Pakistan has produced many talented singers and actors who have gone and performed in India as well but the first one to make it big in Bollywood was Nazia Hasan, who passed away on this day 16 years ago at the very young age of 35. The dashing pop singer had won her first and only Filmfare Award in 1981 for singing Aap Jaisa Koi in Feroze Khan’s Qurbani that became a rage all over the world.
Zeenat Aman’s deadly moves as well as Feroze Khan’s swagger made the song evergreen but did you know that wasn’t the only film song or a number by a film music composer for Nazia Hasan? There were many as well since she continued to do playback singing – on and off – for films till 1989. Let’s take a look at some of her songs that were either first released as a filmi number or used in films after their initial releases, with one song from a music composer we know very well, but can’t believe.
Main Aaya Tere Liye
Don’t be surprised if you see Cannibals dancing on your screen … this was one of the more popular songs by Nazia Hasan as a playback singer and she sung it with brother Zoheb in Bollywood movieIlzam (1986) that introduced Govinda to the world. Here Anita Raaj and the debutant hero are seen dancing on Nazia Hasan and Zoheb Hasan’s vocals and Bappi Lahiri’s tune who later composedWalavai for Zoheb Hasan, for his album Camera Camera.
Director Hasan Tariq’s last film Sangdil not only had veteran actor Nadeem in a double role but also this wonderful song from Nazia Hasan. By the early 80s, the standard of films in Pakistan was going down and it was being taken over by pop-singing; that’s why this song was used in the film – to attract audience which happened. The number was later modified for Karan Johar’s Student of the Year in the new millennium as a tribute to Nazia Hasan who continues to live in the hearts of her fans.
Jaana Zindagi Se
Kumar Gaurav was a rage in early 80s since his debut flick Love Story became a huge hit; furthermore, he was cute and handsome as well which made girls fall for him everywhere he went. In Star (1982), he played a wannabe singer who goes onto become a Star and the vocals used in the films were of Nazia Hasan and Zoheb Hasan. Here the brother-sister sing a duet for Kumar Gaurav and Rati Agnihotri which went onto become quite popular at that time.
Nazia also had a solo number in Star where Rati Agnihotri danced on Biddu’s eternal compositions and the crowd went made as well. Boom Boom was released in Pakistan as the title of their second album but it was first a film number like Dheere Dheere, Oee Oee and Khushi, the last one by Nazia.
Dil Ki Lagi
What would you do if I told you that Indian music composer Bappi Lahiri was behind this loveable song? You will check the internet or the album cover to be sure because that’s exactly what I did. Known for his disco numbers and B grade songs, Bappi did compose some classics in Bollywood and although this song was meant for Nazia-Zoheb final album Camera Camera, Nazia Hasan made it eternal with her beautiful voice. Enjoy!
Syed Ammar Alavi - is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology