A nostalgic trip

A nostalgic trip

Bollywood journey

A nostalgic trip

The city witnessed a totally unique charm altogether, over the weekend, as Titan Raga ‘The Rendezvous Bangalore Season 3’ with veterans Tanuja, Helen and Kabir Bedi opened to a packed audience at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

The suave charismatic conversationalist Kabir Bedi put the two ravishing legends at ease and charmed them into baring their souls, bringing alive the life and times of some of India’s greatest actors. An excited Bedi skillfully drove a live conversation on stage, interspersed with popular, evergreen numbers picturised on the two leading ladies of the yesteryears.

The show started at 6 pm and went on for nearly 5 hours, mesmerising Bengalureans, most of whom didn’t realise how time flew. In the first half, Kabir Bedi got talking with Tanuja, who came out as a vivacious and straight talker while in the second half, it was the dancing diva of Bollywood- Helen- who enamoured the crowd, with her mature, graceful and dignified demeanour (just opposite to her reel life character).

Kabir Bedi traced their interesting Bollywood journey - not chronologically, but based on the landmarks of their life. The two shared memories coupled with anecdotes about themselves, their films and songs.

The ‘musical chat’ was structured as a tete-e-tete down memory lane, with live performances of both their favourite songs by established singers. The two women spoke on a variety of things — be it their early years, the development of their craft as actors, their inspiration and influences, their memories of colleagues, peers, team members and technicians, and their personal take on Indian cinema – it’s ethos, greats, technology, melody and madness. Tanuja and Helen also talked about the architects of Bollywood and those who played a key role in shaping Indian cinema.

The audience listened with rapt attention and savoured the musical melodies, a set of 13 songs for each of the actors, performed by Sinchan Dixit, Kinjal Chatterjee, Sagar Sawarkar, Samanvitha Sharma and Anjana Padmanabhan and other musicians. Trumpet player Kishore Sodha paid musical tribute through his trumpet.  A few clippings of the important scenes from some of their films were also shown to trigger memories.

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