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“Udit Narayan is the best singer, but only after Rafi-sahab”, opines evergreen legendary Mumtaz at GIEBA event

The legendary ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ lead actress was seen blushing even as Udit Narayan standing next to her on stage, fondly sang one of her romantic retro movie songs! Can you guess which song?

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Iconic Mumtaz blushes as Udit Narayan sings her song-- as impresario Harsh Gupta watches

By Chaitanya Padukone

A delightful surprise twist at the recent celeb-studded GIEBA Awards 2024, held at Mukesh Patel (NMIMS) Auditorium, was when the dignified legendary actress awardee Mumtaz shared the stage with eminent veteran star-singer awardee Udit Narayan. Despite the presence of various other sports, corporate and showbiz celebs, and ISRO scientists, evergreen charming Mumtaz was the cynosure of all eyes and was mobbed by both elderly and young fans.  The dignified ‘Apna Desh’ actress Mumtaz-Askari-Madhvani was accompanied by her tall, smart, handsome star-actor-nephew Shaad Randhawa (of ‘Aashiqui 2, ‘Ek Villain’ and ‘Ek Villain Returns’, etc fame).

Besides ‘living legend’ Mumtaz, the turn-out of film and showbiz celebrities at the glittering late-evening event included renowned playback singer Udit Narayan, showman film director Anil Sharma (of ‘Gadar 2 fame), actor Upendra Limaye (‘Gun master Freddy’ of mega-hit movie ‘Animal’ fame), celeb singer Hans Raj Hans, popular versatile star-actress Mona Singh, actress Sahila Chadha and famous duo-sister pop-singers Preeti-Pinky.

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Iconic Mumtaz blushes as Udit Narayan sings her song– as impresario Harsh Gupta watches

Under the leadership of Harsh Gupta (big Boss of HR Entertainment) the GIEBA Awards (Global Iconic Entertainment & Business Awards) have evolved into a benchmark recognizing outstanding achievements. This year’s 2024 edition was an amazing experience, paying tribute to exceptional individuals and organizations across diverse fields.

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GIEBA event LTA Awardee Mumtaz with Savji Dholakia, Udit Narayan and Harsh Gupta

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After getting her GIEBA-2024 Lifetime Achievement Award graceful actress Mumtaz, shared her sentiments on exiting the Hindi film industry, saying, “Though I left the film industry long ago, people still remember me and care for me so fondly it’s a fantastic feeling.” She also heartily congratulated ISRO scientists for their commendable work on the Chandrayaan mission.

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GIEBA event awardee Mumtaz with star-actor nephew Shaad Randhawa (right) and sr journalist Chaitanya Padukone

The modest Mumtaz while on stage, reacted with, “Compared to the extraordinary achievements of the ISRO Team towards Space Research and recent Chandrayaan-3 moon-landing and Aditya L-1 spacecraft, my achievements are nothing, “She said amidst loud applause. It was so heartening when Mumtaz responded to her chartbuster song ‘Chupp Gaye Saare Nazaare’ being played with her amazing facial expressions and hand gestures. Showering compliments on Udit, the outspoken Mumtaz said, “Udit Narayan is the best singer, but only after Rafi-sahab”. Moments later, awardee “fidaa-fan” Udit sang extempore a few lines extempore of her popular hit song ‘Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho’ from her movie ‘Sachhaa Jhutha’ (1970). Which had former Bollywood heroine Mumtaz blushing, even as she seemed touched by Udit’s sentimental respectful gesture.

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GIEBA event Mumtaz converses with Chaitanya Padukone

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Padma Bhushan veteran celeb singer Udit Narayan, expressing pride as an Indian, declared, “Receiving this award in the presence of genius Indian scientists, patriotic army personnel, and Bollywood veteran iconic actress Mumtaz-ji makes me immensely proud. Considering her phenomenal contribution– iconic Mumtaz-jee deserves even more than the highest civilian honour”, insisted Udit.

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Mona Singh with her GIEBA Most Iconic Actor 2023 Award

The ‘Khilona’ (1970) movie Filmfare award-winning, music-savvy, and agile dancer acclaimed senior actress Mumtaz recipient of the GIEBA Lifetime Achievement Award, added, “This is a moment I will cherish forever. I thank all the team members of GIEBA Awards from the bottom of my heart,” reacted the benevolent, dignified ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1971) lead-actress.

As a senior film journalist and author, I was humbled to ‘gift’ my authored book R D Burmania to the dignified Mumtaz and later have a brief wonderful conversation with her while being seated next to her in the auditorium.

(The writer Chaitanya Padukone is a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy award-recipient eminent senior entertainment journalist and author)

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