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Lata Mangeshkar: 5 Songs That Sing About Healing

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Javed Akhtar is  among the millions who  believe Lataji’s voice to the therapeutic. “When your morale is down or when your  not feeling well, her songs immediately restore and heal you,”  he said. Here are  the 5 songs of Lataji that  are known to have a healing affect.

  1. Jago mohan pyare(Jagte Raho): In The  Raj Kapoor produced  experimental  film about one  anonymous man’s  quest to  quench his thirst  one  desperate dark and lonely night, RK needed a song for the climax where  the  thirsty  man is  finally  given water by a kind lady. In  a chat   some time  ago Lataji recalled, “It  was  a very special song.Nargisji was to  sing it on screen. This  is  the last time she appeared in a  film of Raj Saab. Iss gaaane  mein bahot shakti aur gehrayee hai. Raj Saab believed it could  heal the soul.  Salidada(Chowdhary) composition was  a tough one.I always suspected he used to deliberately  put hurdles in  a composition to challenge me.”
  2. Aaja  piya tohe  pyar doon(Baharon Ke Sapne):  Majrooh Sultanpuri  Saab’s lyrics  Kis liye tu  itna  udhas sookhe sookhe  honth ankhiyon  mein  pyaas…. Hone de re jo ye julmi hai, path tere gaaon ke. Palkon se chun daloongi main, Kaante teri raahon ke…are so steeped in  a feeling  of protectiveness. Asha Parekh who lip-synced   the song says, “This is one of  my most favourite songs  that I’ve  sung on screen. Bahot hi  khubsoorat  likha  hai .And R D Burman  has invested the words with such  a beautiful tune.As for Latabai’s singing her voice has the tenderness that can  move mountains  and heal broken hearts.So many times when my  I am  dep[ I’ve turned to this  song for comfort.”
  3. Lag jaa gale se(WohKaun Tthi): One of Lataji’s most  popular songs, an evergreen  with  an ever-renewable therapeutic value.  Said  Lataji, “I don’t know  what  it  about this  song.So many  people have told me it makes them feel better  on  a  despondent day.All I can say is, if my songs have helped  people to smile,then I’ve  had a successful life.”
  4. Jiss path pe chala uss path pe mujhe aanchal toh bichane de(Yaadgaar):  Manoj Kumar remembers  this Yaadgaar song  very well. “I had  a hit song Ek tara bole by Mahendra Kapoor. But  we  needed  a solo for the  great Nutan.This  was my one  and  only film with  her. We  needed  an outstanding  song where the heroine tries to  boost the  hero’s morale.Indeevar’s lyrics were  magical.Kalyanji-Anandji came up with an  outstanding composition .And who but Lataji  to sing this  song about healing? Unki awaaz  sun ke toh jung ruk jaye(her voice can stops wars).”
  5. Chhod he saari duniya kisike liye yeh munaasib nahin aadmi ke liye(Saraswatichandra): The  ultimate  song about healing, it is counted among the best written songs  of Hindi cinema:  Kitni hasrat se  takti hai kaliyaan  tumhe in bahaaron ko phirse bulaate  nahin/Ek duniya  ujad hee gayi hai toh kya doosra  tum  jahan  kyon basaate  nahin.  Said  Lataji, “Yeh gaana bahot hi lokpriya hai. Kitno ne mujhe kaha ki  iss gaane se unhe prerna mili hai(this song is very popular. So many  have told me that this song has given  them encouragement).”  Lataji  credits  the  words  of  the haunting melody for its  abiding popularity. “Indeevarji ne kamaal ke shabd likhe hain.”
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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother

Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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 Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar

All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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