I really really enjoy Neeti Mohan, I even saw her live because I enjoy her so much that I was willing to go to a weird little theater in Chicago and see a weird little show to hear her live. Just an amazing voice! Much more powerful than female playback singers are usually allowed to be in Hindi film.
Neeti Mohan is a Rahman discovery. She was a singer he used in his stage shows and really liked her energy and excitement. So he brought her in to sing “Jiya Re” for a peppy spunky young character who reminded him of her personality.
She did loads of high profile work after that, lots of duets and backing vocals and so on, but she really made her name and fame with “Bombay Velvet”. The whole film builds around her voice, the heroine Anushka is supposed to have this amazing voice that no one can resist. And by golly, I couldn’t resist it! I hated that movie, for sure, but the only parts of it I liked were Neeti’s singing.
And then there’s Jab Harry Met Sejal of course, in which she was one of many singers, and featured in “Raula”
Just to add with something fun, she also sang “Bad Boy” from Saaho!
Anyway, enjoy! It’s Neeti’s birthday, I encourage you to check out some of her songs, and appreciate this unusual voice just like I do.