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Hall Of Fame!

Hall Of Fame salutes the celebrities who made Bollywood great. 

From the silent film stars of yesteryear, to the modern action heroes of today's blockbusters.

 

"...Some that you recognize,
some that you have hardly even heard of;
 
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, 
Some who succeeded, and some who suffered in vain..." 

 

Radio4 takes a walk down memory lane with Radio4’s Hall of Fame”

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One name that is synonymous with romance, aesthetics and Urdu poetry in contemporary India is that of Javed Akhtar. This famous lyricist and songwriter was born on January 17th 1945 in Gwalior. The life history of Javed Akhtar is a roller coaster ride and the number of honors to his name is an endless list that is still growing. This multi talented personality is a renowned poet and lyricist in the Indian film industry. Javed Akhtar is the son of a famous Urdu poet Jaan Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar who was a writer and a teacher. His past generation has a lineage of prominent poets and writers and Javed skillfully takes the tradition forward. Wishing A Very Happy Birthday to 'Javed Akhtar', the talented poet, lyricist and scriptwriter!

Javed Akhtar - 17th January, 1945. 

Happy Birthday Javed Akhtar!

Enjoy some of his hits on Hall Of Fame with RJ Hansraj from 10.00 P.M onwards.

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Celebrated as Asia's "rhythm king," O.P. Nayyar was among the premier composers of Bollywood's golden age, enjoying a long and prolific collaboration with superstar vocalist Asha Bhosle that yielded countless classics of Indian film music. Born January 16, 1926, in Lahore in pre-partition India, Omkar Prasad Nayyar made his professional debut at age 11, playing piano on All-India Radio. In 1949, he relocated to Mumbai and soon landed his first film assignment, writing incidental music for Krishan Kewal's Kaneez. Nayyar made his debut as music director via Dalsukh Pancholi's Aasmaan. After a series of commercial flops, he considered quitting cinema to teach, but with Guru Dutt's 1954 film Aar Paar he scored his first box-office hit, beginning an extended collaboration with Dutt that later included Mr. and Mrs. 55 and the blockbuster C.I.D. Nayyar nevertheless enjoyed his greatest success in tandem with Bhosle, credited as his discovery. 

O.P Nayyar - 16th January, 1926. 

  Remembering Late. O.P Nayyar on his Birth Anniversary!

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M. onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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KJ Yesudas, as we all know, is one of the most loved and respected singers in our country. He has sung almost 50,000 songs in his career and that too in many languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English. He is a man with a stunning career of five decades in the industry. On this auspicious occasion, Radio4 takes you down memory lane on hall of fame with some of the greatest hits of  KJ Yesudas, the singer.

K. J Yesudas - 10th January, 1940. 

Happy Birthday K. J. Yesudas!

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M. onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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The name A.R.Rahman needs no introduction. The man who redefined contemporary Indian music and is the pride of the entire nation and an idol for millions all over the world needs no preamble. He is someone who literally gave a 'New' sound to music ever since he arrived on the Indian music scene with the soundtrack of Mani Ratnam's Roja. Since then, there has been no looking back for A.R.Rahman who has been consistently delivering one hit after the other in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi cinema. His music in films like Bombay, Taal, Rangeela, Lagaan and Rang De Basanti have given us many chartbusters. 2008 was a particularly great year for all 'Rahmaniacs' as the music maestro gave us super soundtracks like Jodhaa Akbar, Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na, Yuvvraaj and Ghajini. Most recently his compositions for Danny Boyle's internationally acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire has even fetched him the prestigious Golden Globe nomination. As the musical genius celebrates his birthday today we will walk down memory lane with some of his greatest hits. 

A.R Rahman - 6th January, 1966. 

Happy Birthday A. R. Rahman!

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M. onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Rahul Dev Burman, who is more famous by the name of R.D. Burman, is considered the greatest of all music composers the Indian film industry's ever had. His entry into Bollywood saw the revolutionization of the way music was being composed here. Son of singer and music composer, Sachin Dev Burman and second husband of playback singer, Asha Bhosle, RD Burman is credited for injecting a fresh style and technique into the singing of yesteryears Hindi songs. Burman's melodious songs lack parallel even today. Rahul Dev Burman was lovingly called Pancham da by industry insiders and friends because during his childhood, whenever he cried, it sounded in the fifth note 'Pa' of the Indian musical scale.

R.D Burman – 4th January, 1994.  

Remembering Late. R.D Burman on his Death Anniversary!

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M. onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Widely called the first superstar of India, Rajesh Khanna emerged like a tidal wave which towered above everything else in Bollywood, for a three-year period.From 1969 to 1972, he had not one, not two, not even 10, but as many as 15 mega hits to his credit. And then, the tidal wave dissipated in as dramatic a manner as it once had dizzying heights. But the fact remains, the term SUPERSTAR  was invented for him, and for me it shall ever remain his, and no others . “To live with intention and walk to the edge. Play with abandon, choose with no regret. Smile and made us do the same. Rajesh Khanna defined an era.

Rajesh Khanna – Dec29, 1942.  

Remembering Late. Rajesh Khanna 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M. onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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In the late 80's and early 90's, He  obtained many female fans with his pretty boy looks and romantic hero image. Into the late 90's and early 2000's, he transitioned towards a more tough guy/ player image that was further fueled by his real life affairs with super heroines Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif. Women would idolize topless posters of Salman in their rooms, while men worked to achieve his physique. In modern times, his image has evolved into a completely different territory all together. He revived the genre of masala police films with Dabangg and infused life into an otherwise overdone character type from the 80's. His peers are desperately scrambling to catch up and release their own take on this style of cinema, but he definitely did it first and well. SALMAN KHAN ..The MOST LOVED  Dabangg of Bollywood. 

Salman Khan – Dec 27, 1965. 

Happy Birthday Salman Khan! 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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If ever there was a saint in human form in Indian cinema, it was the late Mohammed Rafi, who passed away on July 31, 1980. No one spoke ill of him - ever, which is a kind of a record in an industry. And who could sing everything to perfection, like Rafi-saab did? You could never guess that the pristine voice that sang a bhajan was not a devout Hindu, but make him sing a devout qawwali or naat and he would sound no less than a paighambar, the Islamic messenger of God! He was urban lover-boy as easily as a rustic, full-throated farmer. When his dedication saw him blend the needs of a song and the preferences of its composer with the persona of from Dilip Kumar to Rishi Kapoor with Johnny Walker and lesser-known names, it was as if the actor himself was singing.

Mohammed Rafi  – 24th December, 1924. 

Remembering Late. Mohammed Rafi Saab! 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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His films demonstrate an understanding of music and direction that continue to influence Bollywood filmmaking today. Also a musician, his understanding of the musical feel of his movies gives them a storytelling fluidity equal to that of the best American movie musicals. He surrounded himself with the foremost talents in filmmaking, acting, writing (Kwaja Ahmad Abbas'), music composition (Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, 'Shankarsinh Raguwanshi'), and playback singers, including Mukesh, 'Mohamed Rafi', and Lata Mangeshkar. Kapoor continued to make films of varying critical and popular success up until his death in 1988, and apparently considered Mera Naam Joker his personal favorite. He is still a well-known name not only in India, but in the Middle East, SE Asia, and Eastern Europe. His descendants have attempted to continue the RK Films banner.

Raj Kapoor – 14th December, 1924. 

Remembering Late. Raj Kapoor! 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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A shy young man, Yusuf did a job or two to support the family since the business wasn’t doing well in the War years. However, fate had something exciting in store for the young man, who ran into Devika Rani, the reigning heroine and chief executive of Bombay Talkies. As it turned out, her greatest contribution to the Indian cinema was the discovery of a person who was destined to become a legend in his lifetime. He is a milestone for every upcoming actor who  all been influenced by his dedication and versatility. The last tragedy king of Hindi Cinema, Dilip Kumar - A tribute to the Living Legend.  

Dilip Kumar - 11th December, 1935. 

Happy Birthday Dilip Ji!.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Voted amongst the seven most handsome men in the world at one point, he was also known for his exercising, which gave him a physique his contemporaries could only dream of. In fact, after Phool Aur Paththar  (1966) was declared a hit, he established himself as the 'He-Man' of the Hindi film industry. He is considered as an inspiration to the macho men of today Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. His acting antics (at times hillarous though, even in a tragic scene ) won hearts of millions …Known for his hot temperament , this Garam Dharam is still the ORIGINAL DUDE of Bollywood,tune in to  Yaadein  tonight for the best of DHARAM..

Dharamendra Deol - 8th December, 1935. 

Happy Birthday Dharam Paji!.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Regarded by many as one of the most popular male vocalist in Indian cinema. He's recognized for his distinctive voice and original singing style. Despite a playback singing repertoire that has over the years spanned numerous films and many different languages, he is best known for his song Papa Kehte Hain from the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which earned him instant stardom as well as a Filmfare Award for Best Male Vocalist. He is none other than Udit Narayan. 

Udit Narayan – 1st December, 1955. 

Happy Birthday Udit Ji!.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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The 'disco king' from 80s and 90s—Bappi Lahiri celebrates his birthday today. The maverick musician not only came to be known as the pop-song hit maker but also produced some brilliant soulful songs. Over the years, his love for gold has stayed on, making him stand out as the 'original' pop king of India. 

Bappi Da 27th November, 1952. 

Happy Birthday Bappi Da!.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Amol Palekar needs no introduction. Most famous for the 1979 cult classic ‘Golmaal’ Palekar has also distinguished himself as a director par excellence.

The veteran actor will now be donning a new cap. He has been appointed the chairman of India’s Oscar jury.h 

 

Amol Palekar, 24th November, 1944. 

Happy Birthday Amol Palekar Ji!.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Geeta Dutt, a name that always brings up melodious renditions from the past and conjures up an unforgettable magic of nostalgic good old times. Born in 1930 with a keen ear and a honeyed voice, it didn't take long for her parents to recognize her talent and love for singing and thus, arranged for her professional training under the music master Shri Harendranath Nandi. It was in 1942 that her family had to shift to Mumbai, and in four years' time she had hit the Hindi film industry with a melodic bang.

 

Geeta Dutta 23rd November, 1930. 

Remembering Late. Geeta Dutta! 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Salil Chowdhury, fondly referred to as "Salil-da" was a music director, musician, writer, and poet, who worked in Hindi, Bengali, and the south Indian film industries.  He was most active from the 1950's through the 1960's.  His strength was in the fact that he mastered numerous different genre.  He was accomplished on the flute, esraj, violin, and piano; he was also a master lyricist and writer.  He is fondly remembered for some of the most famous songs to come out of Bollywood. Today on his birthday, RJ Hansraj takes you down memory lane on Radio4's Yaadein from 10.00 PM onwards. Stay Tuned. 

Salil Choudhary  19th November, 1923. 

Remembering Late. Shri Salil Choudhary! 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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Shanker Singh Raghuvansi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal revolutionized the Indian Hindi film music scene when they started giving music as Shankar Jaikishan from film Barsat with Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra as lyrics writer in early fifties. They kept melody in their compositions alongwith fast rythem and grand orchestrization. Most of the songs they composed are part of the Hindi film music history.Thery were called a "Magician and not musicians". Such was the impact of their music that film after film became hit on shear good music. In th clip you can see how their electric fingers move on harmonium. Raj Kapoor played a very vital role in bringing this team together. 

 

Shankar Jaikishan 4th November, 1929. 

Remembering Late. (Duo) Shankar Jaikishan!

 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4 as he takes you down memory lane. 

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You can love him; hate him, but you can't ignore him. The man with a midas touch and a lot more than that, Shah Rukh Khan needs no introduction especially to the love stricken people of the yore or the romance loving 'janta' of the nation. On turning 50, we wish him a very Happy Birthday. RJ Hansraj takes you down memory lane with all the melodies of SRK - The King of Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan - 2nd November, 1965. 

Happy Birthday King Khan!.

 

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Sahir Ludhianvi was an Indian poet and film lyricist, who wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages. His work had an extensive impact on Indian cinema when he got a break with RD Burman. RJ Hansraj takes you down memory lane with all the melodies of Sahir - The People's Poet. 

Late. Sahir Ludhianvi - 25th October,1980.

Happy Birthday Late. Sahir Ji !.

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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The dashing, debonair Indian actor Shammi Kapoor, who changed the face of Bollywood cinema with his first hit film, Tumsa Nahin Dekha (Never Seen Anyone Like You, 1957). The rock'n'roll-inspired movie turned the young actor into an overnight sensation and he continued to incorporate elements of western culture and fashion in his subsequent films. By dancing in the big musical numbers, the hip-swinging Kapoor bucked the Bollywood trend of a stationary hero. His boisterous sensuality and confidence made him irresistible to male and female fans and he became arguably the first male pin-up of the Indian subcontinent, a sort of "Indian Elvis". He is none other than "Shammi Kapoor"

 Late. Shammi Kapoor - 21st October,1931. 

Happy Birthday Late. Shammi Kapoor!. 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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The one man that ruled the Hindi cinema in the 90's is none other than Kumar Sanu. He gave the listeners in 90’s some brilliant music which was magical. Here's wishing him a very Happy Birthday. 

 Kumar Sanu - 20th October,1957. 

 

 

Happy Birthday Kumar Sanu!. 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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The original macho man of Bollywood;Sunny Deol, has the power to glue audiences to their seats by his supremacy in enacting action scenes. Paradoxically, when it comes to real life, his gentlemanly demeanour attracts women in hoards.

Additionally his twinkling eyes and ever youthful look is a major plus point in itself. He may be a muscle-flexing superstar, but he is the humblest, most soft-spoken guy one can ever find.

A strong man to the core with an angel heart, Sunny Deol is still considered as the ‘Action King of Bollywood’.

Here's wishing him a very Happy Birthday. 

 Sunny Deol- 19th October,1957. 

Happy Birthday Sunny Deol!. 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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A prolific vocalist without any formal training, an actor with an ideal comic timing,a passionate director, an excellent music director, an artist who was a loner in real life , but a clown on screen, an irreplaceable singer of all times, the genius all rounder  Late Shri Kishore Kumar .. Remembering him on his death anniversary. 

Late. Shri Kishore Kumar - 13th October,1987. (Death Anniversary)

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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The trade mark baritone voice, tall brooding persona and intense eyes, made him the ideal angry young man which changed the face of Hindi cinema. 
A performer with an equal flair for tragedies and comedies, the supremo who overtook failures with his determination to succeed, an actor par excellence. The glory of indian cinema ..BIG B as we know him ...AMITABH BACHCHAN Wishing The Big B of Bollywood a very Happy Birthday.

Amitabh Bachchan - 11th October,1942.

Happy Birthday Amit Ji!. 

Tune in with RJ Hansraj on Yaadein from 10.00 P.M onwards only on Radio4. 

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No one can train or coach one to be a genius; either they are or they are not, simple as it is. Actually, there is no ONE word in global dictionary to describe the greatness, achievements, simplicity and the divine voice she has. Through Music she spoke what cannot be expressed, soothed our minds for decades, healed our hearts for generations winning millions of hearts all across. A singer for whom, her music and her nation is what matters the most. The Nightingale of Indian music lovers, the never fading fragrance of soulful tunes, the last legend LATA MANGESHKAR. 

 

Lata Mangeshkar - 28th September,1929.

Happy Birthday Lata Ji!. 

Tune into the mesmerizing songs of the Pride of India LATA MANGESHKAR, tonight on Yaadein with RJ Hansraj.

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Film-making is a chance to live many lifetimes, a fantasy world of fiction with a dash of truth/realism. A cinematic prodigy guided by his elder brother who mastered the art of making movies on human relationships with a touch of action, romance and drama. A film visionary who gave superstars to its admirers and his romance with the Alpine country Switzerland was well known, which was shown in the backdrop of almost every film of his in 80’s and 90’s. A director of numerous classic cult films who had a ear for good music. He is none other than YASH CHOPRA as we all know him .

Late. Yash Chopra - 27th September,1932.

 

Happy Birthday Yash Ji!. 

Do tune into Yaadein tonight, for a Yash Chopra special on his Birthday with RJ Hansraj.  

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They say “No One Is Perfect ..That’s Why Pencils Too Have Erasers” …but at times the CHARM hides away one’s imperfections and cons .Such was the charmer, the debonair hero who was so full of life and bubbling with energy till the time he was alive and it doesn’t come as a surprise, that the only film he had a death scene in, was GUIDE. A filmmaker who walked his path embracing both happiness and sorrow with his charismatic smile just as in his memorable song “main zindagi ka saath nibhaata chala gaya".

Romantic in real and reel life, a cinema fanatic whom flops bothered only for a few hours, a stubborn rock who could never be shaken by criticism, a man who had the zest for life. He is none other than DEV ANAND as we all know him.

 

  Late. Dev Anand - 26th September,1923.

 

Here’s wishing the legend Dev Anand  a very Happy Birthday!  Let’s take a walk down memory lane through some of Dev Sahaab's hits on his birthday.

Happy Birthday Dev Sahab!. 

Do tune into Yaadein tonight, for a Dev Anand special on his Birthday with RJ Hansraj.  

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“  I  hated My Anonymity .. I Had No Skills ..I Just Had Images In My Mind ..But I Wanted To Tell The World ..I Am There “   he once said. A filmmaker who came as a breather in an age  when mostly trash was being churned out in the name of so called COMMERCIAL CINEMA ..a story teller  who narrated his script with passion , shot with conviction , (mostly based on his life) and casted  characters you could identify with. No more anonymous, he is a doyen of realistic cinema who refuses to direct anymore and is a devoted advocate of honesty and open mindedness. He is none other than MAHESH BHATT as we all know him.

 

Mahesh Bhatt - 20th September,1948.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s wishing the veteran filmmaker - Mahesh Bhatt  a very Happy Birthday!  Let’s take a walk down memory lane through some of Bhatt's Sahaab's hits on his birthday.

Happy Birthday Bhatt Sahab!. 

 

Do tune into Yaadein tonight, for a Mahesh Bhatt special on his Birthday with RJ Hansraj.  

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Any artist worth their salt, wants to show as much versatility as they possibly can and she has done it all. 

6 decades, over a thousand of Bollywood movies, 12,000 songs with yesteryear legends Rafi Saab to Kishore Da, OP.Nayyar to Pancham & officially being acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records, as the most recorded artist in the history of Music. Padma Bhushan & Dada Saaheb Phalke award recipient.  She is, 

Asha Bhosale - 8th September,1933.

Happy Birthday Asha Bhosle! Even as the queen of Bollywood turns a year older today, she still has the voice of an angel. Let’s take a walk down memory lane through some of Asha’s greatest hits on her birthday.

 


Happy Birthday Asha Bhosale Ji!.

 

Tune in to Yaadein on 89.1Radio4 FM tonight from 10.00 PM to 1.00 AM. to revisit the era of soulful melodies, a special on the living legend ASHA BHOSLE with Rj Haansraj