Superstar Anand’s tragic ‘safar’ ends

first_imgO Mere Dil Ke Chaen, Chaen Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye – as Rajesh Khanna sashayed in his sports car, scarf flowing from his neck, shades in place, crooning Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous melody in Mere Jeevan Saathi, lakhs of Indian women missed a heart beat.Yes, ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ or ‘Chingari Koi Badke’ also symbolised RK, but for me the abiding image of Rajesh Khanna will always remain ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chaen.’ It captured India’s first megastar in all his many-splendoured glory. Rajesh Khanna was a true blue superstar, a demigod who embodied the characteristics of two legends of the yesteryear – the romanticism, flair and chutzpah of Dev Anand and the tragi-histrionic abilities of Dilip Kumar.BlockbusterIn the five-year span which saw him emerge as B-Town’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, or Kaka as he was known in the industry, was all the rage, until he was supplanted by the Paul Muni-baritoned Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Haram. In fact, at the premiere of Namak Haram at Mumbai’s Liberty cinema, Khanna in his candour told director Hrishi-da – ‘My time is up, the new superstar has arrived,’ pointing to his co-star – Bachchan.Khanna was tutored in the art of acting by PD Shenoy, the principal of the Filmalaya School of Acting (Sadhana, Sanjeev Kumar and Asha Parekh also emerged from the same stable). Found in a talent hunt, but a prestigious one – the United Producers Filmfare Contest – Khanna’s initial spurt in Hindi cinema was well-served by this axis. Chetan Anand cast him in Aakhri Khat, but GP Sippy launched him first in Raaz. The United Producers, in many ways, laid the grand edifice of Rajesh Khanna’s undisputed suzerainty.advertisementHe did Ittefaq with BR Chopra; the film was directed by Yash Chopra, who would cast him again in Daag. He did the smash hit Aradhna with Shakti Samanta who used him again in Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Anuraag, Anurodh, Ajnabee and Mehbooba. GP Sippy cast him again in Aan Milo Sajna and Andaz. He did Khamoshi with Hemant Kumar, which was directed by Asit Sen, who later repeated him in Safar. He did Do Raaste with Raj Khosla, who then cast him in Prem Kahani, Aap Ki Kasam and Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka with J Om Prakash and Baharon Ke Sapne with Nasir Husain very early on. As many as 15 blockbuster hits simply rolled off the conveyor belt. With Hrishi-da, he made many memorable and acclaimed films – Anand, Bawarchi, Namak Haram. His ouevre being a combination of stylish romantic and the emotionally high-strung tragic heroes. Personally, he was egotistical, whimsical and completely paranoid about failure.ChangeTowards the mid-1970s, a new breed of filmmaking crept in quietly. It was symptomatic of the times. The air was all-pervasive with hoarding, black marketing and smuggling. In 1972, Khanna enacted one such role in Apna Desh, a remake of 1969 Tamil hit Nam Naadu, with one of his favourite heroines Mumtaz. It was the age of Emergency, which ushered in new acronyms – SITA, Cofeposa, FERA – all dreaded and dangerous. Yes, Amitabh Bachchan arrived as the first anti-hero, capturing the essence of the time and place, blazing away with hands and legs; Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and innumerable more hits. This was a defining moment in Rajesh Khanna’s career. The presiding holy trinity of Hindi cinema – Rajesh Khanna, RD Burman and Kishore Kumar – saw a churn, the latter two stayed and Bachchan replaced Khanna.The King was dead, all hailed the new King. It is said that in RD Burman’s music room, Rajesh Khanna’s portrait was hung on the wall, such was the bond between the two. It began with ‘Roop Tera Mastana,’ a zingy and peppy new song in Aradhana though credited to an ailing SD Burman, but actually composed by RD Burman. This was a conjoined relationship, one that delivered hit after hit – RD’s music, Kishore’s playback and RK mouthing the lines in his inimitable style.UnforgettableIt is said that RK, or Kaka, was extremely conscious of his posterior, which used to protrude out. So Baldev Pathak, who used to run a boutique in Colaba called Shriman, designed what came to be known as the ‘Guru’ kurta for RK, a trademark which epitomised the star. As a child one saw everything that Khanna put on celluloid, from Haathi Mere Saathi, to his faceoff with Meena Kumari in Dushman, from his mush in Daag, to “I hate tears, Pushpa” in Amar Prem. He made you cry in Safar and Anand, even as you loved the rogue in Sacha Jhoota. There are so many memories of RK, the most obvious and the most indelible is of his voice playing back from tape in Anand – an unforgettable moment etched in our memories.advertisementWhen I worked in Plus Channel in the late 1990s, our office was in Ajanta Hotel in Juhu. The same hotel complex also housed Amitabh Bachchan’s ABCL where the other God used to come to work. RK was close to Amit Khanna and would land up in our office, as did many other stars and directors. Once I remember distinctly overhearing Khanna shout, “arre Amit teri bhi kya kismet hai, upar Lambuji hai aur main neeche baita hoon.” There were days when both superstars would be in the house, making you wonder – Oh, two kings in the house! Wowie. For any movie buff, it was a moment that will never be erased from the corridors of one’s mind.If one of the defining moments in Khanna’s career was the face-off with Bachchan in Namak Haram, where in a smouldering bravura high-voltage Beckettian performance, he screams: “Hai koi mai ka lal? Mujhe maro. Mere dost ko kya marte ho?” then equally significant was his ‘loss’ to LK Advani in a Lok Sabha election. Rajiv Gandhi propped up Khanna by pitting him against Advani. It was to send a message to Bachchan, who had fallen out with Rajiv after Bofors. Though Khanna lost narrowly, he won the re-election to the New Delhi seat by vanquishing Shatrughan Sinha in a gladiatorial contest.I end with his lines from Safar where he portrayed the tragic hero to the core – “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” and “Yeh toh main hi jaanta hoon ki zindagi ke aakhri mod par kitna andhera hai.” A star has fallen.last_img read more

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10 months agoBrawl sparked as Barton sent off in Fleetwood defeat

first_imgBrawl sparked as Barton sent off in Fleetwood defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFleetwood Town boss Joey Barton was sent off in defeat to Bristol Rovers.Cod Army boss Barton was sent to the stands as referee Brett Huxtable lost control shortly after Rovers full back James Clarke had stolen the points in the 94th minute.Players and coaching staff from both teams then squared up by the dugouts as former Burnley captain Barton straight marched across the pitch to join striker Ched Evans who was shown a dubious 55th minute red card for a collision with Rovers skipper Tom Lockyer.Huxtable added eleven yellow cards to the reds including one for unused Rovers sub Stefan Payne and Barton said: “That’s as bad a refereeing performance as I’ve seen and that includes junior football. The Rovers staff even warned us about him.“It wasn’t that type of game. Unfortunately someone who was way out of his depth has ruined a good game of football.”Front row view of the Joey Barton show. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap pic.twitter.com/ldojMXAigB— Oliver (@Dodgy_Lino) December 22, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton And Jessica Simpson To Be Honored At Outstanding Mother Awards

first_imgThe National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four exceptional women at the 40th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The annual luncheon ceremony, which recognizes women leaders who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood, will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel in New York. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s awards to:• Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation • Artemis Patrick, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sephora• Jessica Simpson, Entertainer; Founder & CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection• Jan Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie“We are thrilled to honor these four remarkable women as our 2018 Outstanding Mother honorees,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “In a time where it feels especially important to recognize the accomplishments and strength of women working both in and outside the home, these women help to inspire others and epitomize everything this award represents.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2018 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please contact the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.last_img read more

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Harpers speech left much to be desired First Nations delegates say

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Many First Nations chiefs and delegates at the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech, even as some tried to find some hope buried in the words he delivered.Many chiefs and delegates were looking for signals in the prime minister’s speech for a new approach by his government toward First Nations issues.Harper also met with a small delegation of chiefs Monday evening who relayed some of the pressing issues facing their communities and the First Nations leaders were hoping the prime minister would respond in his speech.The prime minister also stayed longer than initially believed at the meeting and was said to be meeting with delegates late into the afternoon.For many, however, the speech felt short of expectations.Michael Bignell, a band councillor from the Opaskwayak First Nation in northern Manitoba, said he was disappointed the prime minister made no major announcement.“I was hoping for something of an announcement, of anything, like education,” said Bignell, who watched the speech on a video screen in the overflow room at the Chateau Laurier.Madawaska Maliseet Chief Joanna Bernard, from New Brunswick, said the speech fell flat.“I was not impressed. He didn’t bring anything, hope or inspiration from the future,” said Bernard, who also watched the events from the luxury hotel next to Parliament Hill.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, however, said he saw gleams of possibility in Harper’s words.Nepinak said Harper’s comments on slowly eroding the Indian Act, instead of abolishing it, fit with his organizations call for creating a process, like a larger meeting involving premiers, to begin slowly changing the whole system.“We are not asking for a rewrite (of the Indian Act), we are asking for something new,” said Nepinak, who was in Victoria Hall to hear the prime minister’s chief first-hand. “First Nations are fully willing to participate and take on all responsibilities to that end. ”Ontario’s Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, however, said he came away disappointed after hearing Harper’s speech.“We had hoped there would be an acknowledgment that these are our lands and that we have a right to benefit in jobs and training and economic benefits and job creation,” said Beardy. “Also, there is no real mention of how you are going to deal with the immediate challenges like housing.”Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation Chief Frank Brown said he didn’t really expect much from the speech and the prime minister met his expectations.“There was nothing different, nothing,” said Brown, whose Dakota community is in Manitoba. “He’s tried to announce to the world that, ‘I’m dealing with First Nations.’”Brown said his community will continue to try to generate their own revenues, outside of government funds.Brown’s community has already set up a smoke shack, which has been raided a couple of times already by Manitoba Ministry of Finance authorities. Brown said there are also plans to expand a fledgling casino to include VLTs.“We are asserting and declaring our rights,” said Brown, who was in the main hall for the meetings. “We want to generate revenue and create revenue to sustain us without federal funds and that is exactly what we are doing.”last_img read more

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Bucks look to spike Penn State from nations top spot

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team is picking up momentum. It recorded its first Big Ten weekend home sweep in more than three years,    After defeating both Purdue and Indiana 3-1 in last weekend’s matchups, the Buckeyes climbed from No. 36 to No. 32.  The Buckeyes are 17-6 overall, 5-5 in Big Ten conference play and No. 5 in the conference. The weekend’s biggest contributor, Ashley Hughes, has been named Big Ten Co-Player of the week.  On Friday against Purdue, Hughes posted 48 assists, seven digs and five kills.  It was a tough performance to beat, but she did just that. Saturday against Indiana, Hughes achieved two career highs, with 53 assists and 19 digs.  Hughes has been the starting setter in eight matches and has played in 12. She will be an asset in the team’s trip to No. 1 Penn State.The Buckeyes are entering the second wave of conference play on a positive note. Top-ranked Penn State is 22-0 and has held onto the No. 1 spot this season. The Buckeyes lost to Penn State on Oct. 7 in the first round of conference play. This time around, the Buckeyes have improved in hitting percentages and have employed a smoother offense.  The Buckeyes average 16.81 points per set, just behind the 19.46 points per set Penn State averages. However, the Buckeyes face bigger challenges. Buckeye opponents are hitting .180 and Penn State’s opponents just .091.    The Buckeyes fall just short of Penn State with 13.29 kills and 12.20 assists per set on average. They take the edge over Penn State with 1.58 aces and 13.24 digs on average per set.  It’s easy to compare two teams’ stats, but action on the floor determines the stronger team. The Buckeyes have the aggressive defense that is required to challenge a team with an undefeated record.   The Nittany Lions of Penn State host the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. The match will be televised by the Big Ten Network. read more

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GCMs Bulleen Project up in the air amid roadwork plans

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There’s no doubt that the Bulleen project will be the main focus at the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) Annual General Meeting on Sunday.Purchased in the mid-80s by members of the community, the future of the site and its use had been a subject of great debate for some 30 years. In 2017, the community finally revealed some well-thought out plans to build a new ‘Greek Centre on the Yarra’ featuring an array of amenities including aged care facilities, schools, community and function spaces, and sporting fields.But the Victorian Government will be having the last word, with the land in question a possible acquisition as part of designs to build North East Link tunnels that will link the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.“We are talking to more than 200 landowners who might be affected by the project,” North East Link Authority (NELA) CEO Duncan Elliott told Neos Kosmos.He added that while “no final decisions have been made”, NELA sought to engage with those who may be affected by the project as early as possible to give people plenty of notice.Neos Kosmos sources are aware that the GCM was informed of the roadworks plans in December 2017, but held off from informing the community until now, the uncertain fate of the project also the reason behind delaying the AGM.Part of the reason for staying silent on the matter could be attributed to the fact that the precinct structure plan was still in development at the time, with a draft expected to be complete by March 2018.Currently in negotiations with the Ministry of Planning regarding rezoning in the area, president of the GCM Bill Papastergiadis has said that if the roadworks do impact the site, as compensation for the land and the inconvenience, they expect a generous pay-out from the government. But expectations are just that at this stage, with any possible compensation up to property valuers, and not NELA, based on the market value of the site.“Any acquisitions that are required will be based on independent expert valuation advice from the Valuer-General,” said Mr Elliott.Neos Kosmos will continue to report on the matter as further details are revealed.The NELA is seeking communtity feedback on the designs so far. Go to https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG17268.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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Dyche delighted with Burnleys transfer model

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has praised the club’s transfer model despite the obvious financial limits present in the current strategy.The Clarets & Blue were one of the lowest spenders during the summer transfer window with the likes of Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth investing more money in their squad.However, Dyche believes the current transfer model is the right one for the club.“I think the way the club has operated, and continued to do, it’s not throwing money at every situation, it’s finding the right situations to work for now,” he said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.“There has to be a competitive element now, quite obviously, because we’ve got to get wins, but the next layer of player, the next developable player who can grow with the club and be shifted on at some point.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“There’s a lot of boxes that need ticking to make sure they’re the right players for this club, and that makes it difficult, but that’s the challenge we’ve had for six years or so.”“The club is run on a very business-minded level, they know the tight lines that’s about so it’s not new to them.”“They see what other clubs are trying to achieve through the market. But you still have to have people in the market who fit your club, and this club don’t want to break that, and I understand that.”“It just makes it difficult for me as a manager to get the quality in to continue supporting and improving you.”last_img read more

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Minister Mickenzie praises staff of NSWMA

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has commended staff of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for their role in improving the operations of the agency.  He said that despite “trying circumstances”, the workers have “brought significant difference” to the NSWMA operations.  He also hailed the board under the chairmanship of Dennis Chung for “putting in place the necessary management structure to ensure that there is efficiency within the organisation”.The Minister was speaking at the NSWMA’s annual Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony and Concert at Mandela Park in St. Andrew on December 15.   Mr. McKenzie also expressed confidence in the competence of the agency’s newly appointed Executive Director, Audley Gordon.  “Your organisation has got someone who is committed and will be able to undertake the work that is required to be done,” he told the staff in attendance.Mr. Gordon in his remarks, pledged the NSWMA’s commitment to fulfill its mandate to keep the country clean, vowing to make this Christmas  “the cleanest ever”.   In a previous interview with JIS News, Mr. Gordon informed that he would be working to further improve the agency’s operational efficiency, with particular focus on financial and human resources management.The Executive Director noted, as well, that he would be placing focus on improving communication with the public in order to enhance transparency and raise awareness of the work of the entity.  Mr. Gordon said the intention is to “be more open and transparent, to communicate more and keep the public informed, so that they will know what the agency is doing every step of the way”.The mandate of the NSWMA is to ensure a clean Jamaica by managing solid waste effectively through public cleansing, adherence to public health and environmental standards, public education and enforcement programmes. Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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