Archive for June, 2016

New book on RD Burman unravels music maestro’s escapades in Bollywood


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To mark the 77th birth anniversary of the iconic music maestro Rahul Dev Burman, award-winning senior showbiz journalist Chaitanya Padukone has come out with his latest book R.D.Burmania: PanchaMemoirs.


The book is nothing less than a goldmine for the legion of ardent Pancham Da (as RDB was fondly called) fans across the globe, as it contains loads of information and anecdotes never known before.

Author Chaitanya Padukone with RD Burman

Besides fascinating memoirs, it includes a collection of rare and startling vintage RDB photographs, with exclusive personal tributes by a galaxy of luminaries including Amitabh Bachchan, A.R.Rahman, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyerelal), Shekhar Kapur, Sonu Nigam, Sunil Gavaskar and Zeenat Aman. To add to this, the Bajirao Mastani filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has penned a forward to the book, revealing his personal experiences with RDB during the song-sitting of 1942-A Love Story.

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Not only was R.D.Burman a maverick genius when it came to composing music, he was known to be a quick-witted ‘funatic’ as well. Eminent playback singer Shailendra Singh recalls an episode. “Way back in ’81, we were travelling in my car during the monsoons and enjoying rounds of booze to keep ourselves warm. Suddenly the soda-water got over. Not one to give up so easily, Pancham Da insisted that we thrust our glasses outside the windows and said ‘cheers’ as the downpour filled up his glass,” he chuckles.

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This is just one of the dozens of anecdotes and trivia revealed in the book. Chaitanya is no ordinary author. Having been at the helm of entertainment journalism for decades, he also shared a close rapport with Pancham Da for nearly 10 years. Initially launched through Amazon, the book could soon transcend from digital medium to traditional print as well as other audio-video formats.


Rupali Suri to flare up the red carpet at IIFA

Actress and fashionista Rupali Suri has been chosen to be the official anchor at the red carpet for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala in Madrid, Spain this year. Rupali will cover a city tour for digital space content of the celebrations.

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With close to 150 Bollywood celebrities attending, an expected audience of around 20,000, and a business forum to facilitate talks of trade and collaborations, besides attractions integrating talent from India and Spain – the 17th IIFA event is poised to be a celebration of 60 years of the countries’ diplomatic relations.

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The Gladrags MegaModel winner will soon be making her big screen debut, playing a key role in director Arun Frank’s first feature film ‘Dad… Hold My Hand’.

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Rupali plays the lead’s fiancé Ria in the film starring Denzil Smith, Ratna Pathak and Jayesh Kodwani. Produced by Wet Grass Films and presented in association with Bad Girl Films (UK), ‘Dad… Hold My Hand’ is made entirely in English and shot in London and Mumbai. The film is expected to do more rounds of festival circuits, before releasing in India and the West.