His last song

Mumbai: Marathi filmmaker Ashish Ubale was on cloud nine when celebrated ghazal singer Jagjit Singh agreed to lend his `golden voice` for a song in his upcoming film "Anandache Dohi". However, the happiness was shortlived because the song has also turned out to be the maestro`s last film song.

Jagjit Singh recorded the song "Tuzhya mule aala, nava arth majhya jeevanala" about seven months ago. The song is picturised on veteran actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, who played Gandhi in `Munnabhai MBBS` and `Lage Raho Munnabhai`.

Talking to PTI, Ubale said working with Singh was a learning process. "I was taken aback with the hard work he put in for getting the Marathi pronounciations and certain words correctly. He would repeat each and every word five to six times before the recording," the filmmaker recalled.

Ubale said he had grown up listening to Jagjit Singh`s ghazals and his voice touched the listener`s heart. "When music composer Amar Haldipur asked if we could approach Jagjitji for our film, I immediately said why not. We can try. And to our surprise, he agreed immediately," he said.

The filmmaker described Singh as a simple human being, a trait which reflected in his voice. "He may have come across as a serious person. But, when he was among his closest friends, he would open up and was full of wit and humour," Ubale said.