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“Khana Comes Before Gaana”: The Inimitable Asha Bhosle At Her Frankest Best

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Khana Comes Before Gaana”: The Inimitable Asha Bhosle At Her Frankest Best On Her Restaurant Business, Illustrious Sister, Struggles & Triumphs.

Asha Bhosle is on an unparalleled high.

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In spite of  crippling personal tragedies–she lost her daughter some years ago, and her son last year–She is still singing with a diva’s selfassurance . In addition she’s a proud restaurateur owning a worldwide chain of  eateries where Ashaji’s own home recipes are on the menu.

Ashaji is far from satisfied with her vast achievements. “My daughter Varsha once asked me why I speak to everyone from my residence’s watchman to the guy who does our laundary. I inquire about everyone.That’s an old habit. My daughter asked, ‘Do you know who you are?’ I thought about it. She said, ‘You’re AshaBhosle.And you must maintain a distance from people.’ I disagree with that. Just because I sing, it doesn’t I mean I am not ahumanbeing . I like to see myself as a simple person.I may dress up in public. But at home you’ll see me in a simple saree.”

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Ashaji is full of gracious reverence for her more celebrated sister Lata Mangeshkar. ”

It feels good to hear her say she can’t sing what I can. But I disagree with her.I feel if she wanted to sing my kind of songs she would have. But she didn’t want to . She didn’t have to. She  got to sing all the songs for the heroines, so she didn’t have to sing for the other female characters in a film. I got those songs. And I made the best of them.”

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Recalling those days of struggle Ashaji says, “When there was already a Taj Mahal I came to build another one.Bahutmushqil thi.Who would want to go to another singer when there was already a Lata Mangeshkar? On top of that, I was her younger sister.Hamesha humein ek tarazu mein tola gaya. Janam bhar hum ussi tarazu mein baithe rahe.It was very tough for me to escape all these hurdles. I still  haven’t escaped those comparisons.Didi and I had to be different singers. Copying her would have meant the end of my career even before it started.No one would have entertained a copy of Didi.Just as long asKishore Kumar was there no other male voice stood  a chance.  I first had to get songs that were comparable with Didi’s. I had to cultivate a Western style of singing. I had no choice.I had to be prepared to do any kind of song that was offered to me. Didi became instantaneously successful. Plus there were other singers like Geeta Dutt.”

Ashaji attributes her resilience and staying power to her honesty. “I am like glass. You can see right through me. I also refuse to cling to negativity. I  like to move on.I am blessed because I get so much respect both in India and abroad, even at places like Spain and Portugal. No one has ever misbehaved with me in public . I think this world is beautiful.Not that I’ve forgotten any of the pain that I’ve gone through. It’s there all stored away. I am the soldier who has taken wounds on my chest. I am proud of them. I faced  all the adversities.At 80 today I am happy and peaceful. No regrets.God gave  me endurance power and because of Him I am still standing tall today.Main Bhagwan ki laadli  hoon.”

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In addition Ashaji had to fight off the image of singing naughty number. “People during those days considered cabaret and dance numbers to be very lowly. Anyway I managed. On second thoughts, maine nahin kuch kiya,hota gaya.God was kind..And here I am.People think I’ve achieved a lot. Mujhe kuch nahin lagta. I still feel I’ve plenty to do. People hanker for recognition. But these are so temporal . If I stop singing for a year everyone would forget me. The public memory is very short.I never get carried away by fame and recognition. I am far more concerned about giving my attention to my home and family.”

 

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Speaking on new generations of singers Ashaji ponders, “The world has moved on.Earlier the female singer sang at a  high pitch and the male singer at a low pitch. Now  that has been reversed. There’s  no time for slow soft sentimental songs.No point in clinging to the past and pining for nostalgia. If you remember, happy occasions whether it is the mehndi ceremony or a wedding, have always been celebrated with songs.Every individual wants to dance and sing.Rhythm ka zamana hai.No one listens to the words. You can’t stop the world from moving on. If you try you’ll get left behind.It’s not as if we don’t have talented singers. Sukhvinder Singh is inviolable. I am open to singing any kind of songs as long as the words are not cheap. People at my age are confined to retirement. I am still singing. The language isn’t of primary importance as long as I sing something that I and my fans are satisfied with.”

She speaks of R .D Burman with much affection, though she is not too fond of the RD remixes. “I’ve done two albums of his re-mixes. When I did Rahul & I , I wanted to be faithful to the original.But my son Anand, who’s a big fan of Burman Saab and who looks after all my interests, told me to just leave it to him. I surrendered to him. He designed it according to today’s tastes. And he was right. The album was a resounding success.No one can stop others from doing re-mixes.People are forever cashing in musical names. You’ll see big posters of Lata Didi and mine at concerts. They turn out to be shows of our songs sung by other sings. CDs have our big pictures and a small ones of the actual singers. Music and musicians have suffered heavy losses because of these deceptive imitations. But what to do? Duniya aisi hi hai. You  can’t fight it.But please, if you doing re-mixes, do be thoughtful towards the original.”

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She is enthused by food as much as music and is proud of her growing chain of restaurants. “In my opinion khaana comes first, gaana later. You can live for three days without music. But you can’t live without food for a day. I am a mother by nature. I love to  feed people.I started cooking for my children. Then later when I became good at it my son suggested I write a cookery book. But I refused.Who cooks from books? But my son wanted to take his mother’s food to the people. That’s how the first restaurant came about. Now we have ten restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, etc.”

Ashaji personally supervised the menu at these restaurants. “I had two kitchens for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The design and décor , menu card have all been done with great care. The menu card has rare picture of me and other singers. I not only put my own recipes on the menu, I also included recipes I learnt from my colleagues.For examples  there is theSultanpuri Kebab. I got the recipe from the poet-lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri Saab. The restaurants are dotted with my pics withLata Didi and others who figure in my life.”

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Undekhi A Dark Compelling  Thriller Set In The Heartland

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Undekhi  the  forthcoming webseries  from Applause Entertainment  and Sony LIV which  starts  streaming from July 10,   looks  like  the  kind  of   thriller  that  won’t let  us rest  easy until we see  the last episode. It is mounted  with  a  stress on growing pressure.

One  promo shows  a rotund  cop investigating  a gruesome  murder  in  a dense tribal area.The other promo  shows a politician gunning  down a dancer on stage  in front of  the public and  the  press.

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Wild  West  comes to the North. Undekhi is a thriller set in Manali, Himachal created for Applause by Siddharth Sengupta. It’s a gripping story that sees Harsh Chhaya making an  impressive comeback as a drunk Papaji in a super-rich amoral Punjabi  family. And Surya Sharma (Prince from Hostages) really shines as Rinku ,  the main bad guy and Papaji’s nephew. It’s got a terrific cast of other characters, many of whom we  all  recognize as names .

The talented  Harsh Chhaya  makes a debut of sorts  on the  digital medium  with Undekhi.

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Says Harsh, “I  have never played anything so wild and mad. I am looking forward to Undekhi, hope it works for the audience too.This is a debut in a sense that this is the first one I shot for the OTT  platform.But the other two I shot for after this was  streamed   before this one Out Of Love and  Rangbaaz, Phir Se.

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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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What is Phil Ivey’s net worth? 

Net Worth: $100 Million
Age: 44
Born: February 1, 1977
Country of Origin: United States of America
Source of Wealth: Professional Poker Player
Last Updated: 2021

Introduction   

Phil Ivey is an American professional poker player.

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Ivey has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. Ivey is regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world.

He was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017. 

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As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

 

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Early Life

Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. was born on the 1st of February, 1977, in California.

He first began to develop his poker skills by playing against co-workers in New Jersey in the late 1990s. 

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His nickname “No Home Jerome” stems from the fake ID card he secured to play poker in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in his teenage years. Ivey was given the nickname “The Phenom” after winning three World Series of Poker bracelets in 2002. 

 

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Career 

Ivey’s tournament accomplishments include winning three bracelets at the 2002 World Series of Poker, tying Phil Hellmuth Jr, Ted Forrest, and Puggy Pearson. 

He also has bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha from 2000 and 2005. In 2000, he was the first person to defeat Amarillo Slim heads-up at a WSOP final table.

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Ivey placed in the top 25 four times between the 2002 World Series of Poker and the 2009 World Series of Poker. Ivey finished 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003, 20th in 2005, and 7th in 2009.

In the 2010 World Series of Poker, he received the most votes for the Tournament of Champions. At the 2010 WSOP, Ivey won his eighth bracelet in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event in a final table made up of other notable players. 

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Between 2002 and 2009, he finished among the top 25 players in the Main Event four times, in fields ranging in size from 600 entrants to just under 7,000.

As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

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How Does Phil Ivey Spend His Money?

Phil Ivey spends some of his money going on expensive NBA games and donating money to charities. 

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Phil Ivey’s Hobbies 

Ivey is a huge fan of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and L.A. Lakers. But cheering on his favorite teams is only one of Ivey’s hobbies.

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He also likes to partake in golf. Ivey finished third in the inaugural World Series of Golf. He also enjoys video games and making a few side bets in his spare time. 

 

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Phil Ivey’s Charity Work 

Ivey also has a very charitable side, with generous donations to Empowered to Excel and as co-founder of the Budding Ivey Foundation. 

 

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Highlights

Here are some of the best highlights of Phil Ivey’s career:

  • Has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets
  • Poker Hall of Fame (2017) 

 

Favorite Quotes from Phil Ivey

“The biggest thing when you’re playing live is that you’re sitting across from the player and can get a detailed impression of how they’re acting, and whether they’re expressing strength or weakness. Online, it’s much more about betting patterns, and you’re using a much narrower range of cues to what they’re holding and thinking.” – Phil Ivey

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“I never thought about poker not working out. When I started playing poker, I just thought this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. You have to think that way, and if it doesn’t work out, of course, you move on from there. But if you start out thinking any other way, you’re setting yourself up to fail.” – Phil Ivey 

“I’d start out by joining training sites, like Ivey League. There’s free content there for people who are starting out, fundamental strategy for folks building their game, all the way up to very high-level content for professional players. I’d work on my game online and at casinos, build my bankroll, find good games.” – Phil Ivey

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“I see Ivey League as part of my legacy, and I want to teach the world to win at poker. Want to build a training site that can help people who have never touched a deck of cards as well as support the particular needs of top-tier players who are building a world-class game.” – Phil Ivey 

“I actually spent most of that time working with my team to define and prototype parts of Ivey Poker and Ivey League. From my point of view, it was a hectic time.” – Phil Ivey 

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3 Life Lessons from Phil Ivey

Now that you know all about Phil Ivey’s net worth and how he achieved success; let’s take a look at some of the lessons we can learn from him: 

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1. Chances 

You’ve got to take some chances, know when you’re beaten and know how to get certain advantages.

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2. Ambitions 

Many people these days are too ambitious; their sights are set too high at the start, and they end up diving in too deep, quitting their day job too soon.

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3. Fight 

You get your chips your way if you fight for it. 

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Summary  

Phil Ivey is an American professional poker player. Ivey moved to Roselle when he was just a baby. Ivey is an eight-time winner of the World Series of Poker.

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He has also won the World Poker Tour title. Ivey first became interested in online poker while working at a telemarketing firm in New Jersey. He would play with his co-workers during breaks and after work.

As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

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What do you think about Phil Ivey’s net worth? Leave a comment below. 



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