Padmini Kolhapure reveals aunt Lata Mangeshkar’s reaction as she recreated Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara

Veteran actress Padmini Kolhapure says that being a Raj Kapoor protagonist has been one of the highlights of her career. “I started out as a child actor, and I learned everything from him,” Kolhapure said in an exclusive chat with Indianexpress.com.

From a young girl in Satyam Shivam Sundaram to a young widow in Prem Rog, Kolhapure was in sync with what Raj Kapoor I looked for him in his heroines. She said the legendary director used to act out scenes for her as a child, but by the time Prim Rouge happened, she knew exactly what he wanted.

“In Satyam Shivam Sundaram, he used to stand up and actually perform for me because I was a little kid. He was counting me as an actor. When I did Prem Rog, he was sitting in his chair because I knew exactly what his pulse was. He knew my limitations, my abilities. Kolhapur remembers that understanding .

As a tribute to Raj Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapur recently sang and recreated the iconic track from his director Prem Rog, “Yeh Galian Yeh Chopra”. In the new version, Kolhapure plays the mother of the bride and gets lost in memories of raising her daughter, who is now preparing to enter marital bliss. Kolhapure shared that the song was an integral part of her life and that she danced to it on numerous occasions.

“When Dhamaka Records started, my son Priyank and his partner Paras were eager to re-create the song “Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara” which came as a shock to me because re-creating such a famous song is not an easy thing. It was a huge pressure. The song is by Raj Kapoor because it is his creativity and vision.

“Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara” was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar, who happens to be Kolhapure’s aunt. So how did Mangeshkar react when she found out her niece is singing the re-created version? “She was so happy we were recreating it and Priyaank was doing it. So thanks to her,”

In an active career spanning nearly two decades, Kolhapur has collaborated with actors like Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and others. But her collaboration with Rishi Kapoor is notable. In fact, the actress revealed that because of him she got Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai, her first film as a leading lady at the age of 15.

Rishi Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapur in a still from Prim Rouge.

Kolhapure shared that she initially was a Rishi Kapoor Fans then shared with him screen space in the movies. “I was a big fan of him before I started acting. I watched his movie premiere on the first day – it was Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh oh my god!” Kolhapure even slept at school to watch his movies, “Chintu sir was older than me. He saw me as a child Rupa in Satyam Shivam Sundaram. So he treated me like a little girl who was working with him. Thanks to him, I got Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai.”

“For me, it was also part of my training because I learned a lot from him as an actor. Not that he really stood there and taught me but when you get an actor par excellence in front of you, you will have no choice but to act,” she said with a smile.

In the past, Kolhapure was a part of films with strong and daring themes, which were ahead of the times. Among them are Ensaf Ka Tarazzo, Sagan Bina Suhajan, Grayi and others. But was Kolhapure aware of this at the time when she was a child actress? “Never. I was really young so I didn’t know. But now when I look back, I feel lucky to have worked on such films under such great filmmakers. But every movie has its time, and I think it would have been better that time.” I managed to create quite a stir. What would have happened now perhaps.”

padmini kolhapure satyam shivam sundram yashomati maiya se Padmini Kolhapur was thirteen years old when she appeared in Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

Padmini Kolhapur She made a TV show Ekk Nayi Pehchaan in 2014. However, she has remained a hater to work on the small screen. In fact, she even turned down the role of Tulsi Virani in the TV series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, when Smriti Irani left the show. “I was definitely getting a lot of offers. But I was hesitant because you had to devote so much time, your personal life would come to a halt. It’s so constant and demanding and there is no finish line. So that made me feel a little skeptical about doing TV.”

Kolhapure also shared that despite these reservations, the medium didn’t matter because she ended up in the theater instead, and she loved it. I could hear Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) calling theater his first passion. At first I was very paranoid but as soon as I got into it I realized that this is a different level. I realized what the actors actually meant by saying, there’s nothing off the stage,” she said.

Dil Bekara Poonam Dhillon Padmini Kolhapur Padmini Kolhapure played a small role in the web show Dil Bekaraar, which also starred Poonam Dhillon. (Photo: Screengrab/Disney + Hotstar)

Starting very early in her life and still open to acting offers, did Padmini Kolhapure miss any part of her childhood or growing up years? S” It’s like you’ll never know how sweet it tastes, unless you try something sweet. I enjoyed my childhood. I had great friends. I went to school, I did everything a kid at that age could do. Of course, I did not experience college life. But I don’t miss it because I haven’t tested it, so I don’t know how I feel,” she said.

On a closing note, Padmini Kolhapur She joked about mentioning if she dances to ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’ at her niece Shraddha Kapoor’s wedding. “I will be waiting really long to dance at Shraddha’s wedding, because there is no place on the cards at the moment. I will probably dance instead at a friend’s daughter’s wedding.”

Padmini Kolhapure was seen in the movie Panipat and Marathi Prawaas. She will also appear in Taapsee Pannu starrer Blurr.

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