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How data analyst Lisa Mishra from Chicago became a Bollywood sensation overnight, thanks to Sonam Kapoor

Enter 'Tareefan Reprise'

It all started when Chicago-based data analyst Lisa Mishra attempted a mash-up of 'Tarefaan' from Veere Di Wedding and 'Let me love you' from DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber and posted it to her Instagram. "I loved the song the first time I heard it, so I thought I'd give it a shot," says Lisa. Little did she know that Sonam Kapoor would love her version even more, and ask her to fly down to Mumbai to shoot a reprise video of it.

"I was driving back from work when I saw that Sonam had reposted the video on her page, and suddenly, I was flooded with comments from her dad, Anil Kapoor, and her brother, Harshvardhan Kapoor. Ekta Kapoor reposted the video on her page too. Soon, Rhea sent me a DM on Instagram asking me when was the earliest I could fly to Mumbai," recalls Lisa in shock. "It was so surreal for me; I felt like I was living a Cinderella story. It was top secret; none of my friends knew about it till Sonam posted the video," says the self-taught singer, who works in data analytics and codes for a living.  

At 3 am on Sunday, the flight to Mumbai was booked, and 24 hours later, Lisa found herself sitting with Sonam, Rhea, Kareena and the rest of the Veere Di Wedding team, all set to record the video. "It was all so sudden. The movie had a week to go for its release, and here I was, with hair and make-up artists and stylists standing over me, prepping me up for the video." Out of her 5 day trip, she spent 2 days recording the song. "It was so much fun. Sonam and Rhea made me feel like I was family," she says.   

a mad genius on each side of me

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The best part, Lisa shares, was when she saw Kareena. "She's my childhood idol, and when I saw her, I completely froze," she says. "Now that I'm back, I feel like it was all a dream." The singer, who has been sharing her music on Instagram and Youtube for the last 11 years, says she's seen a huge spike in her fan following after the Tarefaan Reprise video"I told Sonam that I blame her for my phone constantly crashing," she laughs.