Friday, July 25, 2014

Soha Ali Khan And Kunal Khemu’s Engagement Is Official

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu’s engagement is now official. Soha got engaged to her longtime beau Kunal Khemu in the city of love, Paris. Sharing her delight with her fans Soha Ali Khan tweeted, "It gives me great happiness to share with you all that Kunal proposed to me in Paris with the most perfect ring in the world and I said yes.” 

According to close sources Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu, who were in live –in relation for past many years have the blessing of both the couple’s parents. Soha’s mother Sharmila Tagore and brother Saif Ali Khan along with Kunal Khemu father Ravi Khemu has expressed pleasure at the engagement. 

It may be noted that earlier Sharmila Tagore had reservations about Soha’s affair with Kunal but later she accepted him. Reacting to the news Sharmila Tagore told media, “I am quite delighted. At last Soha has paid heed to my advice.” She added, “Prior to taking the crucial decision, Soha took my consent and also informed her sister Saba and elder brother Saif about her engagement.” 

Saif Ali Khan, who is busy shooting in London for the movie PHANTOM, told, “I am glad that Soha has finally decided to settle. Regarding Kunal, he is almost our family member and a nice guy.” 

Regarding the wedding Saif said, “Though the wedding date is still uncertain but it would be a grand affair, probably at the Pataudi venue, where I and Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) were married.” 

Interestingly enough while Saif believes the wedding may be held at Pataudi venue, Sharmila Tagore has declined. Speaking to media she said, “I think the marriage will not be a lavish affair nor will it be held at Pataudi. Instead the marriage will be held at Kunal and Soha’s home in Mumbai and will be low key. 

A source close to Kunal told, “Recently Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu were holidaying in London and there were no plans to visit Paris. But during their romantic trip the duo decided to take the vital decision and Kunal decided it to make it memorable by purposing Soha in the romantic city of Paris.”

Amjad Khan Still Immortal As ‘Gabbar Singh’ - Part I

Arey O! Sambha, Kitne Aadmi Thae…. 

When Gabbar Singh aka Amjad Khan uttered these words on the silver screen the audience went gaga over a villain for the first time more than the hero. 39 years later the aura of Gabbar Singh still continues to hunt film buffs. Even the present generation is mesmerized by his menacing villainy. July 27 marks the death anniversary of this great actor who left for heavenly abode on 27 July 1992 at the age of 51. Raaga.Com pays the legendary actor a humble homage. 

Born on 12 November 1940 as Amjad Zakaria Khan in Peshawar during pre independence, Amjad Khan is the son of famous actor Jayant who was a topnotch villain of the 50’s and 60’s.
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As a child young Amjad had a penchant for acting and drama. When he was just 4 years old his uncle N.K.Ziri gave him his first break in Bollywood in the film CHAR PAISA. Later at the age of 13 years he had the opportunity to work under the great film maker Raj Kapoor in his movie AB DILLI DUR NAHIN

For those who think Amjad Khan made his debut in SHOLAY, let me correct. In fact prior to SHOLAY, Amjad Khan had begun assisting the legendary filmmaker K Asif, who made MUGHUL-E-AZAM, for his under production movie LOVE AND GOD. Later another great filmmaker Chetan Anand (elder brother of Dev Anand and Vijay Anand) had first spotted him and offered him a role in his movie HINDUSTAN KI KASAM, opposite Raaj Kumar. The movie failed hence when Ramesh Sippy cast him SHOLAY, he decided to lunch him in a big way and hence he was given wide media coverage and introduced officially in SHOLAY. 

Amjad Khan in an interview said, “I am blessed to have the opportunity of working under great filmmakers like Chetan Anand in HINDUSTAN KI KASAM and assisting the great film legend K Asif during the making of LOVE AND GOD.” 

Readers would be aware that initially actor Danny Denzongpa was offered the coveted role of Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY because he was riding high as the most popular villain thanks to some of his hit movies like KHOTTE SIKKAY, DHUND, CHOR MACHAYE SHOR, 36 GHANTE, KALA SONA etc. However he declined the role as he had committed to filmmaker and dear friend Firoz Khan for his movie DHARMATMA

Later in an interview Danny had candidly confessed, “If I had done SHOLAY then Indian Cinema would have lost a fantastic actor like Amjad Khan.” 

NOTE: IN the next issue read how Amjad was discovered for SHOLAY and his success there after