In these morbid times, any beacon of light is appreciated. The sweet and simple story of two sweepers in Delhi – brothers Mohammad Hafiz Ul-Islam and Mohammad Habibur Islam – who seem blessed with both talent and luck, will certainly help lift some spirits.
One afternoon in late February 2021, Hafiz was ambling along the tree-lined streets of Delhi’s posh New Friends Colony, on his daily route to collect garbage, singing Mohammad Rafi’s popular ditty ‘Bahaaron Phool Barsao, Mera Mehboob Aaya Hai’ to pass the time. Anjali Bhargava from Dubai, on a visit to her parents’ home, happened to lean out of her balcony at that very moment and was immediately struck by the beauty of the voice she heard.
Where most others would have moved on with their day, Bhargava implored the singer to stop and allow her to film him. At first shy and unwilling to take her seriously, Hafiz made excuses, but she would not take no for an answer. Quite gallantly, Hafiz pushed his brother Habib forward, claiming him to be the better singer. And that is how Bhargava essayed the role of lady luck by capturing these two singing sweepers on video. She gathered their details from her neighbour Rohit Khanna and began circulating the video on her WhatsApp groups. It reached the hands of film producer Rohit Khattar and from there to businessman Anand Mahindra, whose retweet made it viral, and secured them an invite as honoured guests on India’s favourite singing contest – Indian Idol.
“Clearly there are no limits to where talent can spring from,” stated Mahindra’s tweet, as he asked netizens to suggest a music teacher in Delhi to train them under his and Khattar’s sponsorship. Despite Mahindra’s belief, a conversation with the brothers and their family reveals that their talent is not unfounded. The boys’ father, Mohammad Shah Jalal Qadri, belongs to a long line of Sufi qawwals from Assam. He moved to Delhi 32 years ago in pursuit of better economic opportunities, working as a sweeper by day and performing Bengali songs at religious gatherings or Sufi mehfils whenever invited to do so, with no expectation of payment. When his brood grew to include nine children, the older boys, even though barely in their teens, readily took the mantle from their father – both as sweepers and singers – albeit without gratification.
Fortunately, the tide seems to have turned, as they are now receiving regular tutelage under Nizamuddin Saab of the Dilli Gharana, who runs the popular Sangeet Gurukul based in Daryaganj in Delhi. The most famous student of this music school is Fareed Hasan Khan – son of Nizamuddin Saab – who sang for the popular Amazon Prime series Bandish Bandits, and now teaches there along with his guru and father.
Hafiz and Habib visit the Gurukul three times a week in the evenings, while continuing with manual labour in the day time. According to their guru, they have beautiful voices and depth but need ample practice to become professionals. They face many hurdles on a daily basis, the most important of which is a severe lack of finances. Though the team behind Indian Idol paid for the brothers’ airfare and accommodation from Delhi to Mumbai, the boys could not afford to buy new clothes to appear on the show. Anjali Bhargava and her friends pooled in money to ensure the boys would look presentable while making their stage debut.
When asked about their journey to Mumbai and the sets of Indian Idol, both boys ecstatically describe it as a chamatkar – a miracle they would never have believed possible. Their older brother states his pride with utmost frankness and expresses hope that they may succeed in their endeavours, in turn pulling their family up from its lowly straits.
Khattar sums it best when he says, “Their talent is raw but obvious and we hope to provide them the environment to hone their skills. Setting a target to participate in the next season of Indian Idol has given them a purpose in life.” If lady luck stays firmly by their side, this purpose may be fulfilled too.
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CELEBS SLAM MEDIA FOR MOBBING SRK DURING HIS VISIT TO JAIL TO MEET ARYAN
NEW DELHI: Social media was flooded with reactions from fans and celebrities slamming paparazzi for mobbing Shah Rukh Khan as he arrived to meet son Aryan at the Arthur Road jail Thursday morning.
SRK on Wednesday paid a visit to his son Aryan Khan, who is lodged in Arthur Road Jail. Aryan was arrested on 3 October in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. According to jail authorities, the actor left after a brief meeting with his son.
The ‘insensitive’ reporting by the media during the superstar’s visit angered fans and the film and TV fraternity. Celebrities including Hansal Mehta, Sonu Sood, and others slammed the paparazzi on Twitter.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote, “Being a celebrity, being a star, being from ‘Bollywood’ means your emotion, your torment and your concern as a father become a matter of public consumption, heartless abuse and ruthless judgement.”
Sonu Sood slammed media by writing, “Before running after someone’s feelings with a camera, remember, God’s camera is sitting on you. Because not every news is news.”
Re-tweeting the video of SRK being mobbed ruthlessly outside the Arthur jail, Pooja Bhatt wrote, “Dear members of the press. I know times are tougher than ever and there is immense pressure on you’ll from your respective employers to grab a byte even if it means compromising your own health and safety but how do you’ll explain this pack like behaviour to your own children? Tragic.”
‘DDLJ’ TURNS 26: KAJOL EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO FANS FOR LOVE
NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of her super-hit movie ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaengye’, Kajol penned a note of thanks to all her fans for showering their love to the cinematic marvel throughout the years. Taking to Instagram, Kajol shared the iconic train sequence from the movie co-starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. Sharing the iconic scene, Kajol wrote, “Simran caught the train 26 years back and we are still thanking everyone for all this love.”
The film had shattered all box office records and is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Hindi cinema. It also went on to become the longest-running Hindi film of all time. DDLJ is also the winner of a record-breaking (at the time) 10 Filmfare Awards and the film literally changed the face of Bollywood globally.
NEW CAST REVEALED FOR KEANU’S ‘JOHN WICK’ PREQUEL SERIES
WASHINGTON: Hubert Point-Du-Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate, and Ben Robson have been set as leads opposite Colin Woodell and Mel Gibson in ‘The Continental’, prequel to the Keanu Reeves film series ‘John Wick’.
According to Deadline, ‘The Continental’ will explore the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, which increasingly has become the centerpiece of the ‘John Wick’ universe. This will be accomplished through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Woodell), who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Hubert will play Miles; Allain will portray Lou; Prada will play KD, Nhung Kate will play Yen and Robson will portray the role of Frankie.
Gibson will play a new character named Cormac. However, not many details about the roles have been revealed yet. With the ‘John Wick’ prequel series, Gibson will make a full return to the small screen for the first time since the 1980s.
As per Deadline, executive producers Greg Coolidge (Wayne, Ride Along) and Kirk Ward (Wayne) are writing the event series and also serving as show-runners.
Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Stahelski, Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese will also serve as executive producers. Reportedly, ‘The Continental’ will be a three-night event series.
SHAHID BAGS ACTION-PACKED FILM ‘BULL’
MUMBAI: Get ready to witness your favourite star Shahid Kapoor in an action avatar in the new film titled ‘Bull’.
As per Deadline, the upcoming film is set in the 1980s inspired by events from the life of Brigadier Bulsara. Debutant Aditya Nimbalkar will helm the project. Excited about the film, Shahid said, “’Bull’ is a full blown action film inspired by real events from the life of Brigadier Bulsara. It is a privilege to play a paratrooper who lead his boys through a historic and selfless mission that has now become iconic for its precision and bravado. The opportunity to play a paratrooper is exhilarating and truly an honour.”
T-Series’ head honcho Bhushan Kumar is producing ‘Bull’ alongside Guilty By Association partners Amar Butala and Garima Mehta. Most probably, ‘Bull’ will go on floors in early 2022.
SANJAY SHARES ADORABLE PICTURES OF HIS TWINS ON THEIR BIRTHDAY
MUMBAI: Star couple Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt’s twins Iqra and Shahraan turned a year older on Thursday.
Marking the special occasion, Sanjay took to Instagram and penned a sweet wish for his kids. “Happy birthday to my precious children! May love and happiness follow you wherever you go,” he wrote. Alongside the sweet birthday note, Sanjay posted a collage featuring images of him spending quality time with Iqra and Shahraan.
Maanayata, too, took to her Instagram account to wish her children a happy birthday. She shared a photograph, in which the twins can be seen cutting their birthday cake. “Keep dreaming and achieving!! Spread you wings and spread happiness…Love… laugh and live…. happy birthday @duttshahraan & @duttiqra.I love you,” she captioned the post.
Iqra and Shahraan were born in 2010. Sanjay is also a father to Trishala Dutta, whom he shares with his late first wife Richa Sharma.
FARDEEN, RITEISH’S ‘VISFOT’ GOES ON FLOORS
MUMBAI: Fardeen Khan and Riteish Deshmukh-starrer ‘Visfot’ went on floors on Tuesday. The film, which marks Fardeen Khan’s re-entry into Bollywood after an 11-year-hiatus, is being directed by Kookie Gulati and also stars Priya Bapat in a pivotal role. ‘Visfot’ is the official remake of ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ (2012), Venezuela’s entry to the Academy Awards that year for the Best Foreign Language film section.
The story of ‘Visfot’ oscillates between the chawls of Dongri and the high-rises of the city of Mumbai and will be shot in real locations. Fardeen and Riteish were last seen together in ‘Heyy Babyy’ and will be teaming up for this film after a gap of 14 years.
‘Visfot’, presented by T-Series and Sanjay Gupta, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta and Sanjay Gupta.
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