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Actor, comic, and musician Aadar Malik say digital and live experiences will have to sync in the future and make for an opportunity that many performers and productions will explore in a big way.
Malik features in Rajat Kapoor’s adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy ‘As You Like It’, titled ‘I Don’t Like It As You Like It’, which has gone digital with Aadyam’s digital edition. The play is available to watch on Insider’s theatre platform on December 12 and 13.
Excerpts from an IANSlife chat with Aadar Malik:
Q: As an actor, how different is taking the stage to screen? Do you find it challenging?
A: Honestly speaking, the question of stage vs screen is asked mostly to theatre actors because I think we are the only people who end up experiencing both in a very serious way. It is something that is very different in terms of the number of takes that you would get, you get to really experience what the script is taking the character through on stage and so both have their ups and downs. In fact, right now, it’s so weird that we have to — speaking in terms of this show — because we are so accustomed to going through the motions of this character in that one and a half to two hours. Now suddenly when you are in this space where you know there are so many cameras and you have to, as opposed to acting for the audience you know that there are certain cameras that are replaced in certain places that you have to perform for. That really is a bit of a shock to the system after you performed 60-70 shows. That is new but other than that I think the basic principle of it just remains the same. You have to adjust a little here and there but over the years I just figured out that it’s ultimately the same, it’s just certain things change, certain aspects change but acting in the acting in its basic form remains the same.
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Q: In terms of connecting with the audience, both in comedy and theatre, there’s some live feedback that may help the performer. In digital performances, this feedback may not be present. Does this affect performance?
A: Of course, live feedback helps. That’s why a lot of people talk of stage performances like a drug, because of that live feedback, that immediate applause, or laughter, or even if you’re performing something dramatic, it’s that immediate reaction that really fuels you, and I think after a while you start getting dependant on it. And as someone who’s been creating content on YouTube and other platforms, I do feel you get immediate feedback in the comments section which is not feedback that is not constructive in the strictest sense. So, the lucky part is that we know how the audience reacts to this show, we had enough experience with the sheer number and magnitude of the shows we have done. In this case (recorded play), not having that feedback and assuming that feedback in some moments is because we have done it so many times. That’s a big advantage in terms of shooting the play as compared to shooting a new show for a maiden production entirely. That would be quite difficult because plays do come into their own after the 20th-30th show, so you really start figuring out a lot of things as a group.
Q: Going forward, how do you think digital and live performances will sync together? Do you see both happening together?
A: We will have to. Digital and live will have to sync together. I think there’s a major integration as far as live and digital that’s going to come our way. You could be performing for an audience that is geo-locked in America by creating a stage and a worthwhile experience for them while staying in Bombay. I think that is something that is going to be explored very seriously by a lot of performers and productions very soon.
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Q: Please tell us a little about your role in ‘I Don’t Like It, As You Like It’.
A: In ‘I Don’t Like It As You Like It’, we are performing as a troupe of clowns who are trying to put up a play ‘As You Like It’, and their theatre gets taken away from them, and they have to make the most of what they are left with, which is pretty much nothing, and they end up performing in a jungle. It’s a really nice connection to the situation we are in right now because we have lost our ability to perform on stage because of a pandemic. Now we are trying our best to bring it to an audience.
My clown is Coco, who ends up playing Rosalind but wanted to play Orlando. That’s the role reversal we are playing with which is very Shakespearean in a way because most of the female characters were played by men. We really went on that where the men are playing women and women are playing men by the end of the show. It’s something that has really excited me, and I always wanted to do it in a way truly unique and this particular production – Rajat Kapoor’s version – is really the right way to attack something like this and have fun while doing it. (IANS)
Fashion's biggest extravaganza, The Met Gala 2021, made a comeback with a vengeance after a skip in 2020 due to the pandemic. The theme for this year's gala was 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion', and as usual in attendance were a long list of celebrities including actors, musicians and sportpersons. Many fashion houses and celebrities chose to dazzle with the dark side of fashion as capes, leather, face masks and all kinds of drama unfolded at the event, as black ruling the red carpet with its darker vibe.
Met Gala regulars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Emily Blunt, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid and the Kardashian-Jenner siblings were spotted alongside debutantes like 18-year-old British tennis star Emma Raducanu who recently won the US Open, Rose Leslie from 'The Game of Thrones', gymnast Nia Dennis and Justin and Hailey Beiber who walked the Me carpet together for the first time.
The event is hosted by Vogue's Dame Anna Wintour and is held annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Here's a look at some of the stars who chose to walk on the darker side:
The event is hosted by Vogue's Dame Anna Wintour and is held annually at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. | IANS
Keywords: Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Emily Blunt, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, the Kardashian-Jenner, Emma Raducanu, Met Gala
Many young and middle-aged people today are dying of sudden heart attacks. Studies show that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) strike Indians a decade earlier compared to their Western counterparts. Why is this happening? How can we prevent it? Are we just focused on post-heart attack action? Or should we be focused more on prevention?
Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach -- Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine shares an input that could prevent heart attacks at a young age:
Cholesterol is not the culprit, inflammation is: Many people believe that high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are the sole culprits behind their heart attacks. The main reasons behind most heart attacks are inflammation and oxidative damage in the heart, blood vessels, endothelial lining, arteries, and more. While maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important, we cannot blame heart attacks on cholesterol levels alone. What then can you do to keep inflammation in check and your heart strong? Adopt simple lifestyle changes.
Many people believe that high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are the sole culprits behind their heart attacks. | Flickr
Switch from ordinary substandard cooking oils to cold-pressed oils: Refined oils are highly inflammatory and a threat to your heart. Using refined oils just to save some money isn't a wise idea. Choose the right quality and quantity of oil to boost your heart health. It might cost you a few extra bucks, but remember, your health is not a cost but an investment.
Refined oils are highly inflammatory and a threat to your heart. Using refined oils just to save some money isn't a wise idea. | Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary on Unsplash
Switch from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one: Even if you don't engage in a full-fledged workout, just stay active. Walking and yoga are the most effective exercises. Choose fun workouts that you enjoy -- dancing, aerobics, Zumba, swimming, whatever it is, but keep that body moving. People who live a sedentary lifestyle are at high risk of heart attacks. Having said that, over-working out with little orno rest or recovery period is equally harmful. So, figure out the adequate level of activity your body needs and stick to it.
Even if you don't engage in a full-fledged workout, just stay active. Walking and yoga are the most effective exercises. | Photo by Peter Conlan on Unsplash
Don't take matters to your heart: Before renting out your heart space and mind space to a person, event or experience, ask yourself if it is worth it. While stress is inevitable, what sets a happy person apart from a stressed person is their capacity to diffuse and navigate stress and see things in a positive light. You can continue attending stress management classes and workshops, and while all of them can help you feel better for some time, the real change happens when you start changing your perspective towards life and how you relate to stress.Learn to accept and let go. Build your self-worth, create a beautiful inner world, reflect inwards, and allow these teachings to slip into your daily living.
Before renting out your heart space and mind space to a person, event or experience, ask yourself if it is worth it. |cPhoto by Tim Gouw on Unsplash
Fix your sleep routine: There is nothing cool about pulling an all-nighter to work or socialize more. Your body only cares about survival. Remember, your sleep is your heart's free drug. The chronic deprivation of it can increase your risk of a heart attack. Your heart is a muscle that needs recovery. Lack of sleep increases your insulin resistance and makes you more prone to type-2 diabetes and a gamut of metabolic conditions. So, adopt a fixed sleeping schedule and sleep deep.
There is nothing cool about pulling an all-nighter to work or socialize more. | Photo by Tetiana SHYSHKINA on Unsplash
We cannot wait for more misfortunate incidents to realize the importance of lifestyle and start prioritizing it. We must wake up and work towards prevention. Many of us may go through heart disease later in life, no matter how well we exercise or eat clean. So, identify risk factors and work towards tackling them. Even if one of your risk factors is genetic predisposition and there is nothing you can do about it, you can still alter your lifestyle. Our intelligent human body was designed to fix and heal itself. The least we can do is invest in it and help it do its job effectively. Lifestyle can help you bridge this gap.
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: lifestyle, heart, oil, stress, sleep, human, body, health, heart attack
When it comes to burgers, its not just the patty that makes it all worthwhile... one can't forget the cheese or the crunchy lettuce either. In India, McDonald's ensures their burgers use the freshest produce, which means that don't use any ordinary lettuce. The iceberg variety was first introduced in India by McDonald's, as early as the 90s, at a time when not many people were familiar with lettuce and used cabbage instead. Lettuce is a key ingredient known for its crunch, its odourless and is ideal for salads, sandwiches and burgers.
The fast food giant collaborated with local Indian suppliers and pioneered the local production of iceberg lettuce in the country. Their lettuce undergoes 30 quality and food safety checks. After harvesting, the lettuce is pre-cooled to a temperate of below 40C at the farm gate to maintain its freshness. It is then transported in refrigerated vehicles to the world-class processing plant where it is shredded to a measured length and width and then washed and cleaned thoroughly before being vacuum-packed.
The fast food giant collaborated with local Indian suppliers and pioneered the local production of iceberg lettuce in the country | Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash
Today, the lettuce that goes into your favourite burger is produced at a pristine height of 10,000 feet under the rain shadow areas of the Himalayas in the Manali and Lahaul districts. Over the last 15 years, the farm base that produces lettuce for McDonald's menu items has grown from 5 acres to more than 100 acres. The process for growing lettuce is very rigorous and thoroughly monitored starting with the selection of seed variety, nursery production, fertigation, integrated pest management and post-harvest technology. Over the years, the company has continued to engage with local suppliers in good agricultural practices, meeting the Gold Standards of food safety and hygiene. It has transferred global best practices in irrigation, pest control, seed selection benefitting nearly 250 small and marginal farmers across the country. These practices ensure the right conditions for the iceberg lettuce to grow.
With over 60 years of experience in developing the best quality standards for the industry to follow, it continues to build and strengthen the foundation of good food practices and knowledge transfer, while serving great-tasting menu items at a value to its customers. "At McDonald's, we are committed to offering great tasting food using high quality ingredients to our customers. To offer the best to our esteemed customers, we take extra care in ensuring that the highest levels of hygiene and food safety are maintained at every step of how our food is produced, where its ingredients are sourced from and how it is processed . We are committed to responsible sourcing and supporting farmers community growing lettuce for us." said Rajeev Ranjan, COO, McDonald's India , North and East.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: burger, india, lettuce, McDonalds, locals, North, East