Journey of Queen Hazarika – An Exclusive Interview
Her cheerful nature reflects in her lively and soulful music. Life has been the greatest inspiration to her and she is always motivated to do something new to give out her best. From music to acting, this versatile artist has done it all to emerge as one of the prolific artists from Assam.
Queen Hazarika has been in this industry for a decade now and this Rotary award winner is the voice behind some of the big hits of Assamese movie industry like ‘Mon’, ‘Suren Suror Putek’ and ‘Sneh Bandhan’. Apart from playback singing, this talented artist has worked on her singles which include – ‘Ki Naam Di Matim’ (2012), ‘Xaare Aasu’ (2015), Anuron (2016). She made her debut into movies as an actor from Prodyut Kumar Deka’s ‘Surjasta’ and since then, she has been active an actor in the industry.
In an exclusive interview, Queen Hazarika talks about her journey so far (music, acting) and gives us a glimpse of her upcoming movie ‘Rum Vodka and Whisky’.
Hello Queen Hazarika ma’am, Creativica welcomes you. You started off in this industry as a singer/playback singer and also were part of many other projects for which you gained a lot of accolades, how would you define your journey so far?
Thank you, Creativica for choosing to interview me. I started singing professionally in the year 1996 and it has been an incredible journey so far. It’s been two decades now and I have evolved as a musician and a person and I feel I have just been warming up so far, I’m working on to deliver my best
From music to acting, how did you make this transition?
Acting certainly was not a part of my career plans. It so happened that the director of my first film ‘Surjasta’ Prodyut Kumar Deka saw me in a musical show on the TV and approached me for a character in his film. I wasn’t sure if I could act but the character seemed interesting and I accepted the film.
Who is your favorite director from the industry and given a chance would you like to work with him/her in the future?
So far, I have worked with four directors, Prodyut Kumar Deka (Surjasta), Tarunabh Dutta (Avataran), Kenny Basumatary (Stage III Fighting) and Prashant Saikia (Rum, Vodka, and Whisky) and I must say all of them are my favorites. All four of them have their unique way of treating a film and working with all these directors have enriched me and given new dimension as an artist.
You recently acted in Prashant Saikia’s upcoming movie ‘Rum Vodka and Whisky’ tell us something about your character in the movie?
I have played the character of a mysterious woman who lures the protagonist out of a condition which was affecting his physical wellbeing. For the rest of the story, you’ll have to watch the film
Talking about ‘Rum Vodka and Whisky’, you also contributed as the music composer along with Tridip Basumatry and Amrita Lahkar, how was your experience in working with them?
I contributed as a playback singer in Rum, Vodka, and Whisky. I had heard the Assamese and original version of my song ‘Aawargi’ composed and sung by Tridip Basumatary at lyricist Rajdweep’s place and I loved it so much that I was hell bent on doing a female version of this song. I had requested Rajdweep many times to rewrite the song for me and I was delighted when Prashant took this song for Rum, Vodka, and Whiskey and asked me to sing it, the song, however, was written in Hindi by Raj Agnihotri and I loved recording the song. ‘Aawargi’ is the second song which I enjoyed most while singing after 15 years my first playback number ‘Abhilashi Mone’ for the Assamese and later Bengali dubbed film Mon. I’d sung both the Assamese and Bengali versions of ‘Abhilashi Mone’ with Zubeen Garg.
We have already got a glimpse of Rum Vodka and Whiskey with the very beautiful son ‘Aawargi’, how would you describe the music of the film?
There’s one thing I love about my director of ‘Rum, Vodka, and Whisky’; Prashant tries to experiment against the mundane. ‘Aawargi’ is a Hindi song in an Assamese film. Second, is the title, which again off beat and doesn’t resonate with the traditional names of Assamese films. Tridip Basumatary, the music director, vocalist and composer are supremely talented and it was wonderful working with him. Both Tridip and Prashant gave me a free hand to express and infuse ‘Aawargi’ with my essence and that’s the best thing to happen to a vocalist.
Your music gives out a very soulful and lively vibe, what usually inspires your compositions?
Life has been my greatest inspiration. I believe in living every moment with passion and honesty. And I live in the extreme points, I’m euphoric when happy and go into a shell when sad, there’s mid-section or place for mediocrity in my life. I’d rather wait and work hard to achieve the best than compromise with anything mediocre, you can call me very choosy
You are also a member of a super group called ‘Celestial Ways’ who describes their sound as ‘Tangent Music’ tell us something more about that?
Our band ‘Celestial Way’ is comprised of members coming in from different genres of music. Each one of us has had a different journey, experiences, and attitude towards life and music. We members met a year ago and we took this time to form our band. We describe our sound as ‘Tangent Music’ as we all pour our compositions with our individual essence which together creates the Tangent sound. In our band, we respect one another and everyone’s inputs are heard and executed with utmost respect and passion.
Any future projects lined up?
Celestial Way has recently our first original ‘Hepahor Bihu’ and we are working on our next songs and will be releasing them very soon.
We are almost reaching towards the end of the interview, before winding up we would like you to say something to our readers.
I’d like to express gratitude to each one who has made me who I am today, that includes my mentors like Aniruddha Baruah, Late Partha Pratim Choudhury, Late Sher Choudhury, Late Dhrubajit Kishore Choudhury, Late Dhruba Sarma, my guru Joyprakash Medhi. I’d like to thank my friends and family for their unconditional support. I’d like to thank my fans who have always supported me. And I’d like to request the readers to support good music and films. Assamese music and film industries are struggling to survive and I urge all to help save these industries.
Thank you, ma’am, for giving us your valuable time. We wish you all the best for your upcoming days
Thank you Creativica.