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6 Great Songs Of Manoj Kumar

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Raj Kapoor, Raj Khosla and Manoj Kumar had  the best music sense  ever heard  and seen  in commercial Hindi cinema.

They  knew how to get the  best songs out of their composers—Shankar-Jaikishan and then Laxmikant-Pyarelal  for Raj Kapoor, Madan Mohan and Laxmi-Pyare  for Raj Khosla , Kalyanji-Anandji and Laxmi-Pyare for  Manoj Kumar. Manoj Kumar in fact is a composer  himself.But he believed in letting the official composers  do their job.And what a  job.Presenting  6 great songs from Manoj Kumar directed films.

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1.     Kasme vaade pyar wafa sab(Upkar) : According to me Kalyanji-Anandji saved  their  best for Manoj. Upkar had a gallery of great songs, from  Mahendra Kapoor’s evergreen Mere desh ki dharti  to Mukesh’s Dewaanon  se yeh mat pucho to Lata Mangeshkar’s Har khushi hai  wahan.  None  greater than Manna Dey’s Kasme vaade a song about the  loss of family ties in a world filled with greed and materialism. The song  was  shot on Pran,who counted the song among the high points of his career.Poet Indeevar’s best lyric ever.

2.     Koi jab tumhara hriday tod de(Purab  Aur Paschim):  Manoj Kumar’s preferred  voice  was Mahendra Kapoor who sang  Hai preet jahan ki reet sadaa and  Dulhan chali haan pehan chali teen rang  ki choli(about the tri-colour flag). But  this one  solo went to Mukesh , why? Says Manoj Kumar, “I think I’ve an ear and eye for the right casting. That goes  for songs  as well. I know Mahendra sang my other songs.  But this …this one…cried for Mukesh.” I agree.

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3.     Ek pyar ka naghma hai(Shor): This is  one  of  the most pitch-perfect love songs ever written  composed and sung  in  a Hindi film. Lata Mangeshkar and  Mukesh bring to  the table an aching melodic sweep. Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s composition  whispers  waves of romance and nostalgia.Santosh Anand’s lyrics  for this  are  simply immortal. An added  attraction: that’s  Payrelal  himself playing the  violin  in this magnificent  ode to  love. I once asked Manoj KumarSaab to single out one song from his cinema as  his favourite. He  chose this. Good taste, Manoj Kumar Saab.

4.     Main na bhoolunga(Roti  Kapada Aur Makaan):  It is  hard to single  out any one song in this film. One of  the most pitch-perfect soundtracks ever Roti Kapda Aur Makaan  belts out classic  after classic. This  Lata Mangeshkar-Mukesh ditty  is  a dizzying ode to romance,  the  crests and dips  of the orchestra  are breathtaking.Every note is a sparkling gem. Every word, a promise  to  eternity. Composers Laxmikant-Pyarelal  proved themselves geniuses beyond  the  definition of the term.

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5.     Panditji mere  marne  ke  baad(Roti Kapada Aur Makaan): I have often wondered why  this  Lata Mangeshkar classic  is not counted among the  best songs  in  Manoj Kumar’s  films.And  why  Lataji’s Hai hai yeh majboori went on to be far more popular than this  other Lata solo which is much more hefty in content  far more innovative  and  one of the most challenging  songs of Lataji’s career. Varma  Malik’s lyrics mock at the rituals  after death . The song suggests that  singer be sent off to the other world not with gangajal  in her mouth but alcohol. Delectably irreverent  and provocative, this is vintage Manoj Kumar. “You  like it?So  do I?  I  agree  it  is a neglected song maybe because Hai hai yeh majboori  was  filmed on Zeenat Aman while  Panditji was on Aruna Irani,”  suggests Manoj Kumar. He has a point.

6.     Zindagi ki na toote ladee(Kranti):  The magnificent Laxmikant-Pyarelal  out-excelled  themselves in  this  love ballad. A marvel of creation  the duet  was  meant  to be  sung my Mukesh and Lataji. But then Mukeshji suddenly passed away. Lataji made sure his son Nitin Mukesh  got all the  pending songs of his father.Among them, Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Woh aurat hai tu mehbooba  in Satyam Shivum Sunderam and  this  ballad .  Though I think Zindagi ki na toote ladee is an all-time great I wonder what  it would have been like  if Mukesh  had sung it. Or  what Manoj Kumar’s career  would have been if after Kranti he didn’t slip into  directing Clerk and Jai Hind .

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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