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Zeb Bangash: Teaser of Farz Karo is out and its beautiful

Zebunnisa Bangash, a versatile singer with some unique vocals is one of the most prominent musician from across the border and has the ability to sing in six different languages. She is one of the most loved vocalist in Pakistan as well as gaining a lot of popularity in India. Preferring quality over quantity, she has done few Bollywood projects and each one of them have the uniqueness to it. Ever since a teaser of her new song “Farz Karo” has come out, everyone is excited about the song’s release.

 

“Farz Karo” is performed by Zeb along with her band Sandaraa (means “song” in Pashto language). The tune is very addictive. This song speaks about promises and assumptions in a relationship between two lovers. Sound arrangement especially violin has been used to a greater effect.

Sandaraa is one of a kind band blending Eastern Europe and Central Asian music sensibilities co-founded by Zeb and Brooklyn based klezmer clarinet virtuoso Michael Winograd. Band also have some talented musicians of different origins – Turkish violinist Eylem Basaldi, Accordionist Patrick Farrell, critically acclaimed guitar and bass player ​Yoshie Fruchter, Bass player David Lizmi and ​Percussionist Richie Barshay.

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Zeb Bangash – She is part of one of the first generation of Pakistani musicians. Her first album “Chup” with her sister Haniya was loved across Pakistan as well as India. She rose to fame with her Coke Studio Pakistan performances which was produced by Rohail Hyatt. Her Coke Studio performances are still loved across the world specially in India and Pakistan. She also did vocals for A. R. Rahman in Highway film for a beautiful melodious soothing song “Sooha Saha”. She also sung for Fitoor and composed for Lipstick under my burkha movie which was very well received for experimentation and unique feel to it.

Stay tuned to Zeb Bangash’s facebook page and Sandarra’s facebook page for updates. Meanwhile enjoy Zeb’s wonderful performance from Coke Studio

“Farz karo hum ahl e wafa hoon, Farz karo dewanay hoon”

“Padmavat” trailer is out; Nothing short of a magnum opus

Much awaited and talked about film “Padmavat” finally released its first trailer. The trailer is nothing short of magnum opus and promises commendable performances from the cast. Ranveer Singh looks fiercy as a Alauddin Khilji, the ruler of Delhi Sultanate hailing from Turkish and Afgan soil. Shahid Kapoor looks promising as a last Rajput ruler of Guhila Dynasty named Ratan Singh. Most talked about lady from the movie Deepika Padukone is looking beautiful and a strong lady playing a lead character. Aditi Rao Hydari will also be seen in this movie as a wife of Alauddin Khilji

 

Amidst all the controversy regarding the historical inaccuracies as claimed by members of Rajput communities, CBFC cleared the film on December 30 after suggesting few changes to the story-line and lyrics/dialogues. A suggestion was also provided to modify to title of the film to “Padmavat”.

Even after CBFC clearance, the movie might still not hit theaters in few of the states –

  • Gujrat – Chief Minister Rupani announced that the ban on the movie will continue due to the same fact that people feel that history has been distorted in the movie.
  • Rajasthan – Vasundara Raje, chief minister has said, “Rani Padmavati’s sacrifice is a matter of honor and pride for the state and we won’t allow defamation of her honor.
  • Madhya Pradesh – MP Chief Minister S. Singh continue to be firm on the decision not to release the film at any cost

A. R. Rahman turns 51; Underrated work of the maestro that you must listen

A. R. Rahman turns 51 today. The journey that started with Roja has been a gift to the millions of listeners worldwide. In his 25 years of his journey, Rahman has always experimented and composed music well ahead of his time.

We look back at A.R. Rahman’s most underrated work of all time.

Marhaba Ya Mustafa

A. R. Rahman composed this song for a 2008 multilingual film Al Risalah. It is referred to as a Na’at which means a poetry in praise of Islamic prophet Muhammad. Rahman composed and sung this beautiful Na’at himself. After listening to this you are sure to get into a spiritual feeling.

Naina Neer

In 2005, Deepa Mehta approached A. R. Rahman for her movie named Water. This movie was set in 1930s and showed lives of widows (Daasi) during that period. Rahman had his genius written over all the songs that he composed for this movie. Already lyrically rich Naina Neer song is beautifully composed with a Sitar, synth flute and on the top of that sweet voice of Sadhana Sargam adds a magic.

Piya Ho

Rahman almost brought the tempo down to minimum for this song. Piya ho is rendered by Sadhana Sargam with a backdrop of slow and soft rhythm. When you feel you have transported to a different world with Sadhna’s voice, Sukhwinder Singh makes an entry at the end of the song which makes you crave for more.

Shaam Rang

A. R. Rahman has always managed to get the best out of even the new voices. Richa Sharma, even before she became famous with the Maahi Ve and Jag Soona Laage, she recorded this song alongside Naqeeb Alam and Surjo Bhattacharya. Rahman brought the festive colors of Holi in his music relying predominantly on Indian classical instruments

Ye Jo Zindagi Hai

Deepa Mehta might be the only director for whom Rahman has given his best yet underrated songs. 1947 Earth had some brilliant compositions by the maestro. This song has that mystic feeling thanks to the melodious voice of Sujata Trivedi, soft beats and brilliant chorus.

Aarti

There seems to be some kind of spiritual connection A. R. Rahman has with god which makes him compose such magical songs. This Aarti of Goddess is hardly over 3 minute piece but leaves a lasting impression on the mind even after it finishes.

Ay Hairathe

As always Rahman saves his best for Mani Ratnam. This song starts with a Rahman’s voice and then Tabla, Strings take over the song with a beautiful poetry of Gulzar. Hariharan and Alka yagnik renders this song beautifully.

Bombay Theme

In 1995, in his third film with Mani Ratnam, Rahman gave the world this piece of art which touches your soul so deep that would surely bring tears in your eyes. Backdrop of Strings with rhythms of constant bells ring, magical flute and orchestra giving it a magnificent feel. Just close your eyes and listen to this pure magic.

Aaromale 

It’s just so hard to describe this song. It has Rahman’s own version of psychedelic feel to it. Lyrics have been blended with a Malayalam word “Aaromale” (beloved). No matter how your mood is, this songs is just perfect for any mood.

Jaage Hai

Chithra starts of this song in her melodious voice and Rahman keeps the instrumentation to the minimal. Chithra is then joined by Rahman himself before reaching crescendo when the whole orchestration reaches to higher level. Pure genius at work.

Liquid Dance

Liquid Dance is a testament of Rahman’s genius of creating and experimenting with blending eastern and western musical sensibilities. Who would have thought a hip-hop rhythm can be blended so perfectly with Classical Sargam. Listen this with your headphones on!

Mausam and Escape

Rahman, once again blends east and west in Mausam and Escape. Sitar, flute, Guitar, piano, violin programmed together in a musical piece which is 4-minute long but leaves an ever lasting impact.

R.I.P.

Harshdeep Kaur, does a brilliant job in this background piece of Rahman for 127 hours movie. Humming piece of Harshdeep with a brilliant orchestration by Rahman which gets even more psychedelic in the end is so soothing for the ears.

Dil Gira Dafatan

Rahman ropes in Ash King who sang this as his first song in the Bollywood. Continuous strumming of guitar and keyboard violin gives the feeling of ultimate joy to the listener.

Shauk Hai

Most underrated song of Guru which wasn’t even listed in CD. Song builds up in a slow strumming of guitar and piano backdrop with a beautiful poetry rendered by Sowmya Raoh so beautifully. Just sit back and soak this song in.

Dil Se Background Score

Dil Se is undoubtedly one of Rahman’s top scores of all time. All songs of Dil se were top notch. But even on top of that, Dil Se’s background score was certainly one of the best. Sukhwinder Singh reciting Allama Iqbal’s poetry with ethereal arrangements by Rahman is not only a treat to listen but also it transcends you to surreal world.

Warriors In Peace

Rahman in his maiden Chinese film composed for film score and featured Jolin Tsai, a popular Taiwanese singer. Though the song is made in Mandarin language, it has Rahman’s stamp all over it. Rahman experimented with Armenian Duduk, Japanese Taiko Drums, Chinese Erhu (Fiddle) and Dizi (Flute) for this song and the result is nothing short of brilliance.

There are many more underrated works of A. R. Rahman which can be added to this list. Please let us know in comments if you know any work of Rahman which is underrated.

 

Rajinikanth enters politics

Well, Rajinikanth never seizes to amazes everyone. The mega superstar, on a final day of 2017 announced an entry into politics in a fans meet at Chennai.

He further added that he will be forming his own party and will constitute in all 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu state elections. Speaking of the current political scenario in Tamil Nadu, he said, “If I do not enter now, it will not sit well with my conscience till I die”. He added that he wants to have party based on non-discrimination based on money or caste. He urged people to support him in his political journey which he believes would be a spiritual one. “Honesty and good governance” is what the superstar is looking for while rooting for a change in existing plundering of common people by government.

Some political incidents in past one year in Tamil Nadu has made every Tamilian hung his head in shame, the national award winning superstar said. His remarks believed to be against political turmoil in Tamil Nadu and fighting between Dravidian parties and IT raids. He clarified that entering politics is not for any fame or name. He also opposed Jayalalitha in 1996.

Rajinikanth added that he will be launching his party ahead of the Assembly elections. Truth, Hard work and growth would be a slogan for his party while praising his fans for the discipline they have always maintained. He gave them the belief that with the honest anything can be achieved.

Many fellow actors including Kamal Hassan and Amitabh Bachchan welcomed Rajinikanth on his venture and gave him wishes.

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Bollywood Stars who rock the education as well

We all know about the acting talent of Superstars. But here’s a look at their educational qualification. They do carry a strong educational background!

Who does not know Big-B! The Angry Young Man- is one of the most popular and influential figures of early 1970s, which is prevalent in current times too. Mr. Bachchan holds a double major in Science and Arts; he has also obtained an honorary doctorate degree from Queensland University, Australia. 

Amitabh Bachchan is well renowned as an actor, singer, producer, television host and presenter. Kaun Banega Crorepati is one of his hit television shows. For his superb on-screen roles, he is furthermore famous as Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium. He has been referred as a “one-man industry” by the French director François Truffaut.  His flicks Zanjeer, Deewaar, and Sholay are ever time hits in the Bollywood industry that have placed a treasured imprint on the mind of movie buffs. Mr. Bachchan has won several national and international awards for his outstanding performances. He had been honoured with the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan for his exceptional contributions in the field of Arts.

Shah Rukh Khan is Economics graduate from Hansraj College, Delhi University. He has been a brilliant student throughout his tenure, awarded with the ‘Sword of Honour’ while his schooling from St, Columba’s School. Along with his stint in education, He has set several landmarks by his exceptional acting skills.

SRK is an eminent Indian film actor, producer and television personality. He has started his career with Shah Rukh television serials, in 1992 he come to make his Bollywood debut with Deewana.  In Starting, he played negative roles in several movies; Darr, Baazigar and Anjaam are his significant feats which accomplished him as a prominent actor of Hindi cinema. .  Initially known as the chocolate boy, SRK was far ahead referred as “Badshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood”, “King Khan”. SRK is one the dominant figures of Bollywood who are well known internationally as well. He had earned numerous accolades Along with the Padma Shri; he has also been honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d’honneur by the France for his striking contributions to the film industry. The actor has been ruling over numerous hearts with his philanthropic endeavours; SRK contributes many endorsements, NGOs, disaster relief and entrepreneurship ventures. He is co-owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders.

 John Abraham is one of the commercially successful actors of Indian cinema. He was born 17 December 1972. He formerly started his career as a model, later on jumped in Hindi films. The Bollywood hunk is an Economics graduate from Jai Hind College and he also holds an MBA from Mumbai Education Trust.

John has won several award nominations for his movies: Jism (2003), Dhoom (2004), Zinda (2006), Baabul (2006). Beyond his acting career, he is the co-owner of the Indian Super League football team NorthEast United FC. After success of the film Vicky Donor produced by him in 2012, he established his own production house. Madras Cafe was the 2nd film produced by him. John is passionate about bikes and sports; the hard-core action on screen and dangerous stunts in his films too reflects the same.  John is ladies-love implored for his sexy persona and perfect six-abs.   His athletic and muscular physique  is a parcel of motivation for the guys who are fitness freak. John had a robust image among the industry, though his soft-heartedness and spiritual aspect is hidden, he is a strong admirer of the Dalai Lama and loves to fight for human & animal rights.

Parineeti Chopra is one of the versatile actresses in Indian film industry. Parineeti was born on 22 October 1988; she completed triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School United Kingdom.  

Parineeti is blessed with superfluous acting prowess and cuteness along with her philanthropic nature. Parineeti also jumped into the singing arena for film ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ as a playback signer, and received lot of obligations.  Primarily Parineeti wanted to tail a career path in investment banking. In 2009 she worked as a public relations consultant with Yash Raj Films. Later on she worked with the production company as an actress and demonstrated her super talents. She had been nominated for and presented several awards including Filmfare and National Film Award.  Her smash blockbusters include: Ladies vs Ricky Bahl(2011), Ishaqzaade (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) and Golmaal Again (2017), which made her win trillions of hearts.

Preity Zinta – the bubbly beauty of Bollywood was born on 31 January 1975. She has basked her talent in Telugu, Punjabi and English along with Hindi films. Preity is an English honours graduate; she has also obtained Master’s degree in Criminal Psychology.

Preity holds vibrance in roles across her film career.  She was applauded with Best Female Debut filmfare awards for her outstanding roles in Dil Se and Soldier. Along with her glory of her exceptional roles in the movies, her off screen persona as an independent, modern women is also commendable.  She is an idol of adorability and freshness. Not merely an actress, she is a dynamic social activist and television performer. She is the primary soul of IPL cricket team Kings XI Punjab and Global League cricket team Stellenbosch Kings

Virat-Anushka tie knot! The Exclusive Affair

Finally, putting a rest to all the speculations, rumors about their wedding, Anushka and Virat shared a picture of her wedding on Twitter at a scenic location in Tuscany, Italy. World can’t stop pouring wishes for this beautiful couple.

Here’s all you need to know about the gala wedding about Indian Cricket Team Captain and one of the most promising actress of Bollywood.

Tuscany – a merge of beauty of nature and millenary work of man (Source: Discover Italy)

Virushka’s wedding was one of the most talked about point in India. So when finally, it happened, it’s not only the wedding but also the place of the wedding is becoming the most talked about thing in India. Tuscany is located in Central part of Italy and its blessed with amazing landscape ranging from Apennine Mountains to Tyrrhenian Sea near the west coast of Italy. With population of just over 37 Lakhs, Florence province attracted more than 5000 tourists in 2016.

Islands such as Tuscan Archipelago have beautiful crystal clear sea whereas Versilia beach have amazing rocky cliffs. Etruscan Civilization footprints can be found in Tuscany with tombs in Populonia and Volterra, Orvieto, Arezzo, Populonia cities reminding us of the Roman Age. Thermal waters can be found in Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni which makes it as a place to relax.

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Many migrant birds such as pink egrets have their home in Orbetello Lagoon. Apuan Alps provides the most scenic beauty and evidence of uncontaminated nature.

With all the natural beauty with Medieval villages, churches, castles, historical town, Tuscany is a certainly a place which can give you memories to live

Who attended the wedding

Indian captain and Bollywood beauty known for keeping their private affairs off the magazines and glamour shows, kept the news of their wedding under the wraps and choose to marry in Tuscany, Italy. Only family members and close friends attended the wedding. Reportedly, amongst the cricketers Virat’s childhood friends and Under-17 team members shared the happiness with Virat on his big day. Most of the cricketers took to twitter to wish the newly-wed couple.

Reception in New Delhi and Mumbai

Virushka will be having a grand reception at New Delhi on 21st December and in Mumbai on 26 December for all those who could not make it to the wedding.

As per a statement by Sharma’s representative, the couple will fly to South Africa where the India will be playing their next series. After spending a new year’s eve, Anushka will resume shooting for her upcoming film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai. Couple would be shifted to Worli, Mumbai soon.

From Reita Faria to Manushi: Life after the crown win

1966: Reita Faria

A medical student at Grant Medical College, Mumbai in a chilly winter of 1966 took the world by shock when she became the first Indian and Asian woman to win the Miss World crown. Born in Goa and being brought up in middle class background of Matunga, Mumbai, the world of glamour sounded artificial to her. She decided to pursue her degree at King’s college in London with the help of amount she won at the beauty pageant contest. Five years down the line, she married a junior doctor David Powell, who was working in the same college, in London in 1971. She continued to work as a doctor along with her husband at Boston. After their daughters were born, she gave up the practice and decided to give her time to her kids as she believed in raising a happy family over a glamorous family. She keeps visiting Mumbai for her friends and family as her world now revolves around her children and grandchildren.

1994: Aishwarya Rai

It’s difficult to find an Indian who has no idea about the blue-eyed Indian beauty pageant winner Aishwarya Rai. After 28 years of gap, Miss World crown was bestowed upon an Indian. She was a popular face of Modelling industry even before her beauty pageant win. Soon after she won the contest, a legendary director Mani Ratnam signed up her for his film, Iruvar. Since then she never looked back and worked in many movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English languages. She got married to Abhishek Bacchan and still continuing her professional career after becoming a mother of a girl.

1997: Diana Hayden

Soon after Aishwarya, a young girl working as a PR officer decided to participate in Miss India and Miss World in 1997. She managed to win both of the crowns in the same year. Having studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, she tried her hand in few TV series, movies. Later in 2013, she married Collin Dick who has been working in Mumbai for an International NGO. Diana gave birth to a baby in 2016 using the eggs which she had frozen in 2007 to focus on a career. She is currently five-month pregnant expecting twins using Egg Freezing IVF technique.

1999 – Yukta Mookhey

Bangalorean girl, Yukta Mookey after getting a diploma in Computer Science, decided to try in modelling. In 1999, she went on to win Miss India and Miss World which helped her to became a pretty known face across India and around the world. She acted in few Hindi movies (Pyaasa – 2002) and Tamil movies. After few years of glamour, in 2008 she married to an American Businessman Prince Tuli. However, the marriage ended up in divorce in 2014.

2000 – Priyanka Chopra

When Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World crown in 2000, she was just 18 years old. One thing we can relate to Priyanka Chopra apart from the Beauty Queen is Brave. Because, being in a limelight at a very early age, she broke into Bollywood. But she carefully decided her films and tried to do challenging roles. 10 years into Bollywood, she had already made her mark in Bollywood with variety of characters in films such as Barfi, Mary Kom, Aitraaz, etc. She then made a biggest career move by switching to American TV and later to Hollywood. Currently, she is literally living her life to the fullest with amazing acting projects both in Hollywood as well as Bollywood.

2017 – Manushi Chillar

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She is a 20-year-old girl from Haryana. She is currently pursuing her medical degree. She won Miss India as well as Miss World titles in 2017. She aims to complete her degree as Bollywood doors are waiting for her.