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Our loved favourite characters of bollywood.

Over the past 10 years, Bollywood has brought to us innumerable stories. Strong characters leave imprints. As we celebrate the end of a decade, we remember some of the best Bollywood movie characters who have impressed us with their performances.

1. BARFI.

Barfi! is a 2012 comedy-drama film co-produced, written and directed by Anurag Basu.
Murphy “Barfi” Johnson ,a deaf-mute boy from Darjeeling and his relationships with two women, Shruti and Jhilmil. Barfi’s character was played by Ranbir Kapoor. This character catched our eyes by its innocence and fun nature. Always ready to prank up and a real charmer. His character tells us to enjoy smallest thing in life no matter how tough life is. Cheer up! Be barfi !

2. GEET.

Jab We Met is a 2007  romantic comedy film written and directed by Imtiaz Ali.   Fiesty punjabi girl geet dhillon. Every girl thought there was a little of geet  inside their hearts when this character was on screen. Kareena kapoor khan was a fire cracker playing this role . Geet’s dialogue ‘main apni favourite hu’ taught us so much of self love.  Geet made her own rules so that she can own up her mistakes too. She refused to settle for a compromise in love.

3. RANCHO.

One of the iconic bollywood characters is Rancho from 3 idiots! 3 Idiots is a 2009  coming-of-age comedy-drama film and directed by Rajkumar Hirani.  There are some characters  which come home with you, sticking to your mind, heart and emotions. Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad aka Phunsukh Wangdu  from 3 Idiots was the latter. Rancho  played by Aamir Khan remains etched in our memories, and the ‘Aal izz Well’ is still our motivation. His point of view towards education made every student hit their brains. And surely his character made a great impact.

4. NAINA.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani a romantic drama film, directed by Ayan Mukherji. No one could play chashmish better than Deepika padukone did. She lived the character.”Jitna bhi try karo Bunny life me kuch na kuch toh chootega hi. Toh jahan ho wahin ka mazaa lete hai”. Naina’s words definitely strike a chord in our hearts. She is total inspiration when she turns from unconfident Scholar Naina to fearless, independent Doctor Naina Talwar is surely an iconic bollywood character!

5. KHILJI.

Padmaavat is a 2018 epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Khilji, played by ranveer singh brought us goosebumps. He himself had to seek help of psychiatrist as he had completely submerged into the character.  The cruel ruler Alauddin Khilji in ‘Padmaavat’ who does not believe in principles or mercy. 

6. BASANTI.

Sholay a 1975  action-adventure film ,directed by Ramesh Sippy was a all time hit. Beautiful Hema malina had played this confident character. ” Basanti Inn Kutto Ke Samne Mat Nachna” is enough to know how much craze this character had brought. Fearless Basanti with her horse Dhanno flaunted her charm and is surely immortal in our hearts.

7. MUNNA BHAI.

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is a 2003 , comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani .Murli Prasad Sharma, better known as Munna Bhai, played by Sanjay dutt is one of the most memorable characters till date. When Munna Bhai enters the frame in his signature style, offering a ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’, all hearts melt. Despite being a ‘bhai’, he is lovable. Despite extortion calls, he is the go-to person for everyone. Despite threats of kidnapping, he is scared of his parents.

8. BABURAO.

Hera Pheri comedy film directed by Priyadarshan, in year 2000.Apart from its hilarious dialogues and comedy of errors, major credit goes to one man who lifts the movie entirely – Baburao Ganpatrao Apte aka Babu Bhaiya played by powerhouse performer Paresh Rawal. The character is also the “soul” of this sleeper hit, which has acquired a cult status over the years. ” Ye baburao ka style hai” is an emotion!

They define Immortality!!!

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Mridula Tripathi and Pankaj Tripathi : Endearing love story!!

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Pankaj Tripathi is a fantastic Indian actor. His versatile acting skills made all of us fall in love with him. His journey is also inspirational for many of us. All and sundry know him for the antagonistic role in the Gangs of Wasseypur film series. Lets know about Endearing Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story.

M is the wife of Pankaj Tripathi and she is a teacher by profession. We all know Pankaj and Mridula as husband and wife, but majority of us don’t know about arduous and endearing love story of this gracious couple. This cheerful couple has been married for 17 years and counting, and has a daughter named Aashi. So, lets throw some light over this beautiful love story and know little more about the love. 

Pankaj Tripathi with his wife and daughter.

How and where did Pankaj Tripathi meet Mridula for first time?

In an interview with better India, Mridula revealed the story how and where did she meet Pankaj and how this journey started. It was on the 24 May 1993 and she aforementioned that “It was my elder brother’s Tilak (engagement ceremony). I was on my way to a tiny room on the terrace to get dressed when this boy with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a beard crossed me. Those eyes would go on to follow me during the entire function.”

At that time Mridula was in nineth grade and Pankaj was two-year senior. Throwing light on the first meet Pankaj said “It was my sister’s wedding and I saw her on the balcony of the terrace and thought to myself, ‘This is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.’ And I did not even know who she was, or what her name was, at the time.”

Majority of us don’t believe on concept of love at first sight and term it as ‘aisa bas filmo me hota he’. Here we see the real love at first sight. Its true this happens in the films but this story is far more than that, it’s a film itself, a real-life film. So, let’s step into the real film adding on to this meet/introduction story.

The rising action – into Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story: 

Back into the 90’s, these days were not easy for a couples to communicate as we experience as of now. So only means of contact was via writing the letters. 

Pankaj Tripathi and Mridula Tripathi

Purportedly, in a span of five months Pankaj use to visit his sister’s house at least once, so that would give them a chance to spend quality of the time together. Adding on to this Mridula says “I would leave for school in the morning and could meet him only after dinner. That was our time. We would sit and talk, sometimes till early morning. We both loved reading and had so much to talk about the books, novels, characters, stories, and the writers.” 

Mridula- Breaking up with someone else to marry Pankaj: 

Writing letters and visiting the Mridula’s house continued the Pankaj Tripathi – Mridula love story, for almost eight years. Soon the time came, this was the time when her parents found a marriage alliance for Mridula. 

endearing couple pankaj and mridula

Finally, the time came Mridula says, “Pankaj confessed my brother and sister-in-law to the prospective groom’s place. He came and told me that it was a good match for me and I would surely get much of ‘Bhautik Sukh.’ I did not know so much Hindi back then and asked what that meant, and he said ‘material happiness.’ That’s when I felt that I was losing something very precious.”

After that Pankaj had to leave the place with aching heart. As because he needs to go at National School of Drama (NSD) to study. So, while in this span Mridula came up with an idea to break her marriage with someone else to marry Pankaj, Mridula says, “Only I know the lengths that I’d gone to break that marriage. And now the most important dilemma was communicating this news to Pankaj.”

After few days, on 24 December finally Pankaj spoke with all members of the family and Mridula just a day before her birthday. After the long wait for months, they got a chance to speak with each other. She says, “He wished me, and I reminded him that it was the next day. I tried really hard to convey my feelings to him, but he didn’t understand. It took a long explanation for him to finally get the drift.”

Era of Long-distance relationship: 

Now a days the long-distance relationships seem quite hard. And dating is quite common for today’s generation. Back then, dating was a peculiar among the society and people. But the love finds it way out from amidst condition, they managed to keep their love and spark alive in their long-distance relationship. The only means to keep their love alive was via letters, that too once in 10 days and the phone call- a fixed at fixed time around 8:00 PM. 

Happy starting – Pankaj and Mridula finally got married: 

After the 12 years of courtship and lots for struggle, the couple Pankaj and Mridula finally got married on 15 January 2004. Mridula being the Brahmin sister of Pankaj’s brother-in-law, it was against their caste to marry in a family. Yet, they sorted it out and have been happily married for 17 years now and still counting. That’s the reasons I said this story is far more than a story of film. A perfect story, love at first sight-tragedy-struggles and a happy ending towards new journey. 

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Bollywood music directors who are unbeatable in pairs!

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Music is the heart and soul of Bollywood. As Indians we all have grown up listening to music that Bollywood has given us in its myriad forms, and we all have fawned over it. The true artists behind the impeccable music are the music composers and bollywood music directors who have endowed us with some of the finest compositions and soulfully stirring musical pieces.

Today we will explore Top 13 Unbeatable Bollywood Music Directors Duos who have gained more recognition more than the solo composers and have continued to reign over the Indian music industry with their everlasting and memorable songs.

1) Shankar-Jaikishan

The true emperors of the Indian music industry, Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi and Jaikishan Jayabhai Panchal are popularly known as Shankar- Jaikishan. With their music composition, the duo set a new trend of freshness, gifted everlasting and versatile melodies to Indian music. They have also won 9 Filmfare Awards for best music director.

Some of the evergreen songs of Shankar-Jaikishan are:

Mera Joota Hai Japani (Shri 420)
Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai (Yahudi)
Awaara Hoon (Awaara)
Kisi ke Muskurahaton (Anari)
Baharon Phool Barsaao (Suraj)
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana(Andaaz)

2) Kalyanji-Anandji

This incredible duo was formed by the brothers Kalyanji Virji Shah and Anandji Virji Shah. They’ve composed music for over 250 films. The duo was always on top of the most recent musical trends. They had a fine flair for regional folk music and catchy dance numbers.

Some of the evergreen songs of Kalyanji-Anandji are:

Pal bhar ke liye (Johny Mera Naam)
Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezaar (Don)
Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta (Saagar)
Kya Khoob Lagthi Ho (Dharmatma)
Mere Desh Ki Dharti (Upkaar)
Apni Toh Jaise Taise (Laawaris)

3) Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma together known as Laxmikant Pyarelal are a composer duo. Between 1963 and 1998, they composed music for approximately 750 Hindi films. The have won 7 Filmfare Awards for best music director.

Some of the evergreen songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal are:

Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai (Daag)
Mere Naseeb Main (naseeb)
Hungama Ho Gaya (Anhonee)
Dard-e-Dil Dard-e-Jigar (Karz)
Bindiya Chamakegi (Do Raaste)
Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai (Shor)

4) Shiv-Hari

Shiv Hari is a Hindustani classical musical duo comprised of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (a santoor maestro) and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (a flute legend). They made their debut as composers in Silsila (1981). The duo composed music for eight movies, in which Yash Chopra directed seven of those films.

Some of the evergreen songs of Shiv-Hari are:

Yeh kaha aa gaye hum, Rang barse bheege chunarwali (Silsila)
Mere haathon mein (Chandni)
Chudiyan khanak Gayi (Lamhe )
Phoolon ke is Shehar mein (Parampara)
Are jane wale (Sahibaan)
Jadu Teri Nazar, Tu mere samne (Darr)

5) Nadeem-Shravan

The most successful music directors of the 1990s, Nadeem Akhtar Saifi and Shravan Kumar Rathod are known as “Melody kings of Bollywood “. Their first Hindi film as music director was “Maine Jeena Seekh Liya” (1982). The duo rose to fame from the movie “Aashique” (1990), which is still considered one of Bollywood’s greatest soundtrack.

Some of the evergreen songs of Nadeem-Shravan are:

Bas ek sanam chahiye (Aashique)
Dekha hai pehli baar (Saajan)
Aaye ho meri zindagi mein (Raja Hindustani)
Tum dil ki dhadkan mein (Dhadkan)
Jise dekh mera dil dhadka (Phool aur kante)
Do dil mil rahe hai (Pardes)

6) Anand-Milind

Anand and Milind Shrivastav, are the sons of legendary music composer Chitragupt Shrivastav. The duo made their debut as a music composer in “Ab Aayega Mazaa” (1984). However, they rose to prominece with Nasir Hussain’s film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”(1998). The duo’s strength has always been simple, good poetry, catchy lilting melodies complimented with peppy, groovy beats, and stylish Hindi film orchestration.

Some of the evergreen songs of Anand-Milind are:

Papa kehte hai (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak)
Dhak dhak karne laga (Beta)
Saathiya tune kya kiya (Love)
Ankhiyon se goli mare (Dulhe raja)
Khambe jaise khadi hai (Dil))
Mere yaar dildar (Jaanwar)

7) Jatin-Lalit

Jatin Pandit and his brother Lalit Pandit, popularly known as Jatin-Lalit are a music composer duo, best known for their soulful and romantic numbers in the 1990s. Jatin Lalit came into the foray with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’s eternal love song “Pehla Nasha”. However, their first track “Bin Tere Sanam”, from not very successful film Yara Dildara, was a raging hit.

Some of the evergreen songs of Jatin Lalit are:

Tujhe dekha toh (DDLJ)
Bahon ke darmiyan (Khamoshi: The Musical)
Me koi aisa geet gaoon (Yes Boss)
Yeh ladka hai deewana (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
Humko humise chura lo (Mohabbatein)
Tauba tumhare yeh ishare (Chalte Chalte)

A trio of Bollywood music directors who took Bollywood by storm!

8) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

This is a musical trio composed of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. The trio is like a cocktail, that masterfully blends Hindustani and vocal music with western fusion and pop. They have received numerous accolades, including the National Film Award, Filmfare Awards, and IIFA Awards. They are distinguished by their versatile and timeless music compositions.

Some of the remarkable compositions of Shankar Ehsaan Loy are:

Koi kahe kehta rahe (Dil Chahta Hai)
Mahi Ve, Its the time to Disco (Kal Ho Na Ho)
Maa (Taare Zameen Par)
Mitwa (Kabhi Alwida na Kehna)
Iktara (WAke Up Sid)
Ae watan, Dilbaro (Raazi)

9) Vishal-Shekhar

With the movie “Jhankar Beats” Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani ushered in a new era in Bollywood music, winning the R. D. Burman Award for Best New Music Talent from Filmfare. The song ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ from the movie became much popular. They have also worked as playback singers and have given numerous live performances, rocking the crowd with their catchy riffs.

Some of the remarkable compositions of Vishal-Shekhar are:

Dus bahane (Dus)
Aankhon mein teri (Om Shanti Om)
Ishq wala love (Student of the year)
Tujhe bhula diya (Anjana, Anjani)
Ude dil befikre, Nashe se chad gayi (Befikre)
Dil diya gala, Swag se swagat (Tiger zinda hai)

10) Salim-Sulaiman

Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant have composed some of the best songs and background scores for many Hindi films. Background score is a prominent aspect of their body of work, for which they have earned many awards for several films like Krrish, Bhoot, Mujhse Shadi Karogi, Dhoom, and Ab Tak Chappan.

Some of the remarkable compositions of Salim-Sulaiman are:

Mar jawaan (Fashion)
Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baja Barat)
Badal pe paaon hai (Chakde India)
Tujh mein Rab dikhta hai (Rab ne bana di jodi)
Shukhran Allah, Kurban hua (Kurban)
O re piya (Aaja nachle)

11) Sajid-Wajid

Sajid and Wajid Khan, sons of veteran tabla player Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, are another sibling duo who have made great music in the realm of Bollywood songs. Sajid–Wajid first scored music for Salman Khan’s “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” in 1998, thereafter they became a fixed name in all movies produced or starring by Khan family

Some of the remarkable compositions of Sajid Wajid are:

Dupatta tera nau rang da (Partner)
Mera hi Jalwa, Lele maza Le (Wanted)
Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahani)
Tere mast mast do nain (Dabangg)
Fevicol se (Dabangg 2)
Chinta ta chita chita (Rowdy Rathore)

12) Ajay-Atul

Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale are well-known names in the Marathi music industry. Started in early 2004, the duo has numerous hits in Marathi films and albums. The duo has also created some really great music for Bollywood, which has received a lot of attention and praise. For the Marathi film “Sairat “(2016), they became the first Indian music directors to record their music at Sony scoring studios in Hollywood.

Some of the remarkable compositions of Ajay-Atul are:

Zingaat (Sairat)
Abhi mujh mein kahi (Agneepath)
Mera Naam Tu (Zero)
Pehli Baar (Dhadak)
Sapna Jahan (Brothers)
Tharki Chokro (PK)

13) Sachin-Jigar

Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya, popularly known as Sachin-Jigar, are a music composer duo who compose music for Hindi and Gujarati films. They began as Pritam’s assistants but later went on to compose music on their own. The duo knows the pulse of the audience and entertain them with fresh, peppy, and vibrant music.

Some of the remarkable compositions of Sachin-Jigar are:

Chaar baj gaye (F.A.L.T.U)
Saibo (Shor in the city)
Gulabi (Shudh Desi Romance)
Hey Ganaraya (ABCD 2)
Kamariya (Stree)
Mileya mileya, Jaise Mera tu (Happy Ending)

These bollywood music directors have been a blessing to bollywood and the iconic songs we got that will stay in our hearts forever and ever.

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