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Janmashtami Playlist Of Film Songs

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1.     Kanha bole na puchoo baar baar kanha  bole na(Sangat): In her  illustrious career Lata Mangeshkar has sung numerous Krishna bhajans of impeccable quality. This one remains  the  most  underrated, the  most neglected and  the most unworthy  candidate  for anonymity  among  all the Krishna  bhajans that have ever been composed for  Hindi cinema . The  composer was the great  Salil Chowdhary  and  the film was an unreleased  Sangat featuring a lifeless  newcomer who  lip-synced Lataji’s  luminous  voice as  if  humming in the bathroom. Kanha  bole  na is one  of Salil Chowdhary  greatest  compositions with Lataji soaring to heights of  expressiveness as she describes Radha’s  stolen moments with her precious Kanha.  The  inimitable Manna Dey  accompanies Lataji. He  clearly know  this is Radha’s day  out.This criminally neglected masterpiece  deserved a  better  place.

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2.     Kanha re kanha tu ne laakhon raas rachaye(Truck Driver):  How on earth could a Krishna  bhajan as  beautiful as  this be  a part of a film titled Truck Driver?! During those days(the 1970s)  of musical harvesting even the sleaziest  of  film would reap  the  benefits  of  immortal  melodies. And this one is a  beauty, a jewel in the croon for Lataji’s Krishna bhajans which I place much higher than her far more popular Yashomati  maiyaa se bole nandlala(Satyam Shivum Sunderam) and   Bada natkhat hai re  Krishna  kanhaiya(Amar Prem). Composers Sonik-Omi never  got their due.Listen  into this  peerless Bhajana and you will wonder why  they were  so neglected.

3.     Madhuban  mein radhika  naache re(Kohinoor): Every time I hear the great  Mohd Rafi sing this ode to Radha as she dances to her Girdhar’s flute my heart dances. And to think  the  lyricist(Shakeel Badayuni),  the  composer(Naushad), the singer(Rafi)  and  actor  on screen  singing the song(Dilip Kumar) were all Muslim. No truer and more melodious  emblem of India’s secularism!

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4.     Badi der bhaye nandlala teri raah take brijwala(Khandaan):  The divine euphoria  of  Janma Asthami as Krishna Bhakts  sing chant and dance waiting for the birth of Krishna… captured with  captivating grace  in  Mohd Rafi’s  voice  in this evergreen ode to the Murli Manohar composed by Ravi Sharma. Sunil Dutt who lip-synced this  Krishna   favourite on screen,  counted   it  among  the most favourite songs  of  his  career.

5.     Mujhko bhi radha  banale  nandalal(Ankahee): Asha  Bhosle touches  sublime chords  in this exquisite  Krishna  Bhajan  composed  by the great Jaidev. There is  an aching longing for  completeness as  the  woman in  the  song pines to be the Radha in her Krishna’s life. The  articulate erotic words by the  legendary poet Balkavi Bairagi  amply  punctuate the sense of longing. Ms Bhosle’s voice has seldom been  in  a  better  form.She had another extraordinary Krishna Bhajan Kauno thagva nagariya  lutal  ho in Ankahee.Choosing between the two is  like choosing between Radha  and Meera. Let the sound  of the flute float.

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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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