Aap jaisa koi nahin Nazia Hassan!

 

Aap jaisa koi nahin Nazia Hassan!

 

The 70s generation can never forget Nazia Hassan who introduced us to Disco music, her silken voice mesmerized everyone, whatever the age group one belonged to. Apart from her voice that spelt freedom from borders and dogmas, her informal demeanour made Nazia a teen icon. Dungarees and jumpsuits, leather jackets and midis, braided tresses and ponytails, Nazia was the poster girl of cool. Disco Diwane, Boom Boom, Young Tarang, Hotline… a series of fast-selling albums earned the siblings a comparison with the Beatles ‘minus the crazy haircut’… Her voice was unconventional and that's perhaps the reason why Nazia Hassan's song 'Disco Deewane' became such an instant hit. Although she didn't sing too many songs in Hindi films, Hassan is still remembered for her unique style and also for introducing Western tunes and DISCO to the entire South Asia.

In those days, we used to eagerly wait for the new record that we would buy that month, it used to be a family affair to select. I still remember the HMV record cover of ‘Disco Deewane’, she looked so homely yet so diva. Her popularity crossed the borders, and everyone was in awe of Nazia and Zoheb Hassan, the brother-sister duo. Whenever I miss my childhood, I play her songs and am transported to those days, to the room, I can see the record playing end number of times, we were so much in love with her voice.

Next came the movie STAR in 1982 in which both Nazia and Zoheb sang, produced by Biddu. The movie flopped but each and every song of the movie was a hit.

 

Born on 3 April 1965 in Karachi, Nazia and her siblings Zoheb and Zahra later lived in England with their grandmother. They discovered pop and rock music in Manchester and were inspired by the American pop band Jackson 5 and American instrumentalists The Carpenters. The ‘fusion artistes’ began writing music on the guitar, which blended the ‘rock’ of their ambience and the Eastern sounds of their heritage.

She was introduced by  Zeenat Aman to Feroz Khan at a party in London. When Khan heard the 14-year-old Nazia sing, he insisted she sings for the movie Qurbani (1980). She, reluctant to miss school, recorded the club number, Aap jaisa koi, composed by London-based Indian composer Biddu (Kung Fu Fighting fame), on a Sunday. At 15, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback. Next, Nazia and Zoheb sang for Biddu’s album Disco Deewane (1981). Selling 60 million copies across 14 countries, it became the best-selling Asian pop record of all time.

Nazia married businessman Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in Karachi. She died of lung cancer on the morning of 13 August 2000 at the age of 35.

 

The freshness and the innocence of her voice still mesmerize us. That her track ‘Disco Deewane’ was reprised in the movie Student Of The Year (2012) only underlines her timeless talent. Rarely comes such a talent who simply changes the scale of the music world!

 

Rakhi Sunil Kumar

 

Here is the video of her singing AAO NAA PYAAR KARAIN from Disco Deewane

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Rakhi Sunil Kumar

    Rakhi Sunil Kumar has published three fictions – ‘Dancing Mirrors’, ‘Bougainvillea Anywhere Everywhere’ and ‘Songs of Water’. She has worked in IT for 30 Years, and now pursuing her interest in Creative Writing!

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