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Music composer Amaal Mallik's recent composition for the song 'Tum Aaogey' from the film 'Bell Bottom' has garnered rave reviews. "Tum Aaogey is one of my most special songs and one of my best works that I have done for film music," said Amaal during a candid conversation with IANS.
Amaal represents the new generation of Indian music. In a short span of seven years, he has delivered hits like 'Sooraj Dooba Hain' (Roy), 'Soch Na Sake' (Airlift), 'Kar Gayi Chul' (Kapoor & Sons) among several others. He happens to be one of the youngest composers to compose music for Amitabh Bachchan for the film 'Badla' and also the youngest to have performed with the Melbourne Orchestra.
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating'. "It was an amazing experience for me to collaborate with Dua Lipa. She loved my work. It was the first of its kind collaboration between Indian and international music artistes and fans around the world were delighted with the new rendition of the song. It was an honour for me to do an official Indian remix and giving an Indian touch to one of her biggest tracks, one of the standout songs on the 'Future Nostalgia' album."
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating' | IANS
Talking about his contemporaries, young music composers taking over Bollywood, Amaal expressed his views. "I think every young composer can helm a solo project. I am glad that certain films are having young people do solo music and that's really going to pay for many more future projects." Whereas, Amaal believes that it's also challenging to make one's own space as a young music composer among established ones in the industry.
"It is truly challenging obviously to get projects. Bollywood is completely a different ballgame and a lot of the big films obviously have bigger composers. But I think with new directors telling new stories, I think cinema is changing." "Music also is changing alongside and it's a better time now, as youngsters are getting a lot of opportunities as compared to the time when I debuted it was a little difficult to get into the scheme of films. But, I think today crossovers are happening and a lot of independent artistes have come into the Bollywood and are composing music for films," signed off Amaal. Amaal is busy working on his next independent single and upcoming film 'Radhe Shyam'. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amaal Mallik, Dua Lipa, Solo, Singer, Rashe Shyam, Levitating, Music, Young, Bollywood
Indian television and film actor Sharad Kelkar says that struggles make an actor value their success more, this was the case with him too. Kelkar has come a long way in not just his actingcareer, but as a voice-over artist too, something he achieved after overcoming the challenge of stammering, he says. Kelkar, who became a household name with the TV soap 'Saat Phere', speaks to IANSlife in an exclusive chat:
On his journey in the film industry:
I'd complete ten years in the film industry, although I started my film career in 2004 when I did a Marathi film. But shifting from this to that, happened in 2012 with 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela'. It's been a great journey, I've made good friends. The audience has accepted me as an actor. It's a great achievement. Any actor strives to be accepted and appreciated for your value. Credit goes to viewers who like my work, and to luck also. I do believe in luck.
On initial struggles:
Everyone has faced struggles. My initial dayswere full of struggles, not getting work, 'paise nahi hai' (there's no money), staying with more than 12-13 people in a house. All that has been done, but anyone values their success more when they have struggled for it. For me, I think the struggle was very important. The other challenge was stammering, and somehow I managed to work on that. I'm still trying to do my best and learn without limitations. My career as a voice over artist is a tricky one, as I am unable to give it the concentration it deserves; I'm more focused on my acting career. If one is travelling in a plane with a mask on, and you call up your friends, people recognise you with your voice. It's a great feeling when your voice doesn't need a face. I'm not doing too many voice-overs but I'd love to.
Sharad said, "There's no point in planning the future. Better to live in the present and enjoy what you are doing, and analyse yourself, work on your mistakes, and move forward."
On the recent film 'Bhuj: The Pride of India':
I'm pretty overwhelmed with the response people are giving it. I've been trying for so many years to portray different kinds of roles, and now people are recognising me. It's a wonderful feeling.
'Bhuj' was a great experience because being part of such big war film is fantastic. When the film was announced, I think Rana Daggubati was to essay the role, but perhaps he wasn't keeping well. So my name was suggested. It's my first patriotic war film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
On future plans:
I live in present, so there's no future plan. Whatever you plan, somehow it goes for a toss. In early 2020, I was supposed to do a few films, which were to release in late 2020. Who would have thought? There's no point in planning the future. Better to live in the present and enjoy what you are doing, and analyse yourself, work on your mistakes, and move forward.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Sharad Kelkar, bollywood, India, daily soap, Bhuj
Intensely intimate. Filled with art. A little bit of London. Plenty of India. Magic finds from Paul Bert Serpette and solid-wood floors. Love, laughter, and life. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, under the expert eye of Rooshad Shroff has imagined, curated, and choreographed her London home and studio herself. And for the very first time, the Bollywood actor has opened the doors to Architectural Digest for an exclusive peek into her home.
The magazine's September-October Style features Sonam and Anand Ahuja's home, which is replete with distinct Indian touches. The hand-carved wardrobe doors fashioned by artisans in Mumbai, canework from Arunachal Pradesh, curtains adorned with embroidery by the Lucknow studio of Maximiliano Modesti and the dining room walls covered in de Gournay's 'Early Views of India' -- all sing a romantic song of Sonam's love for India.
Sonam's vision for this atmospheric pied-a-terre has been brought to life with Mumbai-based architect Rooshad Shroff. Wikimedia Commons
IANSlife reproduces an excerpt from AD India's latest featuring the actress:
When Sonam Kapoor Ahuja first started dating Anand Ahuja, she also fell in love with the setting of his London perch. Notting Hill is one of the last truly bohemian 'villages' left in the city and the couple set their hearts on a home among one of its leafy stucco squares. The Lockdown offered the actor an unexpected opportunity to roost. "Suddenly I was living a very local life with no planes or premieres," she recalls, "running in Hyde Park, foraging for olive oils in Portobello market, and bonding with neighbours at this surreal time".
Sonam's vision for this atmospheric pied-a-terre has been brought to life with Mumbai-based architect Rooshad Shroff. "He is a maestro at curating a space towards an individual's tastes," muses Sonam of her collaborative choice, "We began with laying a foundation of rich textures and jewel tones together."
Sonam's interior style is refreshingly unstarry. She has a gift, perhaps a legacy from acting, for creating a frisson of intimacy. IANS
This luscious palette was taken even further into transporting realms with walls covered in de Gournay's 'Early Views of India'. "The Indian touches include a number of personal pieces gifted to us by our mothers," reflects Sonam, "bringing memories of Mumbai and Delhi to London. There's a lasting beauty in these heirlooms, however humble, that have seen so many lives and brought joy across the generations."
Sonam's interior style is refreshingly unstarry. She has a gift, perhaps a legacy from acting, for creating a frisson of intimacy. She agrees, replying, "This is a sanctuary for us, and for those we love, rather than a showcase home. It is not large but it makes an impact."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, London, London, studio, home, India, Bollywood, Anand Ahuja
On her debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar took critics by surprise, and won awards, by playing an overweight bride who speaks up for her rights in the romantic comedy 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. Since then, Bhumi Pednekar has given a string of hits with meaningful cinema. She has been seen in 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', 'Shubh Mangal Savdhaan', 'Saand Ki Aankh', 'Bala', 'Pati Patni Aur Woh' and 'Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare', and many more such critically acclaimed films.
But is Bhumi comfortable with the 'star tag? In an interview with IANS, the actress, who started out as an assistant to Shanoo Sharma, the casting director of Yash Raj Films, made the confession: "I am a little shy to call myself a star." She insists she is an actor "who has received a lot of love". Bhumi said: "I think the definition of stardom has changed across different generations. But yes, I am grateful that my films are appreciated and people love me and I am going to continue doing whatever I do on and off screen."
Hindi cinema is known for its bigger-than-life films, but Bhumi has stood her ground on featuring only in 'message-driven' films and calls herself fortunate. "I have always been keen that my films should have a positive message along with entertainment, as that's what cinema is primarily meant to do," Bhumi said. She added: "I feel that's how films in the future would also be. If someone is spending two hours watching a film, or my piece of content, it must lead to some kind of a positive change in their mindset."
Bhumi concluded: "I know it's difficult, but I try to make my ecosystem as sustainable as possible." . Wikimedia Commons
As a public figure, Bhumi is doing her bit for the world too. In 2019, she launched the 'Climate Warrior' campaignto raise awareness on environmental protection and global warming. So, is it time for Hindi cinema to raise issues related to climate change and sustainable lifestyles, pat came the reply from Bhumi: "Yes! I feel it's high time that Hindi cinema starts showing a sustainable way of living in their films." She added: "As a fraternity we are woke and I personally would like to believe that we are more conscious than other industries, but I still feel we aren't doing enough."
Bhumi, incidentally, has named as India's first M.A.C global cosmetics brand ambassador because of her efforts towards climate conservation and sustainability and also her body of work. In fact, she makes sure that the sets she works on do not use plastic bottles and single-use plastics as much as possible. Bhumi concluded: "I know it's difficult, but I try to make my ecosystem as sustainable as possible. I do feel that we need narratives in films/movies that send out the message because they are the most powerful medium to get the message across to the masses."
(Article originally written by: Durga Chakravarty) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Bhumi, bollywood, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Savdhaan, Saand Ki Aankh, Bala, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare