Alisha Chinai revisits ‘Kajra Re’ on 16 years of Bunty Aur Babli: ‘It sounded like an angel singing for Aishwarya Rai’

Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rani Mukerji starrer 2005 hit film Bunty Aur Babli complete 16 years today. Singer Alisha Chinai revisits its iconic item song "Kajra Re" and how Aishwarya Rai's presence enhanced it.

It’s been 16 years since Bunty Aur Babli was released. In case this makes you feel old, banish the feeling for the movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Amitabh Bachchan is still as fresh as the day it was released. And not to forget its iconic song “Kajra Re” featuring Aishwarya Rai with Amitabh and Abhishek.

“Kajra Re” features in the movie when Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji (Bunty and Babli) are on the run as they are expecting their first child together. Bunty bumps into cop Dashrath Singh, played by Amitabh Bachchan, at a bar. Little do they know that the con-artists Big B is looking for, are actually Bunty and Babli.

The real father-son duo indulges in some heart-to-heart conversation over drinks, where Bachchan senior shares his story of heartbreak when Aishwarya Rai walks in as a courtesan and tries to woo not Abhishek, but Amitabh. “Kajra Re” sung by Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan, and Javed Ali, went on to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood.

The 8-minute-long song was inspired by a semi-classical genre of singing called ‘kajari’, and amply used sitar to give it a localized tune. Aishwarya, in her special appearance, shook a leg with the two Bachchans, on the unique choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant.

Alisha accepted that its “modern qawwali” style of singing was indeed a challenge for her. But, she lauded the composition of music director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. “I don’t know how I did it, but I guess the song itself was a really fantastic composition. It pushed me beyond my limits and I’m glad that I could deliver it the way Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy wanted me to,” she added.

Topping it all, according to Alisha, it was Aishwarya’s “angelic” presence that made the song, an iconic item number. “It sounded so angelic. It sounded like an angel singing for Aishwarya. She looked mind-blowing. “Kajra Re” became a trend-setter, a Bollywood anthem,” Alisha concluded.

Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remembers late father on his birthday

Mumbai: Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan penned an emotional note and also shared one of the most memorable pictures of her father late Krishnaraj Rai on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

It's been 3 years since Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lost her father.

Here's what Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan have posted today in memory of him.

Aishwarya wrote, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Daddyyy- Ajjaaa. Our Ever-Smiling Guardian ANGELLOVE YOU ETERNALLY"; Abhishek Bachchan too took to Instagram to post a note for his late father-in-law saying, "Happy birthday dad. Miss you".

Upon his death, actor Amitabh Bachchan had posted a long tweet: “Death has but one end .. and words cannot define it .” He also wrote on his blog, “Death.. the inevitable end… That call you wait anxiously knowing that it will come, and come it does to end all other calls .. glimpses of reactions in the mind, of the lost one, of those that shall reflect on the lost one .. and suddenly then in the midst of sorrow and grief among the grieved and grieving. That walk to the ultimate destination and the reality… Embracing the tragedy, the discussions on its transport, its rituals, its formalities… The custom, the tradition, the visitors with the sadness and the embrace of consolation, the last rites, the carriage, the placement, the cremation… What to say what to put out where to put to… All laden with grief and departure.”

Notably, Krishnaraj Rai was a former Army biologist, Krishna Rai was in the intensive care at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai before he died on March 18.

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Bollywood celebs wish Mega Star Amitabh Bachchan on his 78th Birthday

New Delhi: As the Bollywood veteran and Megastar Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 78th birthday on Sunday, his fans and members of the film fraternity wished him on social media.

While some Bollywood stars shared their memories with the actor in the form of throwback pictures, others wrote heartfelt notes for Amitabh Bachchan on their Twitter handles.

Ajay Devgn, who has co-starred with Big B in films like Satyagrah, Khakee, Major Saab and Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, among many others, posted a throwback picture with the veteran actor and wrote: "Many happy returns of the day dear Amit ji. Prayers and best wishes for a great year ahead Sir."

Hrithik Roshan, who co-starred with Big B in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., tweeted, "Dearest Amit uncle, I wish for you good health, happiness and peace. Thank you for inspiring millions like me, will forever be your fanboy. Happy Birthday."

Katrina Kaif, who has worked with Big B in films like Sarkar and Thugs Of Hindostan, wrote: "Happy birthday, Amitabh Bachchan. May you have the most wonderful year. You are an inspiration.

"Happy Birthday Amitabh Sir. Thank you for always inspiring us. We are blessed to have witnessed some of your finest performances. You are truly a legend," wrote Anushka Sharma.

Prabhas, who will soon be sharing screen space with the actor, wrote in his greeting for Big B: "Many, many happy returns of the day to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan sir. Thank you for inspiring us all."

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Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tests negative for COVID-19, Discharged

Mumbai: Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was discharged from Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after being tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

Taking to Twitter, Senior Bachchan tweets, “T 3613 - I have tested CoVid- have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine. Grace of the Almighty, blessings of Ma Babuji, prayers & duas of near & dear & friends fans EF .. and the excellent care and nursing at Nanavati made it possible for me to see this day.”

Also, Junior Bachchan Abhishek took to Twitter, saying, “my father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him.”

He continued saying, "I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise."

Earlier, Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya was discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after testing corona negative on July 27, 2020.

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Aish & daughter Aaradhya test negative for COVID-19, Discharged

Mumbai: Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya was discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after testing corona negative on Monday.

Informing about this, Junior Bachchan Abhishek took to twitter saying, “Thank you all for your continued prayers and good wishes. Indebted forever. Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home. My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff.”

He also said that his father Amitabh Bachchan and himself are recovering from the disease and might get discharged this week from Nanavati Hospital. While Amitabh and Abhishek had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 11, Aishwarya and Aaradhya had tested positive for coronavirus a day later. While Aishwarya and Aaradhya were initially advised home quarantine, they had to be admitted to Nanavati Hospital on July 17.

As far as Aish’s work is concerned, she is looking forward to the release of Mani Ratnam’s epic drama Ponniyin Selvan. She was last seen in Fanney Khan co-starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.

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John Cena shared an Insta post featuring Aishwarya

Mumbai: John Cena, WWE legend shared a post on Instagram featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Here's the post.

Aish is currently admitted to the hospital along with her daughter due to COVID-19 infection. Four members of the Bachchan family had tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Amitabh and Abhishek, who had tested positive on Saturday, were admitted to the hospital on the same day.

Aishwarya and Aaradhya had tested positive on Sunday and were in-home quarantine since then. As per reports, she was admitted to the hospital due to mild fever. Cena sent his wishes to the actress. Bachchan family is responding well to the treatment. "They all are ok. They are responding well to the treatment. They are in the isolation ward. Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan will be in the hospital maybe for a day or two," a source quoted. Last week, the officials had also sanitized Bachchans' residence and had declared it as a containment zone.

Amitabh, who is quite active on social media, once again thanked his fans for their love and wrote: “T 3598 - We see your love .. we hear your prayers .. we fold our hands .. in gratitude and thanks!”

Meanwhile, Cena is away from the ring for some time now as he has turned a full-time actor.

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