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Happy Birthday Lata Mangeshkar & Ranbir Kapoor!

Today BollyCurry gathers to celebrate the birthday of two celebrities who belong to two different generations, but share the same date of birth.

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Today BollyCurry gathers to celebrate the birthday of two celebrities who belong to two different generations, but share the same date of birth. Yes, we are talking about the veteran legendary singer, Lata Mangeshkar and dashing actor, Ranbir Kapoor!

Lataji was the eldest child born to a Maratha family in 1929. Her father, Deenanath Mangeshkar was a classical singer and theatre actor, she took her first singing classes from her father. Lataji, along with her four siblings Asha Bhosha, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar are well known in the music industry.

Lataji started her career in 1942 when her father succumbed to death. She sang few songs, but her major break through was with the hit song "Dil Mera Toda" from movie Majboor (1948) followed by another popular song "Aayega Aanewala" in Mahal (1949). She sang various songs composed by renown music directors including Anil Biswas, Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali and S.D Burman. Songs such as "Aaja Re Pardesi" from Madhumati (1958), "Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" from Mughal-e-Azam (1960), "Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh" from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) took her straight to the top. In 1963, Lataji sang critically acclaimed "Aye Mere Watan ke Logo" in presence of the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru which is still ruling the hearts of billions of Indians. Later, she recorded several popular songs like "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai", "Gata Rahe Mera Dil", "Piya Tose" and "Lag Jaa Gale". Her association with Laxmikant-Pyarelal also gave her some critically acclaimed songs of her career like "Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra", "Dil Wil Pyaar Wyar", "Aa Jaane Jaan" and "Bindiya Chamkegi". She also sang several playback songs for Marathi films. Her duets with Mukesh, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar added multiple hits to her credit.

Lataji has won several awards and honors like the Padma Bhushan (1969), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1989), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), along with four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. In 1974, her name was included in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the most recorded artist in history. The Lata Mangeshkar Award was instituted by the Government of Madhaya Pradesh in honor of Lata Mangeshkar in 1984. She was further awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. 

On Lataji's birthday, we bring a small list of her chartbusters:

  1. "Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" - Mughal-e Azam
  2. "Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua"- Shree 420
  3. "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo"- Non-Film Patriotic Song
  4. "Hothon Pe Aisi Baat"- Jewel Thief
  5. "Inhi Logo Ne"- Paakezah
  6. "Satyam Shivam Sundaram"- Satyam Shivam Sundaram
  7. "O Paalanhare"- Lagaan
  8. "Mere Khwabon Main"- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
  9. "Tere Liye"- Veer Zaara
  10. "Luka Chuppi"- Rang De Basanti

Did You Know?
  • She always sings barefoot as a respect to the platform where she sings;
  •  Her birth name is Hema but was later changed to Lata after a female character, Latika in one of her father's play BhaawBandhan;
  • She used to compose songs under the pen name Anandaghan;
  • She has also acted in a few movies during the start of her career;
  • Renowned film producer Sashadhar Mkherjee denied to give her a break as he considered her voice very thin; and
  • Cooking and photography are her hobbies.

Handsome and charming, the heartthrob of Bollywood - we are talking about the one and only rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor. Born in 1982 in Mumbai to veteran actor-couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. Junior Kapoor is the great-grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor and grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. He has an elder sibling named Riddhima and is cousin to actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Kapoor did his school from Bombay Scottish School and pre-university education from HR college of Science and Commerce. Later, he relocated to New York to learn film-making at the School of Visual Arts and subsequently pursued acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Kapoor started his career as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the movie Black (2005) and later debuted with him as an actor in Saawariya (2007) opposite debutante Sonam Kapoor. Though the film failed but Kapoor was highly appreciated which led him to earning the Best Male Debut at the Filmfare Awards. Even though he had a rocky start, he managed to weave a path towards success gaining popularity in a very short period of time. Later, he did various critically acclaimed movies like Wake Up Sid (2009), Raajneeti (2010), Rockstar (2011), Barfi (2012) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). Kapoor was a playback singer for "Love Ki Ghanti" for his film Besharam (2013).

Junior Kapoor's upcoming projects include various films like Bombay Velvet (May 2015) directed by Anurag Kashyap co-staring Anushka Sharma, Raveena Tandon and Karan Johar. He also has Jagga Jasoos alongside Katrina Kaif, Imtiaz Ali's Tamasha opposite Deepika Padukone and Vicky Singh's Roy alongside Jacqueline Fernandes and Arjun Rampal.

We present to you a small playlist of Kapoor's popular songs
  1. "Jabse Tere Naina" - Saawariya
  2. "Khuda Jaane" - Bachna Ae Haseeno
  3. "Iktara"- Wake Up Sid
  4. "Tu Jaane Na" - Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani
  5. "Tum Ho" - Rockstar
  6. "Ala Barfi" - Barfi!
  7. "Badtameez Dil" - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  8. "Besharam" - Besharam

Did You Know?
  • He still takes Rs. 1500 pocket money from his mother every week;
  • He has his mother on speed dial;
  • He loves reading biographies and autobiographies;
  • Once he was rushed to the hospital when he drank his father's aftershave lotion;
  • He has a habit of wearing ugly and mismatched socks and has a strange fetish for ugly socks;
  • When he is in his car, he has a strange habit to add numbers on the number plate of every vehicle he sees; and
  • He joined film industry because he always wanted to do a Pepsi commercial ad.

Here's wishing Lata Mangeshkar and Ranbir Kapoor a very Happy Birthday! We at BollyCurry only hope that this new year brings both the celebrities an extra share of happiness and success to their kitty.

Writer: Peehu A.
Editor(s): Nisha M. and Sonia R.
Graphics: Virina R. 

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Arjun Rampal Asha Bhosle Kareena Kapoor Lata Mangeshkar Karisma Kapoor Katrina Kaif Prithviraj Kapoor Sanjay Leela Bhansali Sonam Kapoor Ranbir Kapoor Neetu Singh Deepika Padukone Rishi Kapoor Anushka Sharma Jacqueline Fernandez Jewel Thief  Mughal E Azam  PAAKEZAH  Satyam Shivam Sundaram  Shree 420  Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge  Saawariya  Rang De Basanti  Veer Zaara  Bachna Ae Haseeno  Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani  Rockstar  Barfi!  Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani  Besharam  Lagaan (1955) 

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