Poornima performing on stage
Poornima Shrestha (Nepali: पूर्णिमा श्रेष्ठ born c. 1960), also known as Sushma Shrestha, is a noted Bollywood playback singer who has sung many superhit songs in Indian music industries. Sushma started her career as a child singer in Ramesh Sippy's 1971 film Andaz. In that film, she sang under the music direction of Shankar Jaikishan the song "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" along with Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur and Pratibha. The song went on to become a hit.
She is mostly remembered for her songs like "Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle" from Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) and "Kya Hua Tera Vada" from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977); both earned her nominations for the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award.
Poornima has sung other popular numbers like "Channe Ke Khet Main" from Anjaam (1994) and in a series of David Dhawan films like such as Coolie No. 1 (1995), Judwaa (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Biwi No.1 (1999) amongst others.
Apart from Hindi, Poornima Shreshta has sung number of Marathi film and non-film songs. These include Baal Geet (children's songs), Bhavgeet etc.Music director duo Anand-Milind were very fond of her voice in early 90s and gave her many chances to sing their songs. She sang many hit songs for actresses like Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shirodkar, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, Madhu, Tabu, Sridevi etc.
Life and career
Sushma's father was a music composer, Bholanath. She lost her father on 12 April 1971 when she was barely 11 years old. She sang the hit "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" when she was just nine. She has sung many super hit songs in her childhood: "Tera Mujhse Hai Nata Koi", "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na", "Yaadon Ki Baarat" are a few. Poornima is the oldest singer in terms of experience in the industry who can boast of having worked with Naushad, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Anil Biswas, S.D. Burman and Shankar Jaikishan.
She got her first break accidentally when Chandrakant Bhosle, a family friend and an assistant to Shankar–Jaikishan recommended her name to Shankar. In spite of the prevailing custom of women playback singers singing for children, Shankar took upon him the challenge of taking an unknown child to sing "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" for the film Andaz. Sushama recorded her first song on 11 November 1969 with Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur. Rafi was very impressed by her singing.
Sushma did a children's album called Bal Geet, which had the legendary S.Khale composing the songs and Shanta Shelke penning them. She sang four songs in it. The album proved as huge hit and gave immense exposure to Poornima who surprised everybody by singing Marathi songs with ease. Her career was planned to be launched at a function organised by the Punjab Association organised by Raj Kapoor, Pran and others. Slated to perform on 12 April 1971, tragedy struck on 11 April when her father suffered a cardiac arrest and died. She was undaunted and was encouraged by family and friends. She gave a performance, which impressed many and enabled her to get a scholarship of Rs. 250 to study music.
Marriage put a temporary halt to her singing career with regard to films as she stopped doing stage shows, which promptly dried up the offers for playback. Her last song as Sushma Shreshtha was in N.Chandra's Ankush: "Itni Shakti Humein Dena Data" (along with main singer Pushpa Pagdhare – in Hindi movie Ankush filmed on Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Nana Patekar, Suhas Palshikar and others). Jingles took her attention where the professionalism made her settle to a steady work schedule.
In the 1990s, Tips, the music company approached her with an offer. Wanting to make a clean departure from the child prodigy image, they suggested a change of name and image. Sushma took the name Poornima. Her song "Barsaat Mein Jab Aayega Saawan Ka Maheena" from Maa was a hit. Few things changed till David Dhawan's Bol Radha Bol. "Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara" was nothing short of an anthem and the remaining songs, which were a success also, gave Poornima the opportunity to savour success and adulation that had eluded for long.
She continued her association with Dhawan, she went on to sing for all his No. 1 series including Haseena Maan Jayegi and Biwi No.1. In spite of the lacklustre Indi-pop scene last year,[when?] Poornima was one of the top-ten selling artistes with her album Mera Dil Bole Piya Piya. With the adage "slow and steady wins the race" enforcing her nearly three comebacks, more of her has yet to come.
- Simply Darun
- Ankh Micholi
- Balma Bada Bavaali
- Bhatta Saheb
- "Jai Kali Jai Kalimal Harni" – Maiya Ke Pukaar
- "Mumbai Nagariya Mein Bhayya" – Hamaara Faislaa
- "Ladki Hai Tu Yaa Koi Pari" – Hamaara Faislaa
- "Parody Parody" – Eena Meena Deeka
- "Ras Mallai" – Chandaal
- "Lahenga Bheetar Bichhua Lahenga Bheetar Bichhua" – Ee Maati Mein Sab Kuchh Baate
- "Oonchi Re Dalaan Chadhi Baithal Chho – Doliya Kahaar Beti Chalal Sasurar (Part 2)
- "Godna God Mohe Godna God Mohe" – Vinashak
- "Vidhi Ke Banawan Aaj" – Lajaaoon Naahi Dulha
- "Karisma Mein Tu" – Billa No. 786
- "Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori" – Bol Radha Bol
- "So Rupaya Chanda Daike Ho Jai Phiri" – Tohke Chadaib Laal Ohaar
- "Taal Mein Titeheri Bola" – Saat Farey
- "Aa Tujhe Main Pyar Dun", "Bandish Aa Tujhe Main Pyar Dun", "Bandish" – Gaane Anjaane – Pyar Pyar Pyar
- "Jaag Jaag-e-Barti Jaag Jaag-e-Barti" – Baans Ke Supva
- "Le La Godiya Mein Sejiya" – Devar Ji
- "Bidiya Pe India Deewana Ba" – Kab Hoi Milanva Hamaar
- "Aajkal Ki Ladkiyan" – Chal Mere Bhai
- "Channe Ke Khet Main" – Anjaam
- "Mere Sine main dil mera bole" – Bhishma
- "Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja", "Oonchi Hai Building" – Judwaa
- "Biwi No.1" – Biwi No.1
- "Mr. Lova Lova" – Ishq
- "Bant Na Mithai Bant Na Mithai" – Saiyan Siphaiya
- "Sona Kitna Sona Hai", "Maine Paidal Se Ja Raha Tha" – Hero No. 1
- "Bhola Bam Kanwar Le Ke" – Bhola Bam Kanwar Le Ke
- "Baans Ke Supva" – Baans Ke Supva
- "Fiyoli Jwaan Hwege" – Fiyoli Jwaan Hwege- Garhwali
- "Tweel Chitthi Kiley Ni Bheji" – Garhwali
- "Yeh Aalam Yeh Mausam" - Jai Kishen
- "Suno Miya Suno Miya" - Kyu...ki Main Jhooth Nhi Bolta
|1971||Andaz||Hindi||"Hai Na Bolo Bolo"||Shankar-Jaikishan||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1973||Aa Gale Lag Jaa||Hindi||"Tera Mujhse Hain Pehle Ka Nata Koi"
"Aye Mere Bete"
|Rahul Dev Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for ""Tera Mujhse Hain"
|1977||Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||Hindi||"Kya Hua Tera Wada"||Rahul Dev Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
|1980||Sindoor||Nepali||"Ali ali haar ho"||Nati Kaji, Shiv Shankar|
|1986||Ankush||Hindi||"Itni Shakti Humein Dena Data"||Kuldeep Singh||Last song as Sushma Shrestha|
|1989||Santaan||Nepali||"Kahawase aaibe Raam-Lachhuman"
"Piratii ko kitaab maa naulo paanaa thapchhaun"
|Manohari Singh||Co-singers- Udit Narayan, Deepa Narayan Jha (Gahatraj), Prasaad Shrestha|
|1990||Tilhari||Nepali||"Nilo Nilo tyo aakaash" "Dhartee bharee khojdaa khojdaa"||Jeewan Adhikari||Co-singer- Suresh Wadkar|
|Manohari Singh||Co-singers- Prakash Shrestha, Udit Narayan Deepa Narayan Jha (Gahatraj) and Prasaad Shrestha|
|1991||Patthar Ke Phool||Hindi||"Naa Ja Naa Ja"||Raamlaxman|
|1992||Bol Radha Bol||Hindi||"Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori"
"Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara"
|Maa||Hindi||"Barsat Mein Jab Aega"||Anu Malik|
|Dharam Yodha||Hindi||"Kal Raat Mujhse Tu"
"Chori Se Chupke Chupke"
|Chamatkar||Hindi||"Jawani Deewani"||Anu Malik|
|1994||Anjaam||Hindi||"Chane Ke Khet Mein"||Anand-Milind|
|Raja Babu||Hindi||"A Aa Ee O O O Mera Dil Na Todo (Female)"
"Sarkai Lo Khatiya"
"Ui Amma Ui Amma Kya Karata Hai"
|Gopi Kishan||Hindi||"Haye Hukku Haye Hukku Haaye Haaye"
"Mera Mehboob Aayega"
"Batti Na Bujha"
|Betaaj Badshah||Hindi||"Choodiyan Bajaoongi"
"Ek Chadar Do Sonewale"
|Cheetah||Hindi||"Chu Chu Chu"
"Kashmakash Badhi To"
|Udhaar Ki Zindagi||Hindi||"Dadaji Ki Chhadi Hoon Main"||Anand-Milind|
|Laadla||Hindi||"Dhik Ta Na Na"||Anand-Milind|
|Eena Meena Deeka||Hindi||"Eena Ko Mil Gayee Meena"
"Maine Kya Julam Kiya"
"Saiyan Ke Saath Madhaiya Mein"
"Tere Dwar Khada Hai Jogi"
"Towel Mein Baahar Jaaogi"
|Aao Pyaar Karen||Hindi||"Oee Maa Ye Kya Ho Gaya"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Vijaypath||Hindi||"Ladke Aaj Ke Ladke"||Anu Malik|
|1995||Coolie No. 1||Hindi||"Jeth Ki Dopahri Mein"||Anand-Milind|
|God and Gun||Hindi||"Ban Gayee Ban Gayee"||Anand-Milind|
|Vapsi Sajan Ki||Hindi||"Chadh Gaya Pyar Ka"||Anand-Milind|
|Veer||Hindi||"Dhoom Dhadaka"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Angrakshak||Hindi||"Dil Mera Udaas Hai"
"Suno Suno Pyar Hua"
"Padhna Likhna Chhodo"
|Raghuveer||Hindi||"Dil Tera Deewana"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Jawab||Hindi||"Ek Tak Ant Thak"||Anu Malik|
|Taaqat||Hindi||"Love Me Love Me"
"Hun Huna Re Hun Huna"
|Bewafa Sanam||Hindi||"Ooyee Ooyee Meri Amma"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|1996||Bhishma||Hindi||"Mere Sine Main Dil Mera Bole"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Loafer||Hindi||"Aao Chalo Hum Karein"
"Kuch Kuch Kuch Ho Raha Hai"
|Himmat||Hindi||"Behaka Behaka Kadam Hai"||Anand-Milind|
|English Babu Desi Mem||Hindi||"Bharatpur Lut Gaya"
"Love Me Honey Honey"
|Mafia||Hindi||"Dil Mera Deewana Dhadke"||Anand-Milind|
|Saajan Chale Sasural||Hindi||"Doob Ke Dariya Mein"||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Apne Dam Par||Hindi||"Ek Ladki Phatakha"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Rangbaaz||Hindi||"Sawan Ki Raat Suhani"
"Sola Kiye The Pure"
|Diljale||Hindi||"Shaam Hain Dhuan Dhuan"||Anu Malik|
|Masoom||Hindi||"Tukur Tukur Dekhate Ho Kya"||Anand Raj Anand|
|1997||Judwaa||Hindi||"Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja"
"Oonchi Hai Building"
"Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara"
|Ishq||Hindi||"Mr. Lova Lova"||Anu Malik|
|Hero No. 1||Hindi||"Sona Kitna Sona Hai"
"Maine Paidal Se Ja Raha Tha"
|Anand-Milind||Nominated – Zee Cine Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Sona Kitna Sona Hai"|
|Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat||Hindi||"Chanda Ki Chori"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi||Hindi||"Mujhe Hero Ban Jaane De"
"Jumme Ke Jumme"
"Samosa Mein Aaloo"
|Shapath||Hindi||"Chum Le Mere Balon"||Anand-Milind|
|Daava||Hindi||"Dil Mein Hai Tu"||Jatin-Lalit|
|Zameer||Hindi||"Dekho To Palat Ke"||Anand-Milind|
|Deewana Mastana||Hindi||"Hungama Ho Gaya"||Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|Mrityudata||Hindi||"Illa Loo Illa Loo"
|Bhai||Hindi||"Mujhe Ek Bar"||Anand-Milind|
|Kudrat||Hindi||"Ab Tak Hai Puri Azadi"||Rajesh Roshan|
"Chikne Chikne Gaal"
|Chandaal||Hindi||"Chod Chod N Kalaayi Sajna"
"Chod De Jaaneman"
|Mard||Hindi||"Dil Dhadak Mera"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Hitler||Hindi||"Galon Se Khelun Main"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Vinashak||Hindi||"Godna God Mohe"||Viju Shah|
|Hatyara||Hindi||"Gore Gore Galo Wali"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|1999||Biwi No.1||Hindi||"Biwi No 1"||Anu Malik|
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Hindi||"Panga Na Le Mere Naal"||Anu Malik|
|Gair||Hindi||"Aankhon Mein Mohabbat"||Anand-Milind|
|Maa Kasam||Hindi||"Angoorwali Bagiyan"||Anand-Milind|
|Sanyasi Mera Naam||Hindi||"Arrey Arrey"||Anand-Milind|
|Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya||Hindi||"Laddu Motichur Ka"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2000||Chal Mere Bhai||Hindi||"Aaj Kal Ki Ladkiyan"||Anand-Milind|
|Jwalamukhi||Hindi||"Chan Chana Chan"||Anand-Milind|
|Agniputra||Hindi||"Choona Na Mera Ghungta"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|Shikari||Hindi||"Gora Pareshaan Hai"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Champion||Hindi||"Lelo Lelo"||Anu Malik|
|2001||Prince No. 1||Hindi||"Ab Tu Meri"||Mani Sharma|
|Zahreela||Hindi||"Hai Ram Buddhe Me"||Anand-Milind|
|Ittefaq||Hindi||"Raaton Ko"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Hindi||"Suno Miya Suno"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2004||Police Force||Hindi||"Maina Kunwari"||Anand-Milind|
|2007||Sarhad Paar||Hindi||"Aadha Sach"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2009||Dushmani||Hindi||"Lehnge Se Lage Hawa"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|2013||Apple Penne||Hindi||"Amma Unnai"||Mani Sharma|
Best Female Playback singer, Zee Cine Awards (1998) – Sona Kitna Sona Hain (Hero No. 1) (Nominated, did not win)
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