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
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
Later, she recorded several popular songs like "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki
"Gata Rahe Mera Dil", "Piya Tose" and "Lag Jaa Gale". Her association
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
She also sang several playback songs for Marathi films. Her duets with
Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar added
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
On Lataji's birthday, we bring a small list of her chartbusters:
- "Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" - Mughal-e Azam
Hua Ikraar Hua"- Shree 420
Mere Watan Ke Logo"- Non-Film Patriotic
- "Hothon Pe Aisi Baat"- Jewel Thief
Logo Ne"- Paakezah
Shivam Sundaram"- Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Khwabon Main"- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le
Liye"- Veer Zaara
Chuppi"- Rang De Basanti
- 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
- 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
- Cooking and photography are
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
actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Kapoor did his school
Bombay Scottish School and pre-university education from HR college of
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
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.
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
- "Jabse Tere Naina" - Saawariya
Jaane" - Bachna Ae Haseeno
- "Iktara"- Wake Up Sid
- "Tu Jaane Na" - Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani
- "Tum Ho" - Rockstar
- "Ala Barfi" - Barfi!
Dil" - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
- "Besharam" - Besharam
- 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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