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Asha Bhonsle records a song on the net for Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Page Three'

By Manisha Deshpande

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Madhur Bhandarkar's much talked about project, 'Page Three', is back in the news once again. After melody queen Lata Mangeshkar recently rendered her voice for the theme song of the film (which incidentally appears five times in the film), it was Asha Bhonsle who recorded a unique composition titled, 'Huzure Allah' for the promotional music video of the film last week.

The uniqueness of the composition song also lies in the fact that it is the first time that Asha Bhonsle recorded a song on the net, which was forwarded via e-mail to Shameer Tandon, music director of the film and General Manger (India) of E.M.I. Virgin Music.

According to Tandon, he was keen on having Asha Bhonsle render this particular song as part of the promotional music video that he was planning for the film. "The song forms part of a bonus track that I was planning to record for the promos and it seemed apt only for Asha-ji's voice but her son Anand informed me that she was in San Francisco and was unlikely to return for another month. So I inquired whether she would be comfortable sending her recorded voice over the net," Tandon recalls.

He then sent her the rough music composition through an F.T.P. site (File Transfer Protocol), which she okayed and sent back with her recorded voice on it. "The advantage with F.T.P. is that there is no generation loss and I got her voice exactly as it would have been had she recorded it here," Tandon explains.

He is particularly touched by the gracefulness with which Asha Bhonsle agreed to sing the song. "I was simply amazed. It was incredible that a 70-year old veteran singer was not only willing to accept technology but also ready to act on it. Asha-ji hadn't even seen or met me and I was worried but she liked the song very much. I guess that's what made her agree to sing it," says Tandon.

The music of the film is scheduled to release on October 28 and as Tandon says, "it is likely to create some kind of a sensation in the market with the number of singers who have rendered their voice for the film ranging from Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee and Abhijeet to Shaan, Sagarika and Adnan Sami and now Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle."


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