A DAY AFTER
She's been widowed twice. And the tragedies have taken their toll. Asha Bhosle broke down, at the Filmfare wards function on February 12, just a month and eighty days after the sudden passing away of her husband. She announced the R.D.Burman award to be given to the best debutant music composer, from next year. Today, she looks much leaner and her trademark laughter and wit are missing. She's with her grand-daughter, listening quietly to the little one's non-stop patter. And you can't help asking...
What're you thinking of at this very moment?
Of life... of death. Of what death leaves behind... troubles, traumas, a sense of isolation. Nothing could have prepared me for the death of R.D... of my husband whom we all called Pancham. I've gone through so much in life, once I nearly went to pieces. It's common knowledge that my first marriage to Bhoslesaab wasn't a happy one... yet I pulled myself together.. and I survived.
verything seemed to be flowing smoothly... then Pancham died. I broke down completely. I'm older now, I'm no longer the young woman who refused to take nonsense. I'm surprised with myself, somehow I've managed to get a hold of myself. This Asha Bhosle won't be defeated that easily, there is a well of anger inside. me.
What has caused this tremendous anger? Surely, your family has rallied around
Of course, my three children are standing beside me, giving me all the support
they can. I can't expect anything more from them.
But I'm angry at the way other people are treating me. From the moment Pancham
died I'm being stabbed in the back. My marriage has become a household topic, it
is being turned into a scandal. If I was a 16 year old I could have taken the