Petition to Make Amruta Fadnavis Maharashtra’s Michelle Obama

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Petition to Make Amruta Fadnavis Maharashtra’s Michelle Obama

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n June last year, Amruta Fadnavis, the “First Lady” of Maharashtra dropped a music video that did the unthinkable: It made Ananya Birla’s singing debut sound as melodious as Lata Mangeshkar. Amruta, aka Maharashtra-chya Michelle Tai Obama, made good on her lifelong aspiration to be our Indian Idol with her singing debut, “Phir Se”.

In the heavily auto-tuned number, Amruta essays a singing underdog struggler, one among the many auditioning to land a chance to perform at the Royal Opera House. Because of her coy nature, or maybe because of the awful dungaree-beanie combo from 2002, she is underestimated by all her fellow strugglers. Take a wild guess who the judge is? Here’s a clue. He proves the Bollywood adage: “You either die a Shahenshah or live long enough to be forced into doing a cameo in the CM’s wife’s singing debut.”

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