In tune with Asha
Asha & Friends (Mauj)
Bhonsle never stops surprising you. The living legend keeps on
rediscovering herself and winning over new fans even at the age
At a time, when
established singers scoffed at the remix trend, she joined the
race and left all wannabes in the shade. Now she has paired with
some of the best-known achievers from various fields who are not
often heard singing. The result is electrifying.
The songs have
been composed and conceptualised by Shamir Tandon.
mike with her are Sanjay Dutt, cricketer Brett Lee, Urmila
Matondkar and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. Not only do they add
novelty value to the album, they can actually sing.
Sanju baba has
already been heard in various films as also private parties.
Asha says about him: "I thought of Sanjay Dutt after seeing
Munnabhai MBBS. I realised there were some portions in
the songs which he sang himself. He has a bass voice, which is
important for male singers. He has the right sense of tune and
know that Australian speedster Brett Lee can strum the guitar
and sing fairly well. He agreed to sing at the cajoling of
Tandon. "He was very excited about singing with me, and
couldn’t believe I was more than double his age," says
Bhonsle. Lee even uses a few Hindi words in between.
Matondkar is even heard asking in one track whether she can
sing. Asha reassures her and she actually fares well.
The same is
true of Zee Lil’ Champs Sanchita Bhattacharya, Diwakar Sharma,
Sameer Mohammad, Abhra Kanti Saha and Pawni Pande.
"Aapke dil mein thodi si jagah chahiye`85" and
Brett Lee’s "Haan main tumhara hoon`85" are
in remix versions too.
Volume I has
been introduced. The second part of the project will presumably
have Asha singing with three other non-professional singers.
Pakistani singer who has been on a roll in India is Atif Aslam.
Ever since he recorded his Woh Lamhey`85for Mahesh Bhatt’s
2005 film Zeher, he has been more popular here than he
was perhaps in Pakistan.
version of this song became an exceptional hit and played
continuously on almost all radio stations for nearly nine
months. The playback in the film was slow while the remix
version for the airplay was hot. The procedure worked and became
the standard for Atif.
He recorded a
song for another 2005 film Kalyug. Juda hokey bhee`85
was a slight variation of his ever-popular number Aadat`85. Once
again the song in the film was slow while the one played on the
radio had a popular beat. The magic worked again.
got him three songs in Man Push Cart, a Hollywood movie
of an Iranian director, in which he also did a cameo role.
His new track Tere
bin`85 from Bas Ek Pal too became a hit.
He has now come
up with his second album, Doorie, which boasts of several
hummable numbers like the title song Doorie`85, Ehsaas`85,
Hum kis galli ja rahe hain`85, Kuchh is tarah`85, O re piya`85 and
Mahi ve`85. Needless to say, all of these are "house
mix, Euro mix, soul mix, dance mix and freaky mix".
unique singing style, Atif has attracted considerable fans and
they are likely to lap up these songs too, considering that they
have a magnetic quality running through them.
As is the trend
these days, most of them are being also offered as ringtones.