December 16, 1983.
“Any day Hero is very special for me. It was a beautiful, romantic film that clicked, it was a super-duper hit. Before Hero, a couple of times L-P had asked me whether I would sing for dubbing of a song. In those days, I had refused because I thought people would take me for a dubbing artiste. During Hero and before that also, I had worked a number of times with Subhash Ghaiji, so he was very special for me. In fact, my first major break was his Kalicharan (1976) with the song 'Ek Bata Do, Do Bate Char'. I said if I even give it a chance, there is a 50% chance of the song being retained. It was meant for Lataji, that song, 'Tu Mera Hero Hai'. So I said I would like to give it a chance as a dubbing artiste. That's how I sang 'Tu Mera Hero Hai'. Since the musicians and everyone played it right, they okayed it on the first take. In the evening, they decided that since ladki bhi nayi hai, awaaz bhi nayi hai [the actress is new, and so is the singer],let us retain this. On the third day was the song 'Ding Dong', which was also a dubbing song. So I said I'll give this also a chance. That song was recorded and also retained. Hero was a turning point in my life, people began [looking at me]. The film was very successful and there were people asking me iske pehle aap kyun nahin gaate the [why didn't you sing before]? Before we started the recording, Subhashji made me sing the Gayatri mantra for the Mukta Arts emblem. That was the first time I sang the Gayatri mantra which when afterwards I sang on its own became a universal hit.”
- Anuradha Paudwal, 2018.
Caption courtesy Cinestaan.
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