7 February 2013

Kenya: Anupam Kher and Rekha Together Again

Before you think this is about a breakup that has been made up, it's not. Anupam Kher and Rekha getting together again will signify their comeback on the silver screen after very many years. We last saw them together in films like Sansar and Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai and they will now reunite in Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria's Maruti International, Super Nani.

The film is about empowerment of women and a very excited Anupam relates that his every scene in the movie is going to be with the versatile Rakh who doesn't look her age of 58 years.

"It's a very wonderful role and it will be great to work with Rekha after so many years. I am excited to work with her."

Praising the actor of films like Utsav,Ghar and Umrao Jaan to the skies, Anupam said: "She is fantastic. She is another person who keeps reinventing herself. I am really looking forward to work with her. I am 100 per cent sure she is looking as great as ever."

The only thing I remember about Rekha is the ridiculous face she pulled in the guest appearance she in the song Deewangi Deewangi in Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om. Hopefully the effects of the plastic surgery have settled down and Rekha will be able to give more facial expressions than just a duck face pout.

The deets on Mohammed Rafi's Fall Out with Lata Mangeshkar

When you mention the name Mohammed Rafi, you are bound to think of at least ten of his songs without any difficulty. A veteran and legendary singer, Rafi's voice wooed, haunted and emoted his fans.

His recently released biography reveals quite a few insights into his life. One was that he and Lata Mangeshkar were the topmost duet singers back in their time but a fallout over royalties stopped them from working together. Rafi's daughter in law, Yasmin Khalid Rafi has revealed a lot in the biography 'Mohammed Rafi: My Abba - A Memoir'. In the early 60s there came a phase when Lata did not sing with Rafi; she did her duets with Mahendra Kapoor and Suman Kalyanpur gained popularity by singing with Rafi during this time.

Yasmin says, "Their differences arose over the issue of royalty payments on the songs sung by them. Lata wanted to be paid royalty and raised the issue with the producers; she expected Rafi to support her point of view, which was in fact justified."

When Lata was supported by Rafi, things turned sour between them. She also wrote, "But contrary to her expectations, Rafi took a different stand. He opined, 'When the producer pays the fee the singer demands for a song, thereafter the singer should not have a share in the royalty.' This was probably a hasty decision, taken without careful consideration."

So that explains those few years when you didn't find these two singers in any album together.

Amjad Khan's Son Makes His Bollywood Debut

You've probably been living under a rock or on a different planet altogether if the name Amjad Khan doesn't ring a bell. In 1977 when this villain made his debut on the silver screen in the epic film Sholay as Gabbar Singh, he had people quoting his dialogue, this man was a household name.

Now his son Seemaab Khan will be making his Bollywood debut in Sajid Khan's venture Himmatwala. He will be working with Ajay Devgun on screen and Seemaab as an assistant director. Sajid is very excited to be working with his childhood idol's son in a remake that his father starred in. Amjad Khan had a role in the original Himmatwala which will now be played by Mahesh Manjrekar in this remake.

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