As the mighty 2012 bids us goodbye and in contrast to the Mayan predictions, the world is not coming to an end anytime soon , I thought it might be a good idea reviewing one of the most hyped year of all times and more importantly remembering the legends that are no longer with us, but will always remain in our hearts.
The Real Fighter
This time it was not an earthquake or a tsunami or the terrorist attacks that shook our country towards the end of the year, but it was an awakening – the 23 year old girl who bravely fought for her life after being gang raped on one of the busiest routes of Delhi. We know she tried real hard and we won’t fail her. The rage that her death brought shouldn’t be wasted and lets all make a resolution that 2013 should be the year of change where girls feel a lot safer and justice is served to all.
The Sitar Maestro
Pandit Ravi Shankar, one of the greatest musicians of India passed away on December 12, 2012 at the age of 92 due to prolonged illness. He was an ambassador of music and an international celebrity who placed the Indian music on the world map, and opened doors for Hindustani and Carnatic musicians to win laurels everywhere. A contender for the Grammy award, he set the real meaning of music fusion by his collaborations with world renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock star George Harrison of The Beatles. Ravi Shankar is survived by his wife Sukanya, daughters Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar Wright.
The King of romance
“Tumse do lafzon mein
Tumse yeh kehna tha
Tumse hi mohabbat thi
Tumse hi mohabbat hai
Tumse kehna hai yun rehna hai
JAB TAK H JAAN…”
This was his last contribution to us, the last work that reflected what he was always brilliant at-portraying the magical feeling of being in love. Yash Chopra, the man who showed everyone the beauty of falling in love with his DDLJ, Dil to pagal hai and Veer Zaara passed away on October 21, 2012 due to prolonged illness.
The First Superstar
“Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai. Usse na aap badal sakte hain na main”
With his head slightly tilted, the smile to kill for, the twinkling eyes, Rajesh Khanna had it all-the charm and style and that is what made him the first ever superstar of Bollywood. He had 15 hit films consecutively, which is still a record. Be it a dilemma of a cancer patient or a drunkard’s confession of love, Rajesh Khanna’s fans felt his character’s pain. He made his characters immortal. Lovingly known as Kaka by all his fans, he left us all on July 18, 2012 at the age of 69.
Dara Singh, a legendary wrestler turned actor who is fondly remembered as “Hanuman” of the epic Ramayan passed away on July 12, 2012 at the age of 84 due to sudden cardiac attack. Last sees as Kareena’s grandfather in Jab We Met, Dara Singh was the first sportsperson to be appointed to Rajya Sabha. He also has many successful Punjabi movies to his credit.