If you are among the two million people who have already viewed the reprise version of the chartbuster song, “Tareefan,” from “Veere Di Wedding,” you know how awesome Indian American singer Lisa Mishra is in the video that also features the film’s lead actors, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. For all the others out there, watch the video now!
Her version is going viral, with music fans declaring that the Chicago, Illinois-based singer’s version is so much better than the original one.
“It all still feels like a dream,” Mishra, an Illinois Wesleyan University alum, said in a press release issued by the university. “I can’t believe I got this incredible opportunity and am grateful for everything that aligned to make it happen.”
While reflecting on a whirlwind of a week that included an impromptu trip to India and the creation of a music video that reached two million views in seven days on YouTube, Mishra said she was inspired to create her own “acoustic rendition” of the song after listening to the soundtrack of the Bollywood film before its release June 1.
She blended “Tareefan” with “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber and posted it to her Instagram account from where it went viral and Sonam Kapoor chanced upon it.
She said Kapoor invited her to fly to Mumbai to record the song in a professional studio and produce a music video featuring the film’s stars.
“The best way I can describe it is that these are sort of the first families of film in India,” Mishra explained. “They’re people I’ve grown up admiring. Their films are ones that everyone can call favorites. The experience of working with them was surreal, and Rhea Kapoor (Sonam Kapoor’s sister and co-producer of ‘Veere Di Wedding’) is a total visionary for wanting to position me as an artist by keeping me in the video with the other girls.”
As an Illinois Wesleyan student, Mishra, added the press release, frequently performed on campus. The recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and a Multifaith Ambassador, Mishra also created an interfaith prayer space on campus.
The self-taught singer has been creating cover songs in both Hindi and English for the last 11 years.
After graduating in 2015 as a double major in economics and religion, Mishra, now a senior analyst at Hub Group, returned to her hometown of Chicago to pursue a career in data analytics while maintaining her YouTube music channel on the side.
“I’ve been singing as long as I can remember for the sheer love of it,” Mishra said. “The motivation to continue singing was a belief in self and ability, that if I kept working at this I would only get better and better.”
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