Sunday March 29, 2020

Legendary Musician AR Rehman Says “I am Politically illiterate by Choice”

"I am politically illiterate by choice, because I rather invest my energy to create what I am creating", says Rahman

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The Indian music maestro AR Rahman is all set to take a new step in creativity. He makes his debut as scriptwriter and film producer with the upcoming musical film, "99 Songs". Wikimedia Commons

Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman feels although the world is going through a socio-political turmoil, and every second person is expressing political opinion in an aggressive manner, he chooses to channelise his energy in making music, stories and art that can bring about a positive change in the mind of the youngsters.

The Indian music maestro is all set to take a new step in creativity. He makes his debut as scriptwriter and film producer with the upcoming musical film, “99 Songs”.

“I am politically illiterate by choice, because I rather invest my energy to create what I am creating. One of the reasons why I am making films, music and training kids in music is to offer them a space that they can explore away from politics, violence and all things that are negative. I see how everyone is getting into some political opinion and it is a grey area. It is complicated and probably I won’t be able to articulate my thoughts as correctly as I can do it through music. For me, serving humanity through art — that heals people, that is spiritual — is more important when there is too much aggression out there,” Rahman told IANS.

His daughter Khatija was brutally trolled a while back by the Swedish-Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on social media, for wearing the burqa, but Khatija’s graceful and befitting answer to the author received huge applauds by netizens.

Rahman’s “99 Songs” is directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy and the film features Ehan Bhat, Edilsy Vargas, Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Ranjit Barot and Rahul Ram.

What prompted him to take up the challenge of filmmaking? The ‘Mozart of Madras’ replied: “Not taking up challenges and feeling complacent due to success is boring! I mean, none of us are immortal. We all are going to die, but before death happens let us give new ideas a try. My drive is to explore human possibilities. Criticism is okay with me, so many challenges are thrown at us by life. It is worth taking up the challenges!”

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Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman feels although the world is going through a socio-political turmoil, and every second person is expressing political opinion in an aggressive manner, he chooses to channelise his energy in making music, stories and art that can bring about a positive change in the mind of the youngsters. Wikimedia Commons

The songs of his film were released on Thursday in Mumbai. Rahman has created the album with Dolby Atmos. Emphasising on the collaboration, Rahman said: “When you hear music, good sound technology offers you an experience that is worth cherishing. We get to experience Dolby Atmos in cinema theatres. They are now collaborating with streaming platforms where you listen to music on the phone and still get the same sound quality, without those speakers.”

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He added: “When you listen to a song on your phone, you hear a compressed file that tampers the sound, and the nuances are missed. When a 200MB file is made into a 1. 5 MB file, usually you do not get the same quality. But now that is possible courtesy the new sound technology of Dolby Atmos. I am looking forward to it,” he explained. (IANS)

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Lucid Ways Through Which Cinema Puts an impact on Your Life

In this article, you may find some simple ways in which cinematic art puts a strong impact on your life and on society as a whole

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Cinema is in itself an Immense power, a power that has even caused revolutions. Pixabay

By Kashish Rai

Cinema is the greatest mirror for humanity’s struggle. You see this alternative world, but You’re a part of it. Everybody’s part of it…

 Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you are an avid lover of cinema or not, in some way or the other~ you have Laughed and cried along with films! Films in their own way can really have a strong impact on our lives. The comedies make us laugh, intriguing Thrillers can make us look at the world from a different perspective, Romantic ones can take us to a different world which will make us want to fall in love with someone, Tragedies can make us move and cry, and then obviously; Historical films may help us to Understand from where we all have eventuated as credible beings!

Every Movie in a sense helps you to form, transform your opinions and teach you something about your society.

 In this article, you may find some simple ways in which cinematic art puts a strong impact on your life and on society as a whole.

1. GREAT MOVIES ALWAYS GIVE YOU INSPIRATION!

The sole purpose of a movie is not merely entertainment, sometimes along with providing Entertainment it educates and motivates the audience in numerous ways. Films can make you think! Films can make you empathetic! They can make you feel Alive! Have you Ever looked at a Romantic movie and thought why Love is so important in some peoples’ lives and why is it worth fighting for? Some films can help you look at your own flaws, consequently helping you to Understand those around you more.

If you love films then You’ll know there is’nt one but many films in a row that would make you rise up every morning and look at this world with unfettered hope and optimism.

Pyaasa (1957), Anand (1971), Swades (2004), 3 idiots (2009), Dear Zindagi (2016) are some examples of Bollywood films that can move your heart.

Whereas some Hollywood films like The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), Bucket List (2007) have also inspired the audience to make our society a better place.

 2. MOVIES SPREAD AWARENESS ON CRUCIAL ISSUES

We live in a society where nothing perfect exists. This society needs a mirror, and the mirror is “Cinema”. Films play a pivotal role in spreading awareness on various sensitive topics that no one talks about and maybe do not want to talk about. Cinema has the Power to make us feel responsible and empathetic towards certain things which need strong attention.

Films like Peepli Live (2010), Jolly LLB 1,2 (2013, 2017)  Hindi Medium (2017), Toilet: ek Prem Katha (2017), Padman (2018), Article 15 (2019) are some moving celluloids that may grab your attention and give you a reality check alongside giving strong Social Messages.

3. MOVIES DEPICT AND SHAPE CULTURE

Movies often show what we believe in and how together we coexist as human beings. Movies have this power to reflect our concern, attitude, weaknesses, flaws and strengths. People from all around the world are able to watch films and Understand the cultures of various countries and communities. Movies can make you feel united with the world despite being diverse.

More so, when it comes to shaping culture, films have been shaping our values and beliefs since long. The way we dress, the way we want to look or maybe behave is Sometimes because of all what we see in movies!

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Cinema has the Power to make us feel responsible and empathetic towards certain things which need strong attention. Pixabay

At the very least, films solidify selected cultural beliefs and render some redundant.

4. MOVIES TEACH YOU THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSITION

Film industry has produced many films that are Fact-Based. Even some of the films which are non-fictional~ in some way or the other they have always depicted the realistic picture of how the world was before and how it has changed with transition with the introduction of Technological developments in the contemporary scenario.

 Films can make you Understand all the positives and negatives existing in the world. They give you a clear picture of “how far you have come and how long you still have to go.”

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“I regard the Cinema as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being..”

~ Oscar Wilde

 Conclusion:

Cinema without a doubt is very impactful in the contemporary world scenario. It has more Positives than the negative. It should be our responsibility to pick up the right content as the right audience. Cinema is in itself an Immense power, a power that has even caused revolutions. Let us feel Positive about it, and let us keep cherishing it throught our lives!