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Item Songs Should Be Written With Caution, Shabana Azmi

Shabana says now the content has evolved and instead of showing weak and helpless women, Bollywood has started portraying strong female characters.

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Veteran actor and social activist Shabana Azmi, who has expressed her angst against item songs in the past, on Tuesday said lyricists must take care to avoid derogatory words.

“I am against the use of item songs in the films. The words which are being used in such songs are derogatory and are against the image of females,” said the “Arth” actress during an interactive session organised by News18 here.

Shabana cited the lyrics of “Fevicol se” song from the superstar Salman Khan-starrer “Dabangg 2”.

“I don’t feel there is any need to include item song in movies. They are not even related to the story. Lyricists should think twice before writing such songs,” added the 67-year-old actress, wife of celebrated writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Shabana Azmi is An Active Supporter of Women Right's. Flickr
Shabana Azmi is An Active Supporter of Women Right’s. Flickr

She also spoke about the changing content in Bollywood films and women-oriented films.

From “Damini” in 1993 to “Pink” in 2016, Bollywood has made a quite number of women-oriented films, but Shabana says now the content has evolved and instead of showing weak and helpless women, Bollywood has started portraying strong female characters.

Shabana, who is known for raising her voice for women’s rights, believes India has not progressed completely as female foeticide is still practiced.

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“Now, I just don’t want to point out the issues, I want to bring out the solution and fight for women with them,” added Shabana, who cited her late father and writer Kaifi Azmi’s words. (Bollywood Country)

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Legendary Musician AR Rahman To Create Anthem for Global Climate Change Initiative

The project aims at raising money and awareness for the cause of climate change

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While details about composition by AR Rahman are awaited, it has come to light that the number will thematically be reminiscent of "We are the world." Wikimedia Commons

India’s Oscar-winning music maestro AR Rahman is pitching in with a creative contribution for Hollywood music veteran and humanitarian Ken Kragen’s climate change effort. Rahman, along with a team of international composers, will create a track titled “Hand in hand” for the initiative.

Kragen, who was honoured with United Nations Peace Medal in 1985 for producing the historic charity anthem “We are the World”, has joined hands with entertainment entrepreneur Neil Morgan to set up an augmented reality (AR) project named “Hands Around The World”.

The project aims at raising money and awareness for the cause of climate change. The initiative will be launched on April 22 next year, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The AR app will also be launched the same day, reports variety.com.

While details about Rahman’s composition are awaited, it has come to light that the number will thematically be reminiscent of “We are the world.”

“The mind of the human race is hard wired to seek higher ideals and wisdom. For that, the very first step is to protect that which holds us – planet earth,” Rahman said.

Kragen added: “It is easier to accomplish the impossible than the ordinary.”

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India’s Oscar-winning music maestro AR Rahman is pitching in with a creative contribution for Hollywood music veteran and humanitarian Ken Kragen’s climate change effort. Rahman, along with a team of international composers, will create a track titled “Hand in hand” for the initiative. Wikimedia Commons

The AR app will allow people to download 3D volumetric-captured celebrity holograms and take photographs standing beside them, holding their hands. They will then combine users’ photographs with hundreds of millions of others to form a virtual selfie chain that will become the digital “Hands Around the World”.

Users will be prompted to spread the word and encouraged to donate towards ending climate change.

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“There are people that will deny climate change but they can’t deny pollution. Our project intends to galvanise and unite people like never before, in a positive and fun way to help save the planet,” said Morgan. (IANS)