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Anuradha Paudwal

Anuradha Paudwal

  • Birth Date: 27 Oct 1954
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Artist Information

Anuradha Paudwal is one of the most talented playback singers in the history of Hindi films and perhaps one of the most controversial artistes. Her career started with the film Abhimaan starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, the music director was S. D. Burman, though Lata Mangeshkar claims that Anuradha was given a break by her brother Hridhaynath Mangeshkar for a Marathi film. But it was Burmandada's film that got her the recognition of a singer.

Anuradha Paudwal was a student of Xavier's college who participated in the college's cultural programmes, but she did not have a background of film music. She married Arun Paudwal who was the music arranger of S. D. Burman.

In 1976 Anuradha got her big break for the film Kailcharan starring Shatrugan Sinha and Reena Roy. This Subhash Ghai film had music by Rajesh Roshan. Her first solo number was for the film Aap Beeti starring Hema Malini and ShashiKapoor and music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Anuradha Paudwal got some good numbers from the duo who were churning out hits one after the other. She also sang intermittently for other music directors such as Rajesh Roshan (Des Pardes), Jaidev (Dooriyan, Laila Majnu), Kalyanji-Anandji (Kalaakar, Vidhataa) and Usha Khanna (Souten, Sajan Bina Suhagan). Meanwhile her husband Arun Paudwal in the pair of Anil-Arun gave many hit numbers in Marathi films for which Anuradha sang some resplendent numbers in Marathi like Disatein Mazlaa (Ashtavinayak), Raja Lalkaari, Kaalya Maatita Maatitaa, etc.

Anuradha Paudwal became a singer to reckon with when she rendered some exceptional numbers for the film Hero, music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Her song for Mere Mann Bajaa Mirang Utsav won her the first Filmfare award in 1985.

She also came into focus when she challenged Lata Mangeshkar's claim to having recorded the maximum number of songs in a single day. She also accused the Mangeshkar sisters for indulging in monopoly. This outspoken nature at times landed her in trouble as the music directors of the industry feared to face the wrath of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle and they often avoided Anuradha Paudwal. Many a times Anuradha's songs were dubbed by Lata such as Main Teri Dushman (Nagina) and many such songs.

Since her career was not making any headway, she joined hands with Gulshan Kumar who was about to bring a revolution in the music industry. Her success streak began from the film Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka, Tezaab, Ashiqui, Meera Ka Mohan, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin , Ram Lakhan, etc. Her success in a way set a trend for the singers, such as Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik and Sadhana Sargam, who started getting better songs to sing and through T-series Anuradha Paudwal brought the playback singers into focus. Her new found status also got her involved in some controversies like dubbing songs of her contemporaries' (the infamous dubbing of Alka Yagnik's songs of the films Dil and more recently Itihaas), also her much rumoured affair with Gulshan Kumar. Her dominance in the T-series had fueled the rumours.

Despite the controversies, Paudwal continued to conquer new horizons and winning accolades (Anuradha has won three Filmfare awards in a row for Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Beta). She was on the verge of being the next Lata Mangeshkar. Even the legendary composer O P Nayyar commented, "Lata is finished, Anuradha has replaced her." During this period, everything seemed to be working for the singer who left her contemporaries far behind. Kavita Krishnamurthy has always stated that, "Among my counterparts (Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, etc.) Anuradha is the best singer." At her peak Anuradha Paudwal announced that she would exclusively sing for T-series only. This stand benefited Alka Yagnik who just zoomed to the top with her newfound association with Nadeem-Shravan and Anu Malik, who had stopped composing for Gulshan Kumar due to some differences. As she stopped singing songs for films and concentrated more on devotional and cover-version albums, she harmed her immensely successful career. For almost five years, Anuradha Paudwal did not sing for many films and for any other music company.

It is only recently that she started rendering songs for companies outside T-series. After the brutal murder of Gulshan Kumar, her hold over T-series diminished. Anuradha Paudwal has started singing outside T-series and met with lukewarm response. So far she has given a few hits like 'Kismat Se Tum'(Pukar), 'Akeli Hai Yeh Mis Khiladi' (Mr & Mrs Khiladi), 'Zara Aankhon Se Kajal' (Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehtein Hai), 'Chaha Hai Tujhko' (Mann) and 'Jogiya' (Deewane). But only time will tell if this talented crooner can regain her past glory. Yes she was on the verge of becoming next Lata ....

Most Popular songs sung by Anuradha Paudwal
   
Kaise Mizaz Aap Ke Hain Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Dil Kho Gaya Dil Play Add to current playlist
Yaar Mere Yaara Mere Badal Play Add to current playlist
Dheere Dhheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Dil Tujhpe Aa Gaya Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Zara Aankhon Mein Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Hum Aake Dil Mein Rehte Hain Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Chaha Hai Tujhko Mann Play Add to current playlist
Kyon Chupate Ho Mann Ki Mann Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tum Mile Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Main Duniya Bhula Doonga Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Nazar Ke Samne Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Tu Meri Zindagi Hai Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Tu Pyar Hai Kisi Aur Ka Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Jeeye Toh Jeeyen Kaise Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Jaan-e-zigar Jaaneman Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Too Mera Hero Hai Hero Play Add to current playlist
Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Bohat Pyaar Kerte Saajan Play Add to current playlist
Kasam Se Kasam Se Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Play Add to current playlist
Maine Rab Se Tujhe Karma Play Add to current playlist
Mera Dil Tere Liye Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Tum Ko Hum Dilbar Tezaab Play Add to current playlist
Adayein Bhi Hain, Mohabbat Bhi Hai Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Pyar Kiya To Nibhana Major Saab Play Add to current playlist
Sirf Tum Sirf Tum Play Add to current playlist
Ishq Kameena Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Le Chalo Tum Jahan Angaaray Play Add to current playlist
Mere Dil Ka Pata Tumhein Kisne Diya Jaanam Play Add to current playlist
Nikla, Neem Ke Taleese Nikla (bonus Song) Hu Tu Tu Play Add to current playlist
Zindagi Is Tarah Murder Play Add to current playlist
O Priya Priya Dil Play Add to current playlist
Do Lafzo Mein Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Play Add to current playlist
Dil Ne Pukara Hai O Jaana Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Jaan-e-zigar Jaaneman (part-1) Aashiqui Play Add to current playlist
Aayi Ban Ke Root Dulhe Raja Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tere Bin Kahin Sadak Play Add to current playlist
Chhoti Chhoti Raatein Tum Bin... Play Add to current playlist
Hum Pyar Karne Wale Dil Play Add to current playlist
O Mere Sapno Ke Saudagar Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Jhoomti Gataon Mein Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Mere Munna Raja Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tum Mile - Female Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Aaj Holi Hei Deshwasi Play Add to current playlist
Hum Total Fida Tum Pe Ek Tha Dil Ek Thi Dhadkan Play Add to current playlist
Tumhein Apna Banane Ki Sadak Play Add to current playlist
Dumroo Baje Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Play Add to current playlist
Aye Chand Dil Ke Shakti: The Power Play Add to current playlist
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