Thursday, April 30, 2015

How did the Raj Kapoor and Manna Dey Jodi germinated

Pyaar hua ekraar hua, Ye raat bheegi bheegi, A ja sanam madhur chandni mein hum… Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo….

Guess what is common in these super hit songs? Well you have guessed it right they are all hit songs of legendary actor cum filmmaker Raj Kapoor but on focusing little more you will observe that all these songs are sung not by Mukesh, considered the voice of Raj Kapoor but they are all sung by the great genius and versatile singer Manna Dey.

So how did Manna Dey and the Raj Kapoor Jodi germinate? Well it was surely not an easy task but thanks to music director Shanker (of the Shanker-Jaikishan team) and Raj Kapoor’s insistence that did the trick.

Raj Kapoor who had an ear for good music was overwhelmed by the classical genius of Manna Dey and it was he who first trusted Manna Dev and offered him the popular dream sequence song Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi …. in AWARA.

However the acid test came when Raj Kapoor tried to promote Manna Dey in other production house. The movie was AVM’s CHORI CHORI and the song was Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi…..

Music director Shanker in an interview informed, “Actually film producer Avichi V Meiyappan (AVM) first choice was Mukesh but I and Raj felt Manna Dey will do better justice to the song so were started recording with Manna Dey in his absence but to our surprise on the day of recording AVM sahab landed in our recording room and was quite angry. Where is Mukesh? He demanded.”

 “However Raj Kapoor insisted on Manna Dey and to calm AVM Sahab Raj Kapoor convinced AVM Sahab that if he does not like the song then he will re –record the song in Mukesh’s voice at his own expense,” added Shanker.

“But when AVM sahab heard the song he was bowled over and ordered all the songs to be sung by Manna Dey,” a delighted Shanker informed.

May 1, marks the birth anniversary of Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Manna Dey; Ragaa.Com pays him our humble homage. 

Kashmir C.M. visits Mumbai to entice filmmakers to rediscover Kashmir

From the time ‘Color’ invaded Indian Cinema filmmakers have headed to Kashmir to explore it enchanting lush green meadows, snow clad mountains, dazzling rivers, tranquil lakes, splendid gardens on the silver screen. The audience too has been dazed by the serene beauty of Kashmir and has thronged cinema halls in large number.

Thus from the 60’s to the 80’s filmmaker have exploited Kashmir to the hilt. If you watch films of these eras you will find that they are packed with extensive shooting in Kashmir. The craze for Kashmir was such intense among filmmakers that if not all but every second film had at least one song shot in the bewitching valley.

Few remarkable movies that have made Kashmir immortal on silver screen include super hit films like JUNGLEE, AARZOO, KASHMIR KI KALI, JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, KABHI KABHI, NOORIE, SILSILA, BETAAB, HEENA, the list is endless.

However after the state got tangled into the ugly terrorism filmmaker took a backseat. Nevertheless some thinking directors made hard-hitting moves condemning terror in the state of love and peace. Movies like ROJA, DIL SE, MISSSION KASHMIR, YAHAAN, etc. did dare to shoot in the valley despite threat from terrorist.

Now with election in Jammu and Kashmir and the formation of the new government the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has arrived in Mumbai, the domicile of Bollywood, to promote the state as a prime tourist destination and shooting location for movies.

According to reports Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is holding an interactive sessions of leading tour and travel operators along with top notch filmmakers from Bollywood at Mumbai’s renowned Hotel Taj Land’s End.  

The objective of the meeting is to entice tour and travel operators and filmmakers to rediscover the State as a prime tourist destination and ideal location for shooting of national and international films.

R. Balki takes a break with Amitabh Bachchan; approaches Arjun Kapoor for his new film

R. Balki, the creative genius filmmaker who gave some really out of the box movies with star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan like CHEENI KUM, PAA and SHAMITABH seem to have dropped the idea of making his fourth film with Amitabh Bachchan.

Readers may recall after the SHAMITABH debacle there were rumors of Bachchan and Balki forgetting the failure of SHAMITABH and combining together with a brand new innovative subject that would yet again challenge the histrionics of Bachchan.

But recently the filmmaker has announced that he has decided to take a break with Amitabh Bachchan and make a light hearted comedy on the lines of movies made by the legendary filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherji’s (CHUPKE CHUPKE, GOL MAAL) Basu Chatterji (CHHOTI SI BAAT, SHAUKEEN), Sai Paranjape (KATHA, CHASME BUDDOOR) and others.

Briefing the media Balki informed media men, “Amitabh Bachchan is always my first choice. Working with Bachchan is an experience that cannot be experience in words but I want to take with Bachchan and make a soft and light hearted romantic comedy.”

R.Balki has approached young actor Arjun Kapoor for the lead but has still not finalized the heroine. Insiders believe Balki does not want to take risk by introducing a new heroine. Instead he is in look out for a successful actress who could accommodate dates with Arjun Kapoor.

Meanwhile Arjun Kapoor is quite exited to work with R. Balki, who is known to be a task master and delivers hits. Speaking to media Arjun Kapoor confirmed the news about staring in the Balki’s forthcoming film.

“I am quite passionate to work with Balkiji because all my recent films like ISHAQZAADE, 2 STATES and even FINDING FANNY have been intense love stories. In contrast Balkiji’s film is a light-hearted love story with lots of laughs hence I am eager to start working in the film, “informed Arjun Kapoor.

According to sources close to Balki the film is sure to start this year!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Another film actress pays heavy price for underworld links!

Telugu film actress Neethu Agarwal has been recently arrested in the immoral act of sandalwood smuggling. 

According to the police the actress has links with smugglers of sandalwood and has been sent into judicial custody for her role in transferring Rs 1.05 lakh from her bank account into the account of infamous red sanders smuggler Balu Naik, who has already been into the police net in connection with red sanders smuggling. 

In addition Neethu Agarwal is being alleged to be a mistress of Kondampalli Mastan Vali, a notorious and heavyweight YSR Congress leader, film producer and President of Chagalamarri Mandal. Interestingly prior to Neetu’s arrested Vali is already been booked by the police in the same case.

It may be noted that Kondampalli Mastan Vali has a dubious track record. His raise from a lemon juice vendor to Congress leader is packed with many illegal and illegitimate doings. He has over 20 criminal cases and has been also booked under Preventive Detention (PD) Act.

Neethu Agarwal in her statement to police alleged, “I was lured by Kondampalli Mastan Vali into films and he also produced a Telugu film PREMA PRAYANAM with me in the lead to prove his legitimacy. Hence I trusted him.” 

“Later he married me but soon unleashed terror on me by harassing and subjecting me with domestic violence,” mourned Neethu Agarwal.

Like Neethu Agarwal film industry is filled with many sob stories of beautiful girls being enticed into films by such underworld crooks. 

In the early 70’s prominent smuggler Haji Mastan, on whose life the movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI, was made had great passion for Bollywood. He had relation with an actress Sona, whom he promoted in films. Later he married her. 

India’s most wanted criminal and famed international underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is known for exploiting the gorgeous Mandakini, who created ripples in Raj Kapoor’s RAM TERI GANGA MAILI (1985). 

Besides cute looking Monica Bedi too dreamed of becoming a popular heroine in Bollywood but all her dreams were shattered after her links with infamous as gangster Abu Salem were exposed. 

Likewise the hot and sensuous Mamta Kulkarni, who was having a great career in Bollywood with hit films like Rakesh Roshan’s KARAN ARJUN, Nana Patekar starrer KRANTIVEER and Rajkumar Santoshi’s multi starrer CHINA TOWN, suddenly quit Bollywood and got attracted to Vicky Goswami, an alleged drug kingpin and her life was ruined after her detention in Kenya along with her husband and Vicky Goswami few years back. 

Underworld has always been bowled over with Bollywood beauties and its a tragedy that young girls in lure of a prospective career in films pay a heavy price.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Another hoax rumor of Amitabh Bachchan’s illness shames journalism!

Once again WhatsApp and other Social Media shamed journalism by circulating fake rumors of superstar Amitabh Bachchan being seriously ill. 

The rumor mills went viral on Sunday afternoon and spread like a forest fire because the news mentioned that Amitabh Bachchan had been infected by a serious infection and was hospitalized at Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital. To make the news authentic the pranksters had even put pictures of Amitabh Bachchan’s anxious son Abhishek Bachchan and mother Jaya Bachchan in despair!

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However soon when genuine journalists jumped to scrutinize the authenticity of the news the learned that Amitabh Bachchan was hale and healthy and was spotted with his family attending a party organized by filmmaker Karan Johar at his Bandra residence late night on Sunday. 

On further investigation as to how the rumor spread revealed that usually Amitabh Bachchan has the habit of entertaining his fans on Sunday but this Sunday he failed to appear hence his fans got anxious and the rumor spread. 

A source close to Bachchan family informed, “Every Sunday Amitabh Bachchan Sahab comes out in the gallery of his bungalow and waves hand to his passionate fans, which throngs his bungalow, each Sunday in large number but this Sunday Bachchan Sahab did not appear as he was busing shooting for his upcoming film WAZIR.”

“However Bachchan Sahab had instructed his security guards about his schedule but unfortunately the guards goofed up. Instead of notifying Bachchan fans that Bachchan Sahab was busying shooting they erroneously informed them that Bachchan Sahab is ill thus the rumor went viral!,” lamented the source.

Anurag Kashyap annoyed at Radhika Apte’s Frontal Nude Video Going Viral!

Eminent filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is an angry man because a portion of his short film which he had directed exclusively for an International film company has gone viral. Readers may wonder so what’s the big deal? 

Well the portion that has gone viral on WhatsApp and other social media is that of Bollywood sex bomb Radhika Apte exposing her frontal nudity below the belt, a scene which has never ever been portrayed on Indian screen! 

Readers may recall that Radhika Apte is the new bold and beautiful sex siren who was scenes in some tantalizing bedroom scenes with Varun Dhawn in the recent hit film BADLAPUR. She was also seen in the film HUNTERR.

The scene which has gone viral depicts the hot actress lifting her dress and exposing her nude front part below the belt. The clip has taken the nation by storm and is being circulated among the youth like a hot cake and this has annoyed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

Briefing the media Anurag Kashyap retorted, “The scene being circulated on WhatsApp is actually an integral portion of the movie and is very important for the narrative but I feel disgusted at the cheap mentality of people, who are sharing the video for sexual pleasure!!” 

He added, “The circulation of the scene is an insult to an artist’s work. The scene has nothing sensational or seductive and was shot with an entire crew consisting of women. Even while the footage was in post-production care was taken about its privacy.” 

Anurag informs that the film is a short 20 minute film based on a true story and he had been commissioned to direct the film for a International film company. “Besides me six other top notch directors from across the globe have been commissioned to direct short stories that will eventually clubbed into a single movie,” informed Anurag Kashyap. 

Anurag Kashyap is so angry with the leaked video that he has even taken up the issue with Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who has assured him to take to take necessary steps and trace the culprit!

After Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play a boxer!

Though cricket is supposed to be the most popular game in India but it seems Bollywood is more fascinated with boxing, a game that highlights machismo!

Remember in the past macho star like Dara Singh playing a boxer in the movie BOXER (1965), Amitabh Bachchan in NASEEB (1981), Dharmendra in MAIN INTEQUAM LOONGA (1982), Mithun Chakraborty in BOXER (1984) Sunny Deol in GHAYAL (1990), Aamir Khan in GULAM (1998) etc.

The trend has continued even today. According to latest news brilliant actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to play of a boxer in his forthcoming film being directed by Sujoy Ghosh, which is based on the book The Devotion Of Suspect X. According to reports Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be pitted against Saif Ali Khan.

To get into the skin of the character Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is quite thin, has, began enhancing his body and muscles under the supervision of a physical trainer at his personal gym. In addition to building his physique he is also learning boxing and kickboxing techniques to give authenticity to his character, which is his forte.

Readers may recall that the trend of boxing has picked up in Bollywood thanks to the success of Priyanka Chopra starrer in MARY KOM. 

Others actors who will be seen playing boxers in upcoming movies include Ranbir Kapoor, playing a street fighter in BOMBAY VELVET, Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra playing boxers in BROTHERS and Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s SULTAN.

In fact even actor-producer John Abraham had planned a remake of Sylvester Stallone Hollywood hit ROCKY with former world champion David Haye, with whom he has collaborated for a flagship fitness-cum-boxing centre too.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Many Bollywood celebrities had a narrow escape from ‘Earthquake Tragedy’!

The deadly earthquake that killed nearly 1,000 in Nepal and other parts of Asian courtiers including India also trapped many Bollywood celebrities, fortunately all escaped the disaster. 

Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai, famous for his performances in movies like SATYA, RAAJNEETI, AARAKSHAN, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR etc. had a miraculous escape from the deadly earthquake tragedy that devastated major parts of Nepal and several parts of Northern and Eastern India. 

The 46-year-old actor, who was in Siliguri for BBC radio felicitation in a tweet informed, “I had returned after attending the BBC radio felicitation program and was relaxing in my hotel when I was taken aback by severe tremors which were so intense that the hotel walls were cracked. Luckily not much damage was done and I rushed out from the hotel to Bagdogra airport to visit the Indo Bangladesh border.”

“On my way I experienced tremor near the mountains in Siliguri but fortunately, once again I escaped from any untoward tragedy,” he heaved a sigh of relief. 

He added, “On reaching Bagdora airport I was aghast to see the panic stricken people running helter and shelter to save their lives.”

“The most painful scene was to witness a woman losing her metal balance and crying hysterically. It was a scary sight. I pray for the people affected by the disastrous earthquake in Nepal and India,” he observed. 

Besides Manoj Bajpai, Bollywood director Kunal Deshmukh, who directed Mahesh Bhatt’s hit film JANNAT staring Emraan Hashmi and Sonal Chauhan was in Kathmandu when the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. However he too was safe and sound but left stranded as the Nepal airport as it was shut due to the natural calamity. 

Readers would be surprised to know that even the tremors of earthquake were felt in New Delhi. Bollywood actress Mugdha Godse, who acted in Madhur Bhandharkar’s movies like FASHION and HEROINE, was in Delhi and shopping at Select Citywalk Mall in Delhi’s Saket area. Experiencing the tremors she rushed out and was saved. 

She tweeted, ‘Just witnessed an earthquake in Delhi Saket Select City! Ran out of the building.’ 

Meanwhile the entire film fraternity expressed their anguish and concerns for the victims of the earthquake. Bollywood celebrities from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan among others shared information about the helpline numbers as well as offered prayers and condolences for those hit.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan to pay ode to Shashi Kapoor at 62nd National Award

The Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor Jodi is Bollywood’s most popular pair which has given a string of hit movies like DEEWAR, TRISHUL, KABHI KABHI, SUHAAG, NAMAK HALAAL, SHAAN, ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN ETC. The list is quite long. 

Besides sharing a great chemistry on screen the two also share an equally great bound on personnel front. Shashi Kapoor’s father Prithiv Raj Kapoor and Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan were great friends as both were admirers of each other's works - one for his stage the other for his poetry.

Hence when Shashi Kapoor’s son requested Amitabh Bachchan to pay a small compliment to his dad on the occasion of his father receiving this year's prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan could not let him down.

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In his blog Amitabh informed his fans that he has recorded a small message for a video clip that will displayed on a wide screen during the 62 National Awards function in New Delhi. 

Bachchan quoted, “We are all honoured by the decision of Government of India to bestow actor Shashi Kapoor with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the National highest Award for the Industry. Shashi ji and I have shared so much it is difficult to imagine how we did it. Some thoughts and words tumble out. But nothing can give adequate expression of what we would ideally like to state. There is so much to say and remember.” 

Readers would be surprised to know that when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling to make it big in Bollywood, it was Shashi Kapoor, who had helped him. 

According to a source close to Amitabh Bachchan once Shashi Kapoor helped Amitabh securing a role in a film that he was doing for James Ivory-Ismail Merchant's Filmvalas. However when he found Amitabh Bachchan standing in a crowd and playing an extra in the film he was very angry. He took Amitabh Bachchan to a side and said, “You are not meant to play such minimal roles, do not do the role.”

Saying this Shashi Kapoor left the studio but Bachchan did the role as he needed money desperately, however when Shashi Kapoor saw the rushes he asked the director to delete the portions of Amitabh Bachchan.!

Who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award - Shah Rukh Khan or Shashi Kapoor?

Recently the media was filled with news of Shah Rukh Khan winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award regarded as the one of the highest awards in Indian cinemas. While a few weeks ago there were reports of yesteryear actor Shashi Kapoor being bestowed with country’s highest film award the Dadasaheb Phalke award! 

Thus there is confusion among readers as who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award? 

Well, to be frank both Shah Rukh Khan and Shashi Kapoor are the real recipients of Dadasaheb Phalke Award but do not get perplexed because Shah Rukh Khan is the winner of the award initiated by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation, a recently formed private institution.

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On the contrary Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of the award initiated by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of Government of India. The recipient is honoured for their ‘outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema’ and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. 

This Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is truly India's highest award in cinema and is presented annually at the National Film Awards. The award was introduced in 1969, by the Government of India to commemorate eminent filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema, who directed India's first full-length feature film, RAJA HARISHCHANDRA (1913). 

Owner of Bombay Talkies and India’s first lady superstar Devika Rani was the first recipient of this award. Other great who have won this award include Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, Lata Mangeshkar, Sivaji Ganesan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, K. Balachander, Gulzar etc.

As of 2014, there have been 46 film celebrities have been awarded this great honor. 

Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of 2014 and will be honoured at the 62nd National Film Awards ceremony next month in May.

After Annu Kapoor; Javed Akhtar jumps on the bandwagon to exploit Golden Era of Bollywood

The 60’s and the 70’s of Bollywood are regarded as the Golden Era of Bollywood, particularly for its mesmerizing music. The craze for the music of this era is so intense that even today it is one of the most sought after music, not just among the people in the age group of 40’s and 50’s but even among the youngsters and teenagers. 

To bank on this craze many radio and TV channels are doing roaring business most popular being actor Annu Kapoor’s radio program SUHAANA SAFAR WITH ANNU Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM, which takes listeners down memory lane of Bollywood with its spicy anecdotes from Bollywood coupled with super hit songs from the 60’s and 70’s.

To take this legacy of Bollywood unheard anecdotes and interesting gossip tales to the audience another new TV channel called Epic Channel, owned by Mukesh Ambani, has roped in eminent scriptwriter and film lyricist Javed Akhtar, to host a similar program titled JAANE PEHCHAANE. The show will feature unknown behind the camera tales of movies, film stars and some spicy hidden scandals that slashed the film magazines in the past. The show will have super songs, prominent dialogues and scenes from yesteryear movies and the story behind them. The show will commence in June.

It may be noted while Annu Kapoor and Javed Akhtar are the new entries in this arena the ‘big boss’ of such program and ‘Original’ RJ of Golden Era Ameen Sayani, who once ruled the world of Radio with his captivating style, is back on FM radio. He is conducting two such programs viz. SITARON KI JAWAANIYAAN on Radio City 91.1 FM and SANGEET KAY SITARON KI MEHFIL" on BIG FM 92.7

Varun Dhawan - Emergence of an actor!

Log kehte hai apne dushman ko maaf kar dena chaiiye....

Main Bhi yehi Maanta Hun....

Lekin unhe tadpa tadpa ke maarne ke baad! 

When the protagonist Raghav aka Varun Dhawan utters this dynamic dialogue in BADLAPUR, the audience goes bananas and the theater echoes with whistles and thunderous applause. 

April 24, marks the birthday of Varun Dhawan; Raaga.Com wishes him many happy returns of the day and explores how the happy go lucky actor transformed in to the complex character of Raghav, a serial killer with such panache!

According to papa David Dhawan, the brilliant filmmaker and master of comedies, Varun Dhawan since birth has been a spoil brat and no amount of training and teaching could instill disciple in him hence when he saw Varun in BADLAPUR he was taken aback and had tears of joy in praise of his son. 

Like David Dhawan even the critics had raised eye brows when filmmaker Sriram Raghavan has signed Varun Dhawan to play the intricate character of Raghav, which has multiple shades of emotions. Many hardcore critics wondered how Varun Dhawan could play the rugged and violent character of Raghav when he had been identified as an actor apt for comedies and romance. But filmmaker Sriram Raghavan was confident; he knew he could extract the actor in Varun and kudos he really did with critics rating 4 out 5 for his movie and going gaga over Varun Dhawan’s versatile performance! 

So how did Sriram achieved this magic? Well Sriram in interview said, “I had tightened screws on Varun by avoiding him to stop partying and experience the trauma of isolation.” 

He added, “Secondly I shared with him the anguish and the despair that I went through when my father died. Incidentally during the shooting of MAIN TERA HERO, Varun had almost lost his father hence he reminisced the same twinge and ordeal while portraying the emotionally broken Raghav in BADLAPUR.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara - A potent threat to Sridevi’s daughter Janvi!

The glitz and glamour of Bollywood is so mesmerizing that forget Bollywood star kids, even the cricket star kids are gearing to jump on the bandwagon of Bollywood and instantly became rich and famous like their parents! 

Yes the new cricket sensation kid to hit Bollywood is none other but ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar’s gorgeous daughter Sara Tendulkar. 

A student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Sara is 17 years and the most sought after celebrity kid in the country having a huge fan club on Facebook.

Her pictures on Facebook are really stunning and beautiful. She is unarguably good-looking (having striking features like her pretty mother Anjali) and if rumors are not believed many film producers are eyeing to cast her in their movies. 

Readers may remember recently Sridevi’s daughter Janvi Kapoor was in news and the buzz had it that she is supposed to be cast opposite Badshah Khan Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan in his debut film. 

However after watching the stunning and attractive daughter of Sachin Tendulkar, one wonders Shah Rukh Khan may change his decision because anybody who is watching the bewitching pictures of Sara Tendulkar are beating that she will be a potent threat to Sridevi’s daughter Janvi! 

It would be interesting to watch, if some filmmaker try to exploit the threesome in a love triangle staring Aryan Khan, Janvi Kapoor and Sara Tendulkar. To add a twist to the tale Shah Rukh and Sridevi too must be roped in pivotal roles! What say?

S. Janaki - The Lata Mangeshkar Of South Indian Cinema

Just as Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar has enchanted generations with her sweeter than honey voice around the globe likewise South Sensational singer S. Janaki has enthralled millions of music lovers down South India and around the world wherever South Indian music regales. April 23, marks the birthday of the versatile singer, Raaga.Com wishes her many happy returns of the day. 

Since S.Janaki began her career in 1957 more than 10 years after Lata Mangeshkar hence has she was motivated by Lata Mangeshkar and took inspiration for the Nightingale of Indian cinema. Interestingly Janaki owes her entry into films to Lata Mangeshkar because in the late 50’s when AVM Studios, Chennai, was on the lookout for a new female voice Janaki went for the audition and sang Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘O Sajna…’ before music directors R. Sudarsanam and Govardhanam. They were so impressed that Janaki was promptly appointed as a staff artiste.

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What made S.Janaki a hot favorite among music directors was her ability to give variation in the range of voice very much like Lata Mangeshkar in Bollywood

If she could sing high octave-high pitched classical dance song ‘Singara Velane Vaa…,’ from the film ‘KONCHUM CHILANKAI,’ she could equally stand out in the song ‘Kanan nalla kinavukkal….’ (‘BHARYA’) or mesmerize listeners with the haunting Baburaj melody, ‘Thaliritta kinakkal…’ MOODUPADAM that made people sit up and take notice. 

Her versatility can be gauged from the fact that she has attempted every kind of song from a child’s voice ‘Kokkamandi…’ (CHIRIYO CHIRI), imitated a drunkard in the Tamil song ‘Paapa peru malli…’ (OORU KOTTA DHILLI), sung in a male voice in the film NENJATHAI KILLATHAE and lent her voice for a old woman in the film UTHIRIPOOKAL.

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In her illustrious career S Janaki has sung 1,277 songs in Malayalam, more than 1,500 songs in Kannada, 1108 songs in Tamil, 1000 songs in Telugu, more than 100 songs in Hindi and around 50 songs in Oriya.

She has even worked with A. R. Rahman, beginning with the album Fantasy and then later in films such as GENTLEMAN, KATHALAN, UYIRE and JODI

She has received many awards for her talent. She won national awards for best singer four times. She has won Tamil Nadu state government award 7 times, Kerala state Government awards 14 times, Andhra state government awards 10 times. She was honoured with 'Kalai Mamani' in 1986, 'Sur singar' award in 1987, Cinema 'Achiever Award' by the government of Kerala in the year 2002 and many more.

The government of India honored her with India’s biggest civilian ‘Padma Bhushan’ Award in 2013 but she declined to receive terming it too late for recognition.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Salman Khan hit-and-run case Judgment on May 6! Will Justice Prevail?

The Judgment Day of Salman Khan’s notorious hit -and -run case has been eventually fixed on May 6, 2015. The Sessions Court D.W. Deshpande on Tuesday declared that on May 6 at 11.15 sharp, he will deliver the judgment in the crucial case that had been in waiting for the past 13 years.

During the trail 27 witnesses were examined by the Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat of which one turned hostile, while the rest 26 have admitted of watching Salman Khan committing the crime and later emerging from the driver’s seat! 

In fact a witnessed even stated that Salman Khan was under the influence of alcohol to such an extreme extent that he could not even control his body movements and had fallen twice while coming out from the car!! Later the medical report confirmed the truth reporting 0.062 per cent alcohol content in Salman Khan’s blood sample, which shockingly is double the permissible limit.

In his 29 pages final arguments the prosecution has emphasized clearly on important facts that establish Salman Khan is guilty. Among these points include Salman Khan was driving the car at the time of the mishap, did not possess a valid driving licence, or a liquor permit and most importantly he went abounding after the accident without helping the victims. 

In addition the statement of Salman Khan’s dead bodyguard Ravindra Patil will also play a vital role in the framing of judgment. Readers may remember Ravindra Patil, a policemen and bodyguard of Salman Khan during that time is only eye witness in this case. He was sitting next to Salman Khan on the dreadful night of September 28, 2002, when Salman Khan under the influence of alcohol drew his car recklessly.

In his statement he has firmly declared that Salman Khan was under the influence of alcohol and despite his repeated requests to let him drive, Khan ignored his pleas and rammed his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement.

However discarding the claims of the prosecution, Salman Khan’s defence counsel Shrikant Shivade maintained that his client was not driving the car at the time of the accident hence he asserted that the question of whether he was drunk or whether he had a valid licence did not arise.

Salman has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304 (Part II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 134 (abetment of assault) and some other Sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Sections of the Motor Vehicle Act. If convicted, he may face imprisonment of up to 10 years.

But the million dollar question remains will ‘Justice Prevail’ in this high profile case?

Will Hrithik Roshan appear in FAST AND THE FURIOUS director’s next Hollywood film?

Bollywood hunk Hrithik Roshan will soon be joining the ranks of Bollywood stalwarts like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan etc. Well, if you guess that Hrithink Roshan is transcending from his routine commercial masala potboilers into ‘art’ or the so called neo-realist cinema then you are mistaken.

Though it is true the above mentioned actors are identified for their special trait in parallel cinema but they are also recognized for representing Bollywood in several Hollywood movies hence like their exceptional histrionics Hrithik Roshan’s acting skills too have won the hearts of Hollywood filmmakers and they are queuing to sign the Greek God looking actor in their films.

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Readers may be aware that in the past Hrithik has been offered many Hollywood movies like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer PINK PANTHER 2 and in September last year, rumors suggested that Rob Cohen director of Hollywood blockbusters LIKE DAYLIGHT, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and XXX was in India to sign Hrithik but he had kept him on hold. 

However now it seems the actor has decided to give his nod to a Hollywood film. Speaking at TV channel event Hrithik Roshan spilled the beans. Without divulging much about his debutant Hollywood film Hrithik candidly confessed, “Yes, I have a Hollywood project this year." 

Speculations are on that surely Hrithik has given his nod to Rob Cohen, probably amazed at the stupendous success and critical acclaim of his latest hit FAST AND FURIOUS 7. 

Readers would be surprised to know that FAST AND FURIOUS 7 became Hollywood’s first movie to register a rare feat of collecting Rs 100 crore in Indian box office and that too in just one week!! Thus earning the coveted credit of Rs 100 crore club, with stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan.

Monday, April 20, 2015

PM Modi and Bollywood mourns budding cricketer Ankit Keshri death!

A year after cricket sensation, Phil Hughes, the Australia batsman lost his life after being hit by a lethal bouncer on his head, India’s budding cricketer Ankit Keshri, a former captain for Bengal's under-19 team became yet another victim of the game! 

The young and promising cricketer Ankit Keshri (20) was the opening batsman and played for the Under-23 Bengal squad. In a match between the local East Bengal and Bhowanipore teams, he severely injured himself in an attempt to grab a catch but tragically collided with his teammate. 

According to his teammate when the batsman hit a lofted shot, both the bowler and Ankit rushed to grab the catch but alas both collided. While the bowler got up instantly Ankit remained on the ground.

The teammate informed, “Ankit was hit so brutally that he had lost conscious. He was not breathing and blood was coming out of his mouth. I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation three to four times and he started breathing again.”

He was rushed to the Kolkata's AMRI Hospital but after battling for three days he collapsed to his injuries. According to doctors he had suffered acute traumatic brain injury which resulted in the swelling of the brain and cardiac arrest. "We even put in a pacemaker for his heart to work but he unfortunately succumbed to his severe brain injury, “quoted a doctor. 

Ankit’s death brought a gloom in cricketing world. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar mourning his death said, “Saddened by the demise of Ankit Keshri. A promising career aborted by an unfortunate incident on field.”

The entire Bollywood too took to micro blocking to express their grief at the loss of a young cricketer. Actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Rampal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Riteish Deshmukh etc. tweeted paying their deepest condolence to the promising talent. 

Shah Rukh stweeted, "Too young to go. Extremely unfortunate and sad. My Condolences and prayers for Ankit Keshri and his family. May Allah bless his soul. RIP."

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted aptly, "Sports could get unpredictable and ruthless. A normal day on the cricket field could be life threatening. RIP Ankit Keshri.” 

Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourning the death of Ankit tweeted, “In Ankit Keshri, we lost an enthusiastic youngster and a passionate cricketer. An untimely, unfortunate demise. RIP.

While the nation paid tribute what is disturbing is that the ongoing IPL Matches did not showed the empathy of paying tribute to the young talent. They could have at least shown courtesy of tying black band on wrist while playing as condolence or paid tribute on huge screen! 

Rightly said IPL is nothing but glamour and glitz minus cricket!

Virat Kholi turns ‘Bollywood Hero’! Will romance with Anushka Sharma on screen?

Pyar ke is khel men, do dilon ke mel mein; 

Tera pichha na main chhodunga soniye 

Bhej de chahe jel mein 

This super hit song from Dharmendra - Hema Malani starrer JUGNU suited perfectly to describe the crazy love between yesteryear actors Dharmendra and Hema Malani.

Interestingly the song holds sense even today! It suits to a perfect ‘T’ for describing the madness of Virat Kholi for his sweetheart Anushka Sharma.

After scoring a duck in the semi final of the World Cup, which throttled the success journey of Indian Cricket in to the final, one wondered Virat Kholi would come to his senses and concentrate on his game but alas instead of seriously taking his game, Virat is going deeper and deeper in to his ruins. 

The latest example pointing towards his insanity is that Virat Kohli has dumped cricket and is all set to become hero in Bollywood, in a bid to please her girl friend Anushka Sharma! 

According to latest reports Virat Kholi has signed Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film BOMBAY VELVET and will be seen dancing around the trees with his real life lady love Anushka Sharma playing the female lead. 

A source close to Anurag Kashyap confirmed Anurag has approached Virat Kholi to play a key role in the film. The source informed, “Though the film has Ranbir Kapoor as the main lead, Virat will be seen sharing a few important scenes with Anushka. In fact Virat’s role is inspired from his real life. He plays a cricketer in the film.”

Truly Virat seems to going blind in love. In an interview he confessed, “I'd give my life for those dear to me!”