Vidya Balan, the Hindi actor, on Tuesday released the title track from her upcoming film Sherni.
The music video features Balan, along with Mira Erda, F4 racer and driver coach; Natasha Noel, body-positivity influencer and yoga trainer; Eshna Kutty, a social-media influencer and hula-hoop dancer; and Trinetra Haldar, one of the first transgender doctors in Karnataka.
Penned by Raghav, Main Sherni is composed by Utkarsh Dhotekar and sung by Akasa and Raftaar.
During a virtual press conference, Balan said the film is a representation of women of all kinds, who are striving to make a change.
“You don’t need to roar to be a tigress. There are various shades, reflections of ‘sherni’ (tigress), that each of us represents. My character is a woman of few words, reserved but strong-willed. You can be that. You don’t have to scream out loud from the rooftops to be heard all the time or even be visible all the time. In each of the households in India, there’s a sherni, and a lot of times she’s invisible. This is my salute to all of them out there,” the actor added.
The song also features Jayshree Mane, a frontline Covid-19 warrior at BYL Nair Hospital; Riddhi Arya, a student who delivers food to frontline warriors; Anita Devi, a security guard; Seema Duggal, a teacher; and Archana Jadav, a house help, among others.
When asked if she has decided to only be part of women-led inspiring stories, Balan said, “There’s no attempt to do films that are inspiring. They happen to inspire along the way and that’s really a bonus. I pick up stories that I find compelling and irresistible. And that’s also true for the characters I choose. I think they create great female-centric stories, so why not? I’m the hero of the piece and I love that. I can tell people that I’m at the center of my universe so I’m getting to be the center of the film also. That’s a double whammy!”
Sherni, directed by Amit Masurkar, and also starring Sharat Saxena, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala, Neeraj Kabi, and Mukul Chaddha, will begin streaming from June 18 on Amazon Prime Video.