Shweta Shetty rose to fame as a pop singer before audio over-the-top, music apps, Instagram, or YouTube existed. She was already well-known in the early 1990s thanks to her frequent collaborations with AR Rahman, including "Rukmani Rukmani" from "Roja" (1992), "Khel Hai Yeh" from "Super Police" (1994), and "Mangta Hai Kya" from "Rangeela" (1995). Her catchy party songs "Johny Johny Joker," "Tote Tote," and "Deewane To Deewane Hain" were well-liked.
She has worked as an artist for many years, sharing the stage with legends like Rahman, Sarah Brightman, Frank Peterson, Gregorian & Jam and Spoon, Shah Rukh Khan, and countless more. She now speaks exclusively to the Bombay Times as she gets ready for her 25-year solo comeback at the Royal Opera House on July 1.
She responds, "I'd be lying if I said I'm not nervous when we ask her whether she's nervous. I'm sure I am! There are too many things to worry about when you are performing alone. After many years, a large audience will be watching me, and what they will see on television and social media will be quite different. You can sense the energy of the audience when you are performing live on stage. The first two or three tracks, in my opinion, are the most terrifying, especially if you've been away for so long. Although I have performed on stage in recent years, it has only been for a single song or a very brief performance. the time I shared a stage with other musicians. However, this is distinct. You are bearing the weight of the entire solo performance on your shoulders.
Shweta's songs and albums from back then, almost three decades ago, were some of the best-selling ones and would appear on all countdowns for months. Few people are aware that her song "Rukmani" was named one of the top 10 soundtracks of all time by the Times Magazine in the 1990s.
What are the most anticipating at this concert with such a repertoire? "I simply want to connect with my audience and recall joyful experiences. And I want to discover if, after all these years, I still have what it takes to support a show on my own two feet and to engage audiences with my music. The 1990s were such fantastic, enduring decades. All of these songs bring back so many memories! 'Mangta Hai Kya' was extraordinary. I recall expressing to Rahman my inability to comprehend the "strange" lyrics.
The disco queen continues, "I believe that during the pandemic, people's love for 90s music was reawakened, and as a result, all of these songs went viral once more. The creative side of me was inspired by this to do this.
The strong-voiced singer explained her absence to us when we questioned why she had been absent for so long: "I was in Germany for 20 years and returned in 2015 and suddenly realized so many things had changed — there was no pop music and Bollywood was out of the question. However, I decided to pursue this while living in Bombay, where there is a tonne of music and inspiration. In other words, the world set the whole thing up for me because during the pandemic, "Deewane Toh Deewane" became popular during the first wave, and "Tote Tote" went viral during the second wave. Little kids were covering my songs and tagging me. These children weren't even born when I sang these songs, I thought. songs’! Aditya Narayan sang "Mangata Hai Kya" wonderfully, and it also became popular online. So it seemed as though God was calling me to take the stage and connect with all of my followers who weren't around when I was active. Therefore, we were addressing five to six million members of the new generation. Everything just happened. It was unplanned and unanticipated. Sometimes, timing is all that matters. While everyone else during the epidemic was thinking, "I'm never going to get out of this," I was the one who said, "Okay, when this is done, I'm going to walk up on that stupid stage and entertain!