Crescendo Music & Films has joined hands with KSM Film Productions to produce India’s first Teen Thriller. The film has been co-produced by Spotlights Creation and is being distributed by Utopia Studios, worldwide. “1978” is a racy, supernatural, terrifying, suspense story that promises keep the hearts of its viewers thumping, right from the beginning till the last scene.
1978 has been directed by Aziz Zee and it features a bunch of young teenage actors who have performed amazingly well. Yash Rajpara, Apurva Godbole, Gaurav Sharma, Vaishnavi Kadam, Rishabh Raj, Muskaan Tomar, Sunny Yadav, Rohit Mugallu, Maliha Malla. The film also features renowned TV actress Sonyaa and singer Abuzar Akhtar.
While the songs are completely composed with a retro feel of the 70s, the USP of the film is that all the songs are actually sung by the actors of the film. By sheer coincidence , during auditions, Suresh Thomas of Crescendo films discovered that some of the actors are brilliant singers. He then decided to create the entire music score using the voices of the actors themselves. This is possibly the first time this has ever been done in any Hindi Film.
Kunal Shamshare Malla states , “1978 is a brilliantly made slick horror thriller which is Hollywood films of the same genre.”
Director Aziz Zee says, “With films like Stree , Pari and Ghoul being widely appreciated , we can be sure that “1978” is bound to draw crowds to theatres. “
Re-live 1978 with a dash of Horror
Bollywood singer Armaan Malik, who is soon to be seen as a voice coach of a musical reality television show, says that the personality of a singer should reflect on the voice and singing.Talking about how he is going to groom young participants of "The Voice", Armaan told IANS here: "I strongly believe that a singer's personality should shine through the voice, the singing and that is what I am going to emphasize on. If a singer has an introvert personality, I would rather suggest focussing on more soft, romantic numbers that he/she feels comfortable to sing."
"Being introvert or soft spoken is not a weak point. At the same time, singers who have high energy would be good for party songs and high energy performance. I know people suggest trying opposite kind of singing to experiment. But I strongly believe that the new talent should find their comfort zone and establish themselves there and then should start experimenting."
The 23-year-old playback singer gained popularity with many super hit songs like "Tu Hawa", "Naina", "Main Hoon Hero Tera", "Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar", "Sau Aasmaan", "Dil Mein Tum Ho" among many others.While achieving success at a young age has its positive side, according to the singer, initially, people did not take him seriously because he is young.
He said: "I understand when your talent has not been considered seriously because you are young! When I decided to be part of the show as a voice coach, people said why should anyone take you seriously as you are too young to be a teacher... I am not going to bore the participants of the show with heavy knowledge, but tips to improve."He will be coaching young talents in the show, alongside celebrated names like Adnan Sami, Kanika Kapoor and A.R. Rahman will be the "super guru" of the show.
"I understand how it feels to be a young talent and what it takes to find ground in big music industry. So I think since I am young, the participants will find a connection with me for better," he said. "The Voice" will air from February 3.
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Bira 91, India's leading beer brand has partnered with the movie Gully Boy featuring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The Gully Boy crew, Ranveer, Alia, Naezy and Divine light up the stage on the 24th of January, at Richardson and Cruddas, 6pm onwards.
Actor Ranveer Singh on Friday took on a hip-hop style to announce the trailer of his upcoming movie "Gully Boy". Ranveer treated his fans by sharing on social media a one-minute video in which he can be seen rapping the song "Asli hip hop" from the film. The Flim is also featuring actors such as Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin in pivotal roles. Ranveer, who is essaying the character of an underground rapper, also said "It's a very special story, and he is closely attached to". The story is set against the backdrop of flourishing desi hip hop scene coming out of Bombay (Mumbai) which represents Mumbai in its true sense and the city is his home town. It's an underdog story about a kid who broke through from great adversity in life to make it as a recording artist," he added.
Jaspinder Narula, Lyricist Kumaar, Singer Divya Kumar, Music director-singer Arjunna Harjaie attended 2nd anniversary of ASM Aesthatics of Sound and Music at Mayor hall.
Surabhi Dashputra and Kanika Joshi of ASM Aesthatics of Sound and Music kept 2nd anniversary of their music academy at Mayor hall in Andheri where they invited singer Jaspinder Narula, Divya Kumar, Lyricist Kumaar and Music director singer Arjunna Harjaie to give their blessing to new talent. More than 100 students participated in this Shubhaarambh musical event where they performed live . Lyricist Kumaar and Jaspinder Narula came specially to give their blessings . Divya Kumar and Arjunna Harjaie sang some songs for media and students at this event.
After treating the audience with three songs Tere Liye, Bhare Bazaar and Dhoom Dhadaka, the makers of Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namaste Englandlaunched the fourth song; Patola; in the MMK National College of Bandra in Mumbai.Celebrating the upcoming song, Arjun Kapoor’s and Parineeti Chopra crowned the Patola of MMK College for a Contest organized specially for the film! ArjunKapoor and Parineeti Chopra not only interacted with the fans and shake their legs with the students but also launch their song Patola; amidst the college goers. The actors engaged in a fun banter on Twitter before announcing the song, piquing the interests of the audience. The actor took a selfie with the fans at the college. Arjun Kapoor looked stylish in a white T-shirt with Black Jacket and denim pants. The actor interacted with the students, and askedeveryone to watch the film. The promotional event saw a large crowd from college.
Ahead of the films release, Namaste England has been creating immense buzz owing to thecrackling chemistry of the leading duo. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have been piquingthe interest of the audience with their fun banters and adorable chemistry. Be it pulling eachother's legs or showering their love on their co-star netizens are in love with the social media banters of the Namaste England duo. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra will be seencollaborating for the second time after the actors; debut film;Ishaqzaade; Namaste London directed by Vipul Shah was not only loved and appreciated by the audience and the critics but also raked high at the box office.
After the superhit success of the Akshay-Katrina starrer, VipulShah is all set to present the sequel;Namaste England; with Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s;Namaste England’ is a young and refreshing story that traces the journey of two individuals Jasmeet and Param. It tracks their love story across the landscapes of India and Europe. Starting from Punjab and moving to Ludhiana, Amritsar, Dhaka and all the way toParis followed by Brussels and finally to London. It’s a fun quintessential Bollywood film
Produced and directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film is presented by Pen Movies and Reliance Entertainment in association with Blockbuster MovieEntertainers. ‘Namaste England; is scheduled to hit the theatres on the 19th October, 2018.
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On reinventing the magic that Tabu & Ajay Devgan created back in the '90s with chartbuster "Ruk Ruk" from the movie 'Vijaypath', Kumar Taurani of Tips Music says, "It’s a different take on the song. It’s completely different”
Recently, Tips Music crossed 1 crore subscribers on youTube/tipsofficial channel, has decided to give the popular song a new twist in Kajol starrer Helicopter Eela. The recreated version of "Ruk Ruk" is crooned by Raghav Sanchar..
Producer Kumar Mangat said, we have changed the lyrics, but the hook line remains the same. Infact the plot of the original video is completely different than the recreated one
Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani and singer Neha Kakkar have donated Rs 100,000 each to musician Keshav Lal, who had been a Musician in Bollywood for many years. His fate had taken him to playing a harmonium on the footpath of Pune for over 30 years. Keshav Lal was invited to the set of Indian Idol 10 where the show's contestants and judges paid him a memorable tribute. He was accompanied by his wife Soni Bai on the show. He has had along journey from being the most wanted Harmonium player in Bollywood and the success of it to losing all his material possessions, the musician revealed that only music mattered to him and how staying loyal to one's passion is very important Keshav Lal, who has worked with award winning filmmaker V Shantaram and composers Kalyanji-Anandji, performed the song "Awaara hoon" on his harmonium during the episode.
Vishal and Neha announced a donation of Rs 100,000 each to help him during his hard times. Vishal also commented "It was our privilege to witness Keshav Lalji on the show. It is so wonderful to see a man so faithful to music throughout his life. He has taught us that one should never leave his passion, come what may. I will urge all my friends and people from the industry to try their best and help Keshav Lalji in the best possible way we can," he added.
TV star Tia Bajpai's new single 'Main Gair Hui' crosses a million mark on YouTube. The music video was launched recently, at Trumpet Sky Lounge where a lot of TV stars and celebrities gathered to show their support.
Tia Bajpai, known for her performances in movies like 'Haunted', '1920: Evil Returns', 'Hate Story 4' has come out with a new music single "Main Gair Hui" under the banner Almighty Studios.
This music venture is 'Ghar ki Laxmi Betiyann' star's third music single after Haunted's 'Sau Baras' and Lanka's 'Sheet Lehar'. She received an award for 'Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year' in Mirchi Music awards for her song 'Sheet Lehar'. Tia will be seen featuring in the music video with Gaurav Bajaj.
The song is written by AM Turaz who has previously written songs for hit movies like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat and many more and is composed by Babli Haque and Meera. The music video is directed by Vikram Singh and produced by Hitesh Rupareliya, Santosh Gupta, Siraj Gill and Rajesh Banga.
The music video has already crossed the million mark on YouTube. Fans have appreciated the song and given it a big thumbs up.
Eminent lyricist, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar feels the music in contemporary Indian cinema is no longer sympathetic to lyrics, and the tunes -- often high on tempo -- are not conducive for good poetry.
In a freewheeling interview, the Padma Bhushan awardee dwelt on his self-discovering journey as a poet, talked about issues like increasing hostility against freedom of expression in India and society's influence in changing cinema.
"I am very unhappy with the present music scenario in Bollywood. The music that is being produced is not very sympathetic to lyrics any more. First of all, they do not get good situations because there is more razzmatazz than emotional depth in the stories. So the situation for songs is not very emotional," said Akthar, who was in the city to attend the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.
"Besides, the tunes the writers are getting today are not very conducive for writing poetry because of the tempo and the orchestration. The tempo is such that the words do not get established. They do not have the space to breathe."
"On the other hand, the music is so loud... every song is treated like a clap song. So the percussion is often above the voice and the music gets ahead of words. So you just can't understand what the person is singing. May be you only know the 'Mukhra' (beginning of a song) and the rest of it gets lost in the cacophony," the septuagenarian said.
Akhtar, who has won multiple national awards for his lyrics in Hindi blockbusters like "Godmother", "Border" and "Lagaan", said Indian listeners prefer music that they can themselves sing.
"But they cannot sing if the tune is not worth humming, or the words are not clear. The listeners should not go to the words, the words should come to them," he said.
Also a noted poet, Akhtar said his poetry, which was initially nostalgic, has become more impersonal with time.
"When I started writing poetry, initially it was nostalgic. It was mostly about my childhood, my mother, the place I used to live in and so on. But then after that other interests and other concerns entered my poetry, be it about the socio-economic climate or the people."
The ace script-writer, who in partnership with Salim Khan enthralled Indian movie goers with their conceptualisation of the "angry young man" in films like "Zanjeer" (1973), "Deewaar" (1975) and the 1978 blockbuster "Don", has started writing a script again for a yet-to-be-named project.
He also revealed that there would be one or two exciting announcements soon, but declined to give out any details.
Terming film as a "captive art" that is not so powerful to bring about social change, Akhtar said it is the changing trends in society that directs the content and evolution of films.
"Because a film is an expensive exercise, it is kind of captive as an art. Commercial cinema looks to cater to the demands of society. That is why you would see that the mainstream was making different kind of films in the 50s, 60s and in the 90s. Society is changing cinema; cinema does not change society," he signed off.
To celebrate Oscar season this month, Tata Sky ShortsTV has planned a power-packed schedule filled with carefully curated Academy acclaimed shorts.
Starting February 10th, every evening at 9pm the channel will premiere a short film previously recognised by the Oscars. The shorts will come from varied genres (Live Action, Animation and Documentary) and will include titles such as The Voorman Problem, Bear Story and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore among others.
Tata Sky ShortsTV will also air a special Oscar marathon on the day of the Oscar ceremony (February 24th) with back-to-back Oscar films and interviews with Oscar nominated filmmakers.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International Ltd said, “The Oscars is one of the most awaited events by film audiences across the globe each year. ShortsTV has been bringing the Oscar Nominated Short Films to cinema and TV screens around the world for over a decade and we’re thrilled to be bringing them to Indian TV audiences for the first time”.
Speaking on the occasion, Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer, Tata Sky said, “Tata Sky ShortsTV is India’s first ever curated platform for short stories and films. Delivering on the promise of offering the best content to subscribers, premiering the prestigious Oscar recognized short films brought to India by ShortsTV, was an irresistible choice.”
The broadcast of previously nominated Oscar shorts on Tata Sky ShortsTV comes ahead of the theatrical release of the 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts Films in Indian cinemas, details of which will be announced soon. The 2019 release will be the first time the Oscar Nominated Short Films will be screened in Indian cinemas and will give Indian short film fans the opportunity to see the latest Oscar nominated shorts on the big screen.
Shilpa Rao has been known for her melodious voice in super hit songs like Bulleya, Tose Naina, Manmarziyan and others alike but what makes her fan-base even stronger is her debut with the infamous Coke Studio Pakistan’s ‘Paar Channa De’.
Shilpa Rao has been known for her melodious voice in super hit songs like Bulleya, Tose Naina, Manmarziyan and others alike but what makes her fan-base even stronger is her debut with the infamous Coke Studio Pakistan’s ‘Paar Channa De’. Being the first ever Indian singer to have partnered with Coke Studio Pakistan, Shilpa managed to get the song enlisted in every Indian’s playlist. Recently, her foot-tapping number for Hichki received applauds from the audience. In her first ever selfie interview, Shilpa talks about her experience of sharing the stage with Noori, her journey to Pakistan and also enthrals the audience with a classic track.
In what has come as a trendsetter, India’s renowned music app, Gaana made a first-of-its-kind live launch of rapper-turned singer Badshah’s debut album, O.N.E. The album is already a rage as its first single, Heartless, has managed to strike an emotional chord with the audience. The song has crossed over 1.5 million streams on the launch day itself. The successful launch of Heartless, amidst much fanfare on Gaana, is set to bring in a paradigm shift, in the method of music album launches in India.
Commenting on the launch of Heartless, Gaana CEO Mr. Prashan Agarwal said, “Badshah has a huge fan following amongst the millennials and hence Gaana is the perfect platform to launch and make the album an overnight success. We are very happy with the new milestone created by this album.”“With online music streaming gaining massive momentum, amongst consumers on Gaana, 75 million monthly users and nearly two billion play-outs per month, the music industry is looking at connecting with music fans, instantly, and directly through live album launches on Gaana,” he added.Mr. Agarwal hopes that this launch will become a trademark for future musical launches in India since this had, already, become a norm, in more mature markets in the west.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Gaana and breaking a first time 24 hour record in India for the soulful ballad, Heartless created by our artist Badshah. This is phenomenal and with the album launch on 17 August, we can see the numbers rising manifold,” said, Sony Music Digital Business Director Jay Mehta.
On the launch, Badshah said, “I am humbled and I can’t believe these numbers. I would like to thank Gaana for all the support and my fans for making it happen.”
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Grand Jury and Playback Singer Hrishikesh Chury celebrated his birthday recently in Mumbai. Many renowned personalities from different fields from Bollywood to politicians attended the celebration. Film Director and Producer Madhur Bhandarkar and Yogi N Chandra were seen at the event.Music Directors like Vipin Reshammiya, Monty Sharma, Gaurav Dagaonkar, Raaj Aashoo with wife Seepi Jha, Santokh Dhaliwal, Lyricist like Kumaar Rakesh and Prashant Ingole. Also singers like Priya Saraiya, Tarannum Malik, Arvinder Singh, Bhavdeep and Sudeep Jaipurwale, Asit Tripathy, Purva Mantri, Sourabh Joshi with wife Pinky Poonawala were also seen at the event. Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab’s entire family like Murtuza Mustafa Khan, Qadir Mustafa Khan, Rabbani Mustafa Khan, Namrata Gupta Khan, Faiz and Amir Mustafa Khan were present. Hungama and Artist Aloud Head Soumini Sridhara Paul alongwith Politicians like Sanjay Dina Patil (Ex MP, NCP), Rajul Patil, Charan Singh Sapra (Ex MLC, Congress), Livtar Charan Singh Sapra, Rita Gupta (Vice President, MNS), Yash Sardesai, Krishna Hegde (Ex MLA, BJP), Ameet Mehta (President of BJP Legal Cell), Kaleem Sayyed, Ishrat Sayyed (Vice President, BJP Maharashtra Mahila Morcha) also graced the event with their presence.
Hrishikesh says, “I thank my Family and Friends, the entire Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Team and Grand Juries & to all the Dignitaries for making my birthday so special!”. ?
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.