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Hope audience gets Rawal Ratan Singh: Shahid Kapoor

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Mumbai, Dec 7: Actor Shahid Kapoor, one of the three lead actors of controversial film “Padmavati”, hopes the audience understands his part as Rawal Ratan Singh. He feels it’s a character that would make people want to be “better” in today’s time.

The actor stressed on the need for inspiring characters while discussing his role as Rani Padmavati’s husband and a warrior king Rawal Ratan Singh in “Padmavati” with GQ India for December 2017 issue, a statement said.

“I remember when ‘Gladiator’ came out and Russell Crowe played Maximus, the character felt too good to be true. But it inspired me so much. That was a strong reference for me because I wondered how you play a character who is so noble and good, and make him connect with people today,” Shahid said.

“Sometimes cinema has the power to make us aspire to be something better. Of course, there’s a lot of value in playing something that’s real; I’m coming from ‘Udta Punjab’, where I played a coked-out, crazy pop star – not at all the kind of guy you would want to be, not even the kind of guy you would want to be in a room with.

“With him, I wondered how to get people to understand someone so off-the-hook, this free radical jumping all over the place. But people got him. I hope they get Rawal Ratan Singh as well. He’s extremely powerful, but always steady in all kinds of high-pressure situations.

“I’ve always admired people who can do that. We’re living in a time where we need to be inspired by characters who make us want to be better, because there’s a lot happening in the world.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s attempt to bring alive the story of Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie “Padmavati” hasn’t gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP. It also features Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles.

“Padmavati” is being slammed for alleged distortion of historical facts about the Rajput queen. The film was scheduled to release on December 1, but it was deferred.

Shahid also spoke about how Ratan Singh protects his wife from invader Alauddin Khilji, essayed by Ranveer.

He said: “The most difficult part was that he is the least known among the three characters. There are several gaps in our knowledge, and it was up to me to fill them appropriately. It was important to understand what type of king I was playing – we’ve had great kings, we’ve had terrible kings, we’ve had blunderers, kings who’ve become saints.

“Ratan Singh was a warrior king who falls in love with this exceptionally beautiful woman. They get married and are very happy together when another man (Alauddin Khilji) enters the picture. It’s a story about a husband and wife, but also a king and a queen.”

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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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