Lekh Tandon, popular filmmaker and actor, who has been a part of many esteemed films, passed away at his residence in Mumbai yesterday. Tandon was 88 years old and was bedridden for the past few months in his Powai residence. The demise took place at 5:38 PM. Lekh Tandon was born on February 13, 1929 in Lahore, situated in present-day Pakistan. He started as Assistant Director in Hindi movie industry in 1950s. He turned director with Professor and went on to back many memorable films like Jhuk Gaya Aasman, Andolan, Agar Tum Na Hote etc. His 1962 film Amrapali is considered to be a classic. It was also selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the 39th Academy Awards. He directed his first television serial, Dil Dariya, in 1988 for Doordarshan. Through this serial, he was credited with discovering superstar Shah Rukh Khan.Later, Lekh Tandon also got into acting. He worked in three Shah Rukh Khan starrers Swades, Paheli and Chennai Express.He was also seen in a small role in Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti.Besides, even in his late 70s, he directed a finite TV show named Aisa Des Hai Mera. Members of Bollywood fraternity came out to pay respects to Lekh Tandon on Twitter. Ashutosh Gowariker, who directed him in Swades , shared a wonderful on the sets still featuring Tandon. Rishi Kapoor reminded everyone that he had worked on his father Raj Kapoors films. Lata Mangeshkar wrote a wonderful message. Shekhar Kapur and Shabana Azmi also tweeted about the demise of Lekh Tandon. Lekh Tandons funeral will be held in Powai in the afternoon today. Very VERSATILE Director who gave several HITS! Was privileged to work with u in Swades! Will always miss ur gentleness Sir! RIP https://twitter.com/hashtag/LekhTandon?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw #LekhTandon https://t.co/B4m1M96Cjc pic.twitter.com/B4m1M96Cjc Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) https://twitter.com/AshGowariker/status/919604113087782912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw October 15, 2017 RIP Lekh Tandon ji, Directed Prince, Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bahaye etc. was my fathers assistant. Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) https://twitter.com/chintskap/status/919589347053195265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw October 15, 2017 Abhineta aur film nirdeshak Lekh Tandon ji ka aaj swargwas hua.Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Meri unko vinamra shraddhanjali. Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) https://twitter.com/mangeshkarlata/status/919607522062843904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw October 15, 2017 goodbye https://twitter.com/hashtag/LekhTandon?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw #LekhTandon Extraordinary film maker/story teller of his times. Never ever refused an actor at his doorstep some warmth advice n tea Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) https://twitter.com/shekharkapur/status/919660005263134721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw October 15, 2017 I was lucky to do 2 beautiful films with https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lekh?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw #Lekh Tandon Ek Baar Kaho and Doosri Dulhan a filmabout surrogacy way ahead of its time. Respect???? Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) https://twitter.com/AzmiShabana/status/919653021268635648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw October 15, 2017
Hema Malini turns 69 today and this birthday is going to be a special and memorable for her. After all, her much-awaited autobiography Beyond The Dream Girl written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee is all set to be unveiled today in a grand event. But what would make the video extra special is that 50 noted celebrities from Indian film and music industry will be coming together to wish Hema Malini a happy birthday and share their thoughts about her. The book will be launched by Deepika Padukone.In the video, Amitabh Bachchan , who has been her co-star in several films since the 70s will share his experiences from their younger days. Veteran actor Vyjayanthimala will explain why she loves Hema Malinis dancing skills. Lata Mangeshkar will be revealing how her younger sister surprised her with her exceptional singing talent when Hema gifted her recently-released music album. Vidya Balan would state that Hema Malini has set a high benchmark for actors like her. Arjun Kapoor Kriti Sanon , Neeta Lulla and others will also feature in the video, which reportedly is an hour-long one. Besides movies, Hema Malini is also active in politics. She is currently a BJP MP from Mathura. She is an expert dancer and recently, she recently released her eight-track devotional album called Gopala Ko Samarpan.
Akshay Kumar recently returned to the small screen with the reality show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge where he essays the role of super judge. While on a hunt to find the best comedians of the country, the show also has three mentors in the form of Mallika Dua, Zakir Khan and Hussain Dalal but now these popular stand-up comedians will be replaced by Sajid Khan and Hussain Dalal. Filmmaker Sajid Khan and actor-director Shreyas Talpade will now join Akshay Kumar as the mentor-judges of the show. Mallika, Zakir and Hussain will remain judges until the 12 finalists are selected after which the Bollywood personas will take over their role. Interestingly, the trio, namely Akshay Kumar, Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade have collaborated for one of the most popular comic capers, Housefull 2.From what we hear, the reason behind the sudden change in the judges was the lukewarm the show received. Apparently the makers believed that they needed to bring about the changes in the mentors and hence the decision of roping in Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade. While Sajid is well versed in the field of comedy, being a former comedian himself as well as directing movies like Heyy Baby , Shreyas recently turned focus into filmmaking with comedy films like Poster Boyz and he is also popular for his comic roles in films like the Golmaal franchise. In fact, excited about the show, Sajid Khan revealed about how he is looking forward for the show. He also spoke about Akshay Kumar and Shreyas bond which he described as brothers and how their bond would be quite evident on the show. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is currently being aired on Star Plus during the weekends at the prime slot of 8 pm.