Yash Chopra’s soul sister, muse and self-proclaimed ‘Mata Saraswati’- reincarnated Lata Mangeshkar isn’t singing in the director’s new venture. It’s a first in his long and illusturious career as a filmmaker. From the time Yash Chopra turned producer-director in 1973 with ‘Daag’, Lataji’s voice has been integral to his creativity and cinema right until his last directorial venture ‘Veer-Zaara’.
In a conversation Yashji gushed, “Lataji has always been so kind to me. She can never say no to me. As long as I am there and she’s there she’ll continue to sing for my films. She’s a legend beyond all human definition of the word. She’s my sister and I’m so proud of her. That’s why I say she’s one singer who doesn’t follow music, music follows her. When I see her I feel very small and humbled. There’re no words to describe her. She’s truly the ‘Bharat Ratna’. I’m blessed to have her love.”
To therefore find Lataji’s name missing from the credits of a new Yash Chopra film would be shock to the audience. While Yash Chopra refrained from any comments a source close to the new project reveals that the decision to bypass Lataji was taken by Aditya Chopra and the rest of the team.
Says the source, “Yash Chopra was adamant that Lataji sing. It’s a commitment he has made to her and to himself.Yashji’s new film’s music composer A R Rahman and lyricist Gulzar were also keen to bring together the Jiya jale jaan jale ‘Lataji-AR-Gulzar’ team together once again. But the rest of the crew felt Lataji’s voice didn’t match Katrina Kaif’s voice at all. They regretfully decided to make do without Lataji’s voice.”‘
When one touched base with Lataji on the matter she had no clue why she was not singing for the new Yash Chopra film . “I don’t now know what Yashji has in mind for me. If he calls me I will go without a second thought. He’s very dear to me, like my brother. Whether I sing for his new film or not doesn’t take away my love for him. Maybe there’s nothing suitable for me this time.”
Apparently Yash Chopra, who is known to be an extremely simple and emotional soul, has not been able to face up to Lataji after this painful swerve away from the voice that added so much to his cinema.
Some of Lataji’s memorabilia for Yash Chopra:
Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya basaa lete hain log- Daag
Jo baat ishaaron mein kahi tum nahin samjhe – Joshila
Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein – Kabhi Kabhi
Mere ghar aye ek nanhi pari – Kabhi Kabhie
Tu mere saath rahega munne – Trishul
Meri dooron se aaye baaraat – Kala Patthar
Yeh kahan aa gaye hum – Silsila
Om namah shivay – Mashaal
Hum chup hain – Faasle
Meri aankhen hain aapki aankhen – Vijay
Tu saawan main pyaas piya – Parampara
Tu mere saamne – Darr
Dil to pagal hai dil deewaana hai – Dil To Pagal Hai
Tere liye – Veer Zara
Last month, after watching the trailer of the actress’s comeback movie, the fan headed to make to get his tickets even before the advance booking starts early October. And not just a seat for himself, Naidu has booked the entire screen in Maxus theatre for the 7.30 pm show.
There have been tales of fans standing in long queues for hours at a stretch to get tickets for films featuring their favourite stars. But booking an entire screen in advance isn’t something one has heard in quite a while. The theatre, located in Andheri East, has a seating capacity of 290 and Naidu has even paid `5000 as advance payment, which almost entitles him to have a private screening of the movie English Vinglish.
This screening is open for Naidu’s friends and family. His favourite star Sridevi is making a comeback after almost 15 years and Naidu considers it a big occasion to celebrate with near and dear ones. He has even put out an open invitation on his social networking and microblogging profiles for any Sridevi fan to join him at the screening. Till now, a lot of friends and family have confirmed to be present on the ‘D’ day, which means at least 107 seats will definitely be occupied.
All said and done, it is time to wait and watch whether Sridevi herself will grace the occasion.
Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is looking forward to Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoorwedding, says that she is ready to settle down, but is unable to find her Mr. Right.
“From the age of four I have been waiting to get married. I am ready for it. My mom, dad are also ready but the only problem is I am not getting Mr. Right. So that is a technical problem,” Priyanka told reporters when asked if she is planning to settle down too.
Priyanka, who has turned a singer, was talking at an event to unveil her first single ” In My City”.
Meanwhile, Saif and Kareena are likely to tie the knot Oct 16, and expressing her happiness for them, Priyanka said: “It is a beautiful thing that she is getting married. I feel it is the most beautiful beginning of a new journey. To me, Saif and Kareena make a wonderful lovable couple. I am looking forward to their marriage.”
However, neither Saif nor Kareena has confirmed their wedding date yet.
Even though she started her tryst with cinema on a shaky ground following the debacle of her debut film Boom, she chased success with grit and hardwork. She’s a picture of poise when you meet her and she quickly settles down for a chat. She has ‘warm memories’ of her earlier visits to Ahmedabad and talks about her ‘wonderful drive from Vadodara to Ahmedabad’ with much fondness.
Contrary to popular perception that she lived in the UK in her growing up years, Katrina alongwith her mother and siblings actually travelled from one country to another in her growing up years. So, how has life changed for her? She says, “Now I do have a sense of security. There is an inner sense of calmness. I am comfortable in my world. I am self-sufficient. I am in Mumbai since I was 18 and that’s the longest I have stayed in a city. Now I have a home here and I have work. So, in that sense I feel rooted.”
Today, she is considered as one of the top actors of B-Town. How would she dissect her success mantra? “For all that I have achieved, I would give 33 % each to hard work, passion and destiny.” She pushes her hair and adds with a laugh, “In that sense, I have credited all these three elements. I always feel one could be very hard-working but if destiny/luck doesn’t give him/her that edge then it’s difficult to get success.”
What keeps her going day after day putting on the make-up, remembering the lines and facing the camera? “I am really passionate about creating something beautiful. I love doing a film and creating something wonderful for all times to come. I find films a very powerful medium. You can leave everything behind and walk into a theatre and experience a beautiful world,” she says.
For a long time, her lack of knowledge of Hindi was her liability. But she is not the one who would leave any stones unturned to claim her share of success. Ask her about her comfort level now in speaking in Hindi, she says, “I speak to my staff in Hindi. Yes, initial years I had a tough time. But then I was determined to learn the language. Even now, if I am going out in the evening and I have long dialogue for the next day shoot, I come back home and practice my lines.”
In her career spanning a decade, the industry has undergone much transformation. How has the changes affected her as an actor? “The audiences have grown bigger. Today it’s a varied canvas. We have the freedom to do different kind of films. There is much more scope to try out things. I am yet to watch Kahaani but the film has got such rave reviews and that kind of appreciation shows that there’s scope for films with an ‘individual’ touch,” says Katrina who still feels overwhelmed by the response of her recent releases.
In addition to her enviable professional success, her personal life has also been under a scanner? How does she take it all? “I don’t get bothered about all the talk about personal life. In the beginning, it used to bother me. But not now. I concentrate on my work and let the negativity keep away from me,” she says with a touch of firmness in her voice.
And in between shooting, endorsements and shows when she finds time, she finds “traveling, experiencing cultures and meeting people without trappings very beautiful and enjoyable.”
The 46-year-old actor will flag off the half-marathon called ITBP Run for the Nation on October 7 from the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium here and is expected to run a few miles with the troopers to emphasise that youth should join the security forces.
Salman is expected to be joined by a host of other celebrities and sportstars including Olympic bronze medal winner Yogeshwar Dutt at the half-marathon. The actor has also recently recorded a promotional clip appealing to the youth to join the run in large numbers.
“We need to tell the people and the youth of the country about ITBP. We need young blood to join this elite force… Salman has appealed for the same cause. He will be flagging off the marathon on October 7,” ITBP chief Ranjit Sinha told reporters.
The Director General also honoured Dutt for his feat of bagging a bronze in the 60kg free-style event in the London Olympics. “I feel honoured to be awarded by a paramilitary force like ITBP and I appeal to the youth to join the half-marathon on October 7. Afterall, youth is the power of the country,” Dutt told PTI on the sidelines of the ITBP event where he was presented with a shawl and citation. Dutt holds the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana. The October 7 half-marathon will be of 21.09 kms while the shorter version will be of 3kms.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is celebrating its golden jubilee year of raising this year and the half-marathon is part of these celebrations. The force was raised in 1962 to counter the Chinese aggression and at present the about 60,000 personnel strong force guards the 3,488km long Sino-Indian border.
The troops, who are called Himveers as they are deployed at icy heights and sub-zero temperatures, have undertaken an Everest expedition and a river rafting voyage in the Ganges earlier this year as part of the raising day celebrations.