Superstar, King of Romance and Tragedy Dilip Kumar (दिलीप कुमार , دلیپ کمار)
celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, the 11th December 2012. All most all Bollywood celebrities wished him and showered
praise on the legend. Actor Amitabh Bachchan dedicated a piece in his blog to the veteran
actor. "It is a celebration for the greatest, on the eve of his birthday. He will turn 90, the 11th of December. Exactly 20 years older
to me by birth and exactly 2000 years ahead of me in our common vocation. He is my idol and has been since the day I first saw his
work," Amitabh wrote on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. Javed Akhtar wished as "Saalgiraah mubaarak Dilip saheb. Sir, you are the ultimate. Mera aqeedat bhara salaam qubool
kijiye." . Mahesh Bhatt:* Happy birthday Dilip Saab! .
Dilip Kumar and actress wife Saira Bano had organised a birthday bash on
the eve of the actor's birthday and the party saw the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Dimple Kapadia, Mahesh Bhatt
among others. Bollywood took to twitter to express its love and fondness for the
thespian, known for his memorable performances in Amar, Madhumati, Devdas, Shaheed, Leader, Daag, Naya Daur and
Dilip Kumar (दिलीप कुमार , دلیپ کمار), born *Muhammad Yusuf Khan*, has
been described as the "greatest" actor ever. His father, Lala Ghulam Sarwar, was a fruit merchant who owned
large orchards in Peshawar and Deolali in Maharashtra relocated to Bombay in the late 1920s. Dilip Kumar started working as a canteen supplier in Pune
in 1940, His first major hit was the 1947 film Jugnu. He appeared in many hits thereafter
including the romantic melodramas Mela (1948),Andaz (1949), Deedar (1951), Daag (1954), Devdas (1955), Yahudi (1958) and
/Madhumati (1958). These films established his screen image as the "Tragedy King".
His films Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur were fully colorized and re-released in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
In 1993 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan , the highest civilian award conferred by the government of Pakistan .
It is always a pleasure to meet Amitabh Bachchan and talk to him. Always a man of fine manners,
well-spoken, respectful towards seniors, humble about his exceptional
achievements, unflinchingly dedicated and disciplined at work, he should
be an example to aspirants and rising actors. I don't watch films on television. I prefer to watch sports
events or listen to soothing music, especially ghazals. I liked Aamir Khan's television show and thought
he did a service to the citizens of this country by taking up issues that they were battling in vain for years. He brought some fragile and
sensitive issues in the open without resorting to any kind of bravado or flamboyance.
Superstar, megastar, star of the millennium...Amitabh Bachchan turns
70 on Wednesday, the 11th October 2012. Amitabh Bachchan has been given many epithets in his four-decade long career in
Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan is now trying to harness the online medium
to reach out to the very people who showered these accolades on him - his fans. Whether it's Twitter, his blog or his voice blog, Amitabh is on a
mission to connect with as many people as possible.
After starting his blog in 2008, the Big B went on to start his voice
blog called Bol Bachchan in 2010. He later joined micro-blogging site Twitter. Amitabh says connecting with common people has helped him learn
Amitabh Bachchan plays Auro, a 13-year-old boy suffering with a premature aging disease
"I think the social sites like the blog and Twitter are absolutely
fabulous because they give you a chance to put your thoughts down and
immediately get a response," Amitabh told IANS in an interview. "So in case you're going wrong, you have the time to correct yourself,
and in case you are right, you get an endorsement that you're doing
something correct. Most of the times, the opinions we get from people
are brilliant...It's learning for me," he added.
Amitabh started his Bollywood career in 1969 with Khwaja Ahmad
Abbas' "Saat Hindustani", but it was 1973 film "Zanjeer" that actually kick-started his film journey. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Amitabh's stint on game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" has brought him closer to the people of real India. The latest season of the show sees a
lot of contestants from the disadvantaged groups, for whom meeting their screen idol is a dream come true.
41-year-old journey in Hindi cinema is exceptional in every sense. The characters from Big B’s landmark
films like ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Deewaar’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Black’, ‘Sarkar’ etc. made an immortal figure of Indian cinema.
Zohra Sehgal is in her nineties, but nervousness is the last thing on her mind.
She selected for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award on the occasion of 60th Republic Day.
Zohra Sehgal turned 101-years-old on Saturday, the 27th April 2013. In a career spanning almost eight decades, the actress has acted in a
number of Bollywood and Hollywood films.
She says I generally attribute longevity to — a disciplined and organised lifestyle and certainly a sharp sense of
humour, the lubricant that gels the two rigid words. She says, "I read the newspapers for an hour but, most important, I
recite the poetry of my favourite poets such as Faiz, Iqbal and Ali Sardar Jafri every evening." Zohra says her idea of
beauty revolved around blue eyes, blonde hair and gorgeous body. "I also wanted everything. But now I believe inner beauty is
actor Dev Anand a legendary Indian Bollywood actor and film
producer born September 26, 1923. He died at the age of 88 years 0n December 4, 2011. Dev is
still known for his charm and an inspiring legend, an amazing grace
living gracefully. In September 2010, Dev's autobiography "Romancing with Life" was released by the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Dev's image was like an evergreen star even when he was 88, due to his positive thinking, creativeness, to do some thing for his people and his nation.
Dev Anand was born Dharam Pishorimal Anand in Gurdaspur in undivided Punjab.
He graduated in English literature from the Government College, Lahore. His first film as an actor was Hum Ek Hain (1946). Ashok Kumar spotted Dev's
talent and picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi, costarring Kamini Kaushal (1948).
In 1949, Dev turned producer and launched his own company Navketan, which continues to churn out movies.
Dev married with his favorite heroine Kalpana Kartik. The marriage and the birth of son Suneil in 1956 did not affect Dev's career.
His hit films at that time were Taxi driver, Munimji, CID, Paying Guest and Kala Pani (1958). His first film in colour, Guide with Waheeda Rehman
was directed by his younger brother Vijay Anand. Jewel Thief, Johnny Mera Naam (1970),
Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Tere Mere Sapne, Des Pardes in 1978 were Dev's hit film.
Unlike Raj and Dilip, who slowed down in the Seventies, Dev continued to be a romantic hero.
Dev Anand is one of those few Indian actors/filmmakers who are politically aware and active and are ready to stand up for the cause that is dear to them. He led
a group of film personalities who stood up against the Internal Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
Dev Anand received several awards, honours and recognitions, some prominent awards as
1991 - Winner Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award,
1996 -Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award,
2001 - Padma Bhushan Award (India's third highest civilian award from the Government of India).
2001 - "Special Screen Award" for his contribution to Indian cinema.
2001 - "Evergreen Star of the Millennium" Award at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards
2002 - Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award for cinematic excellence
2003 - "Lifetime Achievement Award" for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema’ at IIFA Award
2004 - "Legend of Indian Cinema" Award at Atlantic City (United States).
2004 - "Living Legend Award" by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
2005 - "Sony Golden Glory Award"
2006 - "ANR Award" by the Akkineni International Foundation.
2006 - "Glory of India Award" by IIAF, London.
2007 - "Punjab Ratan" (Jewel of Punjab) Award by the World Punjabi Organisation (European Division)
In July 2000, in New York City, he was honoured by an Award at the hands of the then
First Lady of the United States of America - Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton - for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema'.
In 2000, he was awarded the Indo-American Association "Star of the Millennium" Award in the Silicon Valley, California.
In 2005, he was honoured with a "Special National Film Award" by the Government of Nepal at Nepal’s first National Film Festival.
Mandela, whose 95th
birthday is July 18, 2013 has been hospitalized since June 8.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the man credited with ending apartheid in South Africa, has marked his 90th birthday by calling for the rich to do
more for the poor. "If you are poor, you are not likely to live long," he said at his village house in Eastern Cape province for a birthday interview.
Friday also marks 10 years since Mr Mandela married his third wife, Graca Machel.
Birthday celebrations abroad have been going on for several weeks, including a concert in June in London's Hyde Park.
Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his part in the ANC campaign against white minority rule but went on to become the country's
first black president in 1994. Since stepping down in 1999, he has become South Africa highest-profile ambassador,
campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.
1918 - Born in the Eastern Cape
1964 - Sentenced to life for high treason
1990 - Freed from prison
1993 - Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1994 - Elected first black president
2004 - Retires from public life
2005 - Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness
In 2004, at the age of 85, Mr Mandela retired from public life to spend more time with his family and friends
to lead a peaceful life. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso described Mandela
as a source of inspiration for generations of Africans and world citizens. "His life illustrates the power of the will, of courage,
the power of freedom and also the force of reconciliation," Barroso said.
September 26, 1923 - December 4, 2011
Dev Anand in Gide film