Mumbai, India – The annals of Bollywood history are filled with tales of films that were announced with great pomp and circumstance but never saw the light of day. Among these forgotten gems lies the story of Subhash Ghai’s ‘Shikhar.’ In the early 1990s, Ghai, a veteran filmmaker known for his grand visions, embarked on an ambitious journey with two stellar actors, Shah Rukh Khan and Jackie Shroff. The ‘mahurat’ (inaugural ceremony) was celebrated with fervor in the heart of Haryana, but alas, ‘Shikhar’ remained a dream unfulfilled.
Budgetary Woes Led to ‘Shikhar’s’ Demise
In a candid conversation with ANI, Subhash Ghai revisited the memories of ‘Shikhar’ and unveiled the reasons behind its unfortunate demise. He disclosed, ” ‘Shikhar’ was conceived with a war backdrop, and we even completed the ‘mahurat’ and recorded a few songs. However, the film had to be shelved due to the financial strain caused by the failure of ‘Trimurti.’ It was a tough decision, but we decided to make a smaller film instead, and that’s how ‘Pardes’ came into being.”
‘Pardes’: The Phoenix that Rose from ‘Shikhar’s’ Ashes
Although ‘Shikhar’ was scrapped, Subhash Ghai didn’t disappoint his fans. In 1997, he collaborated with none other than Shah Rukh Khan once again to create ‘Pardes.’ This film also marked the debut of the talented actress Mahima Chaudhry. ‘Pardes’ delved into the clash of values between Indian and Western cultures. Shah Rukh Khan portrayed the lead character of Arjun, a man settled in a foreign land who steadfastly upheld his cultural roots.
The Resonating Success of ‘Pardes’
Beyond its compelling storyline, ‘Pardes’ owed much of its success to its soul-stirring songs, including ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ and ‘Meri Mehbooba,’ which have continued to captivate audiences for over two decades. The film’s music launch was graced by the late politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee, adding to its significance in Indian cinema history. Even after 25 years since its release, ‘Pardes’ remains etched in the hearts of moviegoers, particularly for its timeless love ballads, ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ and ‘Meri Mehbooba.’
Subhash Ghai’s journey from the shelving of ‘Shikhar’ to the resounding success of ‘Pardes’ serves as a testament to the resilience and creativity of Bollywood. It reminds us that even when dreams are deferred, they can resurface in new and unexpected ways, creating cinematic magic that endures through generations. ‘Pardes’ will forever stand as a shining example of how adversity can lead to the creation of timeless art, proving that in the world of movies, as in life, second chances can be the most beautiful of all.
As we celebrate the legacy of Subhash Ghai and the enduring appeal of ‘Pardes,’ it’s clear that sometimes, when one door closes, another opens, revealing a path to greatness. Ghai’s journey is a poignant reminder that in the world of cinema, as in the broader canvas of life, the show must go on, and sometimes, the unplanned detours lead to the most extraordinary destinations.
Bhajan Singer Chettan Krishan Malhotra Hits a Milestone with His 19th Devotional Hit, “Vaishno Mata”
Renowned Bhajan singer Chettan Krishan Malhotra is making waves with his 19th consecutive devotional hit, “Vaishno Mata,” following his previous success collaborating with T-series. The melodious track, crooned and composed by Chettan Krishan Malhotra, is gaining immense popularity and resonating with listeners.
Renowned Bhajan singer Chettan Krishan Malhotra has achieved a remarkable milestone with his 19th consecutive devotional hit, titled “Vaishno Mata.” Following his previous success collaborating with T-series for the hit devotional song “Pashupatinath Dijiye Darshan,” the artist is back with another soul-stirring and melodious track that is captivating the hearts of music enthusiasts.
“Vaishno Mata,” a devotional song that seeks to invoke a sense of spirituality and devotion, is creating waves in the music industry. The track, which is crooned and composed by Chettan Krishan Malhotra, features lyrics penned by Shiv Safar. Produced by Artbaaz Studios and featuring music by Dhruv Patel and Vaibhav Raghvani, this devotional composition has struck a chord with listeners of all ages.
Chettan Krishan Malhotra’s journey in the world of devotional music has been nothing short of extraordinary. With each release, he has managed to touch the hearts of his audience, creating a sense of deep spiritual connection through his soulful tracks. His collaboration with T-series for the devotional hit “Pashupatinath Dijiye Darshan” garnered immense praise, and he is back with yet another gem, “Vaishno Mata.”
In a recent interaction, Chettan Krishan Malhotra expressed his delight and gratitude for the response “Vaishno Mata” has received. He shared, “After my successful association with T-series for my previous hit, ‘Pashupatinath Dijiye Darshan,’ I had the privilege of working on ‘Vaishno Mata’ with my son Keshaav Chetan Malhotra, who is not only an accomplished actor but also a talented singer and composer. We composed this devotional track together, and I am extremely happy with the way it has been received by our audience.”
While many artists aspire to collaborate with renowned music labels like T-series, Chettan Krishan Malhotra’s dedication to his craft led him to release “Vaishno Mata” on his own channel. Despite facing some challenges due to personal commitments and scheduling conflicts, the artist managed to share this soulful composition with his listeners, and the response has been overwhelming.
“Vaishno Mata” is a testament to Chettan Krishan Malhotra’s unwavering commitment to his craft and the divine connection he shares with his audience. This devotional track marks his 19th consecutive hit in the genre, and it has been made possible through the love and soulfulness he infuses into each of his creations. As the song continues to gain popularity, it is evident that his music resonates deeply with listeners, providing them with a sense of spirituality and devotion.
Chettan Krishan Malhotra’s impressive repertoire includes devotional hits such as “Sai Tera Hi Naam,” “Hanuman Chalisa,” “Hanuman Milenge,” “Shyam Nazro Mai Hi,” “Sai Tere Dar Pe,” “O Vrindavan Bihari,” “Ganpati Bappa Morya,” “Jai Mata Di,” “Kanhaiya Sang Holi,” “Mere Nath Ganpati,” “Tumhari Sharan Mein Aake Shyam,” “Pashupatinath Ke Baba,” “Jai Kedarnath Mahakaal,” “Jai Badrinath Dham,” “Maiya Time Kad,” “Jai Siya Ram,” and many more.
With each new release, Chettan Krishan Malhotra’s fan base continues to expand, and his devotional hits provide solace, inspiration, and a profound connection to the divine for his listeners. As he celebrates the success of “Vaishno Mata” and looks ahead to future projects, it is clear that his devotion and dedication to creating soul-stirring music will continue to touch the hearts and souls of his audience.
Salman Khan Unveils Leke Prabhu Ka Naam
After creating a buzz with first look poster and teaser, finally first single, Leke Prabhu Ka Naam from Tiger 3 is out.
Superstars Salman Khan shared the song on social media, he wrote, “Hope you like the song…#LekePrabhuKaNaam OUT NOW #Tiger3 arriving in cinemas on 12th November. Releasing in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.”
The song is composed by Pritam, penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, it is crooned by Arijit Singh and Nikhita Gandhi, and the song is choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.
In the song, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, as Tiger and Zoya, are seen dancing with each other at a stunning location in Cappadocia, Turkey. Their chemistry in the trippy dance track is awesome!
Helmed by Maneesh Sharma. Produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films, the film also stars Emraan Hashmi.
Following the events of Tiger Zinda Hai, War and Pathaan, Tiger and Zoya are framed as traitors by a revenge-seeking terrorist named Aatish where they set on a life-threatening crusade to prove their innocence.
Tiger 3 is scheduled to be released on 12 November 2023 in standard and IMAX formats coinciding with Diwali.
If You Were the Last Trailer Is Out
Peacock drops the official trailer for an original romantic comedy film titled If You Were the Last, directed by Kristian Mercado, penned by Angela Bourassa
This sci-fi rom-com with a simple twist is about two people stuck on a spaceship out in the solar system questioning their relationship and sex and everything else.
The film stars Anthony Mackie, Zoe Chao, Natalie Morales, Geoff Stults, Missi Pyle, Sarah Voigt, and Kaleka.
Adam and Jane (Anthony Mackie and Zoe Chao) are three years into a NASA mission that has gone very wrong: Their ship is broken and drifting between Jupiter and Saturn. Finding ways to pass the time as they become certain that no one is coming to save them, they argue over what to do.
One day, Adam poses that maybe they should sleep together; Jane laughs the idea off, but it then prompts a flirty debate about whether they’re better off spending their remaining days as friends or something more.
The film stars streaming from October 20th, 2023.
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