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Did you know? Prithviraj Kapoor was once shown the board of ‘No Vacancy’

Did you know? Prithviraj Kapoor was once shown the board of ‘No Vacancy’

Late Prithviraj Kapoor's interesting fact

Eminent personality and a pool of talent is what comes to our mind when we hear the name Prithviraj Kapoor. The veteran actor was the first of the clan of Kapoors, who went on to entertain us generation after generation, and still are. The patriarch of the family, Prithviraj Kapoor had begun his career in the silent era of Indian cinema. But, later he made a mark for himself with many iconic talkie films like the magnum opus ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ and ‘Awara’, with son Raj Kapoor directing and co-starring in the latter. However, did you know that this iconic star was once shown the board of ‘No Vacancy’ at a studio? Sounds unbelievable, right? But, it happened.

It was in the year 1928, Prithviraj Kapoor had moved to Bombay by borrowing some money from his aunt. In an old interview, the late veteran actor recalled about that day when he had an interview with late filmmaker Ardeshir Irani. He had said, “I asked for an interview with Ardeshir Irani of the Imperial Studio. While I was waiting to enter his office, I met a young, handsome man –like me, he too was a “hopeful.” I stood aside for him to go in first. But he came out soon enough. He was told that there was no vacancy, and he gave me a look that suggested that I was wasting my time.” (Also Read: A mark to remember: When Raj Kapoor burnt his hand, for a promise)

But, Prithviraj entered the office where Ardeshir looked at him and with a smile asked, “Why have you come in? Didn’t you see the board placed there to say that there is no vacancy.” Prithviraj replied saying, “Yes, sir, I did.”

“Well, then why are you here? There is no vacancy. You may go.” For a full minute I (Prithviraj) could not speak, after which I said, “But, sir, I shall feel obliged for your advice.” Ardeshir looked at me and said, “Well, I cannot engage you but, if you like, you can be an unpaid extra.”

“I understand, sir,” I replied, “the meaning of the word ‘unpaid,’ but I don’t know what ‘extra’ means.” My ignorance must have caused some mirth, but Ardeshir was kind to me and explained: I was to be an actor of no importance, just one of a crowd. I closed my eyes for a moment and then said, “Give me your blessings, sir. I will take the job.” Ardeshir laughed and said, “My dear boy, you are sure to make a mark.”

“He gave me a note to the director. And soon I found myself in the makeup room, which was crowded. A little later I was on the sets. Thus I worked for ten days and, the next day, when I was in the extras’ make-up room B.P. Misra summoned me. I was placed before the camera, and “shot.” I was made to look “right–left–above–below.” My screen-test was over, and I was asked to see Ardeshir Irani. Misra said that he wanted me to be the hero in his next picture. Irani told me that I would be paid Rs 75 a month.”

And finally, Prithviraj Kapoor bagged his first film as the hero titled ‘Cinema Girl’ which was released in year 1929. After that, there was no looking back. The senior most Kapoor went on to star in nine silent films, post that, and also played a supporting role in India’s first film talkie ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) which was directed by none other than director Ardeshir Irani, who was the one to show him the ‘No Vacancy’ board in the first place. Who knew that a meeting of few minutes will turn out to be a mentorship that would change the history of Indian cinema.

This slice from the life of Prithviraj Kapoor makes us believe in the words fate and destiny. We cannot imagine Bollywood without the contributions of this man.

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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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