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Asha & Friends uncork success champagne!
Bollywood Trade News Network
Restauranteur Krishna Tamang, the man behind the Chinagate Group marked the opening of his Andheri branch of China Gate with the success party of Asha and Friends. Says Tamang, 'I have been a huge fan of Asha Bhosle and her concept of Asha and Friends was very interesting. And when Mauj came to me with the launch idea where our Andheri China Gate launch also celebrates their success, I found the idea very appealing.'
The Asha and Friends album from Mauj is a huge success. Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar, Brett Lee and the Zee Lil' Champs were part of this album singing along with the legendary Asha Bhosle and all three music videos released of Dutt, Lee and Matondkar have been stupendously received.
The veteran songstress Asha Bhosle who has sung varied songs even before had in fact tweaked music composer Shamir Tandon's idea of singing with top singers and made it into a launch platform for talented non-singers from various spheres of life from around the globe.
'At the end of the day their singing took me by surprise as well. Sanju's voice has so much baritone that it can give a complex to many male singers. Urmila was a revelation. Her open throated voice reminds us of Shamshad Begum,' says Ashaji.
Ghazal legend Jagjit Singh loved Urmila's singing. 'She is brilliant. I am stunned by her ability to sing. I only thought that she was a great actress,' says Singh.
Shamir Tandon who conceptualised and composed the album is ecstatic. 'It is a big thing because these people though extremely talented are singing for the first time. Sanju has sung other simpler songs before, but this one is a proper romantic number. Urmila has also proved that she is a gifted singer and performer as the success of the video proves the same. Even Brett Lee's song has been appreciated in the metros and larger towns.'
Another ghazal maestro Hariharan whose song ‘Kuch Der Tak’ has already hit the market and is quite a rage in the second album from Mauj called Tanhai - Lonely Hearts loved Sanju's singing. 'I even took his number from Shamir. What a voice man! What singing! He truly rocks,' says Hari.
All the four songs from Asha and Friends ‘Aap Ke Dil Mein’, ‘Haan Mein Tumhara Hoon’, ‘Mehbooba Dilruba’ and ‘Zamane Mein Aaye’ are huge hits with the first three being chartbusters in their first week of the video release.