Manisha Koirala with the author
The charismatic Manisha Koirala, who was Anil Kapoor’s love and obsession in the memorable song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga from the illustrious RD Burman’s last movie 1942: A Love Story, seemed nostalgic about the composer this week. Manisha was delighted when at a recent event, senior award-winning journalist Chaitanya Padukone presented her a copy of his authored book R.D.BurMania. “What a musical masterpiece genius Panchamda came up with. Even today, his amazing melodies soothe the heart,” said Manisha, who is playing the legendary Nargis Dutt in the biopic on Sanjay Dutt, being directed by Rajkumar Hirani.
The actress who has proved to be an exemplary strong-willed cancer survivor, had another reason to smile. The book has its ‘foreword’ penned by showman Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was then the ‘songs director’ of 1942: A Love Story. Incidentally, when Bhansali made his directorial debut with Khamoshi, it was Manisha who featured as the lead opposite Salman Khan.
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A still from the film
Afeemi, the latest song from Yash Raj Films’ Meri Pyaari Bindu encapsulates the classic, evergreen aspect of falling in love. Parineeti Chopra as Bindu and Ayushmann Khurrana as Abhimanyu find their romance bloom in the city of Mumbai as this mellifluous number plays out. The song is composed by Sachin-Jigar and is sung by Jigar Saraiya and Sana Moidutty. Kausar Munir has written the lyrics.
Kolkata kids who jived to the carefree Ye Jawaani Teri as college came to a close, the scene now shifts to Mumbai where both Abhimanyu and Bindu are trying to set themselves up professionally. In the backdrop of this busy, bustling city, Bindu focuses on her dream of becoming a singer, and Abhimanyu find the headiness of love in everyday moments. Beyond grandeur and largesse, Afeemi captures that extra special feeling of doing small things together, of sharing little moments everyday which is very easy to relate to. Be it a walk on Marine drive, or dancing in the rain, or lazing around in bed on a weekend, Afeemi celebrates love in the simple, everyday moments of life.
To build on the romance of Bindu and Abhimanyu, director Akshay Roy drew on his own experiences of Mumbai. He said, “In Afeemi, Abhi and Bindu find love amidst the simpler pleasures of life. Coming to Mumbai with a bunch of friends, years ago, trying to make something of our lives in this bustling city, for us it was always about those smaller joys – our first apartments, coffee shops, Carter road, long chats into the night about our ‘auditions’ of the day. In Afeemi, I’ve tried to show Abhi and Bindu’s journey through that ‘outsider’ lens. It’s something that I’m sure will be relatable for many.”
Urvashi Rautela (middle) receives the award
Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela was recently awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award under the ‘Best Promising Performer Category’ for her special song Saara Zamaana in the movie Kaabil. Says Urvashi, “This is a huge honour for me. I never expected this award to come my way. It was an honour receiving this award with the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hema Malini on the dais. This is a huge achievement for me. I am truly humbled.” The award ceremony was held in Mumbai to commemorate the 148th birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke.
Raveena Tandon in Maatr
Maneka Gandhi, Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development has apparently blamed Bollywood movies for rise in crime against women recently. Raveena Tandon whose movie Maatr, deals with rape and justice for a victim tagged Maneka in her post which stated, “To some of those who found” #Maatr” queasy. That was the intention, to disturb. But below is Harsh reality. Time to Act.@Manekagandhibjp” (sic) Raveena also posted a picture of report where an elderly woman was raped by a watchman of her building in Mumbai.
Maneka replied to Raveena and said, “Yes, @TandonRaveena ji. I am also as appalled by such incidents. We are working to change the mindset through a number of initiatives.” (Sic) To this Raveena wrote, “Yes ma, law amendments steps need to b taken aggressively. Fast track courts, nonbailable offences, eg set in conviction if proved guilty.”(Sic)
Divya Dutta (right)
Actress Divya Dutta received the Literary Excellence Award for her book Me and Ma on April 23. Divya has penned down all the special moments and instances she shared with her mother who she still holds very close to her heart. The award only goes on to show how well the book is doing and how talented Divya is in whatever she does.
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