As kids we were given pocket money to buy one favourite thing. So along with boney m, i bought the Nazia Hassan "disco Deewaane" LP from the record store in juhu. I remember it was a princely 50 rupees those days the cost of the LP. There was also an additional keepsake poster of Nazia in dungarees with a mike which I put up on my wall . Ofcourse duly supervised by mom. Nazia Hassan in dungarees was everyone's delight. Her velvet voice, her joie and the #discodeewane album. It played all day in my room. My teenager brother would shrug his shoulders wondering what a eight year old was doing with Nazia's album. Her brother zoheb popped along as the occasional eye candy in those albums.
And then she sang for #qurbani. I wasn't allowed to see the film but #aapjaisakoimerizindagi made the cut. It blared on the airwaves and she was the first Pakistani to win a #filmfare for best playback singer. She was in good company that year as kishoreda won the filmfare for best playback for the #hazaarrahen for #thodisibewafaii.
The gorgeously produced song by #Biddu picturised on the luscious #zeenataman was another big reason for its popularity. Either ways Nazia had made her mark in india just as #fawadkhan was to do many years later.
I read she got married and the following years were turbulent. And then barely at age 35, she succumbed to cancer.
I hear she has a son who's kept away somewhere in london because of all the attendant heartache.
Today is her 17th death anniversary and the lovely girl with the chocolate tiramisu vocals will stay in our hearts forever.