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What i learnt from my father: Celebrity Speak

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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan: “My father(the Hindustani classical exponent Hafiz Ali Khan) taught me that with patience and toleranceone could  achieve one’s goal in life.”

Amit Kumar: “In our time there was no day set aside for mothers and fathers. My father(maestro Kishore Kumar) was from the village and never subscribed to these urban laws of living. His advice to me for the 35 years that I was with him was to  believe in simple and high living and to avoid hypocrisy at any cost.”

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Tiger Shroff: “The one main thing that mt father(Jackie Shroff) has taught me would be to love and respect my mother. His mother was everything to him. To me both my parents  are everything for me. I can’t choose one  over the other.”

Rahul Khanna:  “What I learnt from my father(Vinod Khanna) is that dogs are an important part of a fulfilling life.”

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Rakesh Roshan: “My father(legendary music composer Roshan) taught me to practice honesty and passion in whatever I do.”

Tajdar Amrohi: “What I learnt from my father (the legendary filmmaker Kamal Amrohi) is the value of humility. I was taught bymy father to love and respect everyone no matter what his or her status in life. The only time I was slapped was when I was rude to a servant once.My father’s humility stays with me even today.”

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Aarya Babbar: “Everything about life I’ve learnt from my father(actor-politician Raj Babbar). But the one lesson I’ve learnt fromhim as a professional actor is the value of time. From him I’ve learnt that when a producer pays for an actor’s time he can do what he likes with it.And from that came my biggest lesson: patience.

Pinky Bhalla: “I would like to be cool, calm and generous like my father(Pran)”

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Girish Taurani: “My father(producer Kumar Taurani) has taught me many things. But the one lesson that I’ve learnt from him is to try to be a good humanbeing. It isn’t about just  being good or not being good. My father taught me you’ve to work on it every single day. I’d like to pass on this lesson to my children. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.”

Prem Kishen: “My father(actor Premnath) taught me have faith in God and to play my part with all my heart  and not bother with results.”

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Vivaan Shah: “I’ve learnt many things from my father(Naseeruddin Shah). But most of all I’ve learnt the importance of kindness and sensitivity towards people . His discipline and dedication have taught me a lot.”

Baba Azmi: “What I learnt from Abba(poet-activist Kaifi Azmi) is that that no job/work is big or small.Aim to be the best in whatever you do.”

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Zayed Khan: “My father(actor-director Sanjay Khan) taught me the value of a focussed vision in life and that the word ‘impossible’ only exists in the mind.”

Ayaan Ali Khan: “My father(Ustad Amjad Ali Khan) taught me to be good humanbeing. The rest including good music, would just follow.”

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Amaan Ali Khan: “The one thing I have learnt from my father is to be helpful to the needy.”

Pooja Bhatt: “Integrity courage and passion are what I’ve inherited from my father(Mahesh Bhatt).”

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Rahul Bhatt: “My dad(Mahesh Bhatt) is an exceptional man. He taught me the biggest risk in life is to not take a risk at all and that  nothing helps you succeed like failure.”

Rajeev Chaurasia: “My father(the flautist Hari Prasad Chaurasia)’s lesson to me: each of us has the power to rise above mediocrity to achieve excellence by completely surrendering our being to whatever we do in our daily existence. The management jargon for this  is,perserverance with passion . We in the world of music and arts term is simply as Bhakti and Sadhana.This is what I see and learn from my father, my rock star, every day.”

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Jackie Shroff:Sabr(patience) is what I learnt from my father.”

Bappi Lahiri: “My father(musican Apresh Lahiri) taught me that work is worship and and that being a good humanbeing is more important than bring successful.”

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Alka Yagnik: “My father my hero my role model taught me tolerance and compassion for all.”

 Shabana AzmiMy earliest memory  of Abba(father Kaifi Azmi)… sitting  on a  writing table  in   his kurta-pyjama  smoking incessantly and writing  till the wee hours of  the morning. As a child I was convinced a poet was a euphemism  for someone who didn’t have any work. Daddys were supposed to put  on trousers, shirts and  ties and go out to work. In fact  when  people would ask me  what my father did I said he  was a  businessman and  quickly changed the topic….Oh , the follies of innocence…My father was  a   really gorgeous looking man  with  this beautiful voice.  People  don’t know this, but he  had a tremendous sense of  humour. I remember  once I was  putting eye-drops in his tiny  eyes. The drops kept falling all  over his face.  He told me about this inept  prince who was taught archery and who broke everything in  the house during practice. Then he said, ‘Put  the drops in my  ears they’ll   go in my eyes.’ He said  such   lines with a poker face.  He always made digs at  the strange procedure in  our films where  tunes came   first and lyrics were  written  into  them later. ‘It’s like first digging a grave and then trying  to fit a corpse into it. But I constantly  keep   fitting  the corpse into the grave, so everyone  thinks  I’m a good  lyricist’ he said…. You know I took  my father for granted, as all children tend to. But as a poet he continues to overwhelm me  each day even four years after  his death. Whether it was his poem Makaan  or Aurat…they’ve  been a great source of inspiration. My concern  for slum-dwellers started with my father’s poem Makaan which  talks of  the irony of  the construction worker who builds  a building with his sweat and blood  but isn’t allowed  to   enter  it.In   Hindi cinema , along  with Sahir, Majrooh  , Jaan Nissar Akhtar and  Shailendra,  my father raised  the standards of film lyrics. They were often deceptively  conversational  –Kuch dil ne kaha…..kuch bhi nahin….As  a film lyricist he was a mixture  of  simplicity and poeticality. Take these lines Kissi  ka na  ho jiss pe saaya mujheaisi din  aisi  raat do/ Main manzil to khud dhoond loongi mere haath main zaraa apna haath do/ Qadam-do-qadam tum mera saath  do….And when Lataji   sang  these lines by myfather….what can be said? You know what was exceptional about  my father? He  never spoke at  home  about  his work.My  most favourite Kaifi Azmi lyrics? Hmmmmm… Koi kaise yeh bataaye ke wohtanha kyon hai/who  jo apna tha who aur kisika kyon  hai/yehi duniya hai to phir aisi yeh duniya kyon  hai/yehi hota hai to aakhir yehi hota kyon hai?…The simplicity of  these  lines kill me.  Imagine , a spouse-deserted woman (in the film Arth) being faced with these lines!….That sense of  commitment which artistes  of my father’s generation had ,  has been missing. But slowly it’s coming back in my film fraternity. I like it when film people   come  out to involve themselves with social issues.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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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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