The Telegraph
| Sunday, November 9, 2014 |


Jazzing up Bollywood

As a child, Shefali Alvares began by accompanying her father and she hasn't stopped hitting the high notes

  • Gajanan Dudhalkar

I have been performing with my father Joe Alvares, who is a Jazz and Blues singer, since I was little. I began singing from a young age and still perform with him. I guess this was really the first turning point for me.

Lending my voice for movies happened four years ago when I was studying in St. Xavier's College in Mumbai. I was offered a song by music director Sandeep Chowta in a Telugu movie, Saleem and this was one of the biggest milestones in my life.

Soon after this, a friend told me that music director Pritam was hunting for a fresh voice. Pritam really liked my voice and gave me the break that I was looking for. This gave a huge boost to my career.

I was delighted when some of the songs that I sang for him become huge hits. Whether it was Subha Hone Na De for Desi Boyz or Party On My Mind for Race 2, Pritam has always motivated me to work harder.

Though I really enjoy singing Jazz and Blues, singing in Bollywood has made me a household name.

I feel that my life has been a series of turning points and the latest one in my reckoning has been my marriage. I got married in January this year and my husband and I are now based in Bhopal. Though I often shuttle between Mumbai and Bhopal for work, I don't feel that my life has changed radically post-marriage. I am really happy that a lot of work is coming my way. I am performing at live shows and enjoy every moment of being on the stage.

Now I'm looking forward to lending my voice in Saif Ali Khan's upcoming movie Happy Ending. I am also singing for music director Amit Trivedi and in Pooja Bhatt's next film.

What really excites me about Bollywood songs now is that music directors want to do things differently and there is enough scope for singers like me who don't have a typical Bollywood voice.