Tuesday, June 10, 2014

From Amrik Singh to Mika Singh

Mika Singh Bollywood’s topnotch singer who rose to fame in 2007 with Mauja Hi Mauja….in the super hit film JAB WE MET and Aai Ganpat chal daru la… in SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA turns 37 today. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and unfolds the journey of Amrik Singh to Mika Singh

Brother of Daler Mehndi, the sensation Tunal-Tunak-Tun….singer, Mika Singh’s real name is Amrik Singh but he changed his name to trendy Mika to suit his image of bhangra / pop artist. The singer has followed the footsteps of his elder brother. In an interview he told, “I had a passion for music since kindergarten days. I admired my elder brother Daler Paji and dreamt of becoming a superstar singer like him.”

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He adds, “My brother has the reputation of being the highest paid singer. For the famous Coke advertisement Paji charged a whopping Rs 2 crore! Further for his most hit song Tunuk Tunuk Tun song Paji was paid Rs 80 lakh, an amount never charged even by any legendary singer. Thus I was thrilled to follow his steps and achieve the tag of being paid highest singer, which I ultimately achieved in 2013 by charging a colossal amount of Rs 1.25 crore for a New Year eve concert at Manali.” 

Recalling his early days Mika said, “When Daler Paji, who is ten years older to me, saw my passion for music he started my training at the young age of 8 with Tabla and by the age of 12, I had began playing harmonium. By 14 years I was master of guitar.” He continues, “Later at a young age I began singing Kirtans and slowly moved to Punjabi folk songs laced with Pop music.”

Rejecting the rumors that Mika Singh and Daler Mehndi have difference he said, “All these rumors are baseless because Daler Paji has been a father figure who has molded my career.” He candidly confesses, “When I made my debut as independent singer Daler Paji advised me to develop my own identity and that’s the reason instead of Amrik Mehndi, he rechristened me as Mika Singh and unlike his dress code he recommend me to wear stylish trendy cloths and possess a elegant attitude. 

NOTE: In the next issue read about the infamous Mika Singh and Rakhi Sawant controversy.

Biddu: Composing Pop music is for young and not young at heart!

Who can forget the sex siren Zeenat Aman dancing and singing to the sensational disco beats of 'Aap Jaisa Koi…’ in Feroz Khan’s super hit movie QURBANI in the 80’s. Wanna know who composed this all time hit song? Well the music was composed by Biddu Appaiah, popularly recognized as Biddu, the Indian-born, England based music composer who is regarded as a pioneers of Disco, Euro disco and Indi-pop around the globe.

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Winner of the prestigious Gramm Award and ranked 34 in the 50 Greatest Producers Ever list of New Musical Express (NMI), Biddu after five decades of career in music has moved to writing and has penned a fictional novel ‘The Abundance of Nothing’ published by Times Group Books.

Speaking about his switch from music to writing he confessed, “I have been regarded as the king of Pop music but truly speaking producing pop music is purely for the young, just being young at heart does not qualify to compose pop music. Hence I decided to silently shift gears from music to my other passion writing.”

Few know that QURBANI had music by famous Bollywood music director duo Kalyanji Anandji but Feroz Khan happened to hear the disco beats of Biddu in London and was so impressed that he hired him to compose just one song for his movie.

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Initially Biddu declined the offer as he was busy in the West but when he found Feroz Khan to be serious and willing to pay an enormous amount he gave in.

In an interview Biddu had said, “I am the first person to introduce disco in India thanks to Feroz Khan. It was his obsession that made me compose the song. Before 'Aap Jaisa Koi…’ the disco fever was nonexistent in India, however the song became such a craze that after 'Aap Jaisa Koi…’there was a literal flood of disco songs and no Bollywood movie was released without (at least one) disco song

Like today’s item numbers, disco songs had become a permanent fixture till the late 90’s.”

John Abraham Making a Movie on Football Legend

After the mega success of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, biopic based on athlete Milkha Singh the film industry is suddenly gearing up with multiple biopics on sports legends. 

After the much publicized Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced movie 'MARY KOM' in which Priyanka Chopra plays the role of lady boxer icon, who won the Olympic medal, reports are that John Abraham will be soon seen living the legendary football monarch Sibdas Bhaduri on the big screen. 
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According to reports director Shoojit Sircarm director of critically acclaimed movies like VICKY DONOR (2012) and MADRAS CAFE (2013) has been roped in again by his favorite producer John Abraham for his next latest venture 1911, a biopic on the renowned football player Sibdas Bhaduri, who played a lion’s share in the Mohun Bagan Team to win the prestigious IFA Shield Final, which made India proud as Mohun Bagan Team became the First Asian team to win the competition. 

Sibdas Bhaduri (1887–1932) was the captain of the historic IFA Shield Final played against East Yorkshire Regiment held in 1911. He become immortal after he scored the equalizer to level the match 1-1 and later his other team member Abhilash Ghosh scored the winner, thus Mohun Bagan the thrilling match 2-1. He died an untimely death at the young age of just 44 due to malaria (incurable in those days). In 2003 Mohun Bagan posthumously awarded him Mohun Bagan Ratna Award. 

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John Abraham looks thrilled to play the pivotal role. In an interview he said, “I have a passion for sports, particularly football is in my DNA.” 

Asked about the reason for opting for the biopic on Sibdas Bhaduri, he said, “ The movie is not just another story of a legendary sportsman but it speaks about triumph, resilience and freedom.

Other biopics in pipeline include a biopic on Indian wrestler Dara Singh to be played by Akshay Kumar, a biopic on hockey legend Dhyan Chand to be played by Shah Rukh Khan and speculations are Ekta Kapoor is planning a biopic on cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.

Sonam Kapoor looking for a groom like actor Dhanush

Sonam Kapoor, who is also known as the ‘Masakali girl’ thanks to the super hit song by A.R. Rahman in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra's directorial venture DELHI 6 celebrates her 29th birthday today. Raaga.Com wishes her birthday greetings and reveals the hidden secret about the ‘dream man’ that Sonam Kapoor would love to marry. 

At 29 everybody is wondering when Sonam Kapoor, the talented actress and beautiful daughter of superstar Anil Kapoor will tie the nuptial knot. In an interview Sonam opened her heart, she said, “Though I may be looked upon as a fashionable Mumbai girl but few are aware that I have been brought up in a conservative family. I did my schooling from girl’s school and was prohibited to indulge in night club parties.”

She adds, “The traditional upbringing has made me down to earth hence I would love to marry someone who is simple and has his roots grounded, probably someone like the South sensational actor Dhanush, who despite being such a big star has no starry tantrums and most importantly he is humble and humane.” 

She continues, “While working with Dhanush in RAANJHANAA, I learnt many things from him, but the one thing that made me awe him was his disciple and devotion for his job.” She informed, “Dhanush was given an option to have his dialogues dubbed, but he coolly declined and took lessons in Hindi and within few days he improved his Hindi diction so well that all were overwhelmed.” 

When asked has she found someone matching the qualities of Dhanush, Sonam smiles, “Well, I wonder to find someone like Dhanush in Mumbai is impossible. I think I will have to hunt my man of dream in Tamil Nadu!” 

"It was because of Rahman that people started calling me Masakali. That is the impact that the song had. He adds life to everything. He is a genius and a very modest person. I feel privileged and blessed that he has given music to two of my films," Sonam told reporters at the promotional event of