Asha Bhosle, happy birthday!

While the dearly beloved playback singer enters the 80th year of her life, she readies herself to embrace a new role

Born on September 8, 1933, Asha Bhosle is all set to embrace the 80th year of her life with open arms. The versatile singer, who is currently making headlines as the judge of Sur Kshetra on Sahara One, was recently one of the most loved judges of Indian Idol 6 for her sensible comments.

Ashaji started her career as a playback singer with Chala chala nav bala in the Marathi film Majha Bal (1943) at the tender age of 10 to support her family. But she first tasted success with BR Chopra’s Naya Daur (1957), in which she sang Maang ke saath tumhara, Saathi haath badhana and Uden jab jab zulfein teri.

But by the 1980s Asha taai’s voice was slotted as one of the most versatile, and one that was most suited for cabarets and pop numbers. And it was in 1980 that she married renowned music composer Rahul Dev Burman aka Pancham da.

And guess what! After all these years of being behind the camera and being voice of famous actors, now it’s Asha taai’s turn to step into the limelight. And do you know how? Ashaji is all set to play the role of an old lady, lovingly called Maaee, in the movie of the same name. this one revolves around the core concept of old age homes. And to celebrate taai’s entry into this new phase of her life, the Bollywood music fraternity paid tribute to Asha Bhosle on September 5. Those present at the event included Shaan, Salim Merchant, Suresh Wadkar, Sukhwinder Singh and Shankar Mahadevan, who performed some of Ashaji’s hit numbers.

Talking about her debut movie on the occasion Asha taai said, “It is a very emotional film and it is the story of every middle class elderly woman. The audience will identify with the film and I hope they like my acting.”

We’ll be waiting eagerly for your movie, Asha taai. And apart from wishing you a very happy and fun filled birthday, BollywoodLife also wishes you all the love and luck for your new venture. Cheers!