Published on March 25th, 2014 | by Sharon Sandhu
FAB WOMAN: Malini Banerjee
Singer, songwriter, producer… so how much talent does it take exactly to be Malini Banerjee? Today we bring a tale of the new kid on the Bollywood music scene, her unwavering focus and commitment to doing what she loved doing since she was a child – singing! Read on to find out more…
Malini hails from Delhi and has had a very modest up-bringing alike most other average country girls. Furthermore like any other newbie she is looking to carve a niche for herself. Her debut Hindi film, Gang Of Ghosts, released on Friday, March 21 and she has definitely established herself as a talented performer. Having sung for Bengali films in the past, Malini is now making the most of her Bollywood debut as she hopes to release an album in the near future.
Apart from being an unwavering career focused woman, Malini is a total mountain junkie. An absolute foodie, she considers herself a hopeless romantic; something we believe will add that magic touch to her ambitious dreams of song-writing. At the peak of her interesting career with one of India’s largest Entertainment MNC, she took a drastic step of quitting that cushy little job because she wanted to live her dream of becoming an artiste. To quote straight from the horse’s mouth “Some think it was a risk, some say it was a ballsy decision, but, I was only being true to myself. When you have a gift, you should share it with the world”. Being a new singer in an industry as competitive as Bollywood is not easy. There’s very little money initially, and it’s a hell of a lot of struggle. But, it’s also hugely satisfying. And, THAT gives her immense happiness. She says, “I thank GOD everyday for blessing me with this voice, and I intend to make full use of it, and keep singing till my last breath!”
Ask her about herself and you get the strangest, truest yet craziest answers 🙂
FAB BAG: If not Malini, who would you be?
Malini: I love being me. Like how Kareena Kapoor Khan (Geet) in Jab We Met says, “Main apni favourite hoon! But, yes, being an artiste in the swinging sixties, like Janis Joplin, would be pretty awesome too!
FAB BAG: What motivates you?
Malini: It’s the constant thirst for adventure and learning. Music is as vast as our universe. There’s something to learn every single day!
FAB BAG: Happiness is…
Malini: A good vocal work out or riyaaz as we call it in Hindustani classical lingo. It’s like meditating. It helps one focus, breathe right, reduce stress, and of course, keeps the voice supple and in shape!
FAB BAG: One beauty tip that you can always fall back on
Malini: They say it’s all about being good at heart. But, I’d say it’s mostly about eating right, sleeping right, and being in love!
FAB BAG: If you could go on a one-time date with anyone, who would it be?
Malini: Oh, it’d have to be someone really awful, ’cause if he’s really nice I’d want more dates! Haha. But, jokes apart, I’d give my right arm to go out with Sahej Bakshi. His solo project, Dualist Inquiry, is killer. I’d love to jam with him!
FAB BAG: If you had to start up something new, what would that be?
Malini: A jazz bar up in the Himalayas! Something that combines all my loves- food, music, mountains 🙂
FAB BAG: Your idea of a perfect getaway?
Malini: Something that involves snow-capped peaks, green meadows, fruity wines, great food, and a lot of laughter!
FAB BAG: If money could buy happiness, what would you spend it on?
Malini: Er, I’d just buy happiness! Everything we do, all the mall-hopping, shopping, eating-out, clubbing, holidaying, is only to be happy, right? Well, I’ll just jump the queue, and go straight to the end and buy happiness!
FAB BAG: One book/movie you can never have enough of?
Malini: This is a tough one. Movie will have to be a toss-up between Roman Holiday and The Pianist. Book, good God! There are too many! But, The Impressionist, by Hari Kunzru, never quite ceases to amaze me.
FAB BAG: Your favourite quote is?
Malini: There’s this lovely line in the book I’m currently reading- Memories Of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had”. But, my all-time favorite would have to be Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
FAB BAG: What’s the one message that you’d like to give to our members
Malini: Love yourself. Live your dream. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Life is way too short for compromises. Be a little selfish. Follow your heart. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Learn to be grateful for what you’ve got. And, trust me, everything will work itself out. Never lose hope!
FAB BAG: What would you like people to remember you as?
Malini: A true musician, an honest artiste who made people smile with her music 🙂
Here’s a video from Malini’s YouTube channel – it’s her first debut single Cross the Line. Check it out!
Parting Shot: Perseverance and commitment to your dream will bring you success, and when you have a gift that you could share with the world, never hesitate. For folks who think they can relate to the girl in this story, we have a parting note for you: “Take that shot, take that risk! Beat the fear that holds you back. Only then will you taste the sweetness of triumph.”
The *FAB* Women initiative by FabBag.com celebrates the occasion of Women’s Day all through the month of March with an aim to inspire women across the country by sharing stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. If you liked reading Malini’s story, please leave a comment below and share this article. It’s now your turn to spread the inspiration.