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Devanand : Funny, romantic and absolutely irresistible!

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Life is too short. I don’t have time to speak slowly. -Dev Anand

On 26 September 1923 when Pishori Lal Anand had a son, little did he know that his son will become a legendary actor, writer, director, and producer of Indian Cinema. Dev Anand, is considered one of the most versatile actor with films that won him accolades all over the world. His style of acting is still considered his signature. His, movies are an inspirations to the youth of today and generations of past.

During his struggling days, Dev Anand used to work as a clerk to make end’s meet.

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Ashok Kumar was the one who gave Dev Anand his first movie hit.

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Dev Anand was once ‘banned’ from wearing black suits.

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Dev Anand’s first love was Suraiya, the beautiful singing superstar with whom he did seven films .

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Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were the trio of stars who ruled Indian cinema in the 50s and 60s.

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Dev Anand’s film ‘Guide’ was the first international collaboration of Indian cinema.

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Happy Birthday to the living legend, the Angry Young Man : Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

Shatakshi Saxena

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To Mr. Bachchan,

Sir, 11th October is not just a date but a festival for all of your fans around the globe. Everyone knows you as the Angry Young Man, the Anthony from Amar Akbar Anthony and many such names that are a true reflection of your hard work and success. For the world you might be all of these characters first but for me, you are an inspiration, a living legend. Since the moment I have begun watching films, your persona has had a huge impact on me as a person. I remember watching Anand for the first time and realizing that your on screen presence was my off screen happiness. Sir, you for me are someone who inspires me to keep moving for life is fullof ups and downs.

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I have my own way to cherish 11th October by watching all your movies on TV that are telecasted. From Sharaabi to Baghban, KhudaGawah to Paa and many more movies that have a special place in my heart. Your every character has a story to tell and very easily connects with my soul. I’ve admired you on that chair of Kaun Banega Crorepati and at the same time danced to the beats of Badumba song. I’ve laughed my heart out in SattepeSattaand cried every time you shed a tear on screen.

I remember as a child I always complained, why Mr. Bachchan has to die in the climax of most of his films? Those climax scenes of Sholay, Paa, 102 Not Out have all made me feel so sad. I’ve grown up watching your films and adoring your dialogues. From “Hum Jahan Khade ho Jaate Hain Line Wahin se Shuru Ho Jaatihai to KabhiKabhi Mere DilmeinKhayalAata Hai”, they have been my favorite. From Rang Barse to Main YahanTuWahan, your voice has always been so connective and mesmerizing. Meeting you in person and being able to express what you are to me is my dream. To witness your charismatic persona, to hear those dialogues live is my dream.

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Your movies are an eternal part of my life. Baghban has made me realize not just what family means but also the essence of true love. Mohabatein has made me witness the strong man whose ethics are his priority. Sharaabi has taught me to stay grounded no matter how rich you are. Paa, 102 Not Out taught me to live life to the fullest. While we see you work, we realize there is no end to legendary art and talent. Your work is eternal and so is your personality. The industry is blessed to have you as someone whose admiration for anything or anyone is a blessing for them.

No award or honor is greater than the honor of being a living legend and yet so grounded and humble. I heard someone saying that you are just 36 years for you had a rebirth after the accident in Coolie. I was not even born then but every time I see you sir, I thank God for making me so lucky to watch you. On this birthday of yours, I wish you all the happiness, success and health. May you continue to work and may we meet soon someday sir. For me you are no less than a teacher, a guide and a man of honor.

For me, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is not just an actor but a feeling of respect, honor and purity. Your journey will continue to motivate me to be a person who gained respect through his unique work and humble gestures. I’ll continue to try my luck in KBC and all other ways in the hope to meet you sir. Words will always seem less for me to describe your importance in my life. I know one thing for sure that if I meet you someday, I’ll just cry out of happiness. My words will have no way to come out expect my eyes. Happiest Birthday Sir !

With best wishes,

Your greatest fan!

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LATA JI: RULING HEARTS SINCE 1942

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Lata Mangeshkar is perhaps, the living legend who needs no explanation. The singing legend has at all times proven herself at tests of time. Her decent and down to Earth approach towards the people around her has garnered her the praise of all the top charts in the music industry.

The journey of this melodic diva started on a rough note but with time she proved herself as the ace among all. Here are a few essential facts about the legendary playback singer which the fans might not be familiar with:-

Age is not a barrier for Lata ji:-

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Lata Ji’s stunning voice and her expertise with scale modulation hasn’t aged yet, given the fact that her age as of now is 88. Born on 28th September 1929, her music career has given her numerous chances to prove her mettle and boy has she delivered! Her age hasn’t, in any manner, restricted her singing talent. Well, this honour is quite rare!

THE ‘LATA’PLAYLIST:-

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While Lata Ji has had a fair share of chart topping numbers all these years, Her numerous array of songs has given her a record as well. Yes 25,000 songs doesn’t seem to be much………or does it?! Now these numbers span across over 36 regional languages out of which 5025 have been sung in Hindi. Now that’s quite the number we all need to be genuinely famous!

NOTABLE ALLIANCES:-

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Lata Ji’s voice wasn’t the clichéd one, her character also enabled other singers from different periods of time to collaborate with her. Her notable duets with famous singers like Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Suraiya, Manna Dey and even next generation playback singers like Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Roop Kumar Rathore and all the way to Udit Narayan were all masterpieces in their own right. Wonder she always knows how to steal the show on her own!

AWARDS:-

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It wouldn’t be a wise thing if I would prefer not to mention the awards this diva has earned over her lifelong career in the music industry. Such abundance of talent can hardly go unsung. Now, to mention a few of these wouldn’t be wise as well so here is a list of all the accolades Lata Ji has been awarded till date:-

1 Filmfare lifetime achievement award

2 Filmfare special awards

4 Filmfare awards for best female playback singer

12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award

3 National Film Awards

HONOURS:-

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The list doesn’t end there! Lata Ji’s list of honours has its fair share of entries. It seems as if she has always been the award magnet or in other words, the awards always walk behind her like a shadow. Such is her talent.

Padma Bhushan (1969)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989)

Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award (1999)

Padma Vibhushan (1999)

Legion Of Honour (2007)

And probably the most prestigious Bharat Ratna (2001)

She’s just so awesome!

OTHER CAREER:-

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Singing was never the only option this legendary diva would’ve settled with, her immense expertise also gave her a chance in making new music. Yes, Lata Ji has also been instrumental as a music director in her career.

With the seed of genesis sown way back in 1955 for Marathi films, her role as a music director gave her another accolade from the Maharashtra Government. And that’s not all, till now she has 4 films under her banner as well. You guessed it, she has been a producer as well! Wonder what else has been left unattended in the Bollywood industry!!!

 

Lata Mangeshkar isn’t just an elite member of the music industry but she is also the pinnacle of refined music which has been revolving around several generations. Heck even little kids from this era know what a legend she is. And just like everyone, even my own parents say this out aloud “Lata Ji isn’t just a great singer, she is an institution herself!” and I guess that’s what we all would agree upon………right!

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2 years and we still can’t get over the stunning Bajirao Mastani : A love story that is worth reminiscing.

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Bajirao Mastani was an exotic and eternal love story that not only touched our hearts but remained there forever. A movie that was much awaited, it was truly a stunner with unique dialogues and extraordinary performances. The protagonists Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani left everybody dumbstruck. Their performances reflected the depth of the characters so well that they became an asset to love and compassion.

On the other hand, the role of Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai and her sarcastic dialogues full of self-respect remain unmatched to the date. Every single artist performed with such excellence that nobody could deny the greatness of the script. Indeed, it was not just the script that was flawless.

Being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, it had astonishing background sets, quick and heartwarming dialogues, expressive songs, energetic dances and most importantly, the perfect portrayal of characters. A story picked from the lost pages of history created history that is now eternal.

THOSE FASCINATING DIALOGUES :

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This is simply the tip of the iceberg. The intensity and demeanor of the dialogues made us review our take on love, life and eternity. They were beautifully written by Prakash Kapadia who and each line felt so pure. The music and dance received appreciation from both the audience and critics.

From Pinga to Deewani Mastani and from Mohe Rang Do Laal to Malhari, all of them were unique in their own creation. Where Deepika received laurels for her Mohe Rang Do Laal dance, Ranveer once again proved he was the power house of this industry with his Malhari dance. Also, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recreated the magic of Dola Re Dola from Devdas in the form of Pinga where Priyanka and Deepika were immensely praised.

A never-ending journey of excellence, Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet again proved as the master of beautiful sets, captivating costumes, eye-catching jewelry and flawless direction. The man who revived his films so beautifully made this masterpiece that will live in the history of cinema.

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