Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Lata Mangeshkar had mistaken Kishore Kumar as roadside ruffian!

Naam gum jaayegaa, cheharaa ye badal jaayegaa

Meree aawaaj hee pahachaan hai, gar yaad rahe…..

Apt words to define Melody Queen and Bharat Ratna awardee Lata Mangeshkar because even though coming generation may forget the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s name and her identity but one thing that will live eternal is her melodious voice. It will continue to inspire and enchant music lovers for generations to come. September 28 marks the 86 birthday of Lata Mangeshkar, popularly known as the Nightingale of India. 

Raaga.com wishes her birthday greetings and informs readers an interesting anecdote about how she had mistaken popular singer Kishore Kumar as roadside ruffian during her first meeting in Mumbai. Read on…


The first meeting of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar is an interesting tale. Kishore Kumar in an interview informed that when he was travelling in a local train in the mid 40’s he saw a young and simple girl sitting near window seat. When she looked at him, Kishore Kumar gave her warm smile but the girl gave a stern look. Kishore Kumar got nervous. When Dadar station came, Kishore Kumar got down. Incidentally the girl also got down at Dadar station. 

Outside the station the girl hired a horse cart and moved to her destination. Kishore Kumar too hired another horse cart and coincidently moved in the same direction, literally following her horse cart. 

The situation became tense when Kishore Kumar got down at the same place where the girl had stopped her horse cart. Hence the girl lost her nerve and in rage scolding at Kishore Kumar she said, “You scoundrel, why are you chasing me like a roadside Romeo!” 

Kishore Kumar was left astounded but before he could reply the girl hurriedly moved into the studio and complaint music director Khemchand Prakash about a roadside ruffian chasing her. 

Khemchand Prakash smiled and clarified her misconception and introduced Kishore Kumar to her! They had a big laugh and later gave many hits together.

If not BAHUBALI, Kannada film CARE OF FOOTPATH 2 selected for Oscar 2016!!

Director SS Rajamouli's magnum opus BAHUBALI may have missed the chance in the 'Best Foreign language film' category in the 2016 Oscars as the Film Federation of India (FFI) selection committee gave their thumps up for Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi film COURT. 

However the South film industry, particularly Kannada film industry has reason to feel proud as after years of struggle Kannada film CARE OF FOOTPATH 2 has been selected in the Oscar 2016 race! 

According to reports the CARE OF FOOTPATH 2 staring Esha Deol has been selected as a lateral entry for the Academy Awards thus becoming the First Kannada film to have an Oscar entry! 

Directed by 19 year old film maverick Kishan Shrikanth, who has the distinction of having registered his name in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records for being the 'youngest director’ when he directed the original CARE OF FOOTPATH in 2006 at the age of mere 10 years!


What may be stunning to readers is that at the age of 10 when Kishan Shrikanth directed CARE OF FOOTPATH, the movie left the film critics dumbfounded not because it was made by a child prodigy but the content and the quality of the film was at par with any professional filmmakers.

In fact the movie was so remarkable that it went on to win the prestigious National Film Award for Best Children's Film.

CARE OF FOOTPATH 2 is set to have its premiere at LA, USA in October in grand style with pomp and spectacle akin to a Hollywood film. The movie will be released in India in November. It will be released in Hindi as KILL THEM YOUNG.

It may be noted The Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce had proposed BAHUBALI as official entry in Oscar and were expecting BAHUBALI to break the ice at the Oscars but destiny had something else in store.

Hope what BAHUBALI could not do, will be done by the young genius filmmaker’s Kishan Shrikanth’s CARE OF FOOTPATH 2! 

With two Indian films at the Oscar, India has a chance of breaking the jinx but will the Oscar jury take note or like each year give a blind eye to our films? Readers comment!