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Birthday Special: Some unknown facts about veteran actress ‘Mala Sinha’

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New Delhi, Nov 11: Mala Sinha was a heartthrob of Indian men during the era of sixties. Bollywood queen who ruled the film industry for five decades, is celebrating her 81st birthday today.

She was born on November 11th, 1936. The charm that she had over her fans during that time is incomparable and her fans can still feel that charisma.

Birthday Special: unknown facts about legendary actress Mala Sinha

She was a phenomenal actress. The twinkle in her eyes used to keep teenagers awake throughout the night. She’s starred in more than a hundred films in Hindi and Bengali besides one in Nepali.  Her popular hindi movies include Pyaasa (1957), Anpadh, Dil Tera Deewana (both 1962), Gumrah (1963), Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965), Aankhen (1968), Maryada and Babu.

Those were the days when women used to go to cinema theatres carrying handkerchiefs with them, and used to weep when they saw their favourite heroines enduring hardships on the silver screen. Mala Sinha was one of those heroines.

Birthday Special: unknown facts about legendary actress Mala Sinha

As the legendary actress has turned a year older, let’s take a look at her some unknown facts: 

1. Mala Sinha was born into a Nepalese Christian family and named Alda. During her school days the actress was teased by her friends and was called as Dalda. Frustrated Mala changed her name to Mala.

2. Mala had a beautiful vocal. She sang for All India Radio but never took it as a career in Bollywood.

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3. She was of the very few versatile actresses who took the maximum career risks by accepting unconventional roles. Lai Batti, Nausherwan-E-Adil and Phir Subah Hogi are few of her unconventional films.

4. Mala Sinha worked as a child artist in Bengali films Jai Vaishno Devi, Shri Krishan Leela, Jog Biyog and Dhooli. Her major role as an adult was in Bengali film Roshanara in 1952.

5. She was very afraid of her father. She used to come home after shooting in simple traditional attire and used to cook food by herself.

6. Her best performance till date remains her role in Pyaasa. The role was initially offered to the beautiful Madhubala but was later bagged by Mala Sinha, and it was a turning point for her career.

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7. Mala Sinha paired up with many newcomers of her era like Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Khan, Jeetendra and Amitabh Bachchan. She even got the first credits in many of her films.

8. The king of romance Yash Chopra made his Directorial Debut with the flick ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ and offered Mala the lead role. The flick was a hit and there was no looking back for the lady.

9. Mala Sinha acted in only one Nepali film Maitighar and later married her co-actor Chidambar Prasad Lohani in 1966. They were in a long-distance marriage as Lohani lived in Kathmandu while she worked in Mumbai.

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10. Her beautiful daughter, Pratibha, tried her luck as an actress but could not repeat her mother’s success.

11. The actress was nominated several times for the best actress at numerous Award ceremonies, but Mala never won a single Filmfare award throughout her career. But in 2007, Star screen honoured her with the Lifetime Achievement award.

On her special day, we would like to wish her a very happy birthday and thank her for entertaining everyone with her phenomenal acting skills.

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‘Ishqeria’: An out-dated and poorly written love story

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“Sabko confuse karna band kar do”. This harmless dialogue told in a jocular tone in the film, inadvertently sums up the fate of the narrative of this 2 hour film. Purportedly, a college love-story, this film ends up confusing the audience with its constant failed attempts to create suspense.

A chick-flick, “Ishqeria” is a film about a small town girl Kuhu (Richa Chaddha) who falls madly in love with her college senior Raghav Dalmia (Neil Nitin Mukesh).

How she manipulates her way into his heart, the circumstances that lead to their separation and a happily-ever-after ending, is what this film is all about, albeit centred round a convoluted plot.

A hackneyed a la Mills & Boon love story set in Mussorie, there is nothing refreshing or new in the treatment of this film. The characters seem jaded and the drama, trite and oft-seen.

Narrated in a non-linear manner, the screenplay appears a tad confusing. The first half is seemingly watchable, while the second half drags and makes for tiresome viewing.

The uncalled for playful suspense elements are over-stretched for no apparent reason and in the bargain lay bare gaping plot-holes.

Hinging on a wafer-thin and frivolous plot, the narrative is overextended and fails to involve the audience beyond the first half an hour.

Richa Chaddha as Kuhu Singh, a small town girl, essays her character with sincerity and aplomb. She is effervescent and bubbly and lights up the screen with her energy.

Neil Nitin Mukesh as the sad rich boy, Raghav is staid and plays his studious character to perfection with restraint.

The duo are ably supported by stereotypical characters who play their respective friends.

It is the direction which seems slapdash and the poorly-etched characters cannot deliver beyond a point.

The flavour of the film is unrefined and rustic and thus the dialect spoken reiterates this.

Technically, the film is astutely mounted. The camera work is glossy. The swipes used for transition while editing, make the film seem amateurish, giving it a comic-book feel.

The music too fails to leave an impression and the songs are picturised like music videos.

Overall, it is the poorly written script sans any novelty that proves to be the tragedy of this love story.

Film: “Ishqeriaa; Director: Prerna Wadhwan; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chadha, Raj Babbar, Manish Anand, Rating **

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Mahesh Bhatt to direct daughter Alia, Aditya Roy Kapur in ‘Sadak 2’

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Mumbai, Sep 20: On the special occasion of Mahesh Bhatt’s 70th birthday today, daughter and actor Alia Bhatt dropped the teaser of Sadak 2, which marks the veteran filmmaker’s return to direction after 19 years.

A sequel to his 1991 superhit film Sadak, the romantic thriller will star Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

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Alia took to her Instagram handle to share a sneak peek into the upcoming film. In the video she posted, one ne can see the glimpses of ‘Sadak’ and how the story will be taken forward by Alia and Aditya. The video also announces the release date of the movie. It will hit the screens in March 2020.

In the last few seconds of the video, it is Alia who is sweetly humming in the background. The actress, who has six songs to her credit as a vocalist, has apparently sung the song Hum Tere Bin Kahin Reh Nahin Paate that featured in the prequel. It is on this tune that she is seemingly humming.

Along with the teaser, doting daughter Alia also wrote a heartfelt birthday note for her father. Sharing an image of him with an owl, she wrote, “Dear Daddy, on your 70th Birthday you have given me the greatest present I could ask and dream for. You are directing me! Sadak 2 is a dream come true. What I thought will never be possible you have made possible. Thank you daddy from the bottom of my heart, soul and bones. This will be a journey of discovery. Of life, movies, feeling and most of all. Of a father and daughter. I love you my not-so-old man! Happy Birthday.”

For the first time, the ‘Raazi’ star will be directed by her father in the remake of his 1991 blockbuster movie, ‘Sadak’ which starred Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Deepak Tijori, and Neelima Azeem.

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The film saw Sanjay playing the character of a young man who falls in love with a prostitute (essayed by Pooja) and bails her out of the clutches of a transgender pimp-lord Maharani played by late veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar in an iconic negative role.

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Anushka Sharma receives Smita Patil award, grab eyeballs in emerald green saree

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Mumbai, Sep 20: Actress Anushka Sharma was conferred with prestigious Smita Patil Award on Wednesday.

The Sui Dhaaga actress was wearing an emerald green Benarsi saree for the event. She kept her makeup minimal and tied her hair into a neat bun.

Anushka was presented with the award by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Earlier, actresses Juhi Chawla and Katrina Kaif were also honored with the prestigious award.

The saree Mrs. Kohli was wearing, is made by local artisans. It seems like Anushka has really gotten into the skin of the character she’s playing in Sui Dhaaga.

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Addressing the media here at the 34th edition of the Priyadarshini Academy Global Awards 2018 on Wednesday, Anushka said: “It’s a special day for me because I completed 10 years in the industry on this day. So receiving this award validates the choices that I made in my career.

“I don’t come from a film background. I didn’t have anyone to guide me in my journey. My parents also don’t belong to this industry so they also don’t know how the industry works,” she said.

The actress, who is gearing up for the release of her film “Sui Dhaaga”, made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” in 2008.

She thanked all the writers and directors for playing a key role in her successful journey.

“I also want to thank all the writers who wrote amazing roles for me and the directors who envisioned me in those roles. I don’t think any actor’s career is complete without the contribution of these two people.

“I want to thank every supporter of mine all over the world who supported me and accepted me for who I am.”

While receiving the award, Anushka said,: “It’s a great of honour to have watched the work of great Smita Patilji. She has been a true inspiration, not just for me but many actresses and many women for her bold, difficult and fearless choices that she made with her work.

“She managed to be disruptive and not adhere to norms of the industry where rules are usually set by others. So, I really appreciate and admire her.”

“Sui Dhaaga” is inspired by the Make in India campaign that was launched by the government in 2014 aimed at promoting the country’s indigenous industries including textile.

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Anushka stars opposite Varun Dhawan in the Sharat Katariya directorial that is produced by Maneesh Sharma under the Yash Raj Films banner. Varun plays the role of a tailor, while Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film, which is all set to release on September 28.

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