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Big B to shoot ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ in Thailand

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Mumbai, Dec 6: Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will shoot “Thugs Of Hindostan” in Thailand.

Big B on Wednesday morning said in a tweet “Travel beckons early morning for ‘TOH’ across seas and land. More later.”

Amitabh has flown to Thailand, IANS qouted citing a source close to the actor was saying.

“Thugs of Hindostan”, which also features Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif, will hit the box office during Diwali 2018.

A previous schedule of the film was shot in Malta, Europe.

The Yash Raj Films production is being helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who directed Katrina and Aamir in “Dhoom: 3”. It is based on 1839 novel “Confessions of a Thug”.

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Govinda, Sridevi and Mahira steal limelight at awards show in Dubai, See Pics

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Dubai, Dec 14: Bollywood veterans Govinda and Sridevi stole the limelight at the Masala! Awards 2017 here, where Pakistani actresses Mahira Khan and Saba Qamar too were present.

Govinda was given the Dancing Legend of Bollywood honour, and he justified the title with a lively performance at the event here on Wednesday night.

Actor Arjun Rampal bagged an award for Contribution to Cinema at the extravaganza, held at the Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks and Resort. There were also celebrities like Manish Malhotra, Celina Jaitley, Ankita Lokhande, Daisy Shah and other prominent Asian celebrities attended the red carpet event.

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The jury for the awards consisted of eminent names from the business, lifestyle and hospitality industry including Manish Malhotra, Yogesh Mehta, Sara Belhasa and Celina Jaitly.

Sridevi donned an exquisite sequinned creation by Malhotra, and she looked evergreen as she picked up the Best Actress Award.

Mahira made a style statement in a wine coloured strapless gown with a diamond necklace, and had her hair pulled back with minimal make-up. She walked away with the Asian Woman of substance Award.

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At the red carpet, Mahira spoke about being a fan of Sridevi, and said that just a few days ago, she was with her friends and they were dancing to the Indian actress’ hit song “Hawaa hawaai”.

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Lata Mangeshkar on her association with Raj Kapoor

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By Lata Mangeshkar 

It was sometime in 1948 I was recording a song at the Famous recording studio for music director Anil Biswas. At that time, Raj Kapoor had a very small office on the second floor in the same building. Anil Biswas contacted him and asked him to come down to the studio and listen to my voice. I sang and he listened. There was no reaction. He listened and left! Next day, Anil Biswas called and said that Raj Kapoor has called you at the Mahalaxmi office.

In Kohlapur, I had seen Prithviraj Kapoor’s film “Sikandar” fifteen times. I was a great fan of his. He was tall and so handsome. I thought it might be a good opportunity to meet my favourite star’s son, Raj Kapoor. I accepted the invite and went. Raj Kapoor was sitting on his desk in his office. I sat across the table. He said ‘I want you to sing for my film,’ and asked me what that would cost him. I responded by saying any amount that he gave me would be acceptable. He replied by offering me rupees 500 for the same. At this time, Ram Ganguly was the music director and both Shankar and Jaikishen were music arrangers. They all worked together at Prithvi Theatres.

Shankar was on the tabla and Jaikishen on the harmonium. They sang and taught me the song ‘Jiya bekarar hai’ for the film “Barsaat.”

It was after this recording that Raj Kapoor took the decision that the music director for the film would be Shakar-Jaikishen and not Ram Ganguly. This was the historic decision, with Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri handling the lyrics, that created the evergreen music of R.K. Films.

I also recall Raj-ji cautioning Jaikishen. He was concerned about my ability to sing commercial film songs, being a classical singer. Hearing this I was naturally very upset. I was new and had not worked in the film industry. I sang all the songs in Barsaat. It was very gratifying for me to hear of a request from Raj saab for a bhairavi alaap in a certain song in Barsaat. I sang it and he loved it and was very happy. The music of this film was very successful.

Later, for the following films, he would leave the details of the melody to me. But he always wanted an alaap which would touch the hearts of millions of people.

I recall a time when we were recording the famous song in Awara, ‘Ghar aaya mera pardesi’, with Manna Dey accompanying me. We reached the recording theatre. Shankar and Jaikishen made us learn the lyrics and the melody of the song, but Raj saab, who came later, rejected our entire day’s work. He said to Jaikishen, ‘I don’t want a popatiya song!’ He changed the whole song. He also added an alaap to the song! All this went on till 3 a.m. and only after it was done did he say, ‘Now let us eat!’ He had arranged food for the entire unit. I remember the entire team sat in the middle of the road and ate. There was almost no traffic those days, particularly at 3 a.m. A sheet was spread on the road where we all ate and left for home.

This was his way of working…

I was also bad tempered. I used to fight. I was recording with his son Randhir Kapoor for his film “Kal Aaj Aur Kal”. Raj-ji had come for the recording. There, he told me that he was soon starting his next film called “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” for which he wanted my brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar to score the music. I replied to him saying that I would ask my brother. I managed to persuade my brother who was not really interested in scoring scores for films…

I left for my US trip where I was shocked to hear from Mukesh, ‘Hridaynath ki picture gayi (Hridaynath has lost the film)!’ Hridaynath called and said that he had accepted the film because of me but the newspapers were writing otherwise. He was offended and embarrassed. I was very angry with Raj-ji. On my return, I called him and said, ‘why did you do this?’ I had persuaded him because you had asked me to!’

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(Extracted from “Raj Kapoor: The One And Only Showman” presented by his daughter Ritu Nanda, with permission from Harper Collins India)

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Salman announces Aayush Sharma-starrer ‘Loveratri’

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Superstar Salman Khan on Thursday announced “Loveratri” as the title of his next production venture, which will launch his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma as an actor.

The film, which will be the fifth to release under Salman’s production banner Salman Khan Films (SKF), will be directed by first-timer Abhiraj Minawala.

“Feeling very happy to announce SK Films productions’ fifth venture ‘Loveratri’ introducing Aayush Sharma, directed by Abhiraj Minawala. More details soon,” Salman tweeted on Thursday.

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Aayush, who is married to the “Dabangg” star’s youngest sister Arpita, thanked Salman.

“Thank you bhai. Overwhelmed to start this journey. Can’t believe this is happening! Looking forward to ‘Loveratri’,” he tweeted.

According to reports, the film is said to be a love story and is based in Gujarat. The leading lady is yet to be announced.

Arpita and Aayush, a businessman, got married in 2014. The two have a son, Ahil, who was born in 2016.

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