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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaspal Singh: Bollywood’s Voice Lost in Transition

Jaspal Singh has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang

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Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970's and 1980's.

By Kashish Rai

The beauty of the Hindi film industry lies not only in it’s stories but also in the songs that get in tune with the mood of the narratives. These songs remain eternal in the minds of the audience for generations to come, but unfortunately the ones who give their melodious voice in these songs are not always remembered. Jaspal Singh is one of them.

Today we have brought in light one of those gem singers of bollywood~ Jaspal Singh, who has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang.

  • Who is Jaspal Singh?

 Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in Amritsar and during his school and college days, he realised his passion for singing. He used to participate in various music competitions throughout his school and college life. To further pursue his passion for singing he went to Mumbai where his sister used to stay.

Jaspal’s talent was first and foremost recognised by well known female singer Usha Khanna during the year 1968.

  • Jaspal’s Early Life Struggle

Jaspal Singh was provided a chance to sing at a professional level, however he did not get the recognition which he deserved in his life. He struggled to make a career in singing and would often visit Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai time and again.

Jaspal was always an ardent fan of Mohammed Rafi and grew up listening to his songs and singing Rafi’s songs whenever he got the opportunity. As he was attracted to only film songs he did not undergo any training in classical music.

Due to peer pressure, he started practicing law and started living in Mumbai. In spite of the hardships he was facing, he never gave up and then, a well known Music Composer, Ravindra Jain gave him the big break for a song in the movie called ‘Geet Gata Chal’ of 1975. After this song, he became a prominent name. His voice was unique and was unlike any other and he sang for some hit bollywood movies like ‘Nadiya ke paar’, ‘Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’,’Sawan ko aane do’, etc.

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  • Jaspal’s Singing Career in Bollywood Industry

In 1975 as the opening credits of the newly released film “Geet Gaata Chal” rolled out and the cinema hall resonated with the fresh, melodious, energetic and high-pitched vocals of Jaspal Singh singing the title song- ‘Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunata chal…’

Every viewer was mesmerized by this totally new, original, youthful and brilliant voice which was both pleasing and heart-warming. This was the magic his voice had.

For the audience who did not see the film at that time, hearing the song was enough to transport them to the villages and immediately entreating up images of the person dancing amidst the lush green fields, flowing rivers, chirping birds and pleasant winds. Such was the effect the song had on the listeners of that time that it became one of the most iconic songs of the decade.

The film “Nadiya Ke Paar”  produced by Tarachand Bharjatya under his banner “Rajshri Productions” was to be the launch vehicle for introducing child artists Sachin and Sarika as adult stars in a romantic story. As the existing singers of the time were all associated with different popular heroes, the new male singer Jaspal Singh was chosen to do a  playback for Sachin. Not only did the film became a big hit, all the songs of the film also became super-hits and music lovers wholeheartedly accepted Jaspal Singh as the new sensational voice.

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A still from the movie “Nadiya Ke Paar”. Pinterest

According to an interview, Ravindra Jain was apprehensive about giving Jaspal the title song which according to him was his best composition for the film but associate producer Rajkumar Bharjatya was in favour of taking the risk. Whatever the concerns may have been, still the fact remains that finally Jaspal Singh did get the green signal to record all the songs and the rest as they say is history.

Jaspal Singh was very thrilled to get such a golden opportunity. Those days it was not very easy for a new singer to make inroads into the industry especially without any father figure to launch him!

Luckily for him the film established him in a big way. He proved his versatility in the film by singing fun songs, romantic song and even ‘bhajans’.

Though, popular perception is that Geet Gaata Chal was Jaspal Singh’s debut film, technically he had made his debut earlier in 1968 in the film Bandish. It was music director Usha Khanna who decided to give him a break. She gave him a solo number which was picturized on a comedian in the film. As the film did not create any ripples, the song also did not get much attention and Jaspal Singh’s debut song went virtually unnoticed.

After this he also sang a duet with Mahendra Kapoor for the film Anjaan Hai Koi, 1969, but again that song also did not receive any great response. Once again Usha Khanna was the music director and the song was picturized on character artistes. In the coming years, he started singing for many other films in Bollywood.

  • How did Jaspal “Lost in Transition?”

Slowly it was becoming evident that as Jaspal Singh’s voice had become the voice of actor Sachin, he was not going to be used for any of the top actors of that period. Also keeping in consideration the type of films he was singing for, he did not get an opportunity to sing a variety of songs in his career. Eventually, actor Sachin’s career also did not take off in a very big way as a hero and in the absence of any top music director willing to try his voice, Jaspal’s career went towards a downward trend.

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He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. Pinterest

But today, he has no complaints whatsoever with his career. He feels that whatever he accomplished was due to divine blessing and his good fortune. He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. His stint in Bollywood got him many stage shows all over India and abroad as well which gave him an opportunity to outshine him.

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Indeed this winsome vocalist’s career was short-lived but whatever he sang was melodious and from the heart. Today not many people may pause to recall this underrated singer but for those who grew up in the seventies, his songs remain etched in their memories and listening to them still gives them inexplicable pleasure.

 

 

 

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Bollywood Celebs Concerned About Stranded Migrant Workers

Celebrities concerned about plight of migrant labourers

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In Jharkhand COVID-19 tally reached 174 consisting of mostly Migrant labourers. Pixabay

Bollywood celebrities continue to express concern about the trying conditions of migrant workers stranded in different amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Shraddha Kapoor urged: “A request to whoever comes across the migrants who have been allowed to walk home on humanitarian grounds in Maharashtra, please give them food and water along the way.”

Criticising Indian Railways’ decision to avail online booking for select train services that have started, Pooja Bhatt posted a sarcastic message. “So migrant workers log onto their smartphones and book tickets online? Great move #IndianRailways,” she tweeted.

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor tweeted, “A request to whoever comes across the migrants who have been allowed to walk home on humanitarian grounds in Maharashtra, please give them food and water along the way.” Wikimedia Commons

Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal wrote: “This migrant issue is getting out of hand. its been so long they are all helter skelter – people are just walking on the highway everywhere. Few trains, most of them dont have money and now online booking. Crazy.”

Shekhar Kapur tweeted: “Which one of us did not know that the Indian economy is built on migrant workers? That household help was migrant workers? That 5000 kids everyday die of malnutrition in India? And all this since Independence? Or is it just convenient ignorance?”

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The decision by state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to suspend labour laws, in a bid to restart economic activity, was also criticised by many.

“Not only migrants workers are left to fend for themselves, now the govt is disempowering them of their rights to minimum wage / safety / living conditions . The govt cares only for the Rich,” wrote filmmaker Onir.

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who has organised buses to transport stranded migrant labourers, tweeted: “Time to help the migrants.” (IANS)

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Redefine Your Homes During the Pandemic

Redefine your homes in the pandemic era

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The world has shifted to Work-from-home strategy since the outspread of the Novel Coronavirus. Pixabay

Although abrupt, Work-From-Homes has presented a shift in the working paradigm for many businesses, many tech giants see this as a new cultural trend, ready to carry it forward even after lockdown ends.

But for those sitting at home – admittedly for longer durations than before – a new observation has taken precedence. Our clockwork routine has found its roots within these four walls, giving a new face to old practices, whims and moments. And people have realized that their homes aren’t fully equipped to continue this change in lifestyle.

Lokendra Ranawat, CEO of WoodenStreet gives us an overview of what’s missing and how to overcome it:

Where’s the study?

The rush of an imminent lockdown resulted in employees resorting to personal computers. On a similar front, kids had to retreat with the only option of online classes through video conferencing applications. But what about the desks left behind? The heavily-scribbled notepads and stationery, or the ergonomic chairs? Can simply having a conference app create the same attentiveness of a classroom? The need for a structural place to carry out office work and studies will arise, a need that people will want to take care of. Rather than relocating to dining tables (the ad-hoc workplace) or beds (which only trigger backaches) the answer is to create a dedicated study.

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Organize your work by adding a study table at your work place. Pixabay

Foremost in this requirement is a study table with drawers and shelves to keep laptops, desktops and books at the centre of our focus. Drawers and shelves allow one to organize books, notes and stationery with easy-access. A pin-board can help in organizing thoughts, tasks and small notes creatively. An ergonomic chair completes the setup, thereby creating an attentive environment away from disturbances.

Outdoors – from a distance

When pushed within homes, the touch with the outside world was lost, or so people thought. Within a few days, however, the suspended structures looking out from apartments – mostly utilized to dry clothes – were being used as a place to exercise, have fun with family, socialize from a distance. People had rediscovered balconies.

Balconies present a favourable avenue for people to continue what they always enjoyed, without breaking social distancing. For this very reason, people will want to facelift their balconies for greater comfort, tranquillity and the essence of outdoors. Grass carpets, along with potted plants, can be a great way to introduce a touch of nature. Paired with rattan, wicker or wooden chairs, this spot can become the perfect place to exercise, enjoy family time, snacks, tea or even chit-chat with others from a safe distance.

Living the entertainment

Ever since personalized entertainment – in the form of Netflix, Amazon Prime and various streaming services – has hit the market, cinemas haven’t seen the same activity they once used to. People have had access to more shows and flicks, all tailored to their taste in genre. With the pandemic settling in, social distancing has disrupted the crowds of movie-goers.

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Personalise your living room by adding TV and other equipments. Pixabay

But this means that our living rooms have to compensate for our binge-watching habits. While internet and a TV set bring every form of visual entertainment to our fingertips, this new way of living with personalized entertainment requires personalized comfort and structure too. People can opt to house their TVs within TV units with mounted speakers. Plush sectional sofas, along with extra seats of lounge chairs, bean bags or pouffes can spread comfort to every member of the family, creating the perfect, cosy and personalized home theatre.

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Corners for new habits

During this course of lockdown, everyone has picked up a lot of new habits – such as reading. Some have taken a new liking to retreating into a corner and enjoying “me-time”. But shuffling throughout the home does not necessarily give that peace much longed for. A personal corner is needed, not only to enjoy books, but also for some private time alone with your thoughts.

This is the perfect opportunity to build yourself a separate “personalized” corner, equipped with objects that lend comfort and serenity to your time. An empty corner can be repurposed for your personal comfort. Mounting shelves, or perhaps purchasing a bookshelf, can give a new home to the books you already have -and the ones you will be collecting to continue this new habit. Get a plush lounge chair and an ottoman to let you sink in with your thoughts, and relax under a warm lamp with your favourite read. (IANS)