Bollywood’s popular singer Jonita Gandhi took the Telugu film industry by storm by giving many hits such as Hey Amigo, Love’Otsavam, OMG Pilla, Yevevo, Ela Thelchaali, Hamsaro, Deivam Raasina Kavitha, Mental Madhilo, Ye Kadhaa, Nuvve Nuvve, and many more. Now, she is coming up with a big project — Evo Evo Kalale — for the movie Love Story starring Chai Akkineni and Sai Pallavi.
So, in a conversation with Hyderabad Today, Jonita spoke about her new Telugu song, exciting upcoming projects, her inspiration, favourite singers and a lot more.
When asked how it was working with the Love Story team, Jonita says, “I know Pawan from the ARR projects as we were both parts of in the past. I was very excited to hear that he was making his debut as a composer. He is super talented and it was lovely to work with him and the team to record this fun duet,” shares Jonita, who confesses that she cannot speak or understand Telugu.
“I speak only English very fluently, but I’m comfortable conversing in Hindi. I understand Punjabi too!” she adds.
Jonita is a fan of singers such as Sonu Nigam, Asha Bhosle, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars… the list goes on. “I like listening to a variety of music including R&B, dancehall, Bollywood ballads, urban desi music… and so much more!” she says.
The pandemic has been a chance to learn and grow and overcome obstacles, for the singer. She spent the first few months alone in Mumbai, but luckily she was able to go home and spend a few months with her family in Canada. Talking about her lockdown experience, she says, “I experimented a little bit with cooking. The food turned out good, surprisingly. I recently started painting and I really enjoy it! It’s a great stress-buster and fun pastime. Since lockdown, my backyard is where most of my favourite moments happen.”
Talking about her travel plans once things around the world get better, she says, “One place I haven’t been to that I really want to visit is any major city in Spain. I also really want to go back to places like Tokyo, Florence, and Nice (South of France).”
About her connect with the city of pearls, she says, “I’ve been to Hyderabad many times to perform. I love the food and hospitality of the people here. Hyderabad audiences are full of such diverse and discerning music lovers… it is always great to experience,” she says.
Given her good looks, one wonders if she is interested in acting as well. “I recently shot for an English language film with a Kollywood production house that’s scheduled to release on OTT platforms later this year,” informs Jonita, who says she would have probably been in finance if she didn’t pursue singing as a career.
The singer is working on a few independent music projects which she’s really excited to share with her fans very soon! On a parting note, she says, “There are also a couple of film songs in the works, we will have to wait to hear about those!”
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