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Let’s Clear The 2  Biggest Misconceptions About The Goddess Of  All  Melodious Things

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She practised a  Mangeshkar  Monopoly…she wouldn’t  let her sister sing….She  was moody and she  cancelled song recordings… So many misconceptions  about  the immortal Lata Mangeshkar have  been allowed to fester  because she  never bothered  to correct them. It’s time to set the  record straight  for the  sake of posterity.

  1. That she discouraged  new talent . Why didn’t anyone  ever ask  the  new talent  if the Goddess discouraged  them?  Suman Kalyanpur for example, whose career is said to have suffered because she sounded  somewhat like Lataji. has  always maintained  the highest regard for  Lataji. Anuradha  Paudwal, another  alleged victim  of  the mythic Mangeshkar monopoly, used  to be  a disciple of Lataji’s illustrious  brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, got her  first  chartbuster  Tu mera janu  hai tu mera dilbar hai in Subhash  Ghai’s Hero on Lataji’s recommendation. Sulakshana Pandit wanted to sing  all her own  songs on screen. But composers  like  Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kalyanji-Anandji insisted on Lataji’s vocals. When  Runa Laila came to India to sing for Kalyanji-Anandji , Lataji personally congratulated  her. We once  spoke  about the mythic  Mangeshkar monopoly.  “Why Lata?”  Lataji wondered. “Only the composers  can answer that.Once  a  very big  singer asked   Madan Mohan Bhaiyya  this question and he answered, ‘Jab tak Lata hai aur koi nahin.’ I  never stopped any composer  from using anyone’s voice. On the contrary  on  many  occasions  I’d suggest  other voices  for songs that came  to me. I  remember this one incident  vividly where  actor-producer the great Om Prakash wanted  me to sing a  song for one of his  productions. As  I  was  not  free I suggested another singer’s name . Some days  later  when I met Omprakashji I asked him  how the recording went.  He was quiet and then he  answered, ‘Gana theek gaya lekin gayika ne  aapke liye  bahot bura-bhala kaha(the song went well  but the singer  badmouthed you).’ I  laughed and  told  Om Prakashji not  to feel bad. I am used to this . Neki kari aur kuwey mein dalo(do good and  let it  drown).” Personally I have heard Lataji  heap praises on  many singers that came after her including Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy , Sunidhi Chauhan and  Shreya Ghosal.
  2. That  She  Was A  Hindrance  In Her Sister Asha Bhosle’s  career:  This myth is so laughable it makes  me cry.  Here is  the  truth  about the  so-called rivalry: Lataji actually cleared the decks for her talented and versatile singers so that all  the fast-paced westernized songs went to  Ashaji. Lataji  would actually tell composers that the cabaret or dance numbers were not suited to her throat—which was  not true, if you’ve heard her sing Aa jaan-e-jaan for Helen and Iss qadar aap humko  jo tadpayenge for  Bindu  you’d know what  I mean—only so that those breathy sexy numbers  went to her sister. If  Lataji had not agreed to make space for  her sister,  Ashaji’s career  would have  never taken off. The so-called rivalry was  fuelled not by  sense of mutual hostility  but   by well-wishers who poisoned  Ashaji’s mind against her  mother-like  sister.Speaking sadly on this  subject  Lataji had once  said to me, “How can we be rivals? Why would I stop her career? She is  my own sister! We  had our differences. I had warned her  against marrying too early and I  was proven  right. But as far as our professional  rivalry is concerned it never existed. I could  never do what Asha could do. Some  troublemakers had convinced her that I snatched away Ae mere watan  ke logon from her.This  was  not the case.”
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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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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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