While most music lovers in India have always known this but a CNN-IBN survey has further confirmed the belief that noted playback singer Mohammad Rafi was the greatest voice of Hindi Cinema. Read more

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Nine days after she turned 94 years old, the original nightingale with a crystal clear voice, Shamshad Begum passed away in Mumbai leaving behind some of the most memorable songs of Bollywood films. This Amritsar born legend was perhaps one of the most talented and also the most underutilized female playback singer. Read more

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The last public picture of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with his wife Sonia Gandhi alongside that of Rajesh Khanna published on the front page of most national dailies on May 21, 1991 remains part of the recollection of a large number of people in the capital. Read more

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Ever since Free India’s first super star passed away late Saturday night, the media continues to feature Dev Anand in prime slots. Read more

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I happened to see the much-publicized movie, No One Killed Jessica the other day. I had always wanted to see it since I have followed the killing of the model very closely and also the subsequent trial which first led to the acquittal of prime accused Manu Sharma and later his conviction by the High Court and the Apex Court. Read more

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There are not many occasions when I look forward to seeing a movie since there are very few which have a theme, a story line or an appeal. For many months, there had been a talk of director Prakash Jha coming up with a new project titled, Rajneeti a film which aimed at depicting politics as it exists in this country. Therefore when the movie was finally released, I made it a point to see it on Sunday. Read more

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The other day, I bought some new CDs featuring my favourite music composers—Shankar Jaikishen to listen to their immortal melodies, which continue to dominate most Radio programmes featuring vintage Hindi film songs. Read more

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I have been watching the situation in Bombay or should we call it Mumbai with a lot of concern. The Shiv Sena wanting to find its clout in the metropolis is resorting to politics of intimidation. On the other hand, the makers or actors of My Name Is Khan slated for release this Friday are going on giving interviews to top TV channels. On the face of it, the interviews are for the promotion of the film but the obstacles being created by the Shiv Sainiks for its release are also giving them added publicity. The Shiv Sainiks are not protesting over the contents of the movie but are adamant that its hero Shahrukh Khan should apologise for expressing himself in favour of the inclusion of Pakistani players in the IPL. The whole thing is so ridiculous that it has put our country to shame internationally. Read more

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On Sunday, I happened to watch a total recall on Guru Dutt, for me India’s most gifted filmmaker, who was far ahead of his times and died so prematurely when he could have enriched the Indian cinema by many more classics. Read more

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I was extremely happy when Manna Dey was chosen as the recipient for the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2007. He is one singer who could have given much more to us had music composers utilized his full potential. But all the same, it is good to have him up there. Read more

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