Bollywood icon Shammi Kapoor passes away

Shammi Kapoor in a scene from The Golden PenThe crew of The Golden Pen offer their condolences to Shammi Kapoor’s wife Neela Devi, our gracious host when we filmed him; and to his children Aditya Raj and Kanchan Desai.


It is hard to believe that the most flamboyant star of Bollywood, an actor who lived life to the fullest, driving the fanciest cars and drinking the finest Scotch whiskies, has passed away, just nine months after being interviewed by me for The Golden Pen, a documentary on the life of my father, Aghajani Kashmeri, being produced in Canada with funding from OMNI-TV.

How can I or anyone else from my generation forget the most famous song, better known as the Yahoo song, in his best known hit, Junglee, written by my father. More on that later in this post. Watch just the song and you’ll understand why he was also called the Elvis Presley of India. Continue reading

Ameen Sayani Gets Lifetime Achievement Award by Radio Broadcasters Assoc.

By Pavan R Chawla

NEW DELHI (March 29, 2010): The Radio Awards 2011, from the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) honoured eight illustrious achievers with Lifetime Achievement Awards at a glittering ceremony at the exquisite Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon on Monday evening.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, along with Minister of State Sachin Pilot, presented the awards to Radio Legend Ameen Sayani, Santoor Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, illustrious playback singer Manna Dey, popular music composer duo Khayyam Sahab and Smt Jagjit Kaur.

[NOTE: Ameen Sayani figures prominently in The Golden Pen]

The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Radio Legend category went to the one and only Ameen Sayani, who has had a cult following across 68 years of his golden-voiced association with Radio, which began when he was seven in 1939. Film Director Madhur Bhandarkar, a huge fan of Ameen Sahab, presented the award to the legend, who received the loudest applause.

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