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Happy B’day Madhuri Dixit: 10 Iconic numbers of Dhak Dhak Girl

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New Delhi, May 15: She came, she saw and she conquered. This is the best way that Madhuri Dixit’s Bollywood journey can be summed up.

Born on 15 May 1967, Madhuri made her Bollywood debut with Abodh in 1984, little did she know that she would become one of Bollywood’s most sought-after actresses.

Her beauty was immortalised in late painter MF Hussain’s paintings who even made a film Gaja Gamini, that featured the dhak-dhak girl. If her beauty besotted many, her dance moves won the hearts of millions of her fans.

She gave Bollywood some of its biggest hits in the 90s. And when it comes to dancing, no one can do it like Madhuri Dixit! From Choli Ke Piche Kya Hai To Dhak Dhak to Dola Re Dola, Bollywood’s dancing queen had many hits to her name. In fact, as a dancer, she continues to give competition to and inspire the next generation of actresses.

And as the dhak-dhak girl turns 51 today, we take a look at some of her hit dance numbers in a career spanning over three decades.

1. ‘Ek Do Teen’ (Tezaab)

Madhuri’s first big break, this song came after the actress delivered nine consecutive flops, but, with this song, she established herself as Bollywood’s best dancer and Ek Do Teen became an overnight sensation. Crooned by Alka Yagnik, the song’s success signalled the arrival of the star who would go on to rule a million hearts in the years to come.

2. ‘Didi Tera Devar’ (Hum Aapke Hain Koun)

With Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles, Hum Aapke Hain Koun won immense praises for the music which is still popular. Among all the numbers, it was Lata Mangeshkar and SP Balasubramaniam-sung Didi Tera Devar which turned out to be a blockbuster. Donning a blue lehenga, Madhuri mesmerised her fans with her dance moves in the song that is still played at weddings.

3. ‘Dhak Dhak’ (Beta)

Now, this is the number that landed Madhuri her nickname, the ‘dhak-dhak girl’.

4. ‘Mera Piya Ghar Aya’ (Yaarana)

If you thought Ek Do Teen was the only hit number pulled off by Madhuri, think again. This song from David Dhawan directorial Yaarana was a chartbuster in those days. Kavita Krishnamurthy won a Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singing for the song.

5. ‘Choli ke Peeche Kya Hai’ (Khalnayak)

Controversial when it released for its innuendo-filled lyrics and suggestive dance moves, it is now one of Madhuri’s most memorable performances.

6. ‘Humko Aajkal Hai Intezar’ (Sailab)

Here’s one of the many instances when the dancing diva redefined sexy for her fans. Who can forget those sensual thumkas and lavani style dance number by Madhuri.?

7. ‘Channe Ke Khet Mein’ (Anjaam)

In an old interview, Madhuri herself picked this as one of the most noteworthy dance numbers. Looking stunning in green Lehanga with gajra in hairs, the diva rocked the number with her sexy dance moves.

8. ‘Ankhiyan Milaon Kabhi Ankhiyan Churaon’ (Raja)

Starring Sanjay Kapoor, the film failed at the box office. But Madhuri won hearts with her cute gestures and quirky dance steps in the song.

9. ‘Maar dala’ (Devdas)

‘Maar dala’ – that was exactly the effect her performance had on the audience. As always, she nailed the expression game, so fans could actually feel her character’s emotions. Donning a lehenga reportedly weighing almost 30 kilogrammes, as always Madhuri won hearts with her expression game and dance performance in the song wherein she attempts to woo Devdas, who is engrossed in drinking.

10. ‘Ghagra’ (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)

Here’s Ranbir Kapoor grooving to Rekha Bhardwaj’s popular track with his childhood crush, Madhuri. What luck, RK!

We wish the actress a very happy birthday and hope she has a wonderful year ahead where she continues to entertain her fans.

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Vishal Dadlani, Neha Kakkar donate Rs 100,000 each to Keshav Lal

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Mumbai, Aug 17: Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani and singer Neha Kakkar have donated Rs 100,000 each to musician Keshav Lal, who has been playing a harmonium on the footpath of Pune for over 30 years.

Keshav Lal was invited to the set of “Indian Idol 10” where the show’s contestants and judges paid him a memorable tribute.

He was accompanied by his wife Soni Bai on the show. From being at the pinnacle of success to losing all his material possessions, the musician revealed that only music mattered to him and how staying loyal to one’s passion is very important.

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Keshav Lal, who has worked with award-winning filmmaker V Shantaram and composers Kalyanji-Anandji, performed the song “Awaara Hoon” on his harmonium during the episode.

Vishal and Neha announced a donation of Rs 100,000 each.

“It was our privilege to witness Keshav Lalji on the show. It is so wonderful to see a man so faithful to music throughout his life. He is an inspiration for all of us,” Vishal said in a statement.

“He has taught us that one should never leave his passion, come what may. I will urge all my friends and people from the industry to try their best and help Keshav Lalji in the best possible way we can,” he added.

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India is a corrupt, pretentious, indisciplined country: Annu Kapoor

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Mumbai, Aug 17: Veteran actor Annu Kapoor, who is gearing up for his forthcoming web series “Home”, has said India is a corrupt, pretentious, hypocritical and indisciplined country.

Annu spoke to the media at the trailer launch of ALT Balaji’s web series “Home”. He was at the event with co-actors Chetna Pande, Parikshit Sahni, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Amol Parashar, director Habib Faisal and producer Ekta Kapoor here on Thursday.

“Home” is inspired by true events. It narrates the story of a family struggling to fight for their home, which is stuck in the corrupt hands of builders.

As illegal construction is a very relevant issue in India, Annu was asked who is to be blamed — the government, bureaucrats, contractor or owner of the house.

He said: “Our country is one of the corrupt, pretentious, hypocrite and indisciplined countries of the world and there are many reasons for that. The race that refuses to take collective responsibility of the motherland and the society, will become like India.

“I have often heard people saying politicians are corrupt, but you elect them. You are corrupt, and that’s why you are electing them. So, it’s an interrelated relationship. When you don’t have power, that time you feel exploited and people who have power, they exploit others. So, it’s not that easy.

“Your entire system is damaged because you are corrupt. Till the time, you will not send an honest individual in the parliament, till that time, this whining and cribbing will continue”.

He also spoke about how the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act is not being implemented properly in various parts of India.

“The government of India has introduced RERA bill. It is like a tiger who doesn’t have paws because government of India has introduced it in a way where they have left it on state governments to modify or rectify a couple of things.

“The moment you leave it to the local administration, that time you have to realise that the nexus of politicians, builders and bureaucrats are legal in this country.

“I think we actors, directors and producers of shows and the media are after-products of the whole system and the day we will realise our collective responsibility, this question will not arise. In Mumbai, now there aren’t many cases of mafias but it will take some time.”

“Home” is directed by Habib Faisal. The 12-episode show will be streaming on the ALT Balaji app and the website from August 29.

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Hema Malini, Madhur Bhandarkar pay last respects to ‘Vajpayee’

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New Delhi, Aug 17: BJP MP Hema Malini and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Friday paid their last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

Paying his tribute, Bhandarkar said “I met him once in 2006. He was a very good orator. The void of his absence can never be filled by anyone in Indian politics, he has been a role model for everyone and inspired many through his poetry, speeches and oratorship”

Vajpayee was a huge admirer of Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’ Hema Malini, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha, as a representative of his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2003-2009. In 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha.

Last year, in an interview, she spoke about her first meeting with the former PM. “I remember when I told the office-bearers that I have mentioned Atal Bihari Vajpayee in speeches but I have never met him. I was taken to meet him. At the meeting, I felt that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a bit hesitant while talking,” she reminisced.

It was only when Hema Malini asked a woman present there about Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s behaviour that she found out that he was her huge fan. The actress-turned-politician revealed, the woman told her that Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a very big fan of yours. In 1972, he watched your film Seeta Aur Geeta 25 times. This is why he is hesitant to talk to you after suddenly meeting you.'”

Vajpayee, who had faded from public life for more than a decade following health complications, breathed his last on Thursday at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He was 93 years old.

He was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, chest congestion and urine output on the lower side. However, his condition gradually worsened and an official statement by the hospital on Wednesday evening revealed that he had to be put on life support.

Unfortunately, he passed away at 5.05pm on Thursday, despite all efforts to resuscitate him.

Vajpayee’s demise led to an outpouring of tributes from the movie world across India, and celebrities also remembered his much-loved poetic streak.

Read More: Indian film fraternity pays tribute to ‘selfless’, ‘warm’ Vajpayee

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