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How Asha Bhosle's children motivated her to sing along with Ghazal Ustad Gulam Ali!

February 2, 2016 12:14:38 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Dil Cheez Kya Hai Aap Meri Jaan Lijiye ….

This outstanding ghazal from Rekha starrer UMRAO JAAN (1981) not only stunned the listeners but also stunned Asha Bhosle herself, who was left flabbergasted when she received her first National Award for Best Playback singer for this ghazal!!!


But do you know that Asha Bhosle was initially hesitant to sing the ghazals in film UMRAO JAAN? Read on…

When music director Khayyam opted for Asha Bhosle for signing the ghazals of UMRAO JAAN, forget Asha Bhosle even filmmaker ‎Muzaffar Ali was surprised at Khayyam's strange choice but Khayyam had confidence in Asha Bhosle and he succeeded in extracting the talent from Asha.

Elated at the huge appreciation for the ghazals in UMRAO JAAN, Asha Bhosle once said, “More than the National Award, I was most happy when I received a call from film legend and emperor of Urdu language Kamal Amrohi (Maker of blockbuster films like PAKEEZAH and RAZIA SULTAN) congratulating me for singing the Urdu ghazals with such panache,” she recalled proudly.

However what flattered Asha Bhosle the most was when HMV, the distinguished music recording company, called her and asked her to record an album with none other than the monarch of ghazals Ustad Gulam Ali, famous for his hit Bollywood ghazal Chupke chupke raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai  (NIKAAH).

Recalls Asha Bhosle, “When HMV urged me to sing ghazal along with Gulam
Ali Saheb, I was overwhelmed but could not trust myself that I had the capability to sing along side the legendary ghazal ustad hence I declined the offer. But HMV insisted and requested me to take time and reply after thinking for a day or two.”  

“While I kept pondering it was my children who pepped me to take the jump and I did the album called MERAJ-E-GHAZAL (1983) which eventually, proved a big hit. Later I did few more albums with Gulam Ali Saheb like GENERATIONS etc.,” she informed. 

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