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#Member: Khemu’s latest stretches logic to limit but with tongue-in-cheek.

Bollywood has long stretched credulity and logic to the very limit, frustratingly maintaining a straight face all the while.

Now a new film is tipping credulity right over the edge – thankfully however, the filmmakers have tongue firmly in cheek.

The unashamedly-named ‘Guddu Ki Gun’ stars Kunal Khemu as a “Bihari Player” – now there’s an oxymoron if ever there was one – who sells detergent door-to-door and gets frisky with bored housewives. 

Whilst everyone – most noticeably Khem’s Guddu – is relatively content with the status quo, Guddu’s God is not.

Enraged by his flippant behaviour, God turns Guddu’s, erm, member into solid gold. 

Cue plenty of – what is hopefully – good laughs with a myriad array of characters in pursuit of the man with the . 

Whilst the plot is even more ludicrous than the average Shah Rukh Khan movie, there’s plenty going for the film that makes the whole premise intriguing.  The film is written and directed by Shantanu Ray Chhibber who also wrote the dark and disturbing ‘Table No. 21’. 

What’s more, the desirable Khemu has good form when it comes to whacky films – anyone who watched the hilarious ‘Go Goa Gone’ would attest to that.

Ultimately we’ll just have to wait until ‘Guddu Ki Gun’ is erected in cinemas 30 October.

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#MannaDey: Legendary last member of GOLDEN QUARTET no more.

Legendary playback singer Manna Dey, the last of Bollywood's "Golden Voices", has died aged 94.

The Kolkata-born singer was suffering from ill health for several months and had been admitted to hospital in Bangalore due a respiratory infection. 

Born Prabodh Chandra Dey in 1919, Dey was popularly known as Manna and will be inextricably linked to Balraj Sahni's character of Abdur Rehman Khan in the unforgettable "Kabuliwala". 

Manna made his first foray into Bollywood in 1941 with the help of his uncle, the blind singer s9kna Chandra Dey. 

Aged 22, Manna sang for the sage Valmiki and was paid 150 rupees.  But he was immediately "typecast" as the voice of an "old man".

The young singer really came to prominence in 1953 with his rendering of “Chaley Radhey Rani” in Bimal Roy's Parineeta.

The performance opened many a door for the budding singer with legendary actor-director Raj Kapoor inviting him to sing for Shree 420. 

Manna, along with Lata Mangeshkar, sang “Pyaar hua iqrar hua”, written by the poet Shailendra, and composed by Shankar-Jaikishan; though recorded more than 60 years ago, this romantic ballad remains a radio staple to this day. 

Despite his popularity with audiences, the film industry itself didn't embrace Manna Dey wholeheartedly; given his classically trained voice, Dey was deemed "unsuitable" to lend his voice to the thrusting actors of his time, stars such as Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor.

In later years Dey would lament that he was "given songs others couldn't sing".

Whilst work was steady, Dey didn't experience the superstardom enjoyed by the likes of Mohammed Rafi. 

That's not to say that he didn't leave his mark.  Not many duets to this day can rival the four ballads he sang with Lata Mangeshkar for Chori Chori, the 1956 Bollywood adaptation of the Hollywood romance 'It Happened One Night': “Panchi banu udti phiru”, “Ye raat bheegi bheegi”, “Jahan meye jatee hoon”, and “Aja sanam madhur chandni meye hum”.

Among his later hits were the movies 'Sholay' and 'Amer Akbar Anthony'.

Over a career spanning more than six decades, the singer lent his vocals to nearly 4000 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada, Bhojpuri and Punjabi.

Among the accolades that he was honoured with are the Padma Shri (1971), Padma Vibhushan (2005) and the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007, an honour many said was long overdue.

Dey was the last of Bollywood's "Golden Quartet" - the others being Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh - who dominated Bollywood music from the 1950's right up to the 1980's with their extraordinary range and versatility and whose talents continue to resonate with audiences young and old alike.

It is doubtful if the likes will ever be seen again.


Manna Dey, stalwart of the music world, passes away. Flooded with memories and his songs. In particular his rendition of Madhushala.

MAHESH BHATT, filmmaker
Manna Dey passes away. His voice shall linger forever.R.I.P.

Manna Dey had a unique voice. He will live on through his songs Ai Meri Zohra Jabeen/ dil ka haal suney dilwala/ poocho na kaise maine RIP

MANNA DEY is no more!a great singer!lets pray for him!my condolences to his family!his music will live for 1000 yrs.RIP

Rest in peace Manna Dey saab.. You and your voice are immortal.. Your songs will continue to inspire millions forever..

KUNAL KOHLI, director
#mannadey last of the greats,along with Kishore,Rafi & Mukesh,passes away.RIP.'ek chattur naar' to 'ae mere pyaare watan' what a range

HARSHA BHOGLE, cricket commentator
oh no. such terrible news to get up to. manna dey no more? less melody in the world. #mannadey

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Senior member of Imran Khan party killed in Karachi

A senior member of former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan’s political party has been murdered in Karachi.  Zahra Shahid Hussain, vice president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) was shot several times outside her residence in the city late on Saturday night after being ambushed by two gunmen on motorcycles.  The …

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