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Calling Jimmy

For political success, music is the mantra that Bapppi Lahiri chants

Calling Jimmy
Sandipan Chatterjee
Calling Jimmy
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
  • Bappi Lahiri is the BJP candidate for the Srirampur constituency in West Bengal. He joined the party in 2014.
  • Born in 1952 in Calcutta, he has been a Bollywood music director since 1973
  • He is credited with popularising disco music in such superhits as Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and Dance Dance
  • Other than Bengali, Hindi and English, he has scored music for Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Bhojpuri movies
  • He has two English albums, and has scored music for Hollywood films

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“BappiDA, ekta gaan hoyey jaak” (Bappida, let’s have a song), screams a fan from amidst the crowd that has gathered outside the Golden Inn Hotel in Dankuni, a small town in Srirampur constituency, from where Bappi Lahiri is contesting on a BJP ticket. It’s 4:45 in the afternoon and the pop musician has just emerged on the front steps of the hotel—a stopover venue—after a siesta. The morning had...

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