Hema Sardesai is a Hindi playback singer who has sung for over 60 Bollywood films. In 2000, she got a chance to give her vocal with Shahrukh Khan for song ’Apun Bola’ which was picturized on the actor and Aishwarya Rai and the song became popular among the younger generation. Earlier, she had a chance to sing in another Shahrukh Khan’s film ‘Pardes’ with
Alka Yagnik for a number ‘Nahi Hona Tha’.
But she rose to popularity by singing with Alka Yagnik in another Shahrukh Khan’s film ‘
Asoka’ which was picturized on Kareena Kapoor (San Sanana). Even for a film like ‘
Baghban’, this singer shared credits with
Amitabh Bachchan and Alka for a song ‘Chali Chali Phir Chali’. Her first solo was from’ Chak De India’ (Badal Pe Paon Hain) which became national anthem for sports lovers. After this song, she never looked back. She also has sung a super hit song for A.R. Rahman for A V M productions film ‘Sapnay’. The song ‘Awaara Bhavaren’ was picturized on actress Kajol and there was a magic in her voice to capture the youthful spring season. This one song was enough for her to fuel her musical career. She is very distinct and different playback from other playback singers of her time.
She had sung songs in many different languages including English, Hindi, Konkani and Punjabi. She is well trained to sing a pop, folk, bhangra, classical or even a sexy song. She has a charismatic stage presence and whenever or wherever she sets foot on stage (India or International) for a musical concert, the audience watches her with rapt attention.
This deep-throated singer came into prominence first at all-Goa singing competition when she was just 11, and now her perseverance in musical world catapulted her to the international league when she won a Grand Prix in a German competition of international repute. She has sung for all popular music directors such as
Anu Malik, Nadeem-Sharvan,
Himesh Reshammiya, Vishal-Shekhar,
Aadesh Shrivastava, and
Viju Shah. Her private albums songs from ‘Hindustani Gudiya’ and ‘Jhoom’ songs are all time favorites. Her voice suited Bollywood top actreses like Kajol, Karishma, Aishwarya, Sushmita and even