Dailyhunt's short video app Josh announced India's biggest digital musical challenge 'Let's Play Antakshari', on June 21. The host of the show, singer-comedienne Sugandha Mishra, speaks exclusively to Filmibeat in detail about Let's Play Antakshari and her career.
"Antakshari is a game that resonates with everyone. Each one of us has played it as a part of our childhood. This is a very good campaign of Josh App that through Antakshari they are connecting people with each other," says Sugandha Mishra.
"In today's time there is so much stress, so much negativity everywhere. So, it becomes important to do something which gives us happiness, to entertain ourselves. Antakshari is evregreen. In this musical challenge, we do live sessions for one hour everyday. Different celebrities join me and I play Antakshari with them. We do fun activities. Apart from this, viewers on Josh App can also sing duet with me. Every day there is Letter of the Day, Word of the Day and then there are lucky winners too," she adds.
Sugandha Mishra is a singer, television presenter and a comedienne in the the Indian film and television industry. She is known for her character in The Kapil Sharma Show and also got noticed for her appearance in the TV reality show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.
Speaking about her career and choosing different paths, Sugandha says, "I had never thought in my life that I would do comedy. But I think the legedary Kishore was also a singer, an actor and a comedian, so why not me? I have been associated with music since childhood, so I have a hold on voice modulation. All the good singers you will see, be it Sonu Nigam ji, Sunidhi (Chauhan) ji - all do very good mimicry."
Sugandha Mishra's stand-up acts as Queen of Melody Lata Mangeshkar have always gained attention. How did it all start? To which, she answers, "I will not say mimicry because, she is one and only and no one can even mime her. So, when I started doing acts on Lata Mangeshkar's style; I had not even heard her interviews and any shows. Obviously, I had heard her songs but never heard interviews or her conversations with anyone. There was no YouTube in those days. So after listening to her songs, I automatically caught a style. I rooted her voice so deep into me that I started talking in her style."
"Kangana Ranaut is my other favourite celebrity, whose style I chose to act upon," says Sugandha.
Sugandha ended the interview with sharing her three favourite songs, which she must sing while playing Antakshari! And these three songs are - Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, Thande Thande Paani Se Nahana Chahiye and Eena Meena Deeka. She also sang a few lines for us and performed a little act on Kangana Ranaut's style, which you can see in video below.
Logon to the Josh app for Let's Play Antakshari.