Neeti, Kriti, Shakti and Mukti, the multitalented Mohan sisters are a household name today. While Neeti the oldest of the four has carved a niche for herself as a singer in Bollywood, Shakti has made her name as a dancer and Mukti as an actress. Although not in the limelight, Kriti plays the role of managing the professional assignments of her sisters.
The four sisters have collaborated for the first time for a song called Kanha Re sung by Neeti, while the video features her and her sisters Shakti and Mukti as gopis and Kriti is responsible for all the management and seeing that everything runs smoothly. While Shakti and Kriti were out of India for other commitments. Neeti and Mukti spoke exclusively to HotFridayTalks.com about their collaboration and more.
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Tell us a little more about Kanha Re
Neeti: Kanha Re is an audio and visual treat, we wanted to do something very close to our roots and culture, something we have been brought up with. It is an independent song, as I want to do independent work as much as I am doing Bollywood songs. Kanha Re is something that I had learnt during college and I used to sing it so often at home that Shakti and Mukti also learnt it and started humming it and performing in school and college. It is like our song.
Mukti and Shakti are trained classical dancers, did they give you any tips on dancing?
Neeti: Mukti would ask me to feel and enjoy the dance steps while we were practicing. It took me 15 to 20 days to learn it.The choreography was choreographed by the one who choreographed Deepika Padukone’s dance steps in Ghoomar. She did a great job and at such a speed that it’s unbelievable!
It’s nice to see young people like you come up with something so traditional. How do you think songs like these will be liked by the youth?
Neeti: We represent youth and when they see the three of us doing something traditional, the youth will feel ok that is very Indian, that is what we are. We are proud of our culture but because of the internet we have access more easily to western music and because of that we are able to blend the two. With Kanha Re. it’s more of the pure form that we have tried to bring. Having said that, in other songs like Naino Wale in Padmavat, it is very Indian but a lot of Western instruments are also used in that song, so it’s a great blend. As long as we don’t forget our roots and there is a good balance then it’s great!
Mukti: There is so much grace in our dance forms. It’s great to be part of something so traditional and rooted. Indian classical dance brings you very close to your roots, it brings you very close to a certain sense of the rhythm of a walk, of how animals, nature, trees move.
(Neeti interrupts her and prompts her to talk about her dance workshop in Puducherry while informing me how every actor and artist should do that workshop)…Mukti continues and tells us about how she had people who were lawyers and doctors attend her workshop.
It was all about doing Kallari, eyes exercise, playing drums as it is good for circulation and swimming because one is using their diaphragm underwater and doing navras. All of it makes them aware of how you can take charge of things through just the breath. It is rooted in Natyashastra.
Neeti: To sum up this whole west influence on the youth all I’d like to say is that It’s basically like how you can go home and eat pizza maybe once in a while but daal chawal is staple and it’s your comfort food so that’s the same with Indian music, it’s like our daal chawal, it’s what we are comfortable with!
Neeti you have worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, we’ve heard that he’s a tough taskmaster. How was your experience?
Neeti: Working with Sanjay Bhansali is such a joy. He is a perfectionist but these are the kind of people who will push you, the people who will bring the best out of you.
Do you think there is space for independent musicians/singers where film music dominates?
Neeti: Being an independent singer and musician is not difficult but challenging and if you do something that is very Indian and devotional, it is even more challenging. But for me who does a lot of Bollywood songs, I feel that sometimes I must do what I like to or want to do.Along with the remixes like Naam Mera Mera or a Bang Bang, Western Jazz album like Bombay Velvet, I also want to showcase this side of me and every artist has so much of variety, I feel we should all aim at being versatile and try to do well.
Remixes Vs Originals, What do you prefer?
Neeti: I am someone who prefers the originals but I have sung a lot of remixes too like Har Kisi Ko, Naam Mera Hai Mera, Tumhe Apna Banane Ki.
Mukti: There are so many remixes, every film has at least one remix in their film. That’s probably because the producers want listeners to immediately connect. The patience level of people today is just a swipe of a finger so they want the listeners to connect. What makes them connect is the old memory of a song in a new package.
All four of you sisters work together, do you have creative differences and fights?
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(Both of them together) Of Course! (Laugh!)
Neeti: We have a lot of arguments and fights. There are so many creative differences but what is good is that we have our departments.
Mukti: If it is anything to do with singing and music then it is Neeti’s department and even if we are wrong sometimes, we give in and surrender because we know she has the knowledge in that and an expert in that department.
Neeti: When it comes to dancing then it is Shakti and when it comes to dance and performance, it is Mukti and Keerti manages all of us! Kriti was the one who stood in the line for me for many hours to take part in the reality show which changed my life.
Tell us about some funny moments while shooting Kanha Re
Neeti: Because we were wearing very heavy jewellery during Kanha my Jhumka would fly off or my ‘choti’ (braid) would go and slap Mukti’s face and she would start crying in pain and we had to stop the shoot. The highlight was while dancing Mukti’s payal flew off but it was a lot of fun!
What is that one song that you must have on your playlist?
Neeti: Dil Se Re
Mukti: Rene Aubry
What is that one thing you would like to tell the youth who want to get into music and dance?
(Mukti speaks for both of them and Neeti agrees)
Mukti: Research well, follow yourself and that could start a legacy.
The talented Mohan sisters are on their way to starting a legacy of their own! We wish them all the best!