Playback singer Meghna Mishra has successfully made her names to few of the top most people in the music world in India. Winning 63rd Filmfare Award under Best Playback Singer category for her song ‘Nachdi Phira’ at the age of 17 is surely a big deal.
Gaining recognition from the Bollywood movie, Secret Superstar, where she sang five songs for the film, Meghna Mishra stepped into the spotlight at a very early age. In an interview with Music Plus, Meghna talks about her journey. Here is an excerpt:
“Secret Superstar wasn’t the first film I had sung for. My first singing opportunity was in a Marathi movie, Vitti Dandu, in 2014. One fine day, music director Santosh Mulekar Sir called up my mom and casually asked about my whereabouts. He then told her that I would receive a call and I would have to send an audio sample. Later, we received a call from Ashish Narula Sir, and I sent my audio sample. He, then, forwarded an address and asked me and my father to be present there on a particular day,” said Mishra.
“I was asked to sign a few papers and we were called in. Little did I know that it was Amit Trivedi Sir’s office. I was shell-shocked. He then told me that I had just signed up for Secret Superstar and that I will be singing for the protagonist. My joy knew no bounds.”
Meghna and her mother Arti Mishra stayed in Panchgani for 10 days to record the songs. When asked about her experience working alongside one of the biggest Bollywood music directors, Amit Trivedi, and actor Aamir Khan, she says,
“At first, I was nervous and after I spent more time with them, I became comfortable. They are so friendly and I felt completely at ease working alongside such talented people from the industry. It was a wonderful experience. It was my first time working with such great personalities. But, the best part is that they were so helpful. I could learn so much from Amit Sir, Aamir Sir, Munir Kausar Ma’am (lyricist) and the entire crew and team. I feel more confident now. Aamir Sir would always give me professional advice.”
On being asked about how she manages to deal with the pressure that comes with fame and popularity, she says,
“I never find it difficult to handle the attention. I rather enjoy the fact that people know me by my work. That’s a good thing,” she affirmed.
She confessed that it is difficult to manage both passion and necessity and sometimes education does take a backseat when music is paid more attention.
“Right now, I’m in 12th Standard and I need to put in extra hours for my studies. But, I’ve always been more inclined towards music. My school, my teachers, principal – all of them are extremely supportive. They encourage me to pursue music but also help me with my studies.”
She also performs in live concerts
“Honestly, I enjoy performing live more than recording. That said, recording is equally important because ultimately that’s what we perform live. I do feel nervous every time I get on the stage but when you have a humble audience, your fear vanishes. When the audience is supportive, it’s always fun to perform live,” she said.
Meghna Mishra’s parents, Arti and Sanjay, both belong to the music world
“I love travelling and I have traveled a bit within India. I’ve also been to China and Bangkok. My favourite place to visit is Benaras. I love it there because of the atmosphere – colorful, so many beautiful places to explore, the amazing food and the warm affectionate people.”
How Bollywood project opened new doors for Meghna
“I do get calls from experienced music directors as well as newcomers. I can’t reveal whom I am working with but as far I can say is that all looks well now. I’m currently working on a Bengali film which will release next year, around February or March.”
The journey of this young singer has just begun. Looking forward to her musical career, Mishra would love to focus on being a classical singer.
“I have been vocal training with my father and I hope when my voice is more mature, I would receive good offers to sing,” signs off Mishra.