"The news of Yashji going came as a bolt from the blue. Nothing had prepared me for this loss. I had been told he was down with dengue. I had tried calling him. But his phone was off. I was planning to visit him in the hospital. But that visit kept getting put off because of problems in the family. Now I will never be able to see him. I have lost a true friend and dear brother. He loved me to death.
Yashji had made it clear that I'd have to sing for all his films from the time he turned director with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. I think I sang for all his films except Waqt. When he turned into an independent producer with Daag in 1973, he sat and explained the story to me and the situation for every song. He had a great music sense, though he couldn't sing himself. His wife Pam not only sang, she also had a good knowledge of Hindustani classical music, which Yashji lacked. Together they created an atmosphere for those timeless scores in Yashji's films.
I am proud and privileged to have given voice to Yashji's lovely heroines. But Yashji and I were bonded on a much deeper level than the professional. He genuinely loved me. Cinema was his passion. All the money that he made went back into making films. I hadn't met Yashji for some time now. He kept asking me to come over to his studio (of which he was very proud) and to his home where Pam and Yashji made me feel like family. I will miss that warmth and hospitality. My heart reaches out to Pamji."