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

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

Raj Kapoor's interesting fact

Late Raj Kapoor was 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.

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When an old wish of Anushka's mother was fulfilled, in an unbelievable turn of events

There’s no doubt that actress Anushka Sharma had a dream debut when she was cast opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in her first film ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. Following this, it was her third release ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ (2010) that proved to be a turning point in her career. And since then there has been no looking back for this gorgeous powerhouse performer. Time and again, she has proved her mettle as an actor, and even as a producer with films like ‘NH10’. Throughout this nine year long journey, Anushka’s family has indeed been her constant motivation and support that have always kept her going ahead.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Anushka Sharma where the actress revealed an interesting incident. Anushka revealed when she got to know that her mother Ashima Sharma always wanted her to be an actress.

It was during Anushka’s conversation on show ‘India’s Most Desirable’ when after listening to her mother Ashima Sharma’s message that had been recorded for her, the actress asked host Simi Garewal if she can say something about her mum. And then the actress went on to share this incident from the time when she had got the news of been signed on for ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. (Also Read: Did you know? Little Abhishek Bachchan found his mother’s films very depressing)

She said, “There was this one time I was driving back from Yash Raj Studios and I got the news, Adi (Aditya Chopra) told me. And I was driving back and I couldn’t drive anymore because I was crying. I was so happy.. I was crying. So I stopped… I stopped the car and I pulled over and I called my mother and I told her that I got this film. And you know what my mum told me? There’s this turtle that used to be there in my living room. It was I think some Feng Shui thing. You just open the turtle and you put something like a wish inside that turtle and you shut it. And when your wish comes true you take it out. So she never never told me about this. But then she came down after she heard that I have got the film she opened that and showed it to me. She’d written it there ‘I hope my daughter stars in a Yash Raj film’. I swear… it’s unbelievable. So I think somewhere she always wanted me to be an actress.”

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Upon hearing this, Simi reacted, “What are you saying?” Anushka added, “She said that she’d written this long ago, one thing for my brother and one thing for me.” Simi immediately asked if what was written for her brother came true as well, to which, Anushka nodded her head in agreement. And then when Simi asked Anushka if she (Simi) could write something in this magical, wish-fulfilling turtle, Anushka smiled and said, “You have to meet my mom right (smiles) she has some direct contact with God.”

Indeed, every parent wishes the best for his/her children and this incident is something that showcases this perfectly. Unbelievable, unforgettable, and totally lovable.

Check out the full interview of Anushka Sharma below:

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When a little Shahid found his mother Neelima Azeem crying and became her strength

For a young kid, it is really hard to believe and understand that his/her parents are getting divorced. This difficult time was hit on actor Shahid Kapoor, who was just three years old when his parents Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem got separated from each other. In his first growing years, Shahid lived and spent much more time with his mother in Delhi at that time. The actor mother believes that as a single divorced woman bringing up a child would have been hard for his mother but nobody can understand this better than her. But, as a mother, for Neelima Azeem her son Shahid turned her strength when he was just four years old.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Shahid Kapoor. The actor had appeared as the celebrity guest on host Simi Garewal’s talk show ‘India’s Most Desirable’. And it was his mother Neelima herself who shared (through a special message) a heart touching incident between her and little Shahid. It was during the actor’s conversation when the host asked him that did his mother ever tell him about what she was going through, her kind of personal turmoil or did she not. To which, Shahid replied, “We were friends, so I mean we kind of spoke about everything. I spoke about how I felt, she spoke about how she felt.” (Also Read: Shahid Kapoor’s first heartbreak: Two most painful minutes of his life)

As he finished saying this, it was Neelima Azeem’s voice that was heard then. Her message recorded for him was played on a LED TV screen where she said, “Something so personal I want to share here with you is that when he was only four years old I mean obviously there were moments when at night I used to you know sometimes let go of the pain and the fears that come along with the divorce especially when you are as young as that. And I remember that I was… he found me crying maybe at some late hour at night and he took me on his chest at four years and he said ‘Mumma why you crying you know Main Hoon Na.’ I mean literally that film came (later on) and he said ‘Main Hoon Na’. And I don’t know from there onwards it just.. it just hit me that he is there with me you know and there is nothing to worry.”

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On hearing this, Simi immediately asked, “Even now! You’re still there for her.” Shahid took a slight pause and replied, “I hope I am. But, when you become an adult and when you start working around the clock I always live with the guilt that I don’t give enough time to my family. So I hope I’m there for her.”

Shahid even mentioned in the show that his mother Neelima had never made him feel a hard time and her pain, being she was very good with that to hide.

Indeed, it is such a heart touching incident to remember shared by Shahid’s mother.

Check out the full interview of Shahid Kapoor below:

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