Original pop diva of the sub-continent, late Nazia Hassan is being remembered on her 50th birthday by her fans all across the globe.
Nazia Hassan was born in Karachi in 1965 to a well-off Pakistani family and lived between London and Karachi. Despite being a singer, she use to donate the profits of her music to many charitable causes as this was her hobby. She was also a talented lawyer, working in the United Nations Security Council.
She was later married to an Industrialist Ishtiaq Baig in 1995. In 1997, she gave birth to her Son Areez Hassan.
Nazia began singing during the late 1970s, when she appeared on several television shows on PTV as a child artist. Her professional career started at the age of 15 when she did her first song “Aap Jaisa Koi” for Feroz Khan’s Indian film Qurbani (1980)
Nazia, along with her brother produced audio and video hits, forever changing the Pakistani pop music industry.
Her debut album Disco Deewane (1981) also released in fourteen countries worldwide
Nazia Hassan and Zohaib Hassan went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. They were the true pioneers of the pop culture.
The song was a great success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained rapid fame there. In 1981, Nazia won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for Aap Jaisa Koi. Nazia’s third album, Young Tarang was released in 1984.
Her fourth album, Hotline was released in 1987. Aa Haan was the most popular song of the album. In 1991, Nazia and her brother Zohaib recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera
Before the album’s release, during a launching ceremony Nazia and Zohaib announced that it would be their last album. The album was released in 1992. It was not as successful as Nazia’s previous albums were
After the album’s release, Nazia left her singing career.
It is important to mention here that Nazia was the first Pakistani to win a Filmfare Award and remains the youngest winner of a Filmfare Award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer to date when she was 15.She also received Pride of Performance, Double Platinum Award and Golden Discs Awards. In 2007.
The song Disco Deewane became youth’s anthem in 80’s. Later on this song was borrowed in Karan Johar’s 2012 film Student of the Year.
The pop icon died of lung cancer at the age of 35 on August 13, 2000. She is admired and loved even today, years after her death.
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