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Interviews |  26 Sep 2023 17:34 |  By Tolika Yeptho

A surreal experience to do synchronized steps with SRK says Aaliyah Qureishi

MUMBAI: Singer-songwriter and actress Aaliyah Qureishi who’s popularly know as moniker Jhalli was recently seen playing one of the 6 girls in Shahrukh Khan’s girl squad in Red Chillies ‘Jawan’.

Radioandmusic got in touch with the singer to know more about her experience, and her experience working with Shahrukh khan.

Check the interview below:

How did you land on the role “Jawan”?

I was looking for work in 2021 so, among other people, I phoned a casting agent from Mukesh Chhabra Casting and asked if there were any projects I could test for.  He told me there was a role in a Red Chillies film for which I could audition. I prepared the scene and went in and it ended up being a really powerful scene. A week later I got a call that the director wants to meet me so I went to the Red Chillies office and met Atlee sir and his wife Priya. He asked me a few questions like if I have any fighting training (I used to box for a year), if I was willing to change my hair drastically(I had just dyed my hair back from blue so I was more than willing) and if I played any music (I’m a musician too) and then he said he’d be in touch. A few days later I got a call from casting saying I had been locked and it was so unbelievably exciting.

Share us a fond memory with Shahrukh khan that you won’t forget?

I was really touched when I got an invite to Mannat to celebrate the success of Jawan. He’s just so kind, and such a good host. I’ll always remember partying with him and dancing with him to our own songs from the movie. It’s truly a surreal experience to do synchronized steps with SRK, and one I’ll always cherish.

On regard to your music, are you working on anything new?

So I just released a new dance pop song called Don’t Come Back, under my artist name Jhalli. The song is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple and YouTube. I’m currently working on a new Hindi single and a collaboration with one of the Jawan girls!

Can you tell us something about your upcoming projects?

Yes I just finished wrapping Season 2 of a really popular OTT show right now, which is set for release at the end of the year!

Other than that just reading scripts and looking for projects that excite me.