This is a proud moment for Nazia’s admirers all over the world as the widely popular song ‘Disco Deewane’is to feature in the upcoming film Student of the Year (SOTY). Directed by Karan Johar, the film is indeed a great way to carry her legacy forward today. Nazia and Zohaib Hassan, along with the legendary Alamgir, have long been considered the founders of pop music in Pakistan. Back in the day, they delivered countless hits that made them household names among desis all over the world — be it Karachi, Mumbai or London. Nazia’s ties with Bollywood go back to the 80s, when she was just 15 and sang the timeless number “Aap Jaisa Koi” for the film Qurbani and went on to win the Filmfare Award for best female playback singer. This accolade not only made her the first Pakistani to win at Filmfare, but also the youngest recipient of the award!
The original version of “Disco Deewane” was released in 1981 and, as reported by Emirates 24/7, “It charted in 14 countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record. It changed trends in music across South Asia, where it broke sales records, for instance by selling 100,000 records within a day of its release in Mumbai alone.” The new version of the song has been revamped by Vishal Shekhar and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, while some portions of Nazia’s original version have also been retained. The film is scheduled for a mid-October release. For now, “Disco Deewane” is enough to keep us interested.