Friday, June 26, 2015

U.K. newspaper declares Asha Bhosle as the ‘Greatest All Time Bollywood Playback Singer!

Since past several year ‘Melody Queen’ and legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has been ruling Indian music industry as the ‘Numero Uno’ singer but surprisingly after many decades a U.K. based Eastern Eye newspaper has placed Asha Bhosle as the Top play backer singer in its latest countdown list of greatest 20 Bollywood all time playback singers.

According to the list released by the Eastern Eye newspaper Asha Bhosle is mentioned as the ‘Greatest’ Bollywood playback artist of all times, while the Bharat Ratna and the ‘Nightingale of Indian Music’ Lata Mangeshkar has been pushed down to second position. The versatile Mod Rafi and the genius Kishore Kumar occupy third and fourth position respectively.


Elated at the rare recognition Asha Bhosle said, “I thought being called the ‘Greatest’ was the prerogative of boxer Muhammad Ali. I thank Eastern Eye and everyone for tolerating me all these years.”

It may be noted that never ever Asha Bhosle has been bestowed such top honor, she has also been placed behind her elder sister and great playback singer Lata Mangeshkar. Thus declaration of Asha Bhosle as the Greatest all time Bollywood playback singer has come as a startle to many.

However Asjad Nazir, entertainment editor, Eastern Eye, who compiled the list feels there is nothing to get surprised as the list is based on multiple factors including number of songs, honours, international impact, versatility, fan base and popularity amongst fellow music industry professionals.”


He added, “Asha Bhosle deserved to top the list because apart from being the most prolific singer the world has ever known, Asha’s versatility has given her the widest body of work. Asha has taken Bollywood music across new frontiers and with Brimful Of Asha had a globally successful chart-topping song dedicated to her.”

The Other names who featured in the top 20 included Mukesh (5), current Bollywood music queen Shreya Ghoshal (7), Geeta Dutt (10), Sonu Nigam (14), Kumar Sanu (17) and Kavita Krishnamurthy (19).

While there has always been a debate who is greater singer Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar herself confides, “Asha has always been a winner. I sometimes believe she is a far more versatile singer than me.”

How Shah Rukh Khan stole the ‘Superstar’ Crown from his competitors

Badshah Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan completes 23 glorious years in Bollywood this year and continues to don the elusive crown of ‘Superstar’ Of Bollywood.

On this occasion Raaga.Com finds out how Shah Rukh Khan took over the crown of ‘Superstar’ from Amitabh Bachchan, despite tough competition from his competitors who were eager to fetch the title like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and others. Read on…

When Amitabh Bachchan took retirement from Bollywood the big question was -‘Who after ‘Amitabh?’ The reasons are simple: Superstars are not born every day; they are once-in-blue moon phenomena.


In addition, they always have three inherent qualities: they have a hundred percent acting potential; they have a hundred percent star value. And above all, they are destiny’s paranormal prodigies! Only if a performer is aided and abetted by the all the three basic boons, then can he ever be a ‘Superstar’ and fortunately Shah Rukh Khan possessed all these qualities!

First, Shahrukh had incredible range in acting. Just go through the variety of roles he has played. From DEEWANA to CHENNAI EXPRESS his career graph is dotted with milestones of histrionic achievements, analogous to the all-time greats of the past.

Secondly, Shahrukh had a natural knack for selecting the right script. At least, the roles he played in BAAZIGAR, DARR, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, DEVDAS, MY NAME IS KHAN etc. bear it out amply. That’s how Dilip Kumar once used to be. He never hesitated to experiment even with a negative role, as he did in Mehboob’s ANDAZ. Again, Rajesh Khanna also never shield away from antihero roles. As a matter of fact, his career took a dramatic turn only after B.R. Chopra’s ITTEFAQ. So did Amitabh in DEEWAAR.


Shahrukh also shares another marked similarity with Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Like them, he too doesn’t mind, if the script wants, him to die in the end. And his death has surely given him a lingering life on screen.

Finally, just like the previous superstars, Shahrukh has never been afraid of competition from his co-stars. On the contrary, most of his co-stars are always in awe of him.

As if all this was not enough, Destiny also surely seems to be on Shahrukh’s side because, rarely an artiste from the small screen has made it big on the big screen. Shahrukh has been singularly lucky in this respect as well.