Pop singer Alisha Chinai is well known for her albums and playback singing in Bollywood. She has worked with prominent musicians like Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik and Nadeem-Shravan. Her albums like Made in India and Lover Girl were big hits of their time. She gave her voice to actresses like Sridevi, Smita Patil, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, Mandakini and Juhi Chawla. One of her biggest filmi hits was the song Kajra Re, for which she received the Filmfare best female playback award in 2005. Disappointed over the payment system for musicians in Bollywood, Alisha feels that singers and musicians should get their fair share of royalty and the payment system needs to be regularised for the industry.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life: My musical influences have been a mix of western and Indian singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Noor Jehan, The Beatles and Barbra Streisand to name a few. As I grew up, I was inspired by Madonna and was inclined towards pop. Furthermore, my ex-husband taught me the business side of the music industry.
How did you decide to take up singing as profession: From my childhood I was encouraged to be a singer. Though my father [a classical singer] tried hard to engage me in classical music, but I realised it wasn't my cup of tea. Also, I never really saw myself as a playback singer as I wanted to establish an identity of my own.