Boom Boom – Star (1982)

Film: Star (1982)
Music: Biddu
Lyrics: Indeevar
Singer: Nazia Hassan

This foot-tapping, disco, catchy and hummable track has the Pakistan-born, London-bred pop sensation, Nazia Hassan, and India-born, England-based pioneer of disco and Indi-pop, Biddu, team together to create magic! This was after the big success of their path-breaking single, Aap Jaisa Koi (Qurbani, 1980) and the record-breaking pop album, Disco Deewane (1981). Quintessentially a dance number, the orchestration here is much ahead of its time via use of western instruments and has some magnificent layering of parallel instrument pieces with Nazia’s diva-esque vocals providing the much-needed match. Now dance away on this one to welcome 2018!

Sadly, Nazia Hassan’s rise professionally was as meteoric as her fall personally. After a troubled married life, she succumbed to lung cancer and passed away at a young age of 35! Nazia shot to fame when she was just 15 with Aap Jaisa Koi (Qurbani, 1980) and continued to climb popularity charts with brother Zoheb Hassan with hugely successful albums like Disco Deewane (1981), Young Tarang (1984), Hotline (1987) ending with the not-as-successful Camera Camera (1992). She won the filmfare trophy for Aap Jaisa Koi at the age of 15 and became the first Pakistani to win the award …she remains the youngest recipient of the award to date. Not many people know that Biddu offered the very popular Indipop number Made in India (1995) to Nazia Hassan before she refused (being a Pakistani) and the number fell in Alisha Chinai’s lap!

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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