Friday, November 9, 2018

My Elder Bro - My Guide, Friend, Mentor & Lifeline! #SiblingRivalry




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The relation of the sibling is a unique one in this world. It starts with confusion when the elder one is suddenly taken aback when he/she sees another kid joining their league, which eventually leads to a lot of fighting and crying while they are growing up and finally ends with immense love and respect for each other. They become each other's backbone. From keeping secrets to guiding each other for the best, this is my, Mayank Manohar ode to the relation that I share with my elder brother Mrinal Madhukar.





The best memory that I have, which still wanders in the theatre of my mind, is when I was in 4th grade and my brother was in 6th, and we decided to save our pocket money to gift our parents something on their respective birthdays. It was really sweet of him to come up with the idea at such a young age and his will to make me understand. That's how he is, someone who is always so caring about the people he loves that he will always do something special for them.


My brother has always been sensitive since he was a kid. I remember how when our cousins used to come over and leave, I was the least affected by anyone's departure. But my brother would start crying from the moment he learned that people are leaving and the vacation was over. A few of my cousins prayed that my brother is asleep when they have to leave but seldom had it happened. For me, it was more disturbing that the vacation was over and it was time to go back to school. For him, people mattered, more than that the relationships mattered.


While growing up though I had my own tantrums, I still remember how we used to play WWE on our bed and always kept on trying to imitate the moves of those wrestlers. He would grab me, lift me and toss me on the bed and it always used to end with our laughter and warning from our mother that the bed will give up soon if we continued practicing the moves...and a day arrived, when planks of the bed were replaced. Mom premonition came out true.




The age when we were crazy about the magnets and would go to any extent to get one...it was easily accessible to get after operating the toy collection, we had. Once, we even ruined one of the soft toys that our mother loved, it was a monkey who used to blabber whenever it was slapped. We operated on him and got that big fat magnet out. We got good slaps multiple times for doing magnet business but trust me, it was worth it. 



We have laughed together, cried together and have done a lot of mischiefs together but today both of us are on their respective paths to make something out of the life we have, the best part that exists is we have always got each other's back. He would lie to our mother when she found something fishy in my bag ahead of my school exams. The way, he made our parents understand how I felt about engineering and how I wanted to do something else in my life.

He has always ensured that I get the best of everything while he would settle for normal things. For instance, I have stayed in many cities for my studies while he couldn't. He always pushed me really hard for achieving everything that I aspire for. And the reason that I shared my emotions with him about how I felt about engineering was because being my big brother, he used to take my interviews and literally guide me how corporate interviews are supposed to be and how I was supposed to basically put a lot of butter on everything that I say with a lot of emphasis on a few keywords like team player, enthusiastic, optimistic, opportunist etc. It didn't go well down with me and I realized after getting rejected umpteen times that I was made for something else. But unaware of the fact, my brother was speaking to all of his friends and colleagues to get me a better job on my merit.

That was when one fine day I decided to drop him a text explaining everything which led to one thing to another.  For four years  I am placed in Delhi, pleased and content with my choice of profession and aspiring for more & more.

I have always been on the other side of the shore, where I didn't share the same aim as my bro to stick to the only study in schools or college. There were times when our teachers used to compare between me and my brother and there were times when I would get really agitated by his aim to study more and more. I received good scolding to concentrate on studies but my mind was always busy doing something creative. My bro has been the best student, best son, best brother, best friend and now a really good husband. 




I wish him all the best in his life and hope that he gets the best of everything. I may not have been a good brother at times, but I know I have got your back...that's my real strength.


Reminiscing those days of childhood, a plan struck to start a blog train on #SiblingStories and 36 Bloggers of them amalgamated to share their sweet, salt and pepper encounters of #SiblingTalk.Brand Angtatva collaborated with me to give a new shape to this beautiful blog train journey.


The Campaign #SiblingStories & #SiblingTalk hosted by Ila Varma in collaboration with Angtatva comes to an end after a month-long celebration of adventurous blog train trip with Siblings. I am happy that it ended peacefully minting excellent relationship with new and old bloggers from across the globe. The articles shared by all the participants are indeed wonderful, emotional and funny instances with our siblings and I am sure it has helped in unearthing new facts about our siblings.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Icon of Indian Cinema - Shammi Kapoor! #ZEE5





The world celebrated iconic Shammi Kapoor’s 87th birthday on 21st Oct.2018 posthumously. In his life, he incarnated himself as a hero of his time in showbiz. His unique style and body language caught the attention of masses, and people loved his attitude and performance.




Born in a family of legendary actors, the genes of acting was already in him. Shammi Kapoor was the son of the great cinema icon, Prithviraj Kapoor, who was a pioneer of Indian theatre and the Hindi film industry. The sibling of Great Hero, Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor rose to success and fame in showbiz industry from 1950 to 1980.


Shammi Kapoor got a career break in Jeevan Jyoti, released in 1953, but it did not grab the attention of audiences. Initially, he faced a lot of criticism for his acting. The failures did not deter his determination to give his best. His real cinema career got kickstarted with his amazing performance in Tumsa Nahin Dekha, that stole the hearts of millions of audience. It proved to be an important milestone changing his career graph in an upward direction. There was no looking back for the next decade in Bollywood…and his blockbuster movies, Dil Deke Dekho, Singapore, Junglee, College Girl, Professor, China Town, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya brought laurels for him, and people recognized his unique style in each of his movies…in a few years, he amassed a huge number of fan following. Even today, he is remembered for his exclusive acting style, and no one could ever replace his iconic style.


On the eve of Shammi Kapoor birthday, ZEE5 has launched a collection of 8 movies of this iconic superstar for the viewers of today and yesteryears. You can tune in to ZEE5 to watch those movies.

Pagla Kahin Ka: Shammi Kapoor played a role of a mentally challenged person. Asha Parekh was his co-star in the movie. This movie and the song, “Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge” was the favorite number of Shammi Kapoor, and later when mobile came into existence, he set this song as the ringtone. It was a sad movie, and the Indian audience was not so happy to watch their enthusiastic actor portray such a tragic character. It wasn’t a blockbuster at the box-office, but still, people do remember this movie.

Dil Deke Dekho:  Shammi Kapoor was in a comic role in this evergreen film, and it was one of the greatest hits of the 20th century at the Box-office and paved the way of success for the icon in a comic role. His dancing moves caught the attention of the audience. His dance moves were so crazy for that time period that some even compared to Elvis Presley.


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Junglee: In Junglee Shammi Kapoor dawned a new energetic character which contradicts his otherwise subtle way of acting. This movie gave a new dimension to his acting skill. It was one of the most significant hits of Shammi Kapoor. The audience was amazed by his performance in this light-hearted musical movie. Shammi portrayed his character so flawlessly that even today people just can’t enough of his acting skills. Still, the tag “Yahoo” and the song “Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe” is gonna be remembered for generations to come.





 Kashmir Ki Kali: It was a blockbuster romantic movie of Shammi Kapoor. Sharmila Tagore played the lead heroine against Shammi Kapoor. The elegance and the grace of both the actors under the backdrop of Kashmir stole the heart of millions. Kashmir Ki Kali was a great hit at the box-office, and even today, it is recalled as one of the iconic movies of the 20th century.






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Shammi Kapoor unusual style aided him to become the heartthrob of our nation. He is an asset to our Indian Cinema, and ZEE5 pays their tribute by introducing his iconic movies of different genres and different time period.


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