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Exclusive: Amrita Rao feels ‘blessed’ to essay Lata Mangeshkar on screen, says, ‘I was living Lata ji’s life’

Many lined up in entrance of the enduring Lata Mangeshkar to make a biopic, however the late singer by no means agreed. Nonetheless, there was one TV present that took inspiration from her life and was loosely based mostly on Mangeshkar and her sister, singer Asha Bhosle. And on this present, Meri Awaaz Hello Pehchaan Hai, it was actor Amrita Rao who performed the character based mostly on Mangeshkar’s life.

“I’m blessed and privileged to be the one actress to essay a personality impressed by Lata ji,” gushes Rao, and is fast so as to add, “With that got here lots of duty and laborious work. I had to take a look at her footage and movies to grasp her physique language. We got lots of info on her journey, how her father impressed her, and so forth. I used to be dwelling Lata ji’s life, and it was unimaginable.”

In truth, Rao was so tuned into Mangeshkar’s life that she reveals the day the Lag Jaa Gale (Woh Kaun Thi?; 1964) singer died (February 6), she had a reasonably eerie expertise: “I awakened that morning and the primary picture that got here to my thoughts was Lata ji’s. One thing informed me she has moved on. (This was) Earlier than even studying or realizing something. I form of knew… I don’t know what to name it. It was an instinct, possibly.”

The actor, who enjoys singing herself, reveals she was impressed by India’s nightingale. “I’ve grown up listening to Lata ji’s songs. She was my first trainer and thru her songs, we realized rhythm,” she shares.

Nonetheless, Rao by no means had the “privilege” of interacting with the legend, and says one among her desires will now stay unfulfilled. “It was at all times a dream for me, because the time I entered the trade, that Lata ji will playback for me,” she shares.

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