Showing posts with label rishi kapoor. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Neetu Singh - Retired Too Early



Neetu Singh(8th July 1958) was only 21 when she took retirement from Bollywood. She was 15 when her first film as a Heroine opposite Randhir Kapoor was released. She appeared next in Yadon Ki Barat in the same year in the song 'Lekar Hum Diwana Dil' as a guest performance.
Her second film as a heroine was in the 1974 film 'Hawas' opposite Anil Dhawan. The same year she appeared with Rishi Kapoor as Heroine in.' Zehreela Insaan'. Their next film was 'Rafoochakkar' released in 1975 was a hit, this team repeated the success in 'Khel Khel Mein'  The hit pair were further fortified by, Kabhi Kabhie(1976) and Amar Akbar Anthony(1977).

Hugely popular with the public and within the industry, the bubbly Neetu Singh signed many films opposite the heroes like Amitabh Bachchan (Adalat, Parvarish, The Great Gambler, Yaarana), Rajesh Khanna (Chakravyuh), Vinod Khanna (Yuvraj), Randhir Kapoor (Kasme Vaade), Shatrughan Sinha (Kaala Patthar) and Jeetendra (Dharamveer, Priyatama).
Within 3 years she was among the top heroines of that time like Hema Malini, Rekha. and Zeenat Aman.
Rishi Kapoor in his biography said that he went abroad to shoot for his film Barood, a sense of loneliness gripped him. It was then that he realized the true essence of Neetu Singh in his life and poured his heart out in a telegram. Neetu Singh was elated and they began dating.
They dated for five years before tying the knot. At the time of marriage, Neetu Singh was at the peak of her acting career and was nominated for a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress for Kaala Patthar (1979). But she decided to bid adieu to the film industry, raising murmurs about restrictions in the Kapoor family. She dismissed all the allegations, stating that it was her independent choice. They got married on Jan. 22, 1980,
The decision of quitting acting was her own, in 1979, when they decided to get married, she stopped accepting offers for more films. She decided to complete all the projects in hand. Even after marriage, she worked in a few films left uncompleted. Her last film released was
'Ganga Meri Ma' released in 1983 opposite Shatrughan Sinha.

She was seen in a guest appearance after a gap of 26 years in the 2009 film Love Aaj Kal, later in Do Dooni Chaar(2010)
Neetu Singh started acting at the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia, and made her acting debut in 1966 with the film Suraj. Her other early roles included starring in the films Dus Lakh (1966), starring in a double role in the film Do Kaliyaan (1968), as well as appearing in Waris (1969) and Pavitra Paapi (1970). 
Song of Do Kaliyan 1968


Song of Rikshawala 1973


Song of Yadon Ki Barat 1973


Song of Rafoochakkar1974


Song of Khel Khel Mein 1974


Song of Kabhie Kabhie 1976


Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


Song of Priyatama 1977


Song of Parwarish 1977



















Thursday, 28 May 2020

43 Years of Amar Akbar Anthony


This film was released on 27 May 1977 and earned ₹155 million at the Indian box office, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of that year. Amitabh Bachchan in his blog said that 'Amar Akbar Anthony' is estimated to have made Rs 7.25 crore in those days. Inflation-adjusted, it crosses the collections of Bahubali 2—The Conclusion today! The film ran for 25 weeks in 25 cinema Halls in Bombay alone which is a record.
You would be surprised to note that when the film was in pre-production, Manmohan Desai thought of shelving it but his wife encouraged Manmohan Desai to complete it. He was not sure of the success of the film. On the day of release, Manmohan Desai got very nervous and sick. When he heard "House full" boards were being put at cinema halls he became well and happy. 
Regarding the title of this film, he said that it was an unusual title at that time. In the '70s when film titles revolved around 'Behen Bhabhi' and 'Beti', this one was so out of place. The director Manmohan Desai got the idea of this film while reading a newspaper! He read a news piece of a drunk man named Jackson, who was fed up of his life and hence decided to drop his three children in the park. Similarly, in the film, Pran takes his children and drops them in a park at the beginning of the film.

The lesser-known fact is from one of the songs from the movie. We are referring to the song 'My name is Anthony Gonsalves...' Audience loves to listen to the song even today, especially, the starting lines which go, 'Sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated with the exuberance of your own verbosity,' uttered by Anthony after he emerges from the huge Easter egg. The words are a quotation from a speech given by Benjamin Disraeli in 1878. 

Another lesser-known fact is that initially, Amitabh's character name was Anthony Fernandes when Manmohan Desai met lyricist Anand Bakshi, and the song "My name is Anthony Fernandes" was written, it didn't go well with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Composer Pyarelal then recalled his violin teacher, composer Anthony Gonsalves, and suggested an alternative "Anthony Gonsalves", which would be finalized as the character's name.
The soundtrack of the film, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal with lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi, proved as popular and successful as the film itself. For the song, "Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai", four leading playback singers, Mohammed RafiMukeshKishore Kumar, and Lata Mangeshkar sang together for the first and only occasion in their careers.

The film stars Vinod KhannaAmitabh Bachchan, and Rishi Kapoor opposite Shabana AzmiParveen Babi, and Neetu Singh in the lead roles. The film was scheduled in such a way that the entire cast, including the three titular stars, didn't have to shoot together except for the climactic sequence and the title song, "Anhoni Ko Honi Karde", where they all perform together. It was shot over a period of a month at Ranjit Studios in Mumbai.
There was an interesting goof in the film. In the introduction scene between Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Rishi's character Akbar Illahabadi calls Neetu Singh's character Dr Salma by her real name and not with her character's name. This goof is noticeable enough, but no efforts were taken to correct it in the movie. This is the scene when Akbar comes to Dr. Salma for a health check-up and he refers to Dr. Salma as Neetu. 
Recall the cult scene wherein Amitabh Bachchan mouths a dialogue looking into the mirror? The dialogue 'Pakka idiot lagtaa' is still fresh in everyone's mind. It was after Amitabh did the mirror scene that Manmohan Desai became a life long fan of Amitabh. Manmohan saw the scene later on and told Amitabh that if he ever wants to leave Manmohan Desai it will be fine, but he (Manmohan) would never leave him.who later formed a hit combo.
You would be surprised to note that Manmohan Desai had met Amitabh in 1972. Salim Javed had introduced him to Manmohan. Desai was not impressed with Amitabh and stated "The only role I will ever offer him is a CHICKEN ROLL !"

Rishi Kapoor in his biography revealed that he was shooting for Laila Majnu 1976 when he got a call from Manmohan Desai that he would like him to play the role of Akbar in his next movie, he thought that Akbar would be someone like Akbar Baadshah the kind of role his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor played in Mughle Azam 1960 and Rishi Kapoor said to Manmohan Desai he won't be playing that role which his grandfather had played after further discussion he came to know the character was about three heroes belonging to different faiths.
The role of AMAR was originally offered to Dharmendra, but he declined it because of his busy schedule. It was then Vinod Khanna was signed. In the original script, Vinod Khanna did not have any heroine opposite himself he insisted Man Mohan Desai to cast and actress opposite him as his co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor had actress paired opposite them. Shabana Azmi was cast at the last moment.

This film was full of entertainment but was also full of illogical facts such as the scene where all 3 brothers giving blood directly to the mother. A miracle in medical science and also in the last scene when Neetu Singh catches Parveen's wrist to find out whether she is pregnant. It became a joke that Manmohan Desai is entertaining but you have to leave your brain at home to see his films.
This film truly belonged to Amitabh Bachchan. He received his first Filmfare award for this film. The film crowned Amitabh Bachchan as a ‘One Man Variety Show’ 

Songs of Amar Akbar Anthony

Title                                                    Time
1."Ye Sach Hai Koi Kahani Nahin"Mohammad Rafi02:22
2."Amar Akbar Anthony"Kishore KumarMahendra KapoorShailendra Singh05:52
3."Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar"Mohammad RafiMukeshKishore KumarLata Mangeshkar07:33
4."Taiyabali Pyar Ka Dushman"Mohammad Rafi04:40
5."Parda Hai Parda"Mohammad Rafi07:59
6."Shirdi Wale Sai Baba"Mohammad Rafi05:52
7."My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves"Amitabh BachchanKishore Kumar
Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977

Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


Song of Amar Akbar Anthony 1977





Thursday, 30 April 2020

Rishi Kapoor- Bollywood’s Chocolate Boy



He started his career early, as a child actor in his father’s film Mera Naam Joker (1970), for which he won a Filmfare Award and National Award. His first role as an adult came in the iconic Bobby (1973) opposite Dimple Kapadia.  He became the craze and superstar with that film. Since then he played the romantic lead in 92 films, which include 41 multi starrer films.
Rishi Kapoor in an interview said that "  I was not allowed to show my range. Everybody wrote a romantic hero for me. I tried to break free but the word they used for me was cute. My pet name, Chintu, added to that image. No doubt, I was good at singing songs and romancing young heroines on screen, but that didn’t mean you make me do the same thing for 25 years. Sirf gaane gaata raha. Only the locations changed – from Ooty to Switzerland to Kashmir valley,” 
Rishi Kapoor had 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973 to 2000, but 40 of them were box office flops and only 11 managed to hit. These were BobbyLaila Majnu (1976 film)Rafoo Chakkar SargamKarzPrem RogNaginaHoneymoonChandniHeena, and Bol Radha Bol.
He was part of hit films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar , Sargam, Karz, Bol Radha Bol and others. In the later stage of his career, he was seen in films such as Kapoor and Sons, D-Day, Mulk, and 102 Not Out.
In 1999 he directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh KhannaAishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. His last film as a romantic lead was the delayed Karobaar: 
 For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017. 
In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer, following which the actor was in New York for more than a year to receive treatment. While he returned to India this year, he had again been hospitalized in New Delhi in early February, while on a visit to New Delhi.
 He died on 30 April 2020 from complications with cancer in H.N. Reliance Hospital Mumbai
Song of Bobby 1973


Song of  Rafoo Chakkar (1975)


Song of Khel Khel Mein (1975) 


Song of  Kabhie Kabhie 1976


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Rishi Kapoor - Never came out of Lover boy Image


Rishi Kapoor's entry in the film industry was very sensational with the Blockbuster film Bobby in 1973. He became the craze and superstar with that film. Since then he played the romantic lead in 92 films, which include 41 multi starrer films.
Rishi Kapoor in an interview said that "  I was not allowed to show my range. Everybody wrote a romantic hero for me. I tried to break free but the word they used for me was cute. My pet name, Chintu, added to that image. No doubt, I was good at singing songs and romancing young heroines on screen, but that didn’t mean you make me do the same thing for 25 years. Sirf gaane gaata raha. Only the locations changed – from Ooty to Switzerland to Kashmir valley,” 
Rishi Kapoor had 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973 to 2000, but 40 of them were box office flops and only 11 managed to hit. These were Bobby Laila Majnu (1976 film)Rafoo Chakkar SargamKarzPrem RogNaginaHoneymoonChandniHeena and Bol Radha Bol.
In 1999 he directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh KhannaAishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. His last film as a romantic lead was the delayed Karobaar: 
In this Blog, I am posting some of his most popular songs.

Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho
Song of Bobby 1973

Tumko mere dil ne
Song of  Rafoo Chakkar (1975)


Khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
Song of Khel Khel Mein (1975) 


 Tere Chehre Se Nazar
Song of  Kabhie Kabhie 1976


Bachna ae Haseeno
Song of Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)


Parda Hai Parda
Song of  Amar Akbar Anthony 1977


  Dafli Wale Dafli Baja
Song of  Sargam 1979

 Om Shanti Om
Song of Karz (1980)

 Chal Mere Bhai
Song of  Naseeb 1981


Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun
Song of Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1982)


Chehra Hai ya Chaand Khila Hai
Song of  Saagar (1985)


Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara
Song of  Bol Radha Bol.1992





















Thursday, 16 August 2018

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Performed in Rishi Kapoor's Wedding


 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan known as The King of Kings of Qawwali performed at the wedding of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. It was possibly his first performance in India. It was Raj Kapoor who heard him casually somewhere and liked his singing. He kept him in mind that whenever he will get a chance he would invite Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to India.
Born(13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997) in Faisalabad, Khan had his first public performance at the age of 16. He was the fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and qawwal. The tradition of qawwali in the family had passed down through successive generations for almost 600 years. In 1964, Khan's father died, leaving his musical education under the supervision of his paternal uncles, Mubarak Ali Khan and Salamat Ali Khan.
In 1971, after the death of his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan, Khan became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party. Khan's first public performance as the leader of the Qawwali party was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organized by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan.
His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation. The song featured the restrained use of Khan's Sargam improvisations. He also contributed songs to and performed in, several Pakistani films. In the summer of 1985, Khan performed at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival in London.Khan's album Intoxicated Spirit was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1997. That same year, his album Night Song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Shortly before his death, he composed music for three Bollywood films, which includes the film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, in which he also sang for "Koi Jaane Koi Na Jaane" on-screen with the lead pair, and "Zindagi Jhoom Kar"; He also composed music for Kartoos, where he sang for "Ishq Da Rutba", and "Bahaa Na Aansoo", alongside Udit Narayan. He died very shortly prior to the movie's release. His final music composition for Bollywood was for the movie, Kachche Dhaage, where he sang in "Iss Shaan-E-Karam Ka Kya Kehna". The movie was released in 1999, two years after his death. The two singing sisters of Bollywood, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar sang for the songs he composed in his brief stint in Bollywood. He sang "Saya Bhi Saath Jab Chhod Jaye" for Sunny Deol's movie Dillagi. The song was released in 1999, two years after Khan's death. He also sang "Dulhe Ka Sehra" from the Bollywood movie Dhadkan which was released in 2000.
He is widely considered to be the most important qawwal in history. In 1987, he received the President of Pakistan's Award for Pride of Performance for his contribution to Pakistani music.

The credit of introducing this great singer to India goes to the great Showman of India Raj Kapoor. who invited him for the sangeet ceremony of his son Rishi Kapoor. He sang all night. The guests were stunned by his performance! The gaana bajaana [musical celebrations] went on for days.
The invitation was, in fact, extended to Nusrat by famous Pakistani actor Mohammad Ali. On receiving the invitation Khan was thrilled, more so for the chance to visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the famous shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti, in Rajasthan.
The wedding party boasted of a number of artists and musicians from that era. Surprisingly he decided to treat the guests to Indian classical vocals rather than his trademark qawwali. It is said that his performance created a flutter, with senior musicians climbing to the stage to personally congratulate the then 31-year old. 
After this programme, he became darling of many of Music lovers in India. Nusrat went on to sing live and perform at a number of concerts across India in the years to come, but it was only with 1994's Bandit Queen that he first composed music for an Indian film. His first recorded Bollywood song came about in 1996, thanks to Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, starring Aishwarya Rai and Bobby Deol.

Here is the Audio Recording of  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's programme at Rishi Kapoor's wedding

       Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Marriage Ceremony Of Rishi Kapoor & Neetu Singh 


Haq Ali Ali,







Song of Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya,1997


Song of Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya,1997


Song of Kartoos 1999


Song of Dhadkan 2000




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Monday, 4 September 2017

Rishi Kapoor-Lover Boy To A Twiter


Today being the 65th Birthday of Rishi Kapoor,I bring the Social Media love of Rishi Kapoor. Nowadays he is in Limelight more on his Tweets than his Films.His tweets started to create storms on the internet.From tweeting about Kim Kardashian in a ‘mesh bag’ to being questioned for tweeting a kid video, he kept us amazed.Very recently A case was filed against him for posting pornographic material on his Twitter account.His wife Neetu Singh and other family members have warned him  either he behaves himself on Twitter or shuts down his account.
Though not always he tweets some non sense stuff but many of his tweets are liked by his followers.In this Blog I am posting some of his most talked about tweets besides some of his Popular songs.



Onions in a mesh bag!
Change Gandhi family assets named by Congress.Bandra/Worli Sea Link to Lata Mangeshkar or JRD Tata link road. Baap ka maal samjh rakha tha ?