In love with India

In love with India

Musical musings

In love with India

Meet Natalie Di Luccio, the Canadian woman who became an YouTube sensation after doing covers of Bollywood songs. Natalie has also worked with well-known names in the Indian music industry like Sonu Nigam and A R Rahman. She has also sang for films like Band Baaja Baraat, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, English Vinglish and Chennai Express.

But, for Natalie, her journey to India was not for fame at first. She said the spiritual trip she took to India in 2010 changed her life and now there is no looking back. She is now one of the most recognisable faces in the entertainment industry in India.

Born to a Canadian mother and Italian father, and with no background in the entertainment industry in India, her entry into India as a playback singer was not a smooth one. However, she says her love for India encompassed all the difficulties. “Like most parents, mine were apprehensive when I decided to come to India because I’m a single working woman. But now they are fine with me working here and they do visit me from time to time,” reveals Natalie to Sunday Herald.

When asked how she dealt with the mixed reactions she received on her YouTube performances, Natalie says she never regrets doing Bollywood covers. “Initially, it was disheartening, but I learnt to cope with it and move on. I’m glad that there are many fans who appreciate my work,” she quips.

On whether she has been offered lead roles in movies, she appeared sincere when she said her priority remains singing despite some offers on the acting front. “Yes, I do get offers. But, at this moment it is easy to be offered a ‘firangi’ role and be typecast. I want to concentrate on singing and if good roles come my way, I’m not opposed to working in films,” Natalie says.

Now, Natalie also admits that as a ‘firangi’, she did face some issues. “Yes, I did have some issues, but I’ve learnt to deal with it,” she says while talking about her experience in India.

Natalie’s success story is purely because of her talent. She neither had a backer nor a godfather, but YouTube gave her the “best platform” to perform covers of Hindi and regional songs.

Natalie also reveals that working in the Indian entertainment industry has broadened her outlook towards her colleagues in the industry. “Working with Indian entertainers has been a great experience. It has opened up my horizon. Most of them are like these guys (her co-hosts on Life Mein Ek Baar). People are really amazing... I have no issues with anyone.”

Natalie is busy travelling these days as part of her job. She was recently spotted in Hong Kong  — Asia’s World City — for the shooting of Fox Life’s television show titled Life Mein Ek Baar —  an adventure and travel-based show which has other celebs like Karan Kundra, Sana Saeed and Himarsha Venkatsamy. The show premiered on October 20.

Natalie also admits her journey to India came by chance, which she grabbed reluctantly, but “never regrets it”. “India has transformed me in many ways — from the way I dress to the way I look at things,” says Natalie. She may not be ‘Made in India’, but her music is very much Indian, but with a twist.

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