Asha won the award for 'Chain se hum ko kabhi aap ne jeene na diyaa', the last song she sang for composer O P Nayyar, which was supposed to be used in the movie 'Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye' but was not played in the film .

 

This interesting fact figures in music historian Raju Bharatan's new book 'Asha Bhosle: A Musical Biography', published by Hay House.

 

Another shocking trivia the book reveals is that Asha wanted to call it quits and play house! Soon after her marriage to Bhosle, Asha had decided to give up singing and just be a housewife.

 

"All that I sought then, was to keep a house and play the mother to my first-born: Hemant. But my husband would not hear of my giving up the mike. He forced me to continue singing.

 

Left to myself, I would have definitely quit," the author quotes Asha as saying.

 

On the Filmfare award for the 'ghost' song, he says, "In fact, I don't think that this feat of hers has been matched by any singer in the world." 

 

He terms the song as a torch song recorded as we were set to move into the Asha-OP 'cut-off' month of August 1972.

 

"It was recorded during an hour in which both Asha and OP knew that they were through. Yet, at the end of it all, there was always in this remorse that you could not retrieve...," he writes.

 

The song, penned by S H Bihari, was first played in November 1973 on Radio Ceylon and the film which was supposed to picturise it, was released on January 18, 1974.

 

Soon Asha and Nayyar parted ways after an association of 15 years. At the March 1975 Filmfare awards ceremony, Asha had no intention to collect her prize after her relationship with OP soured.

 

Bharatan cites another anecdote connected with the episode.

 

Anticipating Asha's absence, Nayyar in a "malicious manoeuvre calculated to rile her" telephoned the Filmfare editor to say that he would be happy as the song's composer to receive the award on "behalf of his best lady singer ever".

 

Bharatan's book is woven mainly around Asha's musical journey with Nayyar, S D Burman and R D Burman.