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New Delhi: In a major move, the Mumbai Police slashed the security of Bollywood celebs on Friday. Security of at least 25 Bollywood celebrities was downgraded.

Senior officials confirmed that the security was trimmed to nix the “unwanted” security cover.

Earlier, Bollywood stars were seen very less in public. They were seen only in special programs, but with marketing becoming a must for movies, celebs were seen frequenting common places.

Notably, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan were always seen enveloped in tight security blankets.

However, controversial comments by the Bollywood Khans compelled the administration to beef up the security. But after assessment review, the officials pointed that the celebrities do not have any further threat and so their security were slashed.

But 15 celebrities would enjoy tight security due to genuine threat perception.

Security of at least 25 celebrities including director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director Raj Kumar Hirani, and director Farah Khan were withdrawn.

The rest 15 Bollywood celebrities who would still be under security cover include Akshay Kumar and producers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt.

Notably, Akshay Kumar received coercion calls from the underworld following the release of his movies Khiladi 786 and Oh My God.

The Bhatt brothers also received threat calls from the underworld and the terror outfits.

However, iconic figures like Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar will enjoy the round the clock security, said police.(Inputs from agencies)

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Bollywood has Faced a Major Setback Due To Lockdown, says Veteran Filmmaker Subhash Ghai

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a "major setback" for Bollywood

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Subhash Ghai says that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before. Wikimediacommons

Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a “major setback” for the Indian film industry. “Like any other industry, Bollywood will also have to face challenges as far as producing films is concerned,” he tells IANSlife.

Adding, “Like other industries, the film industry will also face challenges with new changes in producing films for big and small screen. The situation is still wait n watch post the lockdown. It was a major setback for us, but we will fight this out together. We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again.” However, the ‘Karz’ director believes that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before.

“Trust me, it will be a better world with better wisdom, discipline, creative, innovative in socio political and economic platforms latest by post 2024. Changes in between may create chaos conflict and confusions in the world with new debatable decisions. But finally it will settle for better world. It will be ‘yuga parivartan’ period,” says the ‘showman of India’.

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We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again, Ghai says. Pixabay

Ghai, who is the Chairman of Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC), is hosting a webinar on Vidyadaan, an initiative by MESC, which aims to provide informal vocational education and skill development. “It’s all for people and students who are eager to know about our first time initiative of Vidyadaan — a unique platform for informal education online and physical by connecting masters gurus and experts from various arts and crafts and professionals,” he says.

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During the webinar to be held in the coming week, Ghai will answer students’ queries as a Chairman of MESC. “Our key objective is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in Media & Entertainment Space in the country. I will emphasis on skill-based education rather than only imparting academic education.” (IANS)

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GoodwillforGood: Vidyut Jammwal Launches Initiative to Support Ideas of Entrepreneurs

Vidyut has also motivated his fans to stay physically and mentally fit during lockdown

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Vidyut Jammwal, Angira Dhar and others snapped during Commando 3 promotions in Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal has started an initiative to support ideas from different parts of India.

Vidyut has been helping and motivating fans to stay physically and mentally fit since the beginning of the lockdown in March, and now he wants to help people stay financially fit too.

Talking about the initiative, Vidyut said: “I am what I am today because of the love and support I have received over the years. GoodwillforGood is an initiative that is very close to my heart and it is my way of giving it back to society. I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it. Through this initiative, I will promote these brilliant minds and their unconventional proposals.”

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“I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it.”, says Vidyut. Pixabay

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The fitness enthusiast is best known for starring in the “Commando” franchise.

Vidyut will next be seen in the movie “Khuda Haafiz”. (IANS)

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Jaspal Singh: Bollywood’s Voice Lost in Transition

Jaspal Singh has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang

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Jaspal Singh
Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970's and 1980's.

By Kashish Rai

The beauty of the Hindi film industry lies not only in it’s stories but also in the songs that get in tune with the mood of the narratives. These songs remain eternal in the minds of the audience for generations to come, but unfortunately the ones who give their melodious voice in these songs are not always remembered. Jaspal Singh is one of them.

Today we have brought in light one of those gem singers of bollywood~ Jaspal Singh, who has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang.

  • Who is Jaspal Singh?

 Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in Amritsar and during his school and college days, he realised his passion for singing. He used to participate in various music competitions throughout his school and college life. To further pursue his passion for singing he went to Mumbai where his sister used to stay.

Jaspal’s talent was first and foremost recognised by well known female singer Usha Khanna during the year 1968.

  • Jaspal’s Early Life Struggle

Jaspal Singh was provided a chance to sing at a professional level, however he did not get the recognition which he deserved in his life. He struggled to make a career in singing and would often visit Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai time and again.

Jaspal was always an ardent fan of Mohammed Rafi and grew up listening to his songs and singing Rafi’s songs whenever he got the opportunity. As he was attracted to only film songs he did not undergo any training in classical music.

Due to peer pressure, he started practicing law and started living in Mumbai. In spite of the hardships he was facing, he never gave up and then, a well known Music Composer, Ravindra Jain gave him the big break for a song in the movie called ‘Geet Gata Chal’ of 1975. After this song, he became a prominent name. His voice was unique and was unlike any other and he sang for some hit bollywood movies like ‘Nadiya ke paar’, ‘Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’,’Sawan ko aane do’, etc.

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  • Jaspal’s Singing Career in Bollywood Industry

In 1975 as the opening credits of the newly released film “Geet Gaata Chal” rolled out and the cinema hall resonated with the fresh, melodious, energetic and high-pitched vocals of Jaspal Singh singing the title song- ‘Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunata chal…’

Every viewer was mesmerized by this totally new, original, youthful and brilliant voice which was both pleasing and heart-warming. This was the magic his voice had.

For the audience who did not see the film at that time, hearing the song was enough to transport them to the villages and immediately entreating up images of the person dancing amidst the lush green fields, flowing rivers, chirping birds and pleasant winds. Such was the effect the song had on the listeners of that time that it became one of the most iconic songs of the decade.

The film “Nadiya Ke Paar”  produced by Tarachand Bharjatya under his banner “Rajshri Productions” was to be the launch vehicle for introducing child artists Sachin and Sarika as adult stars in a romantic story. As the existing singers of the time were all associated with different popular heroes, the new male singer Jaspal Singh was chosen to do a  playback for Sachin. Not only did the film became a big hit, all the songs of the film also became super-hits and music lovers wholeheartedly accepted Jaspal Singh as the new sensational voice.

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A still from the movie “Nadiya Ke Paar”. Pinterest

According to an interview, Ravindra Jain was apprehensive about giving Jaspal the title song which according to him was his best composition for the film but associate producer Rajkumar Bharjatya was in favour of taking the risk. Whatever the concerns may have been, still the fact remains that finally Jaspal Singh did get the green signal to record all the songs and the rest as they say is history.

Jaspal Singh was very thrilled to get such a golden opportunity. Those days it was not very easy for a new singer to make inroads into the industry especially without any father figure to launch him!

Luckily for him the film established him in a big way. He proved his versatility in the film by singing fun songs, romantic song and even ‘bhajans’.

Though, popular perception is that Geet Gaata Chal was Jaspal Singh’s debut film, technically he had made his debut earlier in 1968 in the film Bandish. It was music director Usha Khanna who decided to give him a break. She gave him a solo number which was picturized on a comedian in the film. As the film did not create any ripples, the song also did not get much attention and Jaspal Singh’s debut song went virtually unnoticed.

After this he also sang a duet with Mahendra Kapoor for the film Anjaan Hai Koi, 1969, but again that song also did not receive any great response. Once again Usha Khanna was the music director and the song was picturized on character artistes. In the coming years, he started singing for many other films in Bollywood.

  • How did Jaspal “Lost in Transition?”

Slowly it was becoming evident that as Jaspal Singh’s voice had become the voice of actor Sachin, he was not going to be used for any of the top actors of that period. Also keeping in consideration the type of films he was singing for, he did not get an opportunity to sing a variety of songs in his career. Eventually, actor Sachin’s career also did not take off in a very big way as a hero and in the absence of any top music director willing to try his voice, Jaspal’s career went towards a downward trend.

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He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. Pinterest

But today, he has no complaints whatsoever with his career. He feels that whatever he accomplished was due to divine blessing and his good fortune. He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. His stint in Bollywood got him many stage shows all over India and abroad as well which gave him an opportunity to outshine him.

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Indeed this winsome vocalist’s career was short-lived but whatever he sang was melodious and from the heart. Today not many people may pause to recall this underrated singer but for those who grew up in the seventies, his songs remain etched in their memories and listening to them still gives them inexplicable pleasure.