Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wanna know the song 'Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum….’ Is sung as Morning Prayer in Pakistan?

Aye maalik tere bande hum, aysein hon hamaare karam 

(Lord, you are our creator, so be our deeds

Naykee par chalein aur badhee se talein, taaki hastein huye nikale dum 

(May we walk the path of righteousness and refrain from evil, So that we may depart fulfilled and smiling) 

Wanna know that this spiritual song is such a hit that even today it is used as Morning Prayer in many schools in India. In fact the song is also used as Morning Prayer in few schools in Pakistan!!! 

But do you know who has penned this soul stirring song from the black and white classic DO AANKHEN BARAH HAATH? I know the chances are less and only a few handful readers would know the poet though the song is super hit and is still a hot favorite of the younger generation.


Well the song has written by the legendary poet Poet Pandit Bharat Vyas, who has to his credit many more super hit songs like Aadha Hai Chandrama Raat Aadhee… (NAVRANG); Saranga Teri Yaad Me Nain Hue Bechain … (SARANGA); Aa Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet… (RANI ROOPMATI); Nirbal Se Ladai Balvan Ki, Ye Kahani Hai Diye Ki Aur Tufaan Ki… (TOOFAN AUR DEEYA) etc. 

Raaga.com pays homage to the poet on his death anniversary that falls on July 5. 

Born on 18th December 1918, in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, Bharat Vyas completed his higher school studies and later completed his B.Com degree. Bharat Vyas came to Bombay in the early 40's. During that time, Bharat Vyas had the dream to become a director and that was the main goal of his life. But, destiny took him to become a lyricist. 

Under Prithiviraj Kapoor and filmmakers like V Shantaram, Bharat Vyas excelled as a poet of versatility. In a era where Urdu poets like Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni, Kaifi Azmi etc ruled the roost Bharat Vyas, despite being a Hindi poet made a name for himself. Though he had tough competition from Hindi stalwart poets like Kavi Pradeep, Shailendra, Prem Dhawan, Pandit Vyas made his own identify.

Fundamentalist groups should attack fake Babas’ instead of movies like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and MOHALLA ASSI

Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and Sunny Deol’s MOHALLA ASSI both dealing with religious backdrop have once again become throne in the eyes of fundamentalist groups, who had earlier raised hue and cry over Paresh Rawail’s OH MY GOD (OMG) and Aamir Khan’s PK. 

Interestingly both OH MY GOD (OMG) and PK were super hits as the films buffs gave thumps up to both the films for exposing the so- called religious leader who bluff the devotees and create differences in the society. 

According to reports while the Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its youth wing Bajrang Dal have objected to the title of Salman Khan’s film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN citing it hurts Hindu sentiments, on the other hand an FIR has been lodged against actor Sunny Deol, director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi and writer Kasinath Singh claiming their movie MOHALLA ASSI hurt religious sentiments of people.


In reality both BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and MOHALLA ASSI are hard hitting comment on society. According to filmmaker Kabir Khan, “In BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman Khan plays a devout Hindu of Lord Hanuman and how he unites a five year old Pakistani girl lost in India. The film is an attempt to bridge communal harmony between India and Pakistan.”

Likewise filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi, known for directing the 1991 television epic Chanakya said, “The film MOHALLA ASSI exposes the corruption and loot of the tourist who visit the holy city of Varanasi by the local priest. The film also raises question how the holy city has been reduced to a den of ganja, the ghats turned into a 'picnic spot' and Ganga into a swimming pool.” 

Thus filmmakers since decades through their movies have voiced their concern against vices and have tried to educate the generation about evils of blind faith and inculcate brotherhood and harmony. 

Hence instead of targeting filmmaker, I think fundamentalist groups should attack the likes of fake godmen like Nirmal Baba, Asharam Bapu, Aniruddha 'Bapu', Sant Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh and many more, who in broad day light cheat millions of gullible devotees and loot the national reservoir by evading crores of income tax?

Friday, July 3, 2015

‘Jumma Chumma’ Actress Kimi Katkar spotted with her son!

Remember the sexy Bollywood actress Kimi Katkar, lusting Amitabh Bachchan with her seductive allure in the super hit song ‘Jumma Chumma De De ….’ In Mukul Anand’s hit film HUM (1991)? 

The sex siren of the 80’s is now an elderly lady of 50 and mother to a 19-year-old. She has put on a few kilos and remains as striking was ever. She was recently spotted in Goa as her 19 year old son Siddhant is studying there. As for Kimi Katkar, , she has no plans so far of making a comeback in Bollywood.

Siddhant has inherited the light eyes of her mother and the handsome features of her debonair father, the ace photographer and ad-filmmaker Shantanu Shorey.


Kimi Katkar ruled the 80s and the ‘90s as the sex bomb. In her debut film TARZAN she exploded the screen with bold scenes that paved way for her in Bollywood. What followed were movies like INSANIYAT, JEEVAN DAATA, KHOON KA KARZ, JAISI KARNI WAISI BHARNI, ZULM KI HUKUMAT and the iconic HUM, where she played heroine of none other but Amitabh Bachchan. 

When she was at the peak of career she took the courageous decision of marring famous photographer and ad-filmmaker Shantanu Sheorey and got settled in Australia. 

Kim has no regrets about quitting her career abruptly. She says, "I know everyone was aghast with my decision. After HUM, I had been inundated with offers of films with Amitji. But I had closed the chapter when I said yes to Shantanu. In fact I had to return a whole lot of signing amounts.”

Looking back, Kim feel she took a right decision. She says, “I think I left at the right time. What more could I have done after acting opposite Amitji in HUM? I had been modelling since I was 17. After 10-11 years of continuous work. I knew I needed to settle down.”

Hema Malini’s car accident exposes Bollywood’s incentive attitude to common man!

After the notorious Salman Khan episode where Bollwood showered all their sympathies on the actor, despite the actor sentenced for five year in the rash driving 2002 case, likewise Bollywood has yet again displayed its insensitivity towards the common man and showered all their sympathy on actress Hema Malini, who was injured in a car accident. 

No sooner did the news of Bollywood actress Hema Malini’s accident near Jaipur in Rajasthan splashed social media, Bollywood celebrities from Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi to Rishi Kapoor extended their sympathies to the BJP politician cum film actress for her speedy recovery; caring a damn about the killing of a two -year-old girl and injuring four other family member, who were smashed by the actresses’ reckless driver.

Forget the film stars even the state administration did not bothered about the victims who were cruelly smashed by Hema Malini’s driver, Ramesh Chand, who was speeding his car beyond permissible limit and banged the Alto car that killed an innocent baby and seriously injured the rest.


A family member of Khandelwal family travelling in the unfortunate car said, "I am surprised to declare that the nation calls itself democrat but alas two kinds of treatment prevail in the country for the victims of the same accident.”

He added, “While Hema Malini was given a VIP treatment by immediately rushing her to the Fortis Hospital in Jaipur, our family-members were sent to Sawai Man Singh Hospital, where treatment was given very late. If we had been treated equally perhaps our child would have been saved.” 

Another family member lamented, “We know Hema Malini was also hurt but as a human being, at least she could have enquired about the well being of the family and being a BJP member she could have asked the doctors to give our family proper treatment.”

According to doctors Hema Malini suffered injury above one eye, her back and her legs. She underwent a minor surgery and is doing fine.

On the other hand Khandelwal along with his 30-year-old wife Shikha, 45-year-old sister in law Seema and 6-year-old son Soumil are undergoing treatment at Sawai Man Singh hospital's trauma centre.

Meanwhile as the matter gathered dust Hema Malini’s driver Ramesh Chand, was arrested on charges of over speeding and reckless driving but by evening he was a free man as he was granted bail!!! 

Thus if the law is so lenient in reckless driving cases then how do you expect for the menace of reckless driving to be rooted out!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ooh La La Neha Dhupia sizzles in ‘HOT’ photo shoot!

Bollywood sex bombshell Neha Dhupia may be a failure on silver screen but the JULIE actress is still a showstopper and one of the most stylish women in showbiz. A picture of her elegance and style can be seen in the recent cover of men’s popular magazine Maxim's July edition.

The fashion icon Neha Dhupia, who has earlier done many bold and sexy cover for Maxim is seen in a completely new avatar reliving the vintage era. Wearing a black leather corset, Neha looks stunningly seductive.


Aptly titled ‘After Dark with Neha Dhupia’ the photo shoot is surely one of the most ' sexiest shoot the actress must have shot.

Known for her ‘dare to bare’ attitude the starlet has bodily posed displaying her cleavage and her shapely body be it her tempting pose on the floor in sexy La Senza lingerie or be it seducing pose on the bed with satin sheets wearing a black swimsuit and of course the cover, with a cigarette in her hand. The pictures are truly charismatic and appealing! 

Daniel Bauer, the eminent hair stylist deserves kudos for giving her a beautiful retro look using winged-liner eye and fringe hairdo. 

The actress these days is busy promoting her film 'Moh Maya Money' directed by Munish Bhardwaj. The film is slated to release by the end of this year.

Yash Chopra banner changing trends - From Romance to Violence to Abuses!

The name Yash Raj Film Production was synonymous with love and romantic movies - remember hit romantic movies like DAAG, KABHI KABHIE, SILSILA, CHANDNI, LAMHE, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE etc. But in the last few decades the banner shifted its gears to violent films like DHOOM, GUNDAY, MARDANI, LAFANGEY PARINDEY, BADMAASH COMPANY etc. 

However the latest news is that the banner’s forthcoming movie TITLI has crossed all limits of ethics and virtues as it is packed with filthy expletives (‘Gaalis’) which may even shame the likes of filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj, who are known for using expletives in their film. 

Director by debutant director Kanu Behl and produced jointly by Yash Raj Films Dibakar Banerjee has thus been censored with an Adults Certificate.


A Censor Board member on condition of anonymity said, “The movie left the censor board members in a state of utter embracement as the movie crosses all the limits of the cuss words and employs coarse language that is unheard.” 

What is more stunning is that despite the coarse language the censor board has retained the expletives as the board member said, “ Since the movie is intense and powerful we have not deleted the gaalis besides the movie has so many gaalis that deleing them then the entire film would have gaps in the soundtrack.” 

It may be noted TITLI has been winning accolades in film festivals all over the world. It received rave reviews when it was first screened at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival where it was the official selection in the Un Certain Regard section. It has been screened in almost 22 international film festivals, winning 8 awards and has opened to immense box office success in France and Germany.

The film stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora. The movie is slated to release in India on October 16.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shahid Kapoor’s Wedding Card leaked!

It’s official that Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor will be tying the nuptial knot with Delhi girl Mira Rajput on July 7,2015 as the invitation card for his wedding is leaked on the social medium. 

The invitation card has thus thwarted all the rumors doing the rounds that Shahid Kapoor is planning to wed in Greece or Punjab or a farmhouse in Haryana. The venue of his wedding is the luxurious hotel - ‘The Oberoi’ in Gurgaon's Udyog Vihar. The wedding will be followed by lavish dinner party between 7 pm-10 pm.


According to a reliable source wedding ceremony will be followed by a grand reception at the five star Palladium Hotel in Lower Parel in Mumbai on July 12 that will be attended by the who’s who of Bollywood. Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor’s ex-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor Khan are too expected to attend the event. 

Prior to the wedding on July 6, the traditional ‘Mehendi’ and ‘Sangeet’ ceremony will be held in Gurgaon. The source informed, “The Mehendi’ and ‘Sangeet’ ceremony will be an intimate affair with only 40 to 50 guests in attendance. They will all be put up at Hotel Trident in Gurgaon. Shahid will fly to Delhi on July 2 along with his family.”

The couple, who will wear outfits designed by ace designer Masaba, will have a traditional Punjabi style wedding. 

This invitation carries some delicious goodies that are specially created by Shahid’s younger brother Ishaan Khattar. The cards request the invitees to absent any gift!