Monday, April 13, 2015

Wanna Know Amitabh Bachchan has idolized Balraj Sahni?

Indian Cinema shall always remain indebted to Balraj Sahni, the brilliant actor who gave respectability to the otherwise looked down profession. A highly educated person with degree in both English Literature and Hindi, he was one of the most sensitive actors for whom evolving as a performer and human being was more important than harnessing the tag of superstar!! 

Readers would be surprised to know that before becoming an actor he was a professor of English and Hindi at Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan. Here he had the privilege of interacting with the great Rabindranath Tagore and this inspired him to be part of freedom movement. Soon he came in contact with Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on whose guidance he went to England and joined the BBC-London's Hindi service as a radio announcer. Thus he is Indian Cinema’s First RJ. (Radio Jockey)

Listen to Balraj Sahni Songs on Raaga.com

The reason behind joining BBC radio service was a part of freedom movement deal between Mahatma Gandhiji and Balraj Sahni. Bapu had instructed Balraj Sahni to use the platform constructively to spread the message of Indian freedom among the Indian based in European countries, which he did skillfully. 

When Gandhiji launched the ‘Quit India Movement’ Balraj Sahni, left his lucrative BBC RJ job and returned to India. Back in India he joined IPTA (Indian People's Theatre Association) and through his patriotic plays helped India to win freedom. 

After independence he joined cinema for his artistic satisfaction rather than money. That’s the reason he did some mind-blowing films that tackled social subjects like DHARTI KE LAL, DO BIGHA ZAMEEN, KABULIWALA, SEEMA, GARAM HAWA, WAQT, HAQEEQAT, etc. 

The greatness of Balraj Sahni can be gauged from the fact that when Amitabh Bachchan expressed his desire to become an actor, his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan told him, “ Son, I will give you permission, on condition, if you can retain the spotless image of Balraj Sahani, that he maintained till his end, despite being a part of the murky film industry.” 

Since then Amitabh Bachchan has idolized Balraj Sahni and brought pride and reverence to Indian cinema. 

Raaga.Com pays homage to Balraj Sahni on his death anniversary that falls on April 13.

‘Bad Boy’ Mika Singh in controversy yet again; slaps doctor!

‘Bad Boy’ Mika Singh renowned for his controversies and arrogance added yet another controversy to his ‘Bad Boy’ image when he slapped a doctor during a live concert in Delhi. 

According to reports Mika Singh was performing at a concert organized by the Delhi Ophthalmological Society in celebration of their three-day conference being held at the Delhi Pusa Institute Mela Ground in Inderpuri.

During the show Mika Singh invited few people from the audience to come on stage and dance with him. It was during the dance on stage that Mika lost his temper and furiously slapped a doctor, who was dancing on stage as per the invitation of Mika Singh.


The victim identified as Dr. Shrikant is an ophthalmologist serving at Ambedkar Hospital. Doctors treating him revealed he sustained minor internal injury inside his left ear as Mika Slapped him under his left ear with full strength and later handed him to the bouncers! 

An agitated Dr. Shrikant and his colleague did tried to teach Mika Singh a lesson but the police immediately intervened and booked a FIR against Mika Singh. 

Defending the action of Mika Singh a source close to Mika Singh said, “Mika had called few people from stage to dance on stage. He had instructed the gents to dance on the left and right side of him while asked the ladies to dance with him in the centre but Dr. Shrikant flouted his instruction and came in centre. This agitated Mika and in a fury he hit back.” 

It may be noted that Mika is known for his arrogant nature and is quite pleased at his Bad Boy image! 

Readers may know that he came into limelight not because of his songs but due to infamous episode where he had smooched ‘Drama Queen’ Rakhi Sawant in a party in 2006. 

One wonders with this Slap Controversy Mika Singh is yet again trying to instill life into his singing career by getting involved in ugly brawls!