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Every Screen Diva From Madhubala To Jaya Bhaduri Owes A Large Part Of Her Stardom Lataji

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It was Jaya Bachchan who  famously said,  “It was only when Lataji sang for a  heroine that she felt she had arrived.”  Not too many of our screen queens have understood let alone acknowledged what  a hand the Goddess  Of  All Melodious Things  played in their careers.

What would Madhubala or  Waheeda Rehman be  without Pyar kiya toh darna  kya  or Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai?Checklist of the Mangheshkar  melodies that define the Divas’ careers.

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  1. Madhubala:  Aayega aanewala(Mahal), Pyar  kiya toh darna Kya(Mughal-e-Azam),  Mohe panghat pen nandlal(Mughal-e-Azam), Beqas pe  karam  kijiye(Mughal-e-Azam),Sapne mein  sajan ke do baatein(Gateway Of India), Woh to chale gaye  ae dil(Sangdil), Zindagi bhar nahin  bhulegi(Barsaat Ki Raat)
  2. Nargis:  Uthaye  jaa unke sitam(Andaz),  Mujhe  kisise  pyar ho gaya(Barsaat,  the  other two  chartbusters Hawa  mein  udta jaye and Jiya beqaraar hai in Barsaat were not filmed on Nargis) ,Ghar aaya mera  pardesi(Awara)  Unko yeh  shikaayat hai(Adalat), Yun hasraton ke daagh(Adalat),  Nagri nagri dware dware(Mother India), Aaja sanam madhur  chandni mein  hum(Chori Chori)  , Rasik  balma(Chori  Chori)  ,Awara ae mere dil(Raat Aur Din), Jago mohan  pyare(Jagte Raho)
  3. Meena Kumari: Mohe bhool gaye  saawariya(Baiju Bawra), Ajeeb  dastaan hai yeh(Dil Apna  Aur Preet Parayi), Chalte chalte  yuhi  koi(Pakeezah), Inhi logon ne(Pakeezah),Thare rahiyo(Pakeezah),  Jyoti kalash chhalke(Bhabhi Ki  Chudiyan), Ruk ja raat(Dil Ek Mandir),Husn ki baharein liye(Benazir).
  4. Vyjanthimala: Man dole mera  tan dole(Nagin),  Mere  dil ke  sahaare aaja(Nagin) ,Kaho ji tum  kya kya kharido ge(Devdas), Aurat ne   janam  diya mardon  ko(Sadhna),Aaje  re  pardesi(Madhumati), Aiso re paapi bichuwa(Madhumati), Jao re jogi  tum jao re(Amrapali), Neel gagan  ki chaon mein(Amrapali), Main  ka karoom Ram mujhe Buddha  mila gaya(Sangam), Hothon pe  aisi baat (Jewel Thief),Do hanson   ka joda(Ganga  Jumna)
  5. Mala  Sinha: Ja re  udd ja re panchi(Maya), Aap ki nazron ne samjha(Anpadh), Allah  jaane kya  hoga aage(Hariyali Aur Raasta), Meri aankhon se koi neend(Pooja Ke Phool),Kankariya maar ke jagaaya(Himalay Ki Gode mein), Neend kabhi rehti tthi aankhon mein(Aasra), Ghairon pe karam  apnon pe sitam(Aankhen), Mera  mitwa mere meet re(Geet), Meri tammanaon  ki taqdeer(Holi Aaee Re), Jab jab tumhe  bhulaya(Jahan Ara)
  6. Waheeda Rehman: Aaj phir jeena ki tamanna hai(Guide), Piya tose nain lage  re(Guide),Raat  bhi hai kuch bheegi bheegi(Mujhe Jeene Do),  Ek meethi si chubhan(Reshma Aur  Shera), Tu chanda main chandni(Reshma Are Shera),O beqaraar dil(Kohra), Maare gaye  gulfam(Teesri  Kasam),Mujhe pyar karne ka haq nahin(Darpan), Ae mere aankhon ke pehle sapne(Man Mandir).
  7. Nutan:  Man mohana(Seema), Mora gora  angg(Bandini), Chandan sa badan(Saraswatichandra),Tera  jaana(Anari), Tum hi meri mandir(Khandaan),Sawan ka mahina(Milan), Chand phir  nikla(Paying Guest), Sapnon mein  agar mere(Dulhan Ek Raat Ki), Mor bole chakor  bole(Gauri), Tera  mera saath rahe(Saudagar),Zindagi har qadam(Meri Jung)
  8. Sadhana: O  sajna  barkha bahaar aye(Parakh), Mere mann ke  diye(Prem Patra), Mere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki  qasam(Mere Mehboob),  Tu jahan jahan  chalega(Mera Saaya), Aaja  ayee bahaar(Rajkumar),Kaise rahun chup(Inteqaam),  Suniye zara dekhiye  na(Geeta Mera Naam), Tum mujhse door chale jaana na(Ishq Par Zor Nahin).
  9. Sharmila Tagore:  Raina beeti jaye(Amar  Prem),  Chalo sajna (Mere Humdam Mere Dost),Chanda  hai tu  mera suraj hai tu(Aradhana),Kuch dil ne  kaha(Anupama), Jab bhi jee chahe(Daag), Abke  sajan sawan mein(Chupke Chupke),  Hum the  jinke sahaare(Safar),  Khayee hai re humne kasam(Talash),  Gar tum  bhoola na doge(Yakeen)
  10. Hema  Malini:  ABCD  chhodo(Raja Jani), Duniya  ke mela(Raja jani), Sharaafat chhod di meine(Sharafat), Ho ghataa saawri(Abhinetri), Babul pyaare(Johnny Mera Naam),Do nainon mein aansoon bhare hain(Khushboo), Naam ghum  jayega(Kinara), Jab tak hai jaan(Sholay),Aayegi zaroor chitthi(Dulhan), Yeh kaisa sur mandir hai(Premnagar),  Prem ka rog  bada bura(Dus Numbri), Chal sanyasi mandir mein(Sanyasi),Mere naseeb mein(Naseeb), Jaane  kya  pilaya  tune(Jugnu), Kitne din aankhen  tarsengi(Naya Zamana), Rama rama  ghazab hui gawa re(Naya Zamana), Tuney  oh rangeele(Kudrat), Ae  dil-e-nadaan(Razia  Sultan).
  11. Mumtaz: Agar dilbar  ki ruswai(Khilona), Jaise radha ne mala japi(Tere Mere Sapne), Bindiya  chamkegi(Do Raaste),Jai  jai shiv Shankar(Aap Ki Kasam), Do ghunt  mujhe  bhi pilade(Jheel Ke Uss Paar), Babul teri bagha di main  bulbul(Jheel Ke Uss Paar), Main tere  ishq mein marr na jaaon kahin(Loafer), Kya meri prem  kahaani nadiya se bichhda paani(Prem Kahani), Paisa  pheko  tamasha dekho(Dushman), Kya soch raha re(Mela),  Tik tiki tik(Humjoli),Yeh kaun aaj aaya(Bandhe Haath)
  12. Raakhee Gulzar: Kabhi kabhi mere  dil mein(Kabhi Kabhi), Megha chayee aadhi raat(Sharmilee),Khilte hain gul yahan(Sharmilee), Jhilmil  sitaron ka aangan  hoga(Jeevan Mrityu), Naina mere rang bhare(Blackmail), Asha  oh asha (Blackmail), Koi koi raat aisi  hoti hai(Banarsi Babu),Sawan ke jhoole pade(Jurmana), Ae ri pawan(Bemisaal),Yeh  kaun  hansa(Mere Sajna),Bhor  bhaye panchi dhun  yeh sunaye(Aanchal),Kasme wade  nibhayenge hum(Kasme Vade)
  13. Jaya Bhaduri: Baahon mein  chale  aao(Anamika),  Din jaa  rahe  hain(Doosri Sita), Sooni re nagariya(Uphaar), Piya ka ghar hai yeh(Piya Ka Ghar),  Piya bina  piya bina(Abhimaan), Nadia kinare heraye  aayee kangna(Abhimaan),  Abb to hai tumse(Abhimaan), Beeti na beetayi raina(Parichay),  Niss din niss din(Annadata), Raaton ke saaye ghane(Annadata), Chandni re jhoom(Naukar)
  14. Zeenat Aman: Hai hai yeh  majboori(Roti Kapada Aur Makaan),Main no  bhuloongi(Roti Kapada Aur Makaan),  Satyam  Shivum  Sunderam(title song),  Bhor bhaye panghat pe(Satyam  Shivum Sunderam), Jiska  mujhe  ttha intezaar(Don), Panna  ki tamanna(Heera Panna), Mere  gore gaalon ka(Aashiq  Hoon Baharon Ka), I am sorry(Warrant), Dard  ki ragini(Pyaas).
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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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“Professionally, What  A Year It Has Been For Me,” Raveena Tandon On Her Padma Shri

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Raveena Tandon  feels  she is in a dream. “I woke  up  today to the  news that  I have been awarded the Padma Shri by  my Government. I felt all my years  of hard work  has  finally come to  fruition.I can’t wait to get  back to Mumbai.”

Raveena  is  in Bhopal attending a  wedding.  “I woke  up  on Thursday morning to the good news. My husband(film distributor Anil Thadani) who is in Mumbai had no clue about it. I had to inform him that his wife is now Padma Sri Raveena,” she laughs heartily.

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She then grows  melancholic. “The past one year has been a whirlwind  for me. Professionally, it couldn’t get any better. My webseries Aranyak on Netflix  and  then the bigscreen  blockbuster KGF 2 where I played one of the protagonists , became huge  successes.Sadly,it  was  also the year that  I lost my father(well-known producer-director Ravi Tandon). It was  the severest blow of my life.I am still processing the loss. The Padma Shri would have made  my Dad so proud.”

Remind her  she is  still young and already a Padma winner and Raveena expresses  her  happiness. “I guess I am lucky to have received the honour at the  midpoint of my life and career. I am also very happy that M M  Keeravani Sir has  also received the Padma Shri.His Naatu naatu has  the  world dancing to his tune. But even  before Naatu naatu he has done such exemplary work.”

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Getting nostalgic Raveena  says, “I started working when I was 17.I have done every kind of  cinema, balancing out a Chote Miyan  Bade Miya  with  a Shool, a Rakshak with a  Ghulam-e-Mustafa,  a Bulundi and a Khauff with a Daman and an Aks. It’s  always been  my endeavour to be be seen in escapism and  real cinema. Some people think dancing around trees  and  doing the masala  stuff is easy.  It is  not!  In fact  being real on screen is far easier.”

Raveena feels the  good days  are  back in the entertainment  industry. “I saw Pathaan and  I whistled  and clapped the loudest. It is  an out-and-out mass entertainer and bound to revive the  sagging fortunes  of  our industry.  While the Padma Shri is a personal triumph,  the success of Pathaan  is  a happy occasion for the entire industry.So yeah, I am on top of  the world,”

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Raveena’s fans  would like to know her khubsoorati  ka raaz.

She  laughs, “It’s nothing more than sleeping and eating right. I  try to eat  correctly. I have only  organic  food. More  importantly,I am happy and secure in life. If you are content within it is  bound show on your face.”

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