Monday, September 22, 2014

Singing Sensation Of The 90’s - Kumar Sanu

Whenever Indian Cinema may remember playback singers who made a place of their won in the 90’s the name that may top the list is none other but that of Singing Sensation Of the 90’s - Kumar Sanu

A look at some of the peerless numbers that he has sung during that era speaks volumes about his melody. Who can forget the super hits songs like Ab Tere Bin Jeelenge Hum…. from AASHIQUI, 1990; Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin … DIL HAI KE MANTA NAHIN (1991); Yeh Kali Kali Aankhen …. BAAZIGAR (1993), Tuje Dekha To Ye Jaana Sanam Dilwale …. DULHANIYA LE JAYEENGE (1995); Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai… PARDES (1998), Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aaisa Laga1942 LOVE STORY (1998). The list is look. 

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Born as Kedarnath Bhattacharya, Kumar Sanu's father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, was a vocalist and composer. He trained Sanu as a singer and tabla player. He began his singing career imitating Kishore Kumar songs in the late 80’s until lady luck smiled on him in 1990 with Mahesh Bhatt’s musical love story AASHIQUI becoming super duper hit. 

The highlight of the movie was music directors Nadeem-Shravan’s melodious songs sung by Kumar Sanu. The craze of the songs was such that Kumar Sanu won his First Filmfare Best Playback singer award for the song Ab Tere Bin…. from AASHIQUI out scoring able contestants like Suresh Wadkar for the song O Priya Priya… DIL. 

This award literally set the ball rolling for Kumar Sanu as he went away winning the prestigious Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years viz. Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai…SAAJAN (1992); Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar…( DEEWANA); Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen…BAAZIGAR ( 1994) and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha….1942: A LOVE STORY (1995)

In 2009, the Government of India awarded him Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition of his achievements. 

September 22, marks the birthday of Kumar Sanu; Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings and a prosperous future.

Dilip Kumar Refrained Naseeruddin Shah To Join Films!

While the world goes gaga over thespian Dilip Kumar’s histrionics as an actor par excellence, readers would be aware that Dilip Kumar himself considers Naseeruddin Shah as a competent actor. However what may stun the readers is that Dilip Kumar, who admires Shah as an exceptional actor had actually recommended Naseeruddin Shah to refrain from a career in Bollywood, when Shah had run away from his hometown and wandered in streets of Mumbai seeking roles in movies. 

Few know that Naseeruddin Shah comes from a highly respected family. His father was one of the administrators of the revered Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, hence when Naseer expressed his desire to join films he was very angry and this created a gulf between the father and son. 

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Recalling his early interaction with Dilip Kumar, Naseeruddin Shah in his recently released autobiography ‘AND THEN ONE DAY’, writes that when at the young age of 16 years he run away to Mumbai he had hard times surviving in Mumbai. To support himself he was compelled to become an extra in Bollywood movies for a paltry sum of Rs.7.50 and when he found life going tough he had even applied to be a bellboy at Taj Palace hotel, in Mumbai!

Shah reminisces, “While I was struggling to survive in Mumbai my father contacted the only person he knew in Mumbai and that was actor Dilip Kumar's sister, who was an avid devotee of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti and visited Ajmer Sharif dargah often.”

“Fortunately she spotted me on a pavement and took to me to Dilip Kumar's Pali Hill house. Here I first met Dilip Kumar but instead of encouraging me to join films he gave me a brief sermon advising that boys from cultured film must not join film and recommended me to return hometown.” 

Interestingly years later the two great actors shared screen together in Subhash Ghai’s super hit film KARMA and created magic.