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Remembering Shashi Kapoor on his 85th birth anniversary; not just a wonderful actor but human also

Shashi Kapoor, one of the most handsome faces of Indian cinema who has left an indelible mark with his acting and charm turns 85 on Saturday (today). Not just the Bollywood, but Shashi Kapoor earned immense love and adulation of the West with his numerous English films. Though the actor had predominantly attracted popularity with his cult Bollywood commercial films but he had also acted in a few serious and parallel films (to be discussed later in the story).

Kapoors had a strong affiliation with Kolkata and West Bengal ever since the days his father, Prithwiraj Kapoor, the doyen of Kapoor Khandan (as fondly called while referring to this iconic family also called the first cine family), began his career with the iconic New Theatres. In the due course of time, Shashi Kapoor, developed a fondness for Bengali cinema. Shashi Kappor shared a wonderful relationship with Great Master Satyajit Ray who had also penned a couple of scripts of Ivory films.


Kapoors since decades had been entertaining the masses – The journey began with Prithwiraj Kapoor fondly called ‘Papa Kapoor’ who passed on the legacy onto his sons Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. They had passed on the legacy of ‘Kapoor Khandan’ subsequently to the next generation of Kapoors.


I recall first watching Shashi Kapoor on TV as we in our childhood was not much exposed to films like today’s generation but we had a great companion (if I may call so) and that was the television which was the ultimate platform for entertainment and many of us I am sure will agree that our schooling to cinema (whatever we have learnt or developed within) had began with this iconic “idiot box’ in early 80’s. Watching this actor on Chitrahaar, Sunday cinema and so on…I recall hearing him during the Film Festival when he had shared so many personal memories about his family, brothers and the cine industry. It was during one such interview Shashi Kapoor had said for him, the ultimate romantic hero was elder brother Shammi Kapoor with his westernized looks and acting. He had also said that “now watching my acting on screen, I feel ashamed as they look so childish” a confession from a real actor who was whimsical of his characters and perhaps this why Shashi Kapoor did not stay obsessed with the cult Commercial Cinema but acted in many parallel cinema and few experimental cinema (a wave that took cinema by its stride during early 70’s and late 80’s).


Shashi Kapoor and English films especially in British and American films, under the iconic Merchant Ivory productions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory that had been his second family as their association had grown stronger. Shashi Kapoor acted in numerous films under the banner like The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965) (opposite his sister-in-law Felicity Kendal), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982) in which he co-starred with his wife Jennifer Kendal, The Deceivers (1988) and Side Streets (1998). Apart from Ivory productions, he had acted in other British and American films like ‘Matter Of Innocence’ (1967)), ‘Siddhartha’ (1972), ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid’ (1987), and Muhafiz (1994). James Ivory directed Kapoor in the first Merchant Ivory production The Householder, then in Shakespeare-Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust while Ismail Merchant directed him in In Custody (1993).


It was during late 50’s Shashi Kapoor met English actress Jennifer Kendal in then Calcutta now Kolkata. in 1956 while both were working for their respective theatre groups. Shashi was both assistant stage manager as well as an actor for his father’s theatre group, Prithvi Theatre. Geoffrey Kendal’s Shakespearean group was also present at the same time in Calcutta and Jennifer was Geoffrey’s daughter. They fell in love and after facing initial opposition from the Kendals got married to Jenifer in July 1958. Both of them had acted in a number of films together. In 1984, Jenifer Kendal died due to cancer. Shashi Kapoor loved Jenifer immensely and did not re-marry.


Both of them were blessed with three children – Kunal Kapoor (who had acted in Vijeta), Karan Kapoor (he too had acted in a few films like Loha and Saltanat but he is most remember for his modelling with Bombay Dying in 80’s) and daughter Sanjna (she too has acted in a few films like Hero Hiralal. She took charge of the Prithvi Theatre which was established on 5 November 1978 in Mumbai. In the recent years, we have Karishma (Lolo) and Karina (Bebo), daughters of Randhir Kapoor (Raj Kapoor’s son) and Ranbir Kapoor, son of another Kapoor superstar Late Rishi Kapoor rising to the top of popularity in Bollywood. Ranbir unlike his father, who had predominantly acted in Bollywood flicks have already acted in numerous serious and good cinema.


Being a true actor he showed guts and courage to criticize the typical Hindi cinema which had been showing things that had nothing to do with reality rather many impractical and abnormal things. It was this quest for good cinema Shashi Kapoor acted in films like – ‘Muhafiz’ (1994), ‘In Custody’ (1993), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Utsav’ (1984) to name a few. Also he had produced many of these. He also produced 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) directed by Aparna Sen. His wife Jenifer Kendal had done a wonderful acting in this film which revolves around a lonely Anglo lady residing in Kolkata who teaches conversation English in a reputed convent school in the city and subsequently gets cheated by her two ex-students whom she had trusted immensely. However, Aparna Sen bagged National Award for the film but Jenifer did not receive any award which had made him upset and he had shared his feelings in one of his interview on Doordarshan.

Shashi Kapoor had produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which was a Indo-Russian project and starred his frequent co-star Amitabh Bachchan and nephew Rishi Kapoor in the lead. The film however could not make money on the box-office.


It was this fondness for Shashi Kapoor, Great Master Satyajit Ray had taken him in Satyajit Ray Presents (directed by Sandip Ray for Doordarshan in 1985), “Kissa Kathmandu Ka” which was based on his Feluda adventure story – “Joto Kelenkari Kathmandu Te” and Shashi Kapoor played Feluda. As per the details of Feluda, Ray had always sketched him as a fitness freak and always slim and agile but Shashi Kapoor had put on weight and looked bulky. Still, Ray had casted him as Feluda in his production. This explains the relationship Shashi Kapoor shared with the Satyajit Ray.


He was not keeping well since long and had bid adieu to films in late 90’s with Side Streets being his last film. On 20 July 2012, Shashi Kapoor underwent a cataract surgery at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. Shashi Kapoor was admitted in Kokilaben Hospital on December 3, 2017 reportedly for chest infection. On December 4, 2017, he breathed his last at around 5:30 pm. The famous lines from his film ‘Kala Parthar’ (1979), ‘ek rasta hai zindagi… jo tham gaye to kuch nahin…’ will be the most befitting lines to pay him tributes…

Nonsense Talk News pays its respects to this great actor and a wonderful man…

Sameer ‘Khopdi’ Khakhar dead; nostalgic memories of ‘Nukkad’ re-visited

“बड़े शहर की एक गली में बसा हुआ है नुक्कड़… नुक्कड़ के सारे बाशिंदे तकदीरों के फक्कड़ …” Does these lines churn the ‘nostalgia’ and take you back to late 80’s when we all say glued to our television sets on Mondays at 9pm to watch ‘Nukkad’? I am sure it does especially those of us who have had the privilege of watching some remarkable teke-serials on then Doordarshan. Not double meaning or filthy storylines like the K series but clean and healthy family oriented dramas, well melodramas too. Some have left an indelible mark and ‘Nukkad’ happens to one of them. After Dilip Dhawan (Guru), Sameer Khakhar, the man who played the iconic character of ‘Khopdi’, is no more. The actor was admitted to a Mumbai hospital with multiple organ failure. He was 71.

Nukkad had been one of the most popular serial during late 80’s. Like all Ajiz Mirza-Kundan Shah productions, this too was clean family drama. The serial spoke of characters that depicted the common man and woman have to fight with circumstances daily and if he or she is lucky to beat the stress and smile for once, the next moment waits to take back the happiness. Yet, people smile and accept the inevitable.

Shot in a simple backdrop of ‘Nukkad’, each member had his or her own story to tell and share. Guru, Ghansu bhikhari, Tambi, Qadir Bhai, Ganpat, Teacherji and many more. Sameer Kakhar better known as ‘Khopdi’, the all time drunkard who would make us laugh with his jokes, mannerism but each had a deep underlined message that would slap the social structure or society.

Khakhar had acted in a number of serials including – Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Circus’ (1989). Apart from Circus, he acted in ‘Shrimaan Shrimati’ (1994). He has acted in the following films – Kamal Haasan’s ‘Pushpak’ (1987), Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor-led ‘Parinda’ (1989), Ajay Devgn and Suniel Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ (1994), Salman Khan-starrer ‘Jai Ho’ (2014), Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra’s ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014), Sudhir Mishra-directorial ‘Serious Men’ (2020). Khakhar also made an OTT debut in Vikas Bahl’s web series ‘Sunflower’.

Down the memory lane:

  • Guru (aka Raghunath) played by Dilip Dhawan, the first of the gang to bid adieu to the world. His character was of an electrician but the only level headed who would also act as the crisis manager in Nukkad.  
  • Hari played by Pawan Malhotra who later acted in many films including Bag Bahadur. He played the character of a humble cycle repair mechanic.
  • Kaderbhai, the tea shop owner, played by Avtar Gill who even served snacks to poor residents of Nukkad for free. 
  •  Kundu Mochi, Somesh Agarwal who played the ‘mochi’ (cobler). 
  • Karim Hajaam, the barber played by Javed Khan. 
  • Teacherji, played by Rama Viz who tries to teach everyone the way to stay happy and contended in life is by staying simple and honest. However, both Guru and Maria (Teacherji) love each other but never dares to express. 
  • Radha, the domestic maid, played by Sangeeta Naik, who like all human loves to dream and bask in romance with Hari but is unhappy as Hari loves another girl in Nukkad. 
  • Ganpat Havaldar, played by Ajay Wadhavkar. A friend of the people residing in Nukkad.
  • Apart from them many more character like – Dukhiya shayar (aks Dukhiya Chandigarhi) played by Sudesh Chatwal, Ghanshu Bhikari (aka Ghanshyam), the beggar, played by Suresh Bhagwat, Chaurasia Paanwala, Shreechand Makhija,  paanwala with a paan-beedi shop next to Kaderbhai’s restaurant, Dagdu Jamadar, the sweeper who works in the municipality. 

Remembering Irrfan Khan on his birthday

India lost one of its finest and promising actors Irrfan Khan. He was diagnosed with an endocrine tumor (a rare type of cancer). He went to London for treatment and had his surgery done. The condition deteriorated and he was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He died on April 29, 2020.

His death has shocked not only his admirers but even those who took a casual approach towards his acting that is Irrfan, many would not even notice him for his out-of-the-bottle look. His cult look was his advantage as he would bag those roles that many would not even think of doing. The man was an intense actor who tried to live that character for the period. No wonder why his acting career touched the peak. Irfan married his National School of Drama (NSD) sweetheart Sutapa Sikdar and both have two sons – Ayaan and Babil Khan.

Irrfan Khan was born on January 7, 1963, as Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan in Jaipur, to a Muslim family. Khan’s mother, the Begum, was from the Tonk Hakim family, and his father, the late Jagirdar, was from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district and ran a tire business. He has two brothers, Imran Khan and Salman Khan, and one sister Rukhsana Begum.

He began his career with prominent serials on Doordarshan like ‘Chanakya’, ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Sara Jahan Hamara’, ‘Banegi Apni Baat’. He became a popular face with his role in ‘Lal Ghaas Par Neele Ghonde’ where he played the role of iconic leader Lenin. It was translated by Uday Prakash based on a Russian play by Mikhail Shatrov. He had acted a few serials on Star Plus and other channels.

He made his debut with Meera Nair’s controversial film Salaam Bombay (1988), though his role was edited at the least minute. He acted in numerous parallel films like Basu Chatterjee’s Kamla Ki Maut  (1989) where he featured opposite Roopa Ganguly.   In 1990, Irrfan worked with iconic filmmaker Tapan Sinha in his film ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut’ having Pankaj Kapoor in the central role. He worked in a few more parallel cinemas. 

His role in Maqbool in 2004 opened new doors for him and after his stint in Rog (2005) there was no looking back for the actor but he always remained in touch with his first love, the stage. The biggest advantage and perhaps disadvantage was his cult looks. The out of the bottle looks made him special, those who would meet him would never feel like meeting a celebrity but the guy next door. Irrfan himself was aware of this would cherish this characteristic about his personality. His role in Mira Nair’s Namesake (2006) was appreciated by all.   

Irrfan had a big struggling life in films but with his dedication and zeal to achieve the peak, he became a world-famous name. Not just Bollywood but Irfan left his mark in Hollywood too.

Social media is abuzz with condolences pouring in from all quarters. Irrfan Khan had a short span of successful cine career but has left an indelible mark in the world of cinema. He will be always remembered for his impeccable acting and the cult expressions that would bring the characters alive he played on screen.   

Mitwa TV emerge as promising Startup, bags Entrepreneurs Media Startup Achievers Award 2022

“The audience of Bhojpuri deserves much better than what is being served on most of the platforms. Unfortunately, the content in the past few years have gone below the level where family can sit and watch and this is where Mitwa TV comes in as it has contents that everybody can watch”, were the words of Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mitwa TV, Avinash Raj who received the Startup Award at the Entrepreneurs Media Startup Achievers 2022 held in Delhi recently. Strategist and Vice President Mohit Jailkhani was also present on the occasion.

Mitwa TV is India’s first Over The Top (OTT) Bhojpuri platform that offers a wide range of programmes on it’s platter starting from entertainment to news and even Holywood flicks dubbed in Bhojpuri language. The platform that began its journey a little over an year ago has created a niche for itself among its viewers. Today, Mitwa is not only being watched by just Bhojpuri viewers but entire Hindi speaking people all over India and outside. Mitwa has a huge viewers base across the globe.

The Startup Award at the Entrepreneurs Media Startup Achievers was received by the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (CEO), Avinash Raj alongwith Vice President, Mohit Jailkhani.

The Award is a recognition of the hard and dedicated work that team Mitwa has been delivering under the able guidence of Managing Director Raghavesh Asthana and Avinash Raj. Mitwa had been offering fresh and interesting contents.

Over the passage of time, Mitwa TV that began its journey as cult Bhojpuri platform, has emerged as a complete entertainment package on the OTT. The platform has also made a foray into the world of news and current affairs with the daily Hindi News Bulletins on Mitwa News. Adding another feather in the cap, the Mitwa TV covered election results of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Mitwa TV which is moving ahead and conquering new heights every day has a clear vision to deliver goods according to the demand of the viewers. At the same time it will have check and balance on the content and will not do what others in the race have been doing.  

Vikram Gokhale no more, actors yet to learn a lot from him; read more

Vikram Gokhale, a name that had simply mesmerized the cine lovers for over four-decades. he made his debut into cinema with Amitabh Bachchan starrer Parwana (1971). His balanced acting and subtle dialogue representation attracted each and everybody. Though, Vikarm Gokhale created a niche for himself with the Marathi stage but subsequently made his strong presence in the Hindi filmdom having numerous big banners to his credit. During 80s with the advent of tele-serials on Doordarshan, he became a household name, yet he created a special place for himself among his admirers. Personally, I simply fell in love with his acting ever since I saw him. I remember watching him for the first time in a Marathi film on Doordarshan in the regional film telecast on Sundays. However, his acting in Amol Palekar’s ‘kasturi’ was simply awesome.

In 2010, Gokhale received the National Award for Best Actor for his work in the Marathi film Anumati. He also forayed into direction with the Marathi film Aaghaat. Known for balanced acting, Gokhale was a director’s actor and would fit in any character or shade. Predominantly an actor who played positive shades but had also done negative characters.

Vikram Gokhale, who worked in numerous Hindi films including including Amitabh Bachchan’s Agneepath and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, starring Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. His career spanning over a period of over 40 years, he also starred in several television serials.

Gokhale starred in films like Mission Mangal, Hichki, Aiyaari, Bang Bang!, De Dana Dan and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, among others in the recent years. He was last seen in the Marathi film ‘Godavari. He was seen in Nikamma, alongside Shilpa Shetty and Abhimanyu Dassani earlier this year.

His condition deteriorated since Friday late night. His wife Vrushali said, “He slipped into coma yesterday afternoon and post that, he has not responded to touch. He is on ventilator. Doctors will decide tomorrow morning what to do, depending on whether he’s improving, sinking or still not responding. He improved a bit but slipped again. He has had a host of issues, like in heart and kidney. At the moment, he has had a multi-organ failure.”   

Vikarm Gokhale is no more but he will be alive through his work. The social media has been abuzz ever since the news of his death has been flashed.

Actor Aindrila Sharma bids adieu, lost battle with life after defeating twice

Popular Bengali television actress Aindrila Sharma who fought a difficult battle with life and defeated death twice earlier had to give up her battle this time after fighting for twenty-days in hospital where she was admitted following brain stroke. She survived cancer twice and returned to the screen in 2015. She died on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, the actress had multiple cardiac arrests. She was 24 and survived by her parents.

She was admitted to a private hospital in Howrah on November 1, 2022 after a brain stroke, and the CT scan of her brain showed a massive haemorrhage on the left side. She suffered from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. She was treated with surgery and chemoradiation. Aindrila, underwent critical surgery, and a biopsy showed that she was having brain metastases. She was treated by a team of neurosurgeon, neurologist, critical care specialist, infectious disease specialist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist.

A native of Murshidabad district, Aindrila Sharma, was a well-known face on Bengali television, appearing in serials such as ‘Jiyon Kathi’, ‘Jhumur’ and ‘Jiban Jyoti’. Aindrila Sharma recently featured in the Zee Bangla Cinema original film ‘Bhole Baba Par Karega’ and was seen in the role of Anirban Chakraborti’s daughter. She recently appeared in a web series, ‘Bhagar’, in which she was seen opposite her real-life partner Sabyasachi Chowdhury., the man who stood beside her like rock during her struggle with life.

Entire Tollywood industry has mourned her death. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are abuzz with messages like “Rest In Peace, well fought”.

Goodbye! Tabassum, today’s TV anchors have lot to learn from her

Tabassum, rather ‘Baby Tabassum’ to be precise is no more. She was 78. Death came in Mumbai on Saturday late evening. She began her film career as Baby Tabassum in 1947 with ‘Nargis’, ‘Mera Suhag’, and ‘majhdhar’. As a child artiste, she acted in movies such as Jogan (1950), Deedar (1951) and Baiju Bawra (1952). Later on, she featured in films such as Talash (1969), Heer Raanjha (1970), Johny Mera Naam (1970), and Tere Mere Sapne (1971).

Tabassum was better known as ‘Baby Tabassum’ as she played childhood roles in numerous films and attracted the attention of people.

Many (especially the new generation) may not be familiar with her name but those who are a generation older and before would immediately recall her as the bubbly young lady who took interviews of celebrity from the entertainment industry predominantly Hindi filmdom. Her interview with pop sensation also called queen of pop, Nazia Hassan was massive hit as she knew how to open up the shy Nazia who had by then created history in India with her popular numbers like ‘aap jaise koi’ from film Qurbani and album ‘Disco Diwanee’ (with brother Zoheb Hassan).

Young generation or GenNext may be going gaga over talk-shows by actor Simi Garewal and filmmaker Karan Johar, but Tabassum much before them created a niche for herself. She had an unique style of asking questions.

Draped in a sari with a flower tucked in her hair, the ever-smiling actor presented her lively and endearing interactions with film personalities on Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan programme on Doordarshan from 1972 to 1993.

Tabassum died at a hospital on Friday evening.

Down Memory Lane: Kishore Kumar sang for free in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata & Ghare Baire

His debut song was ‘marne ki duaein ki mangu…jine ki tamanna kaun kare…’ and the film was Dev Anand stater ‘Ziddi’ (1948). Yes, we are talking of none other than Kishore Kumar, Rest is history. A multifaceted talent – from acting to singing and later taking to direction.

Kishore Kumar shared a very special relationship with Satyajit Ray. He used to call him Manik Mama since Ray was the mama (uncle) to his first wife, also an accomplished singer and actor, Ruma Guhathakurta. Infact, when ever Saatyajit Ray would visit Mumbai then Bombay, Kumar would receive him. Not many know that the singer had extended cooperation to Satyajit Ray who ran into financial trouble during the making of his film Pather Panchali. Kishore reportedly helped the former with Rs 5000.

For Bengali listeners, Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore songs), is a an indelible part of life. The Rabindrasangeet sung by Kishore Kumar have a different appeal and expression. His mesmerizing voice added a freshness to the cult songs. Great Master Satyajit Ray, in the documentary, ‘Zindagi Ka Safar’, directed by Sandip Ray (Babuda), said, Kishore Kumar meant ultimate when it came to Rabindra Sangeet for him. Ray recalled the memories of Charulata (1957), and Ghare Baire (1987). “In both the films, Charulata where he sang one song and Ghare Baire where he sang three songs, he did not charge any money…he did it for free. I just wanted to share the relationship he shared with me…”, said Satyajit Ray who recalled Kishore Kumar sang all the songs for him free.

Kishore Kumar sung numerous Bengali songs both for films and private albums. Subsequently, he recorded in various languages like Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil. Along with that, he learned many regional languages; those are Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Oriya, and Kannada. He has also sung various songs in these regional languages.

Kishore Kumar sang Rabindrasangeet in Satyajit Ray’s cinema:

‘aami chini go chini tomaare… ogo bideshini…’ in Charulata.

He sang four songs in Ghare Baire
1) bujhte nari nari ki chai…
2) chol re chol shob bhart shontan…
3) bidhir baadhon kaatbe tumi …

Well, mammoth personality like Kishore Kumar cannot be summed up in few lines. It will require more space. Satyajit Ray, himself wanted to cast Kishore Kumar in numerous films including in the iconic character of ‘Goopi’ in classic ‘Goopi Gyne, Bagha Byne…’ but Kumar could not spare time as he was doing multiple shifts recording songs for films.

Will key-in exclusive story on Satyajit Ray and his desire to cast Kishore Kumar in his films.

Amitabh Bachchan turns 80. A glace down memory lane at his charisma, career & nostalgia

This is a personal to the man who like all human-beings has both negative and positive sides of his personality. Well, in all perspective, he is the Superstar and would remain the ultimate in the Bollywood post 70s as none could overpower his charisma. His admirers call him by numerous names – ‘Star of the Millennium’, ‘Shahenshah of acting’, ‘Big B’, or as people in people in Bengal call him ‘guru’. Undoubtedly, the superstar, and he is none other than Amitabh Bachchan. The actor turns 80 on Tuesday (today).

During the late 70s, and 80s, people used to emulate the style statements from haircut to dress and even his mannerism. It was normal to watch young boys trying to ape his gait or style of gazing. Not to mention mimicking his voice and rhetoric of popular dialogues from his films.

For his fans, 1982, was indeed a very bad year. Amitabh Bachchan fought with death after being badly injured in his intestine during the shooting of Mammohan Desia blockbuster, ‘Coolie’. The actor who is well known for trying difficult stunts out of sheer love for adventure was wrongly punched in the stomach by the villain in the film Puneet Issar. His intestine got ruptured and he was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where he was clinically dead.

Amitabh Bachchan like others had a ups and downs in his life and career. It was due to financial problems he took to television and began compering for Kaun Banega Carorpati (KBC) that became a massive hit within no time and once again his style and cult was appreciated by all. People sat glued tor their television set to watch the show. For the Superstar, a lot many things had changed drastically after the success of KBC. Bachchan, who once even drifted apart from public interest or cause promotional films or documentaries, was seen almost endorsing anything and everything on the commercial platform.

In terms of selecting projects for films too changed immensely especially after the massive success of ‘Baghwan’ where he played the role of a father who faced neglect and insult from his three sons, all well settled in their lives. It’s about how the father teaches the sons a lesson and make them understand how it feels if parents are left alone or ignored at the fag end of their lives, when they need their children the most. Bachchan had sang songs in his voice after decades in the film ‘Baghwan’. After this Bachchan started playing character actor’s roles and did not hesitate to play father’s role of Akshay Kumar and many young actors. However, his films ‘Chini Kam’ with Taboo, ‘Paa’, ‘Pink’, ‘Pikoo’ to name a few were critically acclaimed from cine lovers and film critics. ‘Nishabd’ opposite 17-year old Jia Khan attracted both negetive and positive reactions especially for his bold scenes with Jia Khan in the film.

Summing up a mammoth personality like Amitabh Bachchan is not easy in few paragraphs. Those of us who have grown up in the era when Amitabh Bachchan was an icon who influenced many of us, if not the man in real for some but his screen image of being a saviour or the cult ‘angry young man’ image worked as an inspiration and influence.

Once again wishing Amitabh Bachchan a very Happy Birthday. I being an ardent admirer of his used to send him letters, cards and received replies along with autographed photographs part of collection. I have shared a few photographs from my scrapbook or collection.

I shall try to key-in a story on different aspects from his life, cine career, charisma, and his glamour.

Remembering Jagjit Singh, voice that simply mesmerize

Tributes to Jagjit Singh on his 11th death anniversary. The man who not only gave us beautiful ghazals one after one but also brought a freshness into ghazal singing. Ask any Ghazal lovers, and they would say his way of presenting a Ghazal was completely different from his predecessors including father of Ghazal as he is known, Mehedi Hasan Khan Sahib. They all were great singers, but Jagjit Singh snatched the popularity simply because he presented the songs in a modern way and not the cult classical format.

Popularly known as ‘Ghazal King’, Jagjit Singh had a drawing room voice that made him more popular among his listeners. Not just private albums, but he also did numerous stage shows in India and abroad.

Jagjit Singh was a diversified singer. He sang bhajans, regional songs apart from his cult ghazals. He made is debut wil Aarohi, a musical programme on Doordarshan in late 80s. He sang, ‘hum to hain pardes mein, des mein nikla hoga chand …’

Jagjit Singh was full of warmth. I had an opportunity to meet him once at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi. It was a few years before his death. We discussed many issues including his wife Chitra Singh’s revival of her singing career after decades. Chitra Singh, was also a wonderful singer but had left singing in her prime career after their son Vivek’s sudden demise in a road accident. Some of her duets with Jagjit Singh and solo songs became huge popular. During my long conversation with the Ghazal maestro, he said “Chitra would be soon making a comeback”. Unfortunately, that was not to happen, barely two to three years after this meeting, Jagjit Singh passed away. A few years later, Chitra also breathed her last.

During our conversation, I had asked him does he belive in the philosophy of ‘happiness’ in his songs – ‘tum itna jo muskura rahi ho…’ or ‘hoton se chulo tum, Mera geet amar kar do…’ Jagjit Singh, smiled and said, Chitra has been an inspiration behind his songs. The Bengalies must be aware that he had recorded a Bengali album during a Puja. I asked him was it also an inspiration from Chitra Singh who was originally a Bengali. The Ghazal maestro smiled. I have met many celebrities but few have left a mark because of their behaviour and warmth. Jagjit Singh is one of them.