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Manna Dey Dead: Bollywood Singer Was 94

24 October 2013 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Manna Dey, who sang scores of Hindi songs during the heyday of Bollywood, died Oct. 23 in Bangalore, India. He was 94 and had been ailing for some time.

Dey broke into the Hindi film biz under the aegis of his uncle, the legendary blind singer Krishna Chandra Dey.  In a career spanning the 1950s to the 1970s he sang a variety of songs from Urdu qawwalis (“Na to karvan ki talash” in “Barsaat ki raat”) to romantic ballads (“Oh meri zohra jabeen” in “Waqt”) and even comic songs (“Ek chatura naar” in “Padosan”). A classically trained singer, he wasn’t very happy about the latter number but gamely sang along.

Along with Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh, he was among the quartet of male singers who dominated the Hindi film music scene in the middle of the 20th century. Actors lip-synched to his songs in the style of Bollywood films in »

- Shalini Dore

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“I never wanted to be an actor,” says Shah Rukh Khan

10 May 2013 12:39 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Shah Rukh Khan recently stated in an interview with Filmfare Magazine that he never wanted to become an actor and assumed that he would never succeed within the world of Bollywood. The 47 year old actor took part in the interview to mark 100 years of Indian Cinema and also posed for a special edition cover along with two other legends; Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. “I never wanted to be an actor; I always wanted to be a sportsman” said Shah Rukh. “The first person who thought I could be an actor was Harry Baweja. He called my mother and told her, “Main aapke bete ko zaroor hero banaoonga.” My mom immediately wrote his number on a wall. Mom, of course, wanted me to be in the movies. I was 17-18 then and I used to do theatre. I didn’t want to do movies. But once my mother died, there was nothing left in Delhi. »

- Bodrul Chaudhury

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