Four rockstars hit the road to tell inspiring stories of women’s empowerment
Singers Shalmali Kholgade, Jasmine Sandlas, Akasa Singh and Anusha Mani had never ridden a bike, let alone a Royal Enfield, before they started shooting for Angels of Rock in January. The candid confession took some time to sink in, because the shoot had them biking from Mumbai till the Wagah Border for 25 days, maneuvering national highways, dirt roads and bends. But the foursome took this TV outing as a “challenge”, borrowing bikes from their friends and drivers to practise, before firing up the Bullets for the show. Now, the 23-year-old Singh, the youngest in the group, can’t wait to own a bike.
But Angels of Rock is not a travelogue. It’s about the women these artistes meet on the way, and the 10 songs they inspire — composed while battling the rigours of the roadtrip, and sleep deprivation. To be featured at the end of each of the 10 episodes, these songs are a mix of pop, rock, hip hop and Punjabi/reggae tracks. They will highlight stories about the female fire-fighters of Jaipur, Rudi No Radio station, run by women in Ahmedabad, the female rickshaw drivers of Gulabi Autos in Haryana, a young lady sarpanch, and more. Interestingly, the show features an all-women crew, of 35.
Bengaluru’s Mani, and Mumbai-based Kholgade, and Singh, who shot to fame with songs Dhoka, Pareshaan and Kheech Meri Photo respectively recollect their experiences.
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Journey takeaway: I enjoyed the bonfires we had in the cold weather in Shahabad Markanda, Haryana. We sang and danced till they begged us to go and sleep because we had an early shoot.
Group chemistry: Akasa is the hot bubbly child, Jasmine (California-based singer- songwriter) is the sweet and sexy gangstah, Anusha is the gorgeous level-headed adult, and I would be the unpredictable nutter. I’ve found wonderful friends in them.
Future projects: I have directed and shot a music video for one of my originals, which will come out later this year.
Any slip-ups? All of us fell from our bikes at least once, but it has been a great learning experience.
Offbeat travel: As musicians, we travel a lot, but we are always in the comfort of five-star hotels. This kind of exploring (during the show) is required because it really opens you up as a person and you learn so much about life. Coming up: I am working on my own songs.
Creative studio: I’ve always had my younger brother (a musician), or my father help me make music while I write lyrics. But here I was on my own. The fact that real life incidents were moulding our songs was exhilarating.
What’s next: I have sung a few regional songs (in Punjabi and Gujarati). I am also passionate about a career in acting.
— Barkha Kumari