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Anticipated Hit Bollywood Movies in 2013

The line up of the films for 2013 so far do not give release dates for the films starred by  mega stars like  Salman Khan and Shah Ruk Khan. Salman Khan was the most profitable and successful Bollywood actor in 2012 as his two films Ek Tha Tiger and Dabanng 2 were number 1 & 2 at box office respectively. So, his films would be most awaited among the hit Bollywood movies in 2013.

The following films are my anticipated hit Bolywood movies in 2013. There could be more films added to the list as films are added to the Bollywood Movie Calendar 2013 with announcement of new movie release dates.

1) Radhe

Radhe would be based on Salman Khan’s iconic character ‘Radhe’  from his previous film Tere Naam. This film is directed by Salman’s younger brother Sohail Khan. The shooting of Radhe is going ahead of Sohail’s previously announced Salman’s project Sher Khan.  It is said that Radhe is a remake of the Telegu film Stalin. The leading lady in this film is rumoured to be either Karina Kapoor or Deepika Padukone. Recently confirmed by Sohail that Tabu will be in the cast. Also he revealed that the title Radhe is not final and may change.

2) Chennai Express

Chennai Express is an upcoming 2013 Indian romance action comedy film by Rohit Shetty and produced by Shahrukh’s wife Gauri Khan under her production banner Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, along with Manorana, Sathyaraj and and master Sainath Dukkipati as the supporting cast. Chennai Express is about a man’s journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens along the way. Principal photography began on 27 September 2012. Filming began in October 2012 and is expected to wrap-up by April 2013.

2) Kick

Kick is another remake of Salman Khan. This time it is a remake of 2009 Telegu blockbuster Kick. The leading actor in this film are Salman Khan and Asin Thottumakal. Kick will be the first directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala.  The release date for Kick is expected to be Christmas 2013.

4) No Entry Mein Entry

No Entry Mein Entry is an upcoming Bollywood movie starring Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan and Bipasha Basu all rumored to be playing double roles. It is a sequel to the 2005 blockbuster movie No Entry. Anees Bazmee is the director who also directed successful films like No Entry, Singh is King, Ready (2011) and Welcome (2007).

5) Happy New Year

Happy New Year is an upcoming Bollywood romance comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan in lead role. The other actors confirmed are are Prithviraj Sukumaran and Abhishek Bachchan. Heroine is not yet finalized. The music will be composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The film marks the collaboration of Shahrukh Khan and Farah Khan after their 2007 blockbuster, Om Shanti Om. The film also marks the return of Farah Khan as an director after her 2010 moderate success Tees Maar Khan.

6 ) Krrish 3

Krrish 3 is one of the much-awaited movies of 2013. It is an upcoming Bollywood superhero science fiction film. This is the third instalment of the series, preceded by “Krish” and “Koi Mil Gaya”. The film is directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, the film’s star cast has Hrithik Roshan playing the lead role of Superhero ‘Krish’. Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi and Shaurya Chauhan are the other major characters of the science fiction. Rekha, who was featured in the previous sequels, will make a guest appearance in the movie. Rajesh Roshan and Salim- Sulaiman have composed the music of “Krish 3”. This film is set to release along with a 3D version on Nov 3.

7) Dhoom 3

Dhoom 3 is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by aditya Chopra. It will be the third installment of the popular Dhoom series and stars aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles as antagonists.  Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are playing the main characters as a continuation of the Dhoom series. The film’s score is composed by Pritam. Dhoom 3 will release on 25th December 2013.

8) Naam Hai Boss

Naam Hai Boss is an upcoming Bollywood action film starring  Akshay Kumar in the title role. It also features Mithun Chakroborty, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit, Ronit Roy, Johnny Lever and Parikshit Sahni in important roles. It is being directed by Anthony D’Souza. The movie is an official remake of a Malayalam film Pokkiri Raja. The shooting of the film begins on 20th October in Delhi and will be released on 7 June, 2013.

9) Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire

Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire is an Upcoming Bollywood political Thriller film directed by Prakash Jha starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in the lead roles. Kareena Kapoor will play the role of an international journalist. Current situations inspired Jha to make Satyagraha. The first look of the film was released on September 10,2012. Satyagraha is slated to release on Indian Independence day, August 15, 2013.

10) The Attacks of 26/11

The Attacks of 26/11 is an upcoming Indian crime-thriller film, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This film is directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film stars Sanjeev Jaiswal as Ajmal Kasab, with art direction by Uday Singh. A seven minute promo of the film was released to positive reviews, over internet on 23 November 2012. The film is slated to have a worldwide release on 1 March 2013.

11) Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again is an upcoming Bollywood crime drama film directed by Milna Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. It is a sequel to the 2010 hit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. The elading actor are Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan and Sonali Bendre. Pritam has composed the music of “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again”. It is expected to release on 8 August 2013, on Eid.

12) Race 2

Race 2 is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan. It is the sequel to the 2008 hit film, Race, and stars an ensamble cast that includes Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan reprising their roles as Robert D’Costa and Ranveer Singh from the previous film while deepika Padukone, John Abrahama, Jacqueline Frnandez and Ameesha Patel are new additions to the cast. Bipasha Basu will reprise her role of Sonia in a special appearance. Race 2 is scheduled to release on 25th January 2013.

13) Special Chabbis

Special Chabbis  is an upcoming Bollywood heist drama film directed by Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday fame. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggrwal in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpal and Anupak Kher in supporting roles. The film takes its concept from the real-life daring heist dated 19-March-1987 where an unknown man posing as CBI officer Mon Singh recruited 26 men posing as income tax officers executing a daylight income tax raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. The movie is set in the early 1980’s. The film is scheduled to release on February 8, 2013.

14) Murder 3

Murder 3 is an upcoming Indian Thriller film and the sequel to the 2011 film, Murder 2. Directed by Vishesh Bhatt and produced by Mahesh Bhatt.This is the third installment in the Murder series and is an official Bollywood remake of the Spanish thriller The Hidden Face of La Cara Oculta. The leading actors in this film are Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Haydari and Sara Loren. The film will release in February 15, 2013.

15) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (English: This Youth is Crazy) is an upcoming 2013 Bollywood romance film directed by Ayan Mukerji under Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, who star in their second film together after. Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin will play supporting roles. The film is said to be a tribute to the cinema of Nasir Hussain, who directed classics such as Dil Deke. The film will be releasing on 31 May 2013.

16) Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is an upcoming Bollywood comedy film directed by Sangeeth Sivan, and the sequel to the 2011 hit film, Yamla Pagla Deewana. The film features Sunny Deol, Dharmendra and Bobby Deol reprising their roles from the previous film along with Anupam Kher and Johnny Lever in supporting roles with new additions including Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva (debuting in this film) as the female leads alongside Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol respectively. The film is expected to be released on 7 June, 2013.

17) Himmatwala

Himmatwala (English: The Brave) is an upcoming Bollywood action romance film directed by Sajid Khan. The film features superstar Ajay Devgn opposite Tamannaah in the lead roles. It is an official remake of the 1983 blockbuster of the same name which itself was a remake of a Telugu film Ooriki Monagadu of 1981. In this film Ajay Devgan will be seen as an action hero. Two more Bollywood superstar Jeetendra and Akshay Kumar will be seen as special appearance in this film. The film is scheduled to release on 29th March 2013.

18) Ek Thi Daayan

Ek Thi Daayan is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film, directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj under Balaji Motion Pictures. It stars Emraa Hashmi and Konkona Sen Sharma. The film was earlier titled Daayan but later re-titled to Ek Thi Daayan. The film is scheduled to be released on 18 April 2013.

18) Bullet Raja

Bullet Raja is an upcoming Gangster-thriller Hindi film, written and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by Rahul Mittra . The film will feature Saif Ali Khan opposite Sonakshi Sinha and also Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan and Chunky Pandey. The film will be set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia while dealing with the underworld. The film will be released on 6 September 2013.

20) Phata Poster Nikhla Hero

Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. The film will be produced by Ramesh Taurani of Tips Music Films and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, who earlier directed films such as Ghayal (1990), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Khakee (2004) and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009). The film will go on floors in November 2012 and will be released on 23 August 2013.

Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2012

This year already has produced around 1 blockbuster film, 8 super-hit films and 5 hit films in Bollywood. However, the most anticipated films are yet to come in the latter part of this year. Here is a list of the films that made the cut into this list. I have tried to include any film that was at least regarded as a hit at box office and also by various reviewers.  Once again the big name are hitting hard; the likes of Hrithik Rosha, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Ajay Devgan.

  Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Ek Tha Tiger Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif 15 August, 2012 3.100 billion (310 crore) 750 million (75 crore) Blockbuster
2 Dabangg 2 Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaz Khan, Vinod Khanna 21 December, 2012 2.513.7 billion (251.37 crore) 600 million (60 crore) Blockbuster
3 Jab Tak hai Jaan Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma 12 November, 2012 2.393.8 billion (239.38 crore) 500 million   (50 crore) Blockbuster
4 Rowdy Rathore Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi


1 June, 2012 2.010 billion (201 crore) 400 million   (40 crore) Blockbuster
5 Agneepath Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, 26 January, 2012 2 billion (200 crore) 600 million (60 crore) Super-hit
6 Houseful 2 Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreys Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani 5 April, 2012 1.800 billion (180 crore) 750 million (75 crore) Super-hit
7 Talaash Amir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Karina Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui 30 November, 2010 1.745.7 million (174.57 crore) 400 million   (40 crore) Blockbuster
8 Son of Sardar Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Singha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Vindu Dara Singh 13 November, 2012 1.705.8 billion (170.58 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Blockbuster
9 Kiladi 786 Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Asin Thottumkal, Raj Babbar, Himesh Reshammiya, Mukesh Rishi 7 December, 2012 1.443.5 billion (144.35 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
10 Barfi Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla 14 September, 2012 1.060 billion (106 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
11 Kahaani Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengputa, Sawata Chatterjee 9 March, 2012 1.040 billion (104 crore) 80 million   (8 crore) Super-hit
12 Bol Bachan Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Krushna Abhishek 6 July, 2012 1 billion (100 crore) 700 million   (70 crore) Hit
13 OMG! Oh My God Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Om Puri 28 September, 2012 830 million (83 crore) 200 million   (20 crore) Super-hit
  Student of the Year Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt

19 October, 2012 804 million (80.40 crore) 300 million   (30 crore) Super-hit
14 Cocktail Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padunkone, Diana Penty 13 July, 2012 750 million   (75 crore) 350 million   (35 crore) Hit
15 Raaz 3 Bipasha Basu, Emran Hashimi, Esha Gupta 7 September, 2012 670 million

(67 crore)

250 million   (25 crore) Super-Hit
16 Jannat 2 Emran hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda 4 May, 2012 650 million (65 crore) 180 million   (18 crore) Super-hit
17 Kya Super Cool Hain Hum Ritesh Deshmukh, Tusshar Kapoor, Neha Sharma, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupan Kher 27 July, 2012 648.5 million (64.85 crore) 120 million   (12 crore) Super-hit
18 English Vinglish Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand, Adil Hussain 14 September, 2012 610.5 million

(61.50 crore)

150 million   (15 crore) Super-Hit
19 Ishaqzade Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chpra, Gauhar Khan 11 May, 2012 460 million   (46 crore) 100 million   (10 crore) Super-hit
20 Vicky Donor Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor 20 April, 2012 460 million   (46 crore) 50 million   (5 crore) Super-hit
21 Blood Money Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri 30 March, 2012 420 million (42 crore) 90 million (9 crore) Above average
22 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore 15 June, 2012 392.5 million (39.25 crore) 100 million   (10 crore) Hit
23 Paan Singh Tomar Irrfan, Mahi Gill, Vipin Sharma 2 March, 2012 384 million (38.4 crore) 80 million (8 crore) Hit
24 Gangs of Wasseypur (part 1) Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai, Piyush Mishra, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jameel Khan, Aditya Kumar, Reema Sen 22 June, 2012 278.5 million (27.85 crore) 184 million (18.4 crore) Hit
25 Tere Naal Love Ho gaya Ritesh Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh 24 February, 2012 241.8 million (24.18 crore) 80 million (8 crore) Hit

Top 10 Box Office Hits of Hollywood in 2011

Hollywood films tend to profit more than Bollywood films due to worldwide reach of Hollywood films. In this year, we have seen some good films, thanks to Harry Potter sequels and actors such as Johnny Depp.

Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson 13 July, 2011 $1.328 billion $250 million Blockbuster
2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunne, Julie White, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand 23 June, 2011 $1.123 billion $195 million Blockbuster
Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally 18 may, 2011 $1.043 billion $150 million Blockbuster
4 Kung Fu Panda 2
Jack Black, Angelina joi, Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber 26 May, 2011 $663 million $150 million Super-hit
5 Fast Five
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson 20 April, 2011 $626.1 million $125 million Super-hit
6 The Hangover Part II Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis 26 May, 2011 $581.4 million $80 million HIt
7 The Smurfs Neil Patrick Harris, hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara 29 July, 2011 $559.8 million $110 million Hit
8 Cars 2
Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard 24 June, 2011 $551.7 million $200 million Hit
9 Rio
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Jemaine Clement, Jake T. Austin, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Tracy Morgan, Will,i.am, Jamie Foxx 22 March, 2011 $484.6 million $90 million Hit
10 Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis 5 August, 2011 $479.7 million $93 million Hit

Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011

The real popularity of a film can only be judged by it’s performance at box office. The revenue it generates from cinemas and other outlets such as DVD selling and so on.  We are approaching the end of this year. Hence, most of the films have been released including blockbusters. Some films smashed box office records.  Once again, established stars, namely Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan proved their marketability in Bollywood film industry with the huge success of their films at box office. I would say, Salman Khan – with his blockbuster films released this year – have become ever closer to be the superstar, perhaps at the same level as Shahrukh Khan. Following is a list of top 10 box office hits of Bollywood in 2011.

Film Leading actors Release date Box office revenue Budget Verdict
1 Bodyguard Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Hazel Keech, Mahesh Manjrekar 31 August, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20112.277 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011227 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011600 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201160 crore) Blockbuster
2 Ra.One Shahrukh Khan,  Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami,     Tom Wu 24 October, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.920 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011192 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.350 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011135 crore) Blockbuster
3 Ready Salman Khan, Asin ThottumkalParesh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar 3 June, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.790 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011179 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011400 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201140 crore) Blockbuster
4 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin 15 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.520 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011152 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011550 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201155 crore) Super-hit
5 Singham Ajay Devgan, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Ashok Saraf, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni 22 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 20111.500 billion ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011150 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011200 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201120 crore) Super-hit
6 Delhi Belly Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan, Shenaz Treasurywala 1 July, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011895 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201189 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011250 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201125 crore) Super-hit
7 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar, Tara DeSouza 9 September, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011870 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201187 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011290 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201129 crore) Hit
8 Yamla Pagla Deewana Sunny Deol, Dharmendra, Bobby , Deol, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher 14 January, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011865 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201186.5 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011200 billion    ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201120 crore) Hit
9 Thank You Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Rimi Sen, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitley 8 April, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011680 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201168 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011500 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201150 crore) Average
10 Double Dhamaal Sanjay Dutt, Mallika Sherawat, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Kangna Ranaut, Aashish Chaudhary, Jaaved Jaaferi 24 June, 2011  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011670 million ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201167 crore)  Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 2011350 million   ( Box Office Hits of Bollywood in 201135 crore) Hit

My All Time favourite International Songs (11): “Afreen Afreen” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan)

Afreen Afreen is one of the many beautiful songs by the legendary Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  But this song has something unique about it. This song comes with as an original video song and the video posted here of the song Afreen Afreen is the original official video of this song.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was not an ordinary singer. In fact, According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist—a total of 125 albums as of 2001.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan. He was the fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal. He is considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded, he possessed a six-octave vocal rangeand could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.Extending the 600-year old Qawwalitradition of his family, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi musicto international audiences.He was popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The King of Kings of Qawwali.

In 1971, after the death of Mubarak Ali Khan, Nusrat became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party. Khan’s first public performance as the leader of the Qawwali party was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organised by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan. Khan sang mainly in Urduand Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Brajbhasha and Hindi. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation. The song featured restrained use of Nusrat’s sargam improvisations.

In 1979, Khan married his first cousin, Naheed (the daughter of Fateh Ali Khan’s brother, Salamat Ali Khan); they had one daughter, Nida.

Khan contributed songs to, and performed in, several Pakistani films. Shortly before his death, he recorded a song each for two Bollywood films, Aur Pyaar Ho gaya (in which he also sang the song Koi jane Koi Na Jane onscreen) and Kachche Dhaage. He sang the title song of the film, Dhadkan. He also sang Saya bhi saath jab chhod jaye for Sunny Deol’s movie, Dillagi. The song was released only in 1999, two years after Nusrat’s death.

Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London, Englandwhile on the way to Los Angelesin order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrestat Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48.His body was returned to faisalabad, Pakistan and his funeral was attended by the public.

Translation of the song Afreen Afreen

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Tu Bhi Daikhay Agar To Kahay Humnasheen (Even if you see my beloved, you would also say)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)


Stanza- 1

Aisa Daikha Nahi Khoobsurat Koi (I never saw anyone so beautiful)
Jism Jaisay Ajanta Ki Moorat Koi ({Her}  body is like the images of Ajanta)
Jism Jaisay Nigaahon Pay Jaado Koi (body is like a spell on eyes)
Jism Naghma Koi, Jism Khushboo Koi (body is like a song [and] perfumed)
Jism Jaisay Machalti Hoi Raagni (body is like ecstatic music)
Jism Jaisay Mehekti Hoi Chandni (body is like sweet-smelling moon-light)
Jism Jaisay Ke Khilta Hoi Aik Chaman (body is like a blooming garden)
Jism Jaisay Ke Sooraj Ki Pehli Kiran (body is like the first ray of the Sun)
Jism Tarsha Hoa Dil-kash O Dil-nasheen (body is like carved statue, eye-catching and arresting)
Sandali Sandali, Marmari Marmari ( like sandalwood, like marble.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (like sandalwood, like marble.))

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 2

Chehra Ek Phool Ki Tarah Shadab Hai ({Her} face is like a fresh flower.)
Chehra Uska Hai Ya Koi Mehtaab Hai (Is it her face or moon?)
Chehra Jaise Ghazal, Chehra Jaan E Ghazal (face is like a Ghazal, face is like heart of Ghazal)
Chehra Jaise Kali, Chehra Jaise Kanwal (face is like a bud, face is like lotus)
Chehra Jaise Tasawwar Bhi Tasveer Bhi (face is like manifestation of imagination)
Chehra Ek Khwaab Bhi, Chehra Taabeer Bhi (face is like a dream, and its interpretation too.)
Chehra Koi Alif Lail Ki Dastaan (face is like the tales of Alif Laila)
Chehra Ek Pal Yaqeen, Chehra Ek Pal Gumaan (One moment real, another moment imagination)
Chehra Jaisa Ki Chehra Kaheen Bhi Naheen ( face is like no other face)
Maahroo Maahroo, Mehjabeen Mehjabeen (orehead is moonlike, so is her body.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 3

Aankhein Daikhe To Mein Daikhta Reh Gaya (I could not keep off my eyes after seeing her eyes)
Jaam Do Aur Donon He Do Aatisha (they are like two cups of wine and that too, burning)
Aankhein Ya Maikade Ke Yeh Do Baab Hein (are these eyes or two doors of wine-house)
Aankhein Inko Kahoon Ya Kahoon Khuwaab Hein (Are those real or this is just a dream)
Aankhein Neechi Huwi To Haya Bun Gayi (her downward glance is abashness)
Aankhein Unchi Howi To Dua Bun Gayi (her upward glance is prayer)
Aankhein Uth Ker Jhuki To Ada Bun Gayi (when eyes look down after upwards glance, is like a style)
Aankhein Jhuk Ker Uthi To Qaza Bun Gayi (when eyes look up after downwards glance, its became a punishment)
Aankhein Jin Mein Qaid Aasman O Zameen (eyes, in which arrested are the sky and the earth)
Nargisi Nargisi, Surmayi Surmayi (like Narcissus , greyish)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Stanza- 4

Zulf E Janaan Ki Bhi Lambi Hai Daastan (The story of the tresses of beloved is also long)
Zulf Ki Mere Dil Per Hein Parchiyaan (tresses are like shadows on my heart)
Zulf Jaisay Ke Umdi Howi Ho Ghata (tresses are like over-cast clouds)
Zulf Jaisay Ke Ho Koi Kaali Bala (tresses like some black spectre)
Zulf Uljhay To Dunya Pareshaan Ho (when tresses are entangled, so also is the world)
Zulf Suljhay To Yeh Zeest Aasan Ho (when tresses are straight, then writing this song becomes easy)
Zulf Bikhray Siyah Raat Chaanay Lagay (when tresses spread apart then black night downs)
Zulf Lehraye To Raat Janay Lagay (when tresses sway then the night sings)
Zulf Zanjeer Hai Phir Bhi Kitni Haseen (tresses are chains, but so beautiful)
Reshmi Reshmi, Amberi Amberi (silken and perfumed)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Husn E Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahi (It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.)
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen (O the most beautiful one!)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan appears in this song (Koi jane Koi Na Jane in the film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya) sung by him, Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal.

My All Time Favourite International Songs (10): “Desert Rose” by Sting & Cheb Mami (English/Arabic)

Desert Rose is very beautiful song for me. I just can’t stop listening to this song. The song is unique, because it is English and Arabic mix.

Desert Rose is a single by Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999). The song peaked at #3 in Switzerland, #4 Italy, #15 in the UK Sinles Chart and #17 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song is noted for Sting’s duet performance with Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami, creating a distinct world music feel to the song. It also has a popular music video featuring Sting taking a trip through the Mojave Desert in a Jaguar S-Type and then going to a nightclub in las Vegas, Nevada to perform the song with Cheb Mami.

The lyrics of the song are inspired by the Frank Herbert novel, Dune, of which Sting is a fan. Sting also played the villainous Feyd Rautha in the 1984 film adaptation. Both the book and the song feature the Arabic language, as well as imagery involving moisture and desert plantlife.

Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan Awarded Honarary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Australia

India’s biggest cinematic star brought a little bit of Bollywood to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) yesterday.

Amitabh QUT Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan Awarded Honarary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)   Australia

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan (centre) with QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Sharma and QUT Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake

Amitabh Bachchan, who has starred in more than 180 Bollywood films, said he was humbled by the experience to receive the honarary doctorate.

“A good education is the most valuable thing a human can possess. In the world beyond these walls fortune comes and goes but education can never be taken away,” Mr Bachchan said.

“Education helps us to strengthen and fortify convictions not to be swayed by preoccupation of caste and creed, race and religion.”

Mr Bachchan, who will launch today a Creative Industries Bursary in the name of his late father Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, said he hoped that his trip to QUT would help to strengthen bonds between Australia and India.

“I feel very honoured they have chosen to name this bursary after my father. I think it is a wonderful gesture of inter-country relationships, where students from one country go and share the experience in another country and vice versa. I am happy it’s happening between India and Australia,” he said.

“Any form of higher education is very useful in today’s world… I have many friends in India who send their kids to Australia to study and I know they are very happy.

“I do believe large numbers of Indian students seek education in Australia and I hope that continues to grow.”

The intimate ceremony was given a touch of Hollywood with renowned Australian Director Baz Luhrmann appearing via video link to personally congratulate Mr Bachchan, who this week finished filming a scene for The Great Gatsby, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I’ve been an admirer of Baz Lurhmann and his films Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet. I think he’s magnificent not just in the subjects he picks but his own interpretation of them on film. He has a unique style and each of his works are a piece of art,” Mr Bachchan said.

“I hope to come back here one day and work with him again.”

The ceremony, which took place two years after Mr Bachchan declined the honour due to the attacks on Indian students in Victoria, said he was satisfied that now was the appropriate time to accept the offer.

“It’s been a very warm welcome. I’ve only been seeing smiling faces and experiencing great hospitality. That was something that was an aberration and it’s over now,” he said.

“To find myself in a foreign country, and to have this recognition from them is truly amazing. I do not have enough words to thank you for having bestowed on me this great honour. I value it a lot.”

Anticipated hit Bollywood movies in 2012

We are already in October of 2011. 2012 is fast approaching and a lot of Bollywood fans might be wondering about what lies ahead as far as hit Bollywood movies in 2012 are concerned. We can sense the scenarios and possibilities looking at the titles, actors, directors and plots of the films.

Looking at the line up for 2012 so far, I can say that the year 2012 looks brighter and more promising for the Hindi film industry or Bollywood. Why? It is because of a number of reasons:

The number of successful sequels that are scheduled to be released in 2012; actually 9 of them so far. Interesting isn’t it? These include Krrish 2, Housefull 2, Hya Kool Hai Hum 2, Jannat 2, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2, Raaz 3, Race 2, Dhoom 3, Partner 2 and Dostana 2.

Actors invloved in some of the scheduled films include superstars like Shah Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Rosha, Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar. Actresses involved include established super stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherji and rising Bollywood beauties such as Genilia D’Souza, Asin, Sonakshi Sinha and teen sensation Anushka Sharma. The Sri Lanka beauty queen Jacqueline Fernandez who debuted in Aladin (2010) and won  Internatiojal Indian FIlm Academy Award and Stardust Award for Best Female Debut in 2010 will be acting alongside Emraan Hashmi in Raaz 3. That could be be a quite blood-rushing romance.

Some of the films are directed by leading directors such as Yash Chopra (Number 1), Karan Johar (Student of The Year), Vikram Bhatt (Raaz 3 and dangerous Ishq), Abbas-Mustan (Race 2) and Anurag Basu (Barfee).

Therefore, the following films are my anticipated hit Bolywood films in 2012. There could be more films added to the list as films are added to the Bollywood Movie Calendar 2012 with announcement of new movie release dates.

1) Jab Tak Hai Jaan

This film is directed by the legendary Bollywood film director Yash Chopra. This is the first film he directs after 8 years. This film has all the ingredients to that makes a film a hit film or a blockbuster. The director is legendary. The Stars are exceptional starring the King of Romance SRK,  the most popular actress in our industry today Katrina Kaif and teen-sensation Anushka Sharma.The music is composed by Oscar winning music composer AR Rahman and the lyrics will be penned by another Academy award winner Gulzar. If this isn’t the biggest movie of the year, I would be surprised.The realeae date for this fim is November 12, 2012.

2) Talaash

The title ‘The Act of Murder‘ is tentatively titled. This is another Amir Khan film directed by Reema Tyagi. With Amir Khan the film is enriched by the two of the most talented leading ladies in Bollywood – Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor. This is a Farhan Akhtar production in partnership with Excel Entertainment. Earlier there were speculations about it being called as ‘Zakhmee’ but the makers of the film dismissed it. Talaas sees Aamir Khan returning to cop-avatar after Sarfarosh.The release date for Talaash is November 30, 2012.

3) Ek Tha Tiger

This is a re-union of former love couple Salman Khan and Katrnia Kaif.  Other actors include Usha Uthup (7 Khoon Maaf actress) and Ranvir Shorey. Ek Tha Tiger is produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Kabir Khan. The film’s original score and soundtrack will be composed by Sohail Sen, who already has begun working on the film. The lyrics will be penned by Neelesh Misra. This is a romantic thriller. It’s release date is scheduled as June 1st 2012.

Ek Tha Tiger song ‘Aashique

4) Agent Vinod

This is a spy film directed by Sriram Raghavan. Th film’s leading actors are Saif Ali Khan and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor.Originally set to release in December 2011, Agent Vinod was postponed following a delay in its shooting schedule and will now release on 23 March 2012.

Agent Vinod song ‘Mujrae

5) Student of the Year

This is a new adventure by the extraordinarily successful director Karan Johar as this is the first time ever, a Karan Johar directed movie wont star Shahrukh Khan as the main protagonist. Instead it will feature 3 newcomers – Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. This film is produced by Karan and SRK (Red Chillies Entertainment). Student of the year will be a romantic comedy with music by Vishal – Shekhar. This will be a true test for Karan who has so far only worked with established superstars. Student of the Year’s release date is set to July 2012.

6 ) Kya Kool Hai Hum 2

Kya Kool Hai Hum is the sequel to the 2005 hit, Kya Kool Hai Hum. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar kapoor in the lead roles from the previous film, new additions to the cast include Bipasha basu. Directed by Sachin Yardi and Produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor.Release date of Kya Kool Hai Hum 2 is April 6 2012.

7) Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a romantic comedy film produced by Karan Johar under the banner of his ‘Darama Productions’. This film is special in the sense that this the first time Imran Khan (nephew of the superstar Amir Khan) appear together in a film. Supporting actors include Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ram Kapoor and Ratna Patak Shah. The film is set to be released on February 10, 2012.

8) Tezz

Tezz is an upcoming Hindi action thriller film directed by Priyadarshan. The film features an ensemble cast; including Mohanlal, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan in main roles. It is expected to hit theatres on 27 April, 2012. The stunt choreographer had been Gareth Milne, the stunt co-ordinator of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Tezz was earlier titled “Bullet Train”. The official trailer was released on January 4, 2012.

9) Agneepath

Agneepath is remake of the 1990 Hindi film o f the same name. It is directed by Karan Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra. Hrithik Roshawill play the role originally played by Amitabh Bachchan. Priyanka Choprawill be the female lead. The character played by Mithun Chakraborty has been totally done away with in the remake. The main villain will be played by Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor will play another negative character.  Agneepath will be released on 26 January 2012.

10) Joker

Joker is a science fiction film. The story supposedly is about how creatures from outer space change the life of a simple individual.One interesting element of the film is Akshay will be accompanied by the stunningly beautiful rising Bollywood diva Sonakshi Sinha. Other actors include Shreyas Talpade and Minissha Lamba. This film is set to be released in August 31, 2012.


Under the direction of Anurag Basu, Barfee is a murder mystery. The main actors are Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanaka Chopra and South Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz. Sources say, Ranbir’s character in the movie is deaf and dumb. This will be the first biggie of 2012. Barfee will be released on July 13th 2012.

12) Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2

The sequel to one of the best movies of 2010, several changes have been made to OUATIM  2. None of the main actors will be a part of the sequel to be once again directed by Milan Luthria. Akshay kumarplays the role of Dawood Ibrahim (played by Emraan Hashmiin the prequel) and Sonakshi Sinha will be his love interest. Illeana D’Cruz from down south is also a part of the film. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai is set to be released on 17 August, 2012.

13) Raaz 3

The director of Raaz 3Vikram Bhatt has recently said that for him, Raaz 3 is the most important film of his life. The cast of Raaz 3 include Emraan Hasmi , Jacqueline Fernandez and Bipasha Basu. The film is in 3 D and therefore more scarier than the previous 2 films. Expected release date is September 7, 2012.

14) Housfull 2

Directed by Sajid Khan, Housefull was one of the Top 5 grossers of 2010. The second part in the series will have a combination of actors who were already a part of the first film and a few new faces. Asin, Zarine Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez are the new leading ladies while Kapoor brothers Rishi and Randhir are also a part of the film. Suresh Raina and cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni are rumoured to make special apperances. That’s not all, Rani Mukherji has an item number! Sajid sure has loads of surprises in store when Housefull 2 releases worldwide a week after IPL 5 on 1st June 2012.

15) Jism 2

Jism 2 is directed by Pooja Bhatt. The main actors are the famous Canadian pornstar Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh. It is the sequel to the film Jismwhich had John Abraham and Bipasha Basuin lead roles. The film marks the debut of Indo-Canadian pornographic actress, businesswoman and model,Sunny Leone in ollywood. ism 2 was launched on 1 December 2011, on popular Indian television show Bigg Boss, making the launch a first time ever in the history of Indian Cinema. Mahesh Nhatt compared Jism 2 to Italian romance drama Last tango In Paris. The film will be released on August 3, 2012.