With super hit numbers like ‘Mere Angane mein’, ‘ Ek do Teen’ and ‘choli ke peeche’ to her credit and the distinction of winning of 7 Filmfare awards and 2 National awards in playback singing, Alka Yagnik has reached the pinnacle of success and achieved the rare distinction of being termed as successor to the legendary queen of melody Lata Mangeshkar. Alka Yagnik turns 48 on March 20. Glamsham.Com wishes her birthday greetings and reveals how she battled tooth and nail to overcome the competitions and established her identity.
With Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle ruling Bollywood since the 60’s it was really difficult for any new lady singer to make her presence felt in Bollywood. Further, in the ’80s with Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy becoming popular, it was indeed a hard nut to crack for the young Alka Yagnik who was just 15 years when she sang her first super song ‘Mere Angane mein’ in Amitabh Bachchan starrer LAAWARIS.
Though the song became a runaway hit Alka had to face bitter competition from Mangeshkar sisters, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy. The media even wrote her off citing reasons that she could not withstand the competitions as she was too young. But after an intense struggle of seven years, Alka hit back with ‘Ek do Teen’ (TEZAAB) and never looked back.
Recalling her early years Alka Yagnik in an interview said, ”It’s true I was written off by the media. I was alleged to be too young to sing for leading ladies in Bollywood. Media also wrote grapevine about Mangeshkar sisters ruining my career but in contrast, both Lataji and Ashaji blessed me during my lean phase. In fact, during stage shows of Kalyanji-Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal, I was always encouraged by the Mangeshkar sisters to continue without bogging down.”
She adds, ”Hence it was their encouraging words that kept me going. I did struggle for more than seven years when lady luck smiled on me and Laxmikant Pyarelal gave me the song ‘Ek do Teen’ (TEZAAB). Since it was picturized on Madhuri Dixit I took extra care to give my best shot and to my luck, the song became almost a national anthem. It fetched me my first Filmfare award and rest is history.”