When Sanjay Leela Bhansali Dared to Replace Asha Bhosle – Blast From the Past
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was perhaps the only filmmaker to replace Asha Bhosle in a song. Here’s what happened
This is a story that nobody knows. And it involves the formidable singing diva and legend Asha Bhosle. A synonym for talent and perfection Ashaji’s songs are the embodiment of perfection. In her entire career Asha Bhosle has been replaced only once. And it is the perfectionist Sanjay Leela Bhansali who decided to scrap her voice after recording. The film was the epic blockbuster Devdas. The song was the chartbuster Maar daala. It was originally recorded in Asha Bhosle’s voice! Remember the gorgeous Madhuri Dixt number that is performed at dance shows event today? The song, that turned to be a milestone in singer Kavita Krishnamoorthy’s career was originally sung by Asha Bhosle. So what happened?
Madhuri Dixit dancing on the song Maar Daala from Devdas
Ashaji apparently recorded the song. But something was amiss…Or so the perfectionist filmmaker. Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought. He wanted it re-recorded. Composer Ismail Durbar was aghast, “How can you ask THE Asha Bhosle to do the song again? No one tells her to do something like that,” Durbar couldn’t believe what Bhansali intended to do.
Bhansali had a better idea. Instead of asking the legend to re-record it, he decided to scrap the ditty altogether and do it all over again in Kavita Krishnamoorthy’s voice. That’s how we finally heard Maar dala in Kavita and not Asha Bhosle’s voice.
Everyone in the Devdas team expected all hell to break lose once the song was released. To her credit, Ashaji didn’t create any fuss in what must have been the most unexpected shock of her career. In fact for a long time after Devdas was released, the dulcet diva continued to tease Bhansali about how her voice was not good enough for him.