Nazia Hassan was an iconic Pakistani pop singer. Her song “Aap Jaisa Koi” from the Indian film Qurbani made her a legend and pop icon in Pakistan and all of South Asia in the 1980s, where she is admired and loved even today, years after her death.
Nazia Hassan was remembered on her death anniversary on Monday.
Nazia Hassan was born in Karachi, Pakistan and from an early age showed interest in music. 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 fifteen when she provided the lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 film Qurbani. Nazia met the film’s director Feroz Khan at a party in the United Kingdom. Khan later requested Hassan have an audition with Biddu, a London-based Indian music composer. Biddu then signed her up for Aap Jaisa Koi, the song he composed for Qurbani.
The song was a huge success in India and despite Nazia being a Pakistani, she gained overnight fame there. In 1981, Nazia won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for Aap Jaisa Koi.
In 1991, Nazia and her brother Zoheb recorded her fifth album, Camera Camera. The album was released in 1992.
Nazia was married on March 30, 1995, to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig. They had a son born on April 7, 1997, named Arez. Nazia’s marriage with Mirza Ishtiaq Baig was a complete failure and she got divorce on August 4, 2000.
Nazia died of lung cancer in London on August 13, 2000 at the age of 35. The Government of Pakistan conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance.