A mark to remember: When Raj Kapoor burnt his hand, for a promise

LateRaj Kapoorwas one actor-filmmaker who was considered the true showman of Indian cinema. His direction, storytelling, left everyone spellbound. And of course, while we speak of his movies, one cannot ignore the mesmerising music in those. Many would know that Late singer Mukesh was the voice of Raj Kapoor in most of his movies. In fact, when the singer passed away in the year 1976, the actor burst into tears and said, “I have lost my voice.” Such was the bond shared between the two.

However, not many would be aware that there was one more popular singer at that time with whom Raj Kapoor wished to collaborate with. And that was none other than Mahendra Kapoor, the man behind the popular song ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ from 1967 movie ‘Upkar’. Will you believe if we told you that Raj once burnt his hand, striving to remember a promise that he made to the singer, a promise to work with him? (Also Read:Did you know? Late Raj Kapoor had a loving nickname for grandson Ranbir Kapoor)

In one of his interviews, Ruhan Kapoor, singer Mahendra Kapoor’s son, shared this unforgettable incident, which was narrated to him by his late father. This was when Mahendra Kapoor had went with Raj Kapoor for a show in Tashkent, in Russia.

Ruhan said, “Rajsaab asked him whether he would play the harmonium when he sang his songs. My father agreed, so as decided, my father played the harmonium and Rajsaab sang his songs. People applauded; Rajsaab was a demi-god in Russia. My father’s song ‘Neele Gagan Ke Tale’ was a huge hit in Russia. He asked someone to translate the song into Russian and memorised it. After Rajsaab left the stage, my father started singing ‘Neele Gagan Ke Tale’ in Russian! People there went mad, and they began calling out my father’s name and cheering for him. Rajsaab heard the noise and wanted to see who was so popular.”

On seeing Mahendra Kapoor performing on the stage, Raj Kapoor had said to the singer, “Sirf ek Kapoor he doosre Kapoor ko maat de sakta hai”.

And while returning from Tashkent, Raj Kapoor expressed his desire to work with Mahendra but said that he won’t be able to give him the songs picturised on him, as Mukesh used to sing those. The singer knew that and was fine with it as Mukesh was his good friend. But, Raj gave him another offer saying, “There are second heroes in my films for whom you can sing. I can give you those songs. Henceforth, all my second hero songs, only you will sing.”

Singer Mahendra Kapoor pulled his leg a bit saying, “Paaji, you are such a big man, once you reach India, you will forget you ever told me this.” To which, Raj Kapoor replied, “Mahendra, you think like this of me?” He then took the cigarette he was smoking and burnt his hand saying, “This mark will remind me that I have to give you songs.”

And the showman kept his promise. He gave the song ‘Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega’ from his film ‘Sangam’ to Mahendra Kapoor which was picturised on Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar (whose playback was done by Kapoor).

Indeed, it was a mark to remember.

Karan Singh Grover’s marriages leads to actor & now a 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Karan Singh Grover’s marriages leads to actor & now a 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Award
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While his body is every man’s dream, it is also every girl’s fantasy. The same goes for his lovely ex-wife.

Friends, Karan Singh Grover has recently been honored with a Dadasaheb Phalke Award on April 20, 2018, in Mumbai under the guidance of PMO and CBFC.

OMG! Is what one would say. However, there still lies the Maha Shock of his ex-wife, Jennifer Winget receiving one too.

Stylish as he may seem, he’s become the talk of the town for just this week, grabbing all eyes at the ceremony. However, questions do pop up in the human mind asking – Have the standards of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards gone that low? Who knew that so-called working actors could receive awards too? (Also Read:Karan Singh Grover To Receive ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’)

Karan’s journey from a regular employee to a handsome actor is more like a flop script of a Hindi movie, where one feels that they’ve wasted Rs 180/- on buying a ticket. It feels like the popcorn would taste better on the Road compared to a movie theatre.

From a Punjabi family, Karan Singh Grover grows up to be a Hotel Management student and then a Marketing Executive in Mumbai. In 2004, Karan’s journey took to many places, where the best role played at a serial named ‘Qubool Hai’ and a movie named ‘Hate Story 3‘ to be better than great in 2015.

Calling for what’s needed, The Glam Girl, Jennifer Winget has done lots since her divorce. For sure, she’s excelled as a Television actress and a fashion diva with her right attitude and looks that are worth crores. Still, there lies a question unanswered after this event.

Karan Singh Grover, who was previously married to Jennifer Winget and Shraddha Nigam is now married to Bipasha Basu. As an ex-wife and Television actress, it was she [Jennifer Winget], who brought him back into the limelight after his failed marriage with Shraddha.

However, after Karan and Jennifer filed for divorce, it was Bipasha Basu’s turn for a long life love session with Karan, which gave an announcement in public about the couple soon to be married. Many stars such as Mr & Mrs. Dutt, the Bachchans, and the Khans – were seen at Karan and Bipasha’s reception.

Furthermore, Karan Singh Grover’s movie ‘Alone‘ was quite unsatisfying to watch. Does this mean that Bipasha Basu brought her husband into the limelight where Bollywood’s greatest stars roam?

Karan Singh takes on his past to the future, and his relationship with Bipasha never really looked like a positive. What’s more? Is Karan’s interview with BollywoodLife. Karan went all out to say that his marriage with Jennifer was a mistake! Not only that, he added that some people are better off as friends and should not take it to the next level.

What must have Jennifer felt then? And she ever felt like giving it back to Karan Singh Grover? But, what she feels now is the real achievement for her work. Looking at the past, this is the biggest question that remains unanswered till today – Was she really a mistake for Karan? Or is Karan a mistake for 3 women including Bipasha Basu?

Nodding on it, Karan’s body and face will still make a great picture on a magazine cover. But, these 3 Musketeers have been with him as partners in both personal and professional life. For after seeing all that’s happened in his life, and now at the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards just shows that giving Karan an award wasn’t such a great idea. For there were and are many other actors who deserved the award and its category.

Throwback Thursday: When Sanjay Dutt confessed his wish to marry Madhuri Dixit

Throwback Thursday: When Sanjay Dutt confessed his wish to marry Madhuri Dixit

Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit’s reunion after 20 years with Karan Johar’s ‘Kalank’ has become the hot topic of discussion. The duo were rumoured to have dated each other for some time in 1990s but both have always remained tight lipped about it.

The onscreen hit jodi is happily married to their respective spouses, Sanjay’s love for Manyata is known to all. She is like a tower of strength for him. Madhuri too is happily married to Sriram Madhav Nene.

But seems like the actor still has a soft corner for his ‘Khalnayak’ co-star. Here’s a video of Sanjay confessing how he still doesn’t mind marrying Madhuri….’IF’ given a choice. This was at the Goa Fest last year when he was asked a hypothetical question on who would he want to marry if given a choice and he quipped, “Anybody knows Maanyata Dutt? Nobody knows? But…I would like to marry Madhuri Dixit. ”

Watch the video here:

It’s not like the actor said it seriously. We know the immense love he shares with his wife. (Also Check: ‘Kalank’ the film that was to star Sridevi, goes on floor)

Speaking of ‘Kalank’ it also stars Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha. The film will hit screens on April 19, 2019.