Sushma Shrestha

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Poornima
Poornima rocking the stage 2013-09-30 23-15.jpg
Poornima performing on stage
Background information
Genres Playback singer
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1971–present

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.[1] 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.[2]

She sang numerous Nepali songs; the most popular one is from the 1980 Nepali movie Sindoor, 'Ali Ali Haar Ho'.[3]

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.[4][5]

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[edit]

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.

Albums[edit]

  • Simply Darun
  • Ankh Micholi
  • Balma Bada Bavaali
  • Jaal
  • Bhatta Saheb
  • Badal
  • Jogan
  • Patanga
  • Shagufa

Songs[edit]

  • "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 Builiding" – 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

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Song Name Composer Notes
1971 Andaz "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" Shankar-Jaikishan Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha
1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa "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 "Kya Hua Tera Wada" Rahul Dev Burman Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1986 Ankush "Itni Shakti Humein Dena Data" Kuldeep Singh Last song as Sushma Shrestha
1991 Patthar Ke Phool "Naa Ja Naa Ja" Raamlaxman
1992 Bol Radha Bol "Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori"
"Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara"
Anand-Milind
Maa "Barsat Mein Jab Aega" Anu Malik
Dharam Yodha "Kal Raat Mujhse Tu"
"Chori Se Chupke Chupke"
A. R. Rahman
Chamatkar "Jawani Deewani" Anu Malik
1994 Anjaam "Chane Ke Khet Mein" Anand-Milind
Raja Babu "A Aa Ee O O O Mera Dil Na Todo (Female)"
"Sarkai Lo Khatiya"
"Ui Amma Ui Amma Kya Karata Hai"
Anand-Milind
Gopi Kishan "Haye Hukku Haye Hukku Haaye Haaye"
"Mera Mehboob Aayega"
"Batti Na Bujha"
Anand-Milind
Betaaj Badshah "Choodiyan Bajaoongi"
"Ek Chadar Do Sonewale"
Anand-Milind
Cheetah "Chu Chu Chu"
"Kashmakash Badhi To"
Jatin-Lalit
Udhaar Ki Zindagi "Dadaji Ki Chhadi Hoon Main" Anand-Milind
Laadla "Dhik Ta Na Na" Anand-Milind
Eena Meena Deeka "Eena Ko Mil Gayee Meena"
"Maine Kya Julam Kiya"
"Saiyan Ke Saath Madhaiya Mein"
"Tere Dwar Khada Hai Jogi"
"Towel Mein Baahar Jaaogi"
"Parody Song"
Anand-Milind
Aao Pyaar Karen "Oee Maa Ye Kya Ho Gaya" Aadesh Shrivastava
Vijaypath "Ladke Aaj Ke Ladke" Anu Malik
1995 Coolie No. 1 "Jeth Ki Dopahri Mein" Anand-Milind
God and Gun "Ban Gayee Ban Gayee" Anand-Milind
Vapsi Sajan Ki "Chadh Gaya Pyar Ka" Anand-Milind
Veer "Dhoom Dhadaka" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Angrakshak "Dil Mera Udaas Hai"
"Suno Suno Pyar Hua"
"Padhna Likhna Chhodo"
Anand-Milind
Raghuveer "Dil Tera Deewana" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Jawab "Ek Tak Ant Thak" Anu Malik
Taaqat "Love Me Love Me"
"Hun Huna Re Hun Huna"
Anand-Milind
Bewafa Sanam "Ooyee Ooyee Meri Amma" Nikhil-Vinay
1996 Bhishma "Mere Sine Main Dil Mera Bole" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Loafer "Aao Chalo Hum Karein"
"Kuch Kuch Kuch Ho Raha Hai"
Anand-Milind
Himmat "Behaka Behaka Kadam Hai" Anand-Milind
English Babu Desi Mem "Bharatpur Lut Gaya"
"Love Me Honey Honey"
Nikhil-Vinay
Mafia "Dil Mera Deewana Dhadke" Anand-Milind
Saajan Chale Sasural "Doob Ke Dariya Mein" Nadeem-Shravan
Apne Dam Par "Ek Ladki Phatakha" Aadesh Shrivastava
Rangbaaz "Sawan Ki Raat Suhani"
"Sola Kiye The Pure"
Bappi Lahiri
Diljale "Shaam Bhi Hain Dhuan Dhuan" Anu Malik
Masoom "Tukur Tukur Dekhate Ho Kya" Anand Raj Anand
1997 Judwaa "Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja"
"Oonchi Hai Builiding"
"Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara"
Anu Malik
Ishq "Mr. Lova Lova" Anu Malik
Hero No. 1 "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 "Chanda Ki Chori" Aadesh Shrivastava
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi "Mujhe Hero Ban Jaane De"
"Jumme Ke Jumme"
"Samosa Mein Aaloo"
Anu Malik
Shapath "Chum Le Mere Balon" Anand-Milind
Daava "Dil Mein Hai Tu" Jatin-Lalit
Zameer "Dekho To Palat Ke" Anand-Milind
Deewana Mastana "Hungama Ho Gaya" Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Mrityudata "Illa Loo Illa Loo"
"Tak Jhoom"
Anand-Milind
Bhai "Mujhe Ek Bar" Anand-Milind
Insaaf "Taana Tandaana" Anand-Milind
1998 Badmaash "Aashiq Aashiq" Shyam-Surender
Kudrat "Ab Tak Hai Puri Azadi" Rajesh Roshan
Sher-E-Hindustan "Chhuyi Muyi"
"Chikne Chikne Gaal"
Anand-Milind
Chandaal "Chod Chod N Kalaayi Sajna"
"Chod De Jaaneman"
Anand-Milind
Mard "Dil Dhadak Mera" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Hitler "Galon Se Khelun Main" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Vinashak "Godna God Mohe" Viju Shah
Hatyara "Gore Gore Galo Wali" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1999 Biwi No.1 "Biwi No 1" Anu Malik
Haseena Maan Jaayegi "Panga Na Le Mere Naal" Anu Malik
Gair "Aankhon Mein Mohabbat" Anand-Milind
Maa Kasam "Angoorwali Bagiyan" Anand-Milind
Sanyasi Mera Naam "Arrey Arrey" Anand-Milind
Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya "Laddu Motichur Ka" Anand Raj Anand
2000 Chal Mere Bhai "Aaj Kal Ki Ladkiyan" Anand-Milind
Jwalamukhi "Chan Chana Chan" Anand-Milind
Agniputra "Choona Na Mera Ghungta" Nikhil-Vinay
Shikari "Gora Pareshaan Hai" Aadesh Shrivastava
Champion "Lelo Lelo" Anu Malik
2001 Prince No. 1 "Ab Tu Meri" Mani Sharma
Zahreela "Hai Ram Buddhe Me" Anand-Milind
Ittefaq "Raaton Ko" Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta "Suno Miya Suno" Anand Raj Anand
2003 Mudda "Godanva" Pritam
2004 Police Force "Maina Kunwari" Anand-Milind
2007 Sarhad Paar "Aadha Sach" Anand Raj Anand
2009 Dushmani "Lehnge Se Lage Hawa" Nikhil-Vinay
2013 Apple Penne "Amma Unnai" Mani Sharma

Awards[edit]

Best Female Playback singer, Zee Cine Awards (1998) – Sona Kitna Sona Hain (Hero No. 1) (Nominated, did not win)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Poornima Hindi Movies Songs and Lyrics". Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "SHAMMI KAPOOR". Screen. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "SINDOOR (1980)". Screen. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Nominations – 1973– The 51st Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Nominations – 1977– The 51st Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 

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