile, I also did some promotional shows with Salman Khan for some of his movie releases including Ready and Wanted. I also got an opportunity to sing many jingles and voiceovers for ad commercials like Raymonds, Havell’s Fans, Amul, Skoda, FM Tadka. Recently, I also sang for one advertisement song for Jio ‘Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan’.
- How did rapping come to you?
Actually right from my childhood days I had habit of changing the tunes and tempo of religious prayers that my mom would say while praying. Whatever words would come to my mind, I would write them down. They would look weird if you read them individually as they made no sense, but when I would sing them with high tempo and using a tune, it would sound something useful. So, I believe that rapping was always in me.
- You are one of the very few female rappers of Bollywood…
I am actually a singer first and then a rapper. Sadly, when I tried approaching music directors, no one would really show their interest in my talent. Since rapping was in me always, I realised that I should try rapping. It was then that I was noticed. With this I realised that no matter how talented you are, until you do something exceptional no one will pay attention to you. I can sing in 13 different Indian languages and can rap in Bhojpuri as well as Punjabi. Gradually, music directors started noticing my talent. They started recognising me as a folk rapper. This is how I started getting work. There are hardly any female rappers in the industry and I am very fortunate to be one of the rare woman rappers.
I am a trained singer and I like singing more than rapping. You do not receive a huge recognition as a rapper that you normally get as a playback singer. But it is because of rapping that I am known as a singer today. There is normally a big queue of singers but it is due to this exceptional talent that Bollywood welcomed me.
- Do you know to speak in these 13 languages as well?
No, I can understand a few languages but I cannot speak fluently. However, I can sing in Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and some few northern local languages. When I was the official singer for IPL team Chennai Super Kings, I had to sing songs in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada while endorsing the team. As far as rapping is concerned, I prefer rapping in only those languages that I am comfortable in like Hindi, Punjabi, English and Bhojpuri.
- Share your experience in the Bollywood industry…
I wouldn’t say it’s a struggle but rather it’s a process. Everyone has to go through the process and I am also going through it. I haven’t got any big hit as of now but I know that gradually I will, because these are the steps. Bollywood has always been welcoming artists with an open heart but you need to be patient and dedicate enough to reach there.
- Tell us about your upcoming projects.
Apart from ‘Tera Rang’, there are two more singles that will be released with their video. My movie songs with leading film directors are lined up to be released. I wouldn’t like to name the movies or the directors. I’m just waiting for the releases.