From cricket song to singing with comedy king

The peppy Baby Doll number echoes in the mind as Metrolife is connected on phone to the voice behind it. Sweet is her tone, humble is her nature and Henna Rakheja is her name.


Having become the chart-topping voice overnight, Kapoor says since she was a child, she wanted to be a performing artiste.

“I have grown up in a simple Hindu family in Lucknow and my parents are very traditional. Like any other parents, they sent me to learn Kathak, singing, piano, etc. When I was six or seven years old, they saw I was good in singing and sent me to a very serious guru who agreed to train me from a very young age,” recollects the crooner who was assigned to sing for the All India Radio by the time she turned 11.

“What gave me a great boost were the inter-school competitions which I won when I was 12, and from there, I wanted to be on stage!”

Her journey to become popular started thus but took her quite a few years to come to a stage where the leading ladies of Bollywood depict her songs onscreen. “Sunny Leone was the best suited for Baby Doll and Deepika (Padukone) took the song Lovely to another level. Do you like Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan,” she asks Metrolife. Mention to her that the song is better than its picturisation and she retorts, “I wouldn’t like to comment on that!”

Soon she takes a U-turn and comments, “I think Jacqueline (Fernandez) is as cute and chirpy in the video as she is in real life. Ek Paheli Leela, which is my first song composition, is again filmed on Sunny Leone.”

Excited about her latest venture on cricket, the song Heroes (we could be)’, which has been released by Universal Music and Chhil Gaye Naina in the Anushka-starrer N.H 10, Kapoor says, “I started with dance numbers because that’s what I was offered but my personal favourite is singing semi-classical Sufi songs which you will hear soon on my YouTube Channel. At the same time, I have a lot of dance music coming up so you can dance and cry by my music.” A short laugh follows.

One significant piece of news is: “In Abbas Mustan’s film that marks Kapil Sharma’s debut,
I will be singing a duet with him,” says the songstress leaving her fans to wonder what will be the killer combination like!

Soon, the talk drifts to her singles and this fan of Shubha Mudgal confesses, “You will get to see a lot of me on screen in my singles. I haven’t taken any training to carry myself in my videos and am very raw. But if I’m asked who I would want to look like, the answer would be Beyonce.”

Great going!

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