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Without Make Up: Mahesh Bhatt pays tribute to Irrfan Khan !

A special tribute to Irrfan written by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt for CineBlitz May special issue. Take a Read !

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29thApril 11.34 am. Two words ‘Irrfan gone’ leap out of my smart phone and hit me like a tonne of bricks. 

There’s an end and there is an ending to that end but when the end arrives it leaves one shattered. Though Irrfan Khan was suffering from cancer and was being treated by the best of the best doctors available in the world, the truth is that a feeling of a sudden end hovered over the heads of his family and friends. But hope is Mother Nature’s best pain killer. As they say, man lives in hope and dies in hope. Alas, with that message it was clear to me that life had lost in the race with death.

As minutes melted into hours and hours into days, I found myself drowning in a sea of memories. Sounds, smells and images of bygone days began to flicker in the inner auditorium of my heart. 

I was hurled into that enchanting evening where I first met Irfan Khan. The sun had set but it’s afterglow made everything in Writer-Director Vinta Nanda’s flat sparkle. Since there was a power failure,Vinta was arming herself to deal with the fast deepening darkness by filling every corner of her modest abode with candle light. I felt as if I had walked into a Chapel. What actually contributed to this feeling was the explosive presence and the eloquent silence of Irrfan Khan. The story was that Irrfan, knowing that I was coming to meet Vinta,had requested her to engineer a meeting with me without making it too obvious. 

“I will just pretend as if I have dropped in to see you. You can introduce me to him… thereafter let’s see where things go.”

Though nothing substantial transpired between us that evening, the truth is the after taste of that silence which I had experienced in our first evening became the bed rock on which we forged a long personal and professional relationship. And then years later one evening when I was driving to my farmhouse in Kalote, I got a call from Irrfan. In his usual light-hearted manner Irrfan asked me if I knew any doctor of repute who could help him get an accurate prognosis of a very rare kind of cancer for someone close in his family. Don’t ask me how but when I put the phone down my heart told me that the relative he was talking about was none other than himself.

Hours later when I spoke to my Doctor friend he simply said, “I see no hope Sir. You should help him and his family to brace themselves for the worst. I have also informed his wife about how grim things are. The chances of his recovery seem bleak.”

A few days later Sutapa called me and asked me to come over to meet Irrfan. By now the industry was buzzing with the news of how serious his condition was. It was a quiet afternoon when, with a heavy heart, I rang the doorbell of his plush apartment. When the door swung open, a sombre-looking domestic help without meeting my eyes led me in.

Hardly had I taken a step or two when I saw a frail Irrfan emerge from his bedroom heading to greet me, wearing a weak smile. It takes courage to look into the eyes of a friend who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. 

Looking into his eyes was like staring at the blazing sun. I blinked and then averting my gaze began singing ‘

 Mainey dil se kaha dhundla nakhush inaasa majhlaaya ghum to yeh ghum hi sahi..  

My singing made Irrfan’s pale, weak smile bloom. Memories of ‘Rog’ the film which was produced by Pooja Bhatt in which he starred as a leading man for the first time coursed through our hearts. Holding my hand he led me to a corner. Even before we settled, Sutapa emerged and joined us with heart-breaking warmth.

“Irrfan, the taste of death intensifies ones’ passion for life. I have no words to offer you… but I urge you with my entire being not to postpone living anymore. Do whatever your heart has pined for, longed for with audacity, because who else better than you know that none of us are assured a tomorrow. The doctors will do what they have to do to fight this dreadful disease. Thank god you have the means to afford the best treatment, but just live…” I said. Even before I had concluded what I had to say he interrupted me and said something I will never forget. 

“Bhatt Saab it’s very strange, ever since I’ve come to know how serious things are I find that everything that was unimportant has withered and just dropped out of my life. There are times when I am invaded by the kind of peace I have never known in my entire life.” His words had the authority which emanates from a life lived. We sat down for a while conversing but all that I retain of that unusual man whom I had met in that candle-lit dusk many summers ago is the warmth of his hand and the glow of his smile.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Thank you life for gifting me Irrfan.

(This is an excerpt from our special May issue on Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. Please click on this link to read more)

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Sony Music India drops music album of Dil Bechara by A. R. Rahman

Dil Bechara is Sushant Singh Rajput last film directed by Mukesh Chhabra

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Composed by the Oscar-winning legend, A. R. Rahman, the entire music album of Mukesh Chhabra’s upcoming film, Dil Bechara, releases today as a celebration of the legacy of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who will be seen starring in it along with debutante, Sanjana Sanghi. The trailer of the film dropped on Monday and became the most viewed trailer on YouTube surpassing the likes and viewership of Avengers: Endgame within just 24 hours.

Love has been pouring in for Chhabra’s forthcoming directorial debut and fans of Rajput and the writer of the book the film is being adapted from (John Green), just can’t wait to watch it. In view of the unprecedented anticipation for its streaming, Sony Music India releases the complete album composed by the celebrated maestro A. R. Rahman.

The soundtrack to Dil Bechara comprises a diverse mix of songs sure to resonate with both young listeners and old romantics. The film’s eponymous title track, sung by Rahman, is a vibrant celebration of life’s ups and downs, diving into the soul of a generation that wears its heart on its sleeve. “Maskhari,” a lighthearted song about friendship, features Sunidhi Chauhan and Hriday Gattani on the vocals, while Shreya Ghoshal and Mohit Chauhan’s “Taare Gin” plucks at the strings of new love. On“Khulke Jeena Ka,” an adaptation of Rahman’s unreleased Tamil track “Kannil Oru Thali,” Arijit Singh and Shashaa Tirupathi sing about the adventures of youth. “Main Tumhara,” sung by Jonita Gandhi and Hriday Gattani, is a pivotal song on the film’s soundtrack; a revelatory track tied to the film’s mystery. Originally incomplete in the story, Kizzie (Sanjana Sanghi) and Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput)—the protagonists of Dil Bechara—are on a quest to complete this very song.

Says A.R. Rahman, “Composing music doesn’t have any formula, it is a thing of the heart. When I write songs, I let them breathe for some time and then present it to the director. It was a great experience collaborating with Mukesh Chhabra on this film; his enthusiasm is infectious. This whole album is carefully curated because the film has so much heart, and now, memories of Sushant. It was a pleasure to work with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya on this soundtrack of love. The songs are eclectic and feature an amazing lineup of India’s top singers and musicians. I hope you will like the album.”

Director of the film, Mukesh Chhabra says, “Befitting the story of the film, its music album is an emotional rollercoaster of romance, friendship and the odds pitted against two young people in love. Having A. R. Rahman aboard for the music of my directorial debut is a dream come true. What’s amazing about the genius of Rahman in this album is that it beautifies the narrative and takes it forward. I can only hope that the listeners enjoy it.”

A Hindi adaptation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, Dil Bechara is a story of Kizie and Manny, two ordinary people who fall in love as a tragic turn of events close in on them. Produced by Fox Star Studios, directed by Mukesh Chhabra and starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi, Dil Bechara will be streaming on Disney Hotstar on the 24th of July, 2020. Released by Sony Music India and composed by A. R. Rahman, the music album of the upcoming film is available to listeners now.

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Pyar Ki Luka Chuppi : Will Angad receive a response to his proposal from Sristhi on his Birthday?

After a one-year leap Sarthak who had parted ways from Srishti is spellbound by her transformation and is repenting his decision

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The track of Pyar Ki Luka Chuppi, one of the first shows which went on air with fresh episodes, has come to a rather interesting situation. While Sristhi (Aparna Dixit) has moved on and is focused on her career, Sarthak (Rahul Sharma) finds himself at cross roads. Angad’s (Alan Kapoor) entry in the show has made things more complicated/uneasy for Sarthak. To add to it Angad has developed feelings for Srishti and after a lot of contemplation proposes to her. However, does not receive a clear response.

It is Angad’s Birthday and Sristhi is invited too. Angad is looking forward to the evening with all his close ones and also hope to receive a reply from Sristhi.

Will Sristhi be able to take a decision and will Angad be happy with what he hears?

Tune into Pyar Ki Luka Chuppi only on Dangal TV at 7:00 pm to know more

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The first look of Prabhas’ 20th film to release tomorrow and his fandom has taken social media by a storm!

The film also stars an ensemble cast of Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree, Murli Sharma and Sachin Khedekar

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The enormous fandom of superstar Prabhas is at a standstill as ‘the first look’ for his 20th film will finally be revealed to them on 10th July at 10 PM!  To further boost the anticipation of the film, the makers of the film had dropped in a poster for the ‘first look reveal’ which informed the fans when should they expect it. The 10th of July is a very special date for the fans and Prabhas as they commemorate the release of the poster and 5 years of Baahubali: The Beginning!

As always, Prabhas’s roaring ginormous fandom took the social media by the storm to commemorate the upcoming release of the ‘first look’ from the film under the hashtag of ‘#Prabhas20’ which got trending soon after the announcement. Here are some of their posts:

Fan Sunil Jain tweeted the poster with the caption:

“Finally the wait is over,,, very exicted to see the first look of prabhas20. All the best

@actorprabhas @hegdepooja #prabhas20 #prabhasfans #prabhas #poojahegde #bollywood #tollywood #maheshbabu #bahubali #love #prabhasrajuuppalapati #prabhasraju #baahubali #actorprabhas”

Eagerly waiting for the ‘first look’ release fan Varshini Sounderajan tweeted:

“Wow I can’t believe #Prabhas20 first look on July 10th 10AM

I’m very excited 💃


Glad that the long wait was over M Adithya Reddy even changed his display picture to the announcement and tweeted:

“Finally the long wait is over 😀 hear we go our Darling  #Prabhas20 First look on 10th July”

Another fan tweeted:

“Marana Waiting 🤩🤩🤙 #Prabhas Anna 🥰

#Prabhas20Firstlook #Prabhas20″

Fan Ashish Nikam was delighted to hear the release of the announcement and he tweeted:

“Prabhas’s next pan india movie’s title &first look will be out on 10th July at 10am.😍😍😍

Film will be released in four languages #Hindi #Telugu #Tamil #malayala egarli waiting for it.

#Prabhas20 #RadheShyam”

The film also stars an ensemble cast of Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree, Murli Sharma, Sachin Khedekar, Priyadarshi, Sasha Chettri, Kunaal Roy Kapur and Sathyan. Gulshan Kumar and T-Series present Prabhas 20 as a UV Creation Production. The film will be directed by Radha Krishna Kumar and edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao.

The cinematography for Prabhas20 is done by Manoj Paramahamsa and the production designer for the film is RRaveendar. Prabhas20 is produced by Bhushan Kumar under his banner T-Series along with Vamsi and Pramod of UV Creations. So make sure to catch his ‘first look’ from the film!

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