Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 29 ENTERTAINMENT April 30, 2021 John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi Starrer ‘Mumbai Saga’ To Premiere On Amazon Prime On April 27 -MUMBAI B ollywood stars John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi starrer action thriller ‘Mumbai Saga’ will have its digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 27 (tomorrow). Amazon Prime Video took to Instagram on Monday and announced the digital premiere of the re- cently released film. They wrote,”@TheJohnAbrahamv/s @emraanhashmi Whose side are you on? The chase begins tonight, watch #MumbaiSagaOnPrime.” Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the film features an en- semble star cast including John and Emraan in the lead alongside Mahesh Manjrekar, Kajal Aggarwal, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Amole Gupte, Samir Soni, Gulshan Grover, and Anjana Sukhani. Mumbai Saga is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir. The plot of the film chronicles a fictional story of the duel between Amartya Rao (John Abraham) and Senior Inspector Vijay Sawarkar (Emraan Hashmi) that explores different tangents of hopes, aspirations, friendships and betrayals against the backdrop of Mumbai in the early 90s. However, ‘Mumbai Saga ‘is a tale of the Bombay that it was and the Mumbai that it became. Talking about the digital release of the film, the ‘Force’ actor said, “The movie released in cinema halls this March and I am delighted with the response from fans who watched the movie. Mumbai Saga will now pre- miere on Amazon Prime Video and this feeling of shar- ing our hard work across the world is amazing. Mumbai Saga is my third project with Sanjay after having worked together on Zinda and Shootout atWadala.” “I absolutely love working with him as I believe he brings out the best in me and more importantly, he un- derstands the pulse of the audience and delivers films that are loved by them. Mumbai Saga is an out and out entertainer, the audiences will enjoy. I essay the char- acter of Amartya Rao, a gangster, which is very different from the ones I have done in the past. It was a delight to work alongside Emraan for the very first time. We shared some great moments on the set while shooting for the film,” he added. Speaking about his collaboration with Sanjay Gupta for the first time in ‘Mumbai Saga’, the ‘Murder’ star said, “I am thrilled to announce the digital premiere of Mumbai Saga on Amazon Prime Video. Mumbai Saga is very close to my heart.” “Vijay Savarkar’s character, while being a cop, has some grey shades to it, and that’s something that excited me to take this role on. Sanjay is a prolific director who has created the most iconic action films in Indian cin- ema, and I was thrilled when he approached me to take on this powerful role,”said Hashmi. (ANI) The gangster drama produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir, was released in theatres on March 19. -ANI Poster of ‘Mumbai Saga’. Photo:courtesy InstagramviaANI Padma Bhushan Pandit Rajan Mishra Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise -NEW DELHI P adma Bhushan Pandit Rajan Mishra of Pandit Rajan Sajan musical group passed away on Sun- day due to cardiac arrest after being diagnosed with CO- VID-19. Rajan Mishra was 70 when he breathed his last at the St. Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi, confirmed his family member. Rajan Mishra was a famous classical singer from ‘Banaras Gharana’ of India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of art in 2007. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to con- dole his demise and said: “Have been extremely saddened by the death of Pandit Rajan Mishra ji who left his indel- ible mark in the world of classical singing. The passing away of Mishra ji, who was associated with Banaras Gha- rana, is an irreparable loss to the art and music world. My condolences to him in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!” Rajan Mishra gave his first concert in Sri Lanka in 1978 and after that, he performed in many countries around the world including Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, United States, UK, Netherlands, USSR, Singapore, Qatar, and Bangladesh. Both Rajan and Sajan Mishra were brothers and vocal- ists in the ‘khyal style’ of Indian classical music. The duo achieved great fame all over the world. Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra believed that just as the human body is made up of five elements, the seven notes of music ‘Saregama- padhani’ are composed by the sounds of animals and birds. Their proclaimed works include ‘Bhairav Se Bhairavi Tak’, ‘Bhaktimala’, ‘Durgati Nashini Durga’, ‘Aarti kijai ha- numan lala ki’, and more. -ANI Photo:courtesyfreepressjournal Padma Bhushan Pandit Rajan Mishra. As Arijit Singh Turns 34, Take A Look Back At His Love Anthems -NEW DELHI P roclaimed as ‘King of playback singing’, Arijit Singh turned 34 on Sunday. Born inWest Bengal, Arijit who participated in the contemporary reality show ‘Fame Gurukul’ in 2005, entered the Hindi film industry in 2007. Leav- ing a strong imprint in each one of his songs with his exemplary voice, Arijit thrived to be the most-streamed Indian artist of the year 2020 by Spotify. With his impec- cable journey in the cinema industry, he made his way to bag several prestigious awards, including one National Award. Forbes India magazine’s 100 Celebrity List also placed him at number 15 in 2016. On his birthday, social media got flooded with birth- day wishes coming globally from his fans and we have listed some of his iconic love anthems that made Arijit an irrepressible star: 1. Tum Hi Ho: ‘Tum Hi Ho’ is one of the most romantic songs, which Bollywood gifted to its fans and Arijit’s soul- ful voice is the cherry on the cake. The iconic song which still makes people fall head over heels in love is a song from ‘Aashiqui 2’, composed and written by Mithoon. Picturised on Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, it was released by Bhushan Kumar under T-Series. The song was record-breaking, eventually making Arijit an overnight star. 2. Muskurane: ‘Muskurane’ is a romantic Hindi song from 2014 Bollywood film, ‘CityLights’. Composed by Jeet Gannguli, the song is sung by Arijit with lyrics penned by Rashmi Singh. The music video of the track features actors Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha and Arijit. During the released days, the song was positioned in many charts and was one of the most downloaded songs at that time. The song earned widespread recognition to Arijit and he still performs on this song in his live concerts. 3. Suno Na Sangemarmar: Dribbling like honey, Arijit’s voice in this song made this track the love anthem of that time. Through the lyrics, the writer of the song flawlessly compared the beauty of the Taj Mahal (which is consid- ered as the symbol of love) to that of his ladylove, making it ideal for the lovers to dedicate it to their better halves. The romantic Hindi song from 2014 Bollywood film ‘Youngistaan’ is composed by Sonith George, with lyrics penned by Kausar Munir. The music video of the track features actors Jackky Bhagnani and Neha Sharma. 4. Samjhawan: ‘Samjhawan’ is a romantic hit song from the 2014 Bollywood film ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulha- nia’. Re-created by Sharib-Toshi, the song is sung by Arijit and Shreya Ghoshal, with lyrics by Ahmad Anees and Kumaar. The song was originally composed by Sahir Ali Bagga and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the Punjabi film ‘Virsa’. The song went on to become a major hit, staying on top of the Indian charts for many weeks. It re- tained the number one position on Indian iTunes charts for a few weeks, followed by the ‘unplugged’ version, and topped many radio charts. 5. Bolna: ‘Bolna’ is a duet song sung by Arijit and Asees Kaur. The music is composed by Tanishk Bagchi and the lyrics are penned by Dr Devender Kafir. It is one of the songs from the soundtrack of the film ‘Kapoor and Sons’. The song has been described as beautiful, soulful and melodious. Upon its release, the song created a stir on the digital platform and was described as ‘the love song of 2016 Spring season’. 6. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: ‘O heart, it is difficult as the English translation says. Sung by Arijit, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is the soundtrack album composed by Pritam, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya for the 2016 Hindi romantic film of the same name directed by Karan Johar. It is based on the film’s theme of unrequited love, consisting of situational numbers portraying emotions of characters Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor), Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) and Ali (Fawad Khan). The music of the film was nominated for several awards, including Filmfare. Following the release of the title track from the soundtrack album, it gained over a million streams within 48 hours on music streaming platform Saavn. It is the fastest track to reach a million, hitting 3.5 million in a week in 2016. On the Billboard Charts, the title track peaked on #17 and continued to stay 6 weeks post-release. Extending birthday greetings to the star, the legion of Arijit’s admirers has taken it to the micro-blogging sites, Twitter and Instagram, to pour in their profound love for him. Fans are celebrating their favourite singer’s birthday by remembering his iconic love songs such as ‘Agar tum sath ho’, ‘Tujhe kitna chahne lage’, ‘Soch na sake’, ‘Shay- ad’, ‘Ve maahi’, ‘Kalank’, ‘Mast Magan’ and more. -ANI