Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great way to introduce people to the sound. But I hope to continue to incorporate other types of Indian music into my work.
I don't see myself being perceived as a Bollywood star and I wouldn't want to be that either.
We are always larger than life because we come from this mentality that since we are a very poor nation, we need an escapist cinema to take us out of our miseries. And that's where Bollywood comes from.
I had zero connection to Bollywood or movies when I started out. I worked in theatre for eight years where luckily Makarand Deshpande mentored me, helped me to improve my body language and voice modulation.
As for Bollywood, actors are no longer typecast there and I'm happy to be in that phase where the industry is evolving for the better.
In Bollywood, it is common for shoots to have unexpected delays and go well into the night, but shoot schedules in the South are mostly wrapped up by evening, unless absolutely required.
We women are glamorous, we work hard, and that's how we work in Bollywood.
I didn't grow up watching Hindi films and loving them, or wanting to become a Bollywood actor. That, to me, was the most fantastical idea.
When my first album came out, it wasn't Bollywood. The love that I received from people was everything, and it still is everything for me.
When my first album came out, it wasn't Bollywood.