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Posted at: Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 AM; last updated: Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 AM (IST)

Voice of the heart

Punjabi singer Sunanda, who makes her acting debut opposite Diljit Dosanjh, comes across as a girl-next door, with, of course, a mellifluous voice

Jasmine Singh

In a simple pink and blue coloured salwar kameez, Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma has a settled calm in her persona; unlike for a young celebrity singer whose songs have taken the entire music industry by storm. Holding a bunny-shaped sipper, the young, gossamer skin girl from Amritsar is absolutely enjoying her space right now, “This is where I always wanted to be,” she smiles, leaving a flush red on her cheeks. 

As Sunanda, the singer behind hit songs Thar and Jaani, makes her acting debut in up and coming Punjabi film Rangroot, opposite Diljit Dosanjh, the less spoken and written about artiste is on a free-wheeling trip today. Though she looks at her mentor, her promoter Pinky Dhaliwal, who seems to be satisfied with her answers!

Fairytale story

So, like any fairytale, a little Sunanda in front of television with her mother would often talk about how she wanted to be on screen; wanted everyone to see her talent. And then one day in April 2015, this girl posted a video, Kulwinder Billa’s song on Youtube, and there she was an overnight singing sensation!

She then gave her first single Billi Akh and then Patake, which had more than 80 million views. Expected? “Not in my wildest dreams, I’d just given my best and somehow it clicked; everyone saw it,” she speaks softly with no urgency. Even though Sunanda didn’t expect this response, she certainly has become a celebrity, a known female singer of Punjabi music industry, a realisation she doesn’t seem to be comfortable with it. 

“Nothing has changed, I am the same, my family still treats me like they used to, huney vi gharon daant paindi hai. Of course, I have become busy, I have loads of work, which leaves me no time to think about whether I am a celebrity or not”... but...she pauses, “When I perform live and when I see a swarm of audiences, I often wonder have they really come just for me, and this feels good!”

Hectic life

Such is her schedule that it leaves no time for Sunanda to enjoy this feeling. “But I don’t mind, how do I tell you,” she inches closer, showing signs of excitement, “I always dreamt to be in this position, I enjoy being here; I love everything about my work, the frequent, endless, travel, recordings, live shows, meeting new people, talking to older people who love and appreciate my work.”

And acting? “Well that too; it seems to come naturally.” This one gets a big nod from Pinky Dhaliwal, who tells us that Sunanda was totally clueless about whom she was going to act opposite in Rangroot. “Really, I got to know on the sets that I would be acting opposite Diljit Dosanjh.”

Big break

This indeed is a big acting break for Sunanda and she is all thankful to the cast as well as the crew of Rangroot, “It was a wonderful experience working with Diljit Dosanjh, Pankaj Batra, the producers, and the entire team of Rangroot,” says the artiste, who totally believes that the industry doesn’t differentiate between a male and female singer. “This is what I love about this place; in fact very soon whatever little divide you see between male and female singers will also vanish.”

The young artiste is in a happy space; the bucket list is seeing a lot of tick marks, so is there any other dream that needs to see the light of the day? “Many; I have a long way to go and I will be working towards it,” she opens the bunny bottle and takes a tiny, almost measured sip. “Life is beautiful,” Sunanda smiles. Looking at her, we don’t have an iota of doubt about this!  


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