“I hope more filmmakers will reach out to small independent artists,” says famous “Gehraiyaan” singer Lothika Jha


A household name in the Indie space Lothika Jha has completely lit up the Bollywood space with her deep, raspy and sexy voice. If it wasn’t for her voice – the chemistry between Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi in Gehraiyaan would have been just another steamy movie sequence. Gehraiyaan is a Hindi adaptation of the song, First line by the same artists and singer brings serenity to the emotionally complex story.

Speaking about his thoughts while creating the track, “Honestly, I remember a time when Kabeer and I were in the studio and recording and we thought, ‘What if this becomes a really big hit? “. And we kind of laughed and went about our day. I don’t really know how to explain, it was a really overwhelming feeling. I really didn’t expect it to be so well received. It’s impeccable music. When Kabeer and Savera are on board, you can never miss that mark. It will always be amazing. But as newcomers, there’s a bit of hesitation as to how the new music would settle with the audience. We were very amazed and happy with the response we received. It was very unexpected and extremely humble. Makes you extremely grateful. As the independent artist carves out a niche for himself, The free press newspaper told him about all that was above and below musical creation.

How did you package the film?
Karan Kapoor, who is one of the film’s assistant directors, also handled the marketing work. In the initial draft of the film, he placed First line, a song OAFF and I wrote about three years ago. Shakun really liked how it matched the teaser and mood of the film. that’s how Gehraiyaan, the title track was born. All in all, I think it was a very happy coincidence to fall together. All the right people came out and made it happen and I was incredibly lucky to land as well.

Who is Lothika? Tell us a bit more about yourself…

Lothika is a film student from Bangalore who works as an assistant director and assistant director. I’ve been singing since I was four, but never really thought about pursuing it professionally. I always dreamed that one day I would manage to do it, but I never really tried to pursue it as such. Music has been an extremely emotional mode of expression for me and has been very private for all these years. I would rather sing in a chai ka tapri Or at architecture school, jam with the students and they’d do their thing. I am also a spiritualist and I also work with healing. I’m also an artist and a writer, so there’s a lot going on in Lothika.

One of the most important things you learned while working on this project?
To take a risk and not be afraid of the opportunities that come your way. Go headlong into an opportunity when it presents itself and live life fearlessly.

How do you think indie music is evolving in India? Do you think this would ever get mainstream response in the future?

Independent music has always been present in India. We have always had very steady growth. As Ankur Tewari said in a previous interview, collaborations between Bollywood and indie music are not uncommon. I feel like when it comes to one movie in particular and this one, the response that people give is something that sets the tone for the future that it’s going to be an amazing collaboration if we choose to go there set foot. We are on the precipice of a new era of music. We are at a point where we are testing our audiences and pushing their limits and we see that they accept it and appreciate it. If anything, they celebrate it that way. I hope more filmmakers will reach out to small independent artists. We have an amazing plethora of independent musicians in India who are so good. In this film, the same complexities that we are used to, they brought out in an interesting way with this kind of music. I think the next few years will be very interesting for these collaborations to materialize.

What is your future project?

I have a few projects going. As soon as I can confirm anything, I will make announcements. I hope that by the end of this year, my audience will also see an EP from me.

Rapid fire:

Three songs you like to listen to

Doobey, Gehraiyaan, Bekaaboo (Laughs).

Five things you keep in mind when singing

My breath, my posture, that I ate and hydrated that day, that I took 10 seconds of my time to refocus and get to a happy place so I could perform at my best.

If not a singer, then?

Then actor.

Your favorite singer who inspires you the most?

There is an artist named Yebba. She makes amazing music and I think she’s one of the best singers of the 21st century.

A living or dead person for whom or with whom you would like to sing

I would love to sing for AR Rahman and I would love to sing with maybe Beyonce. I wish I was on the same track as Beyonce (Laughs).

If you had to describe your life with one song, what would it be?

It’s a difficult question… My head comes back to me with sad songs, but my life is not sad. I think it would be a Beyonce song like Single women and Rule the world girls) and beautiful liar. She completely describes my life or hindi song A pretty woman from Kal Ho Na Ho. From Gehraiyaanit will be necessary Doobey.

Your favorite piece of your work

The bridge part of Gehraiyaan is the best in my opinion.

Three things you are very particular about as a professional?

Time, healthy conversation and communication and mutual respect.

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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2022, 9:25 AM IST


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