A delayed airflight from Indore had our hearts doing a double flip at the filmfare awards night. Would she make int in time to receive the Special Award for her inspired renditions of the songs - Tanha Tanha and Rangeela re?
Although Asha Bhosle announced her retirement from the Filmfare awards, and
though this fact is known to the readers of the magazine, they still voted for
the superstar singer in overwhelming numbers.
Back to the nail-bitin ghour, AB's courteous daughter-in-law, Anuja, kept us
posted on cell-phone about the vicissitudes of the Indore flight. Just five
minutes before the announcement of the award, the diva rushed into the venue,
looking composed, even if she said, "Don't even ask how I managed to get here."
Pheeew, we went.
And after the function, we caught up with her at her Peddar Road apartment
during a relaxed early evening hour... keen to know what continues to make AB a
prime force in the world of movie music today....
Has the year 1996 been special for you?
I'd like to start by saying that I used to inform my mother about every little
thing that happened to me. If she couldn't hear what I was saying, I would write
down what I had to say on a piece of paper for her. I would pour my heart out to
her during the time when I didn't have much work... and she would very sweetly
say, "Asha, there is no one else like you... there isn't even any heroine who
can be like you."
May be some people will say that I'm making up things or that I'm sounding very
dramatic, but six to seven days before my mother passed away last year, she took
one look at me and laughed a lot. She said that I should never worry, that God