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(Exclusive) Asha Bhosle: ‘Adding final touches to my autobiography, will release soon’

She (Lataji) likes my cooking a lot. When we meet, we remember funny moments from our childhood or of our colleagues, some of whom are no more
— ASHA BHOSLE

Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle

It’s been a long chase of almost five years, that I have been desperately wanting to interview singing diva Asha Bhosle. Thanks to her son Mr Anand Bhosle who made it possible for me when I proposed to interview her for a magazine. She revealed many interesting facets about her life. I was personally curious to learn an update on her autobiography. “My autobiography is almost ready. I’m currently adding finishing touches to the same and it will hopefully release soon,” said 83-year-old Bhosle, who continues to spell her magic in Bollywood movies.

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During the conversation, she also spoke about her chemistry with elder sister, Lata Mangeshkar, and music directors of yore. “OP Nayyar hailed from Punjab and his music was earthy, based on the folk music of Punjab. When he arrived in Mumbai, he was looking for a female voice that was earthy, natural and which reminded him of his birth place. He used the vocals of Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and others but I guess he found what he was looking for in my vocal abilities. He was a very talented composer and musically both of us were pretty wellmatched. RD Burman, on the other hand, was fire. He was into the world music and you can hear influences of Latin, jazz, rock, etc., in his songs. That doesn’t mean he didn’t know Hindustani music. His understanding of rhythms was extraordinary and he surrounded himself with the finest assistants like Manohari Singh, Kersi Lord and Maruti Rao Keer, to name a few,” she said.

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Bhosle said she keeps exchanging WhatsApp messages with her elder sister and also loves cooking for her. “She (Lataji) likes my cooking a lot. When we meet, we remember funny moments from our childhood or of our colleagues, some of whom are no more. There are many memories. She doesn’t venture out too much, but her mind and memory are as sharp as ever,” she said. She also discarded ‘myths’ about her rivalry with Mangeshkar. “The media has created this myth of rivalry between didi and me. We are real sisters. Sometimes, we argue but we are one family. She’s the eldest and everyone in our household respects her and loves her. She has sacrificed a lot for the family and she has supported me like I have supported her in our times of need,” she said

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