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Film, Art,Music & Culture

by Kishan Sharma


The organiser of Shah Rukh Khan’s “Temptation Reloaded” shows in Germany, Qasim Ali of Sensasian Media, has served a legal notice on the star. Qasim Ali told media that he had sent an SMS to Shah Rukh Khan requesting him to do atleast one show, but he did not revert. He said that the organisers have lost about one million euros and will demand compensation from the actor. However, Shah Rukh Khan has said that the organisers may say what they want. The cancellation was a decision based on the requirements most important for the show, including finance, accommodation, travel etc., which were not met, as per Shah Rukh Khan. In an attempt to keep the show rolling, Sensasian Media renamed Temptation Reloaded as “Temptation Unloaded”, and invited German television comedian Kaya Yanar at Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. In the meantime Katrina Kaif is said to have been disappointed after she learnt of the cancellation of shows in Europe and Germany. Rani Mukerji had decided to bow out of SRK’s shows, after Shah Rukh—Salman fight. It is learnt that Shah Rukh also was not too happy about having Rani on board. Finally, for the Dubai show, Shah Rukh Khan added Kareena Kapoor. Katrina Kaif, Anusha Dandekar, Ganesh Hegde and Arjun Rampal were already there in the group. The show, it is learnt, was super hit, with mindboggling performances by Shah Rukh Khan alongwith Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.


Princess Victoria of Sweden, during her stay in Mumbai, was very keen to know about Aamir Khan’s antecedents and his shooting schedules. Aamir Khan went to her suite in the Mumbai hotel and they had dinner together. It is learnt that Aamir Khan gifted the Princess, an antique lithograph, and the Pricess gifted him a DVD collection of Ingmar Bergman films.


Thumri singer and Kathak dancer Bireshwar Gautam got a rare chance to perform in front of Prince Charles (Prince of Wales) and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles at the Asian Music Centre in London on the occasion of the launch of a musical archeological museum. Asian Music Centre is known to promote Asian, Chinese and Japanese art. Prince Charles tried his hands on virtual guru. He sang “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” in his deep voice, and said that he was amazed at how Indian classical singers manage to sing so well. He also revealed that he regularly eats at London Bricklane because he loves the Indian cuisine served there.


Hridayanath Mangeshkar’s 72nd birthday was celebrated in Mumbai recently. Bharat Ratna Dr. Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar, Padma Vibhushan Asha Mangeshkar-Bhonsle-Burman, and Usha Mangeshkar were all present to wish their only brother a very happy birthday. It is not often that two of India’s most loved songstresses – Lata and Asha, come together under one roof and on one stage. Singers A. Hariharan and Roop Kumar Rathod presented some songs on the occasion. People became emotional when they saw Asha touching elder sister Lata’s feet and taking her blessings.


The legendary film producer-director-writer Baldev Raj Chopra died in Mumbai at the age of 95. He was unwell for quite some time. B.R. Chopra started as a film journalist and columnist, and became a production executive in a film company. He tried his hands at film making with “Karwat”, which was a miserable flop. He then directed “Afsana” which had Ashok Kumar indouble role. It was a hit. In 1955, he floated his own production house, B.R. Films, with “Ek Hi Raasta”.His “Naya Daur” was a super hit film.He made other popular films like DHOOL KA PHOOL, WAQT, DHARM PUTRA, SADHANA, GUMRAH, HAMRAAZ, KANOON, INSAAF KA TARAZU, PATI PATNI AUR WHO, AADMI AUR INSAAN, BAGHBAN, and BABUL. He also made one of the most popular tele-serial MAHABHARAT. He is survived by his son, well known director Ravi Chopra; brother, well known film maker Yash Chopra; and nephew, another popular film maker Aditya Chopra. Apart from several awards, he also received the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award iin 1998.

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