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Singing 60!

Friday, July 26, 2013
By Chaitanya Padukone

Prolific Bollywood movie producer-composer and  iconic bhajan and ghazal singer Anup Jalota who celebrates his 60th birthday this weekend with a private musical ‘Jalwa-e-Jalota’ marked by a Venus compilation album release, feels that this diamond jubilee is more of a rocking re-start but with a streak of maturity.  His only regret is that he wishes he could continue to learn music from his late father-guru Purshottamdas for many more years.

The ‘bhajan samrat’ who has broken and set phenomenal records in devotional basic repertoire, was unperturbed that his recent wacko comedy movie Boyss Toh Boyss Hain missed the target at the box-office. Being optimistic, he is all set to release his next film venture. “My upcoming project is titled Hum Baaja Bajaa Denge and is directed by the talented veteran Chandra Barot who helmed the original landmark movie Don (1978) starring Amitabh Bachchan.

An unusual subject Hum Baaja… has the backdrop of a TV reality show where a young girl is kidnapped as part of a prank. It takes a comic-serious turn when she turns out to be the daughter of the Chief Minister! What follows is a roller-coaster ride with elements of gripping suspense in typical Chandra Barot style.

“This movie will prove that Barot still has the fire in him with pro-active support from his wife Deepa,” reveals the jovial Jalota who is also known for his witty wisecracks. Isn’t it true that he performs an item song of sorts with his close buddy ‘ghazal badshah’ Pankaj Udhas in the movie? After a hearty laugh, he discloses, “It’s not the typical  item song that we see in every third Hindi movie, but a fun opening cameo number sung by both Pankaj and me and also based on us.” “The actual sizzling item number will have glamour-diva Pooja Misrra gyrating to it,” adds a fitness-conscious ‘rejuvenated’ Anup whose birthday resolution is to ‘weight-and-watch’.

Commenting on today’s frequent TV musical reality shows, the outspoken Jalota feels that any short-cut to instant popularity minus the constant struggle and regular ‘riyaaz’, faces the danger of being short-circuited from public memory.

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