Rekha Bhardwaj is more than just the wife to the successful Indian filmmaker and composer, Vishal Bhardwaj. She is an award-winning, skilled and accomplished singer with the innate ability to add any sort of mood to a song – whether it is naughty, sad, chirpy, or flirtatious.
Let’s take a look at some of Rekha Bhardwaj’s songs which prove that she’s one of the most versatile singers in the Bollywood industry.
1) Ab Mujhe Koi from Ishqiya. The song was composed and penned by her husband, Vishal Bhardwaj and Rekha brought it alive with her voice. Rekha had to shed certain elements of her voice to be able to express the loneliness, sadness and betrayal Vidya Balan’s character felt and the fact that this song is mentioned in this list, proves that Bhardwaj did perfect justice to the lyrics.
2) Sasural Genda Phool from Delhi-6. The song was composed by none other than A. R Rahman and was used to showcase how there are numerous relationships that go beyond just the bonds of blood. Rekha Bhardwaj voiced this along with Mahathi, Sujata Majumder and Shraddha Pandit. The mood and theme of the song was familiar while the music was western and Bhardwaj’s tone was soothing, soft and restrained. For any other singer, this would have been a task to pull off but Rekha manages to do the same effortlessly and adds to the charm of the song.
3) Namak from the multiple award-winning movie, Omkara. Namak featured Bipasha Basu and would have been a flop if it wasn’t for Rekha Bhardwaj’s voice modulation abilities. She manages to increase the song’s sex appeal by modulating her voice.
4) Darling from the National award-winning 7 Khoon Maaf. The song Darling celebrates the folk music of Russia. There were reports that the song was adapted from Kalinka, a Russian Tune. However, as per a Hindustan Times web report, Vishal Bhardwaj’s close source confirmed that the tune was actually picked from the Russian Red Army Choir. The song was a hit because of its upbeat tempo and the way Rekha Bhardwaj stresses and slurs the word ‘Darling’ every single term.