We bring to you Hard Kaur’s inspiring unheard story that makes this badass woman – a real fighter. Hope her fight will inspire many more to not give up on their dreams.
Taran Kaur Dhillon, famously known as Hard Kaur, has been through multiple highs and lows in her life. Though she has sung many popular Bollywood songs, her personal life story shows that none of that came easy! We know her as a famous rapper, who has given us songs like Move Your Body, Talli Hua, Rola Pe Gaya, Sadda Dil Bhi Tu, and many more hit-chartbusters. However, not many people are aware of the fact that Hard Kaur had a childhood full of struggles and obstacles.
Her inspiring story will give you the motivation to push yourself and not give up on your dreams, even in the toughest life situations.
While sharing her childhood trauma, Hard Kaur mentioned toHoB.
“When my father died during the 1984 Sikh riots, my grandparents threw my mom out of the house. They said they no longer had any use for her. She was to leave her kids with them and return to her parents.
She refused, took us with her and walked out. But even her working 2 jobs wasn’t enough. Eventually, she remarried and we moved to the UK with our stepfather.
There, I stood out.
I was bullied for my broken English and asked to ‘go back to my country.’ At home, my stepfather would beat my mother. One day I came home to find her face completely bruised.
I was only 14 then, but I beat him up! I’d never felt angrier. After the police took him away, I told my mom that she doesn’t need a man.
I said, ‘I’ll be your husband, your son, and your daughter.’
I wasn’t taking it from anyone anymore. In school, I stood up to a girl who was bullying me. Another group of girls were impressed and introduced me to Hip Hop. For the first time, I fell in love. I felt free. I could be whoever I wanted. Hip Hop gave me a voice.
When I told my mom I’d be the first Indian female rapper, she said that I’d have to choose between being a rapper and having a family life. I chose the former – I had no doubts. I practised for hours and spent all my time writing and rehearsing.
By the time I was 16, I released my first single.
In college, I gave my first live performance in Paris! Building my image in a male-dominated industry was difficult – I had to constantly prove myself. But people were impressed by how outspoken I was. My career took off and by 21 I’d performed in several countries.
But the bigger I got, the more mainstream stuff was expected of me. I had to wear miniskirts, with low neck tops and sing about alcohol–because that’s what it took to ‘sell’ anything. I gave into it all.
In 2015, my younger brother passed away – it was a huge shock.
I realised that I wasn’t living the life I should have. I owed it to him and I owed it to the 13-year-old me. So I decided to give all it up–the makeup, the Mercedes, even the fame.
I started an initiative to help young hip hop artists so they can make the music they were born to make. And now I’m back to writing music that I was born to make.
Granted I don’t have the fame and money like the Bollywood version of me did, but I’m back to the ‘real’ me.
I was forged out of the fire and my songs showed that. But now, all I can think of is re-igniting it.”
It is quite inspiring how Hard Kaur fought her childhood trauma to make her dream a reality. Born as a rebel, she never believed in living a life dictated by society. Her tough life story explains why she is famously known as HARD KAUR! And, we wish she will soon find her fire again!