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Amitabh Bachchan’s Words To Shashi Kapoor Make You Cry.

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Bollywood lost one of the best things that could have happened to it. Veteran actor, Shashi Kapoor breathed his last early Monday evening. The entire Bollywood industry mourned the loss of one of the greatest actors of yesteryears.

Amitabh Bachchan was a dear and close friend of the departed actor and his loss touched him in ways which most would not be able to describe. Luckily for us, Big B is not just an amazing actor, but an amazing wordsmith as well! Here is what he wrote to express his sorrow. Read the whole letter here and let us take a moment of to remember a truly great man.

The First Impression

Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine. Shashi Kapoor… son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, making a debut in a forthcoming film, is what the caption read..

‘With Men Like Him Around, I Stood No Chance’

And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all…

 Big B's First Encounter With Shashi Kapoor

1969, and those early years of efforts to join the Industry were also the times when there was a close proximity, to the area of an atmosphere, that swiveled around this most attractive man. On and off, common friends in the Industry, which I was just getting acquainted with, would introduce me to him at select social gatherings .. ” Shashi Kapoor !” was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in the introduction ; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so.

Everyone knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit, was a gem. The one being introduced to was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it .. !!

Big B Even Got His Barber To Copy Shashi Kapoor's Hairdo

Why He Couldn’t Get Himself To Visit Shashiji In Hospital He had been ailing ..

Somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalized earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in the hospital .. …. and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone …

The Final Words

The words of the ‘sher’ at the opening came to me minutes after Rumi Jafri, an eminent writer in our film industry, sent them to me on learning of his death .. “how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life; the pages of the book were damaged ..” He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life .. .

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Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide

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As Bollywood was coming to grips with the tragic loss of two of its finest actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, tragedy struck once again as news broke out about the death of Sushanth Singh Rajput.  The news left everyone shell shocked as news reports about police finding his body at his Bandra residence in Mumbai.  Sushanth Singh Rajput committed suicide according to the police and further reports are awaited following the post mortem autopsy.

Sushanth Singh Rajput was a brilliant method actor who performed in some memorable movies like Kai Po Che!, Shuddh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and his last film Chhichhore.  Sushanth was working on his next project Dil Behcare, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie and the best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars.  As news about Sushanths demise came out, shocked celebrities reacted with disbelief and offered their condolences.

Sushanth Singh Rajput is believed to have taken the extreme step due his battle with depression.  Incidentally,  in the last movie he was seen in Chhichhore, he gives the message that suicide is not an option for anything and that there is so much in life to look forward.  

We at Mango Bollywood extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sushanth Singh Rajput as they cope with the loss.

 

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Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend

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Rishi Kapoor is known as one of the legends of Bollywood who was responsible for making Bollywood what it is today.  As the entire nation is coming to grips with the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is a heavy blow to the movie industry as well as the nation.  Fans and celebrities are still in shock from the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise and it will surely take a while for the news to sink in.  Rishi Kapoor passed away in a hospital in Mumbai after losing a long battle with cancer.  

Rishi Kapoor hails from a clan who made its mark in Bollywood beginning with his father Raj Kapoor, who is revered as one of India’s most greatest and influential actors and filmmakers.  Rishi Kapoor is the second generation Kapoor to make his mark in the movie industry.  Rishi won a National Award for his debut role as a child artist in Mera Naam Joker (1970,) a movie which starred his father Raj Kapoor.  Rishi Kapoor was known as a heartthrob for playing romantic roles on the silver screen and has racked up some impressive hits as the lead actor like Rafoo Chakkar (1975,) Laila Majnu (1976,) Sargam (1979,) Karz (1980,) Prem Rog (1982,) Nagina (1986,) Chandni (1989,)  Heena (1991) and Honeymoon (1992.) 

ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

Rishi Kapoor moved on to playing supporting roles in the latter part of his career and gave us many notable performances.   Hum Tum (2004,) Fanaa (2006,) Namastey London (2007) and Love Aaj Kal (2009) are some of the famous films in which Rishi Kapoor’s performances are still cherished to date.

 

Rishi Kapoor left a proud legacy and his son Ranbir Kapoor will continue to carry the torch through his films.   India and Bollywood will miss its charming heartthrob Rishi Kapoor, but there is no doubt his family, friends and fans will continue to remember him through his films.

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Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

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Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

Irrfan Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors whose career spanned almost three decades.  Irrfan Khan brought multiple accolades to India and Indian cinema throughout his career by acting in Indian, British and Hollywood movies. The Angrezi Medium actor, sadly passed away in Mumbai owing to a sudden colon infection.  Khan recently battled with a neuroendocrine tumour and has announced his success against beating the cancer.  

Irrfan Khan is known for his offbeat and slice of life movies which make the viewers deeply reflect on life and philosophy.  Having made his debut with the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay! (1988,) Irrfan rose to prominence with his wide variety of roles he essayed throughout his career.  However, Irrfan Khan’s talent gained recognition with his portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar (2011) in the biopic movie of the same name.  Khan won the National Film Award for the best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.

ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan’s Birthday: Looking At The Actor’s Best Performances

Over the course of his career Irrfan Khan appeared in several Hollywood films like  The Warrior (2001,) The Namesake (2006,) The Darjeeling Limited (2007,) the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008,) New York, I Love You (2009,) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012,) Life of Pi (2012,) Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016.) 

Some of Irrfan Khan’s best works came late into his career and they include movies like The Lunchbox (2013,) nominated for a BAFTA Award Haider (2014,) Gunday (2014,) Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and the critically acclaimed Hindi Medium (2017) which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of Bollywood before Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

Irrfan Khan’s last movie was the recently released Angrezi Medium which hit the theaters earlier this year.  With the untimely and unfortunate demise of one of India’s finest actors, Irrfan Khan will leave a huge void in Indian cinema but there is no doubt that Irrfan Khan immortalized himself on the silver screens.  Indian Cinema will miss the maverick actor of modern Bollywood classics.

 

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Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

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Nishabdham Trailer - Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat. 

The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house.  A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder.  Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated.  The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.

Watch the trailer here:

 

Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga.  The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.

Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles.  Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.  

 

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Hrithik Roshan Credits Ranveer Singh For Fashion Inspiration, Ranveer Responds

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Hrithik Roshan delivered one of biggest hits of 2019 with War, a movie jam packed with action, fights and beautiful visuals.  Following the movie, Hrithik Roshan seems to have taken some time off to vacation with friends.

Hrithik Roshan posted a picture from his vacation where he can be seen walking barefoot on a grass lawn wearing a red t shirt and a white towel wrapped around like a  ‘lungi.’ The actor credited Ranveer Singh for the fashion inspiration.

It is well known that Ranveer Singh has a fondness to make style statements through his eccentric dressing styles.  Ranveer Singh earlier paired a white t shirt with a green lungi and Hrithik Roshan’s credit was a subtle hint towards that.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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. Pic courtesy : @iam_sentinel . . Fashion inspiration courtesy : I guess @ranveersingh . .

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Needless to say, Ranveer Singh immediately responded with a comment on Hrithik’s Instagram post saying ‘sax’ god, a subtle nod to Hrithik  Roshan’s popularity and being on the list of the world’s sexiest men.

Hrithik Roshan will be working on Krrish 4, the next instalment of the Krrish franchise while Ranveer Singh will be seen in the upcoming Kapil Dev biopic 83.

 

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