Like any possessive wife Asha Bhosle hated to see her husband work with any other woman. A hugely talented music composer R D Burman was allowed to work with only one other female singer by his wife, and that was Asha Bhosle’s sister Lata Mangeshkar . When it came to other female singers, RD had to think twice…and thrice.
It was therefore a moment of stark terror for RD when filmmaker Vinod Chopra announced to RD that his main female vocalist in 1942: A Love Story for the leading lady Manisha Koiralawould be Kavita Krishnamurthy.
So frightened was RD by his wife’s expected reaction to this mike-casting against her interests that RD insisted Vinod Chopra call and have a chat with Asha Bhosle.
Says a source from the unit of 1942: A Love Story. “Pancham(RD) was not willing to comply with Vinod Chopra’s wish (of using Kavita Krishnamuthy’s voice) unless he told Ashaji that the decision was Vinod Chopra’s and Pancham had nothing to do with it. Only then did RD record the beautiful melodies in 1942 in Kavita’s voice.”