By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has roped in his sister to croon a song that will be picturised on Priyanka Chopra in his forthcoming movie "What's Your Raashee?" He hopes audiences appreciate her voice.
"My sister Aslesha sang the song 'Aa le chal' for my film. I could've brought her vocals out earlier, but there's a right time for everything. In 'What's Your Raashee?' I had the right situation for Aslesha," Gowariker told IANS.
"The song appears when Priyanka plays Nandini, the Scorpio. I hope listeners like my sister's voice," said the director who made films like "Lagaan", "Swades" and "Jodhaa Akbar".
The film's leading man Hurman Baweja was asked to sing few lines for the same song, but he didn't know who the female singer was. When he reached the studio for the recording, Gowariker and music composer Sohail Sen played him the track and he was completely bowled over by the beautiful female voice.
"I was completely bowled over. My god! What a voice. And I couldn't recognise it. It was not Alka Yagnikji or Shreya Ghoshal and it was certainly not Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar). I asked who it was and I was told it was a new singer. I recorded my portion with much nervousness. Imagine... catching up to a voice of that calibre," said Hurman.
It was only later that Hurman got to know the singer was Gowariker's sister Aslesha who is a lawyer by profession.
"I didn't know Gowariker belongs to a family of singers. His mother Kishori Gowariker is a trained vocalist. Gowariker sings and so does his sister. So I was basically asked to pitch my voice with a singer who knows her job," said the actor.