Bollywood spreads warmth during Coronavirus

The nation is facing the probability of a longer lockdown than 21 days, or even curfews during the Coronovirus aka COVID-19 outbreak. While people are stuck in their houses, they are increasingly watching movies and surfing the net. Most Indians are looking up to their idolized Bollywood personalities, who are cheering them up once again this week.

Amitabh Bachchan

Quoting Charles Darwin, megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote the following lines on Twitter: “It’s not the strangest who survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Not to forget to mention that Big B is one of the most active desi filmstars on social media and his tweets and posts are revered by fans.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter to share an interesting sketch of a little boy riding a horse. The caption read: “Everyone is a bit scared, said the horse. But we are less scared together.”

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif, who earlier posted videos of her mopping and cleaning her house and even doing the utensils during the social distancing of Coronavirus times, said, “Hope everyone is staying safe… please follow all precautionary safety measures as recommended by the health professionals… exercise and meditation help your body’s immune system… keep your environment clean and happy.”

“Be safe and take care of one another. Together let’s help to stop the spread of this virus. Stay safe everyone,” added the actress.

Sonu Nigam

Actor-singer Sonu Nigam shared an exclusive message on Coronavirus, wherein he shared his plight about not being able to return to India amid the total lockdown.

Preetisheel Singh

Ace makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh asked everyone to show restraint and compassion in these tough times. “The world is going through troubled times right now and it seems like we cannot do anything about it, but remember, it’s the little things that will get us all out of this big difficulty,” she wrote on the Instagram account of her company, Da Makeup Lab.

“It’s the care, the love, the strict adherence to social distancing, and a sense that together we can overcome it. That is what will ultimately bail us out. So keep calm and fight on,” added Preetisheel.

Karan Johar

Leading filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: “You know what to do! You know how critical it is! You know about self isolating, washing hands, social distancing, you know it all!”

“Then do yourself a favour and just don’t read any more corona updates for a few days! Just happy and elevating news! Do this for yourself,” Karan added.

Alia Bhatt

Sharing a pic of hers with papa Mahesh Bhatt, Alia wrote on her FB page: “Stay home and go through old pictures when you’re missing your daddy. #throwbackthursday #stayhomestaysafe”

The Indian government has said that the Coronavirus pandemic in the country is at the “local transmission” stage. The total number of cases have risen to 1,071 and the death toll stands at 29.

Meanwhile, according to the latest news reports, worldwide, the number of Coronavirus cases has reached more than 724,436. Some 151,000 people have recovered, while more than 34,000 have died.

Preetisheel Singh designs SEVEN looks for actor Vikram

So you have seen actors in a double role and even triple roles. Now hear this!

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, who has designed the looks for actors in movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhichhore, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Bala and Housefull 4, has curated SEVEN different looks for South superstar Vikram for his upcoming film Cobra.

A first-look poster of the film which will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, shows Vikram in as many as seven avatars; ranging from a professor and politician to what seems to be a scientific mastermind, connecting all the different people together in some way.

With a musical score by none other than A.R.Rahman, Cobra is a thriller directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu and scheduled for a May 2020 release.

It can be noted here that just a fortnight ago we saw an advertisement for Kurkure starring Akshay Kumar where he played a triple role of son, father and grandfather. The three looks, also designed by Preetisheel, received a lot of attention.

A master with makeovers, Preetisheel who has emerged as the most sought-after look transformation specialist in Bollywood, runs India’s premiere outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.

Preetisheel Singh’s magic works with Akshay Kumar once again!

Just a while ago, Akshay Kumar praised India’s numero uno makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh to the skies, calling her a “magician” with her work involving makeovers and look transformations.

Akshay first worked with Preetisheel for the hard-hitting film Brothers. Later, Preetisheel designed the ‘pregnant’ look for Akshay for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Then came the Livguard advertisement, where she transformed the actor’s looks as Albert Einstein and Bruce Lee. More recently, they got together for the much talked-about bald look of Bala for the superhit Housefull 4.

And now Akshay and Preetisheel have woven their magic once again with the latest Kurkure ad starring the actor in a triple role of son, father and grandfather.

Showcasing the new ad on his Instagram account, Akshay wrote: “Happy to share about my newest association #Kurkure. Introducing new Kurkure Gazab Golmaal and Kurkure Hera Pheri Hungama flavours… ismein kya masale hain, kisi ka baap bhi nahi bata sakta! @kurkuresnacks #baaprebaap.”

Says an exuberated Preetisheel, “Akshay is a darling to work with, as he is not only easy-going and super-talented, but extremely professional. He never fails to acknowledge my efforts too.”

The ad intelligently portrayed a tongue-in-cheek nok-jhok between the three generations, with Akshay looking extremely cute in all the three avatars, while his body-language is seen to be believed. What more can we say! Yeh Kurkure looks ki hera pheri ke hungama se mazaa aa gaya!!

Akshay Kumar tickles fans with 3 new transformational looks

India’s most bankable superstar Akshay Kumar never ceases to surprise his fans with various astonishing looks and avatars nowadays.

Starting with his Pakshi Rajan look in 2.0, Akshay once again stunned his audiences with his bold and bald look as Bala in Housefull 4. Earlier, he had also aced a ‘pregnant’ look for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.

And now Akshay is back, with not one, not two, but three different looks, that too spanning generations — one of a son, another of a father and yet another, a grandfather.

The actor surprised and tickled his fans this week, when he put up a collage of the three new looks on social media with a tongue-in-cheek caption: “Ek se bhale do, do se bhale teen… Baap Re Baap, A Masaledaar entertainer coming your way soon. Watch out! #BaapReBaap”.

What’s more! Akshay has got everyone wondering in anticipation, keeping his fans guessing what the new looks are for and when we would be able to see more.

But grapevine has it that the three looks have been designed by National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, who also curated the ‘pregnant’ look for Akshay in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, as well as the sensational bald look in the superhit Housefull 4.

A master with makeovers, Preetisheel who has emerged as the most sought-after look transformation specialist in Bollywood, runs India’s premiere outfit Da Makeup Lab along with her partner Mark D’souza.

Preetisheel Singh does a hattrick with the prolific Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the first time in Bajirao Mastani, National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh curated Ranveer Singh’s look in the film. She got a second chance to work with the prolific filmmaker with Padmaavat.

Here, she not only worked on the stunning looks of Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, but designed the look once again for Ranveer Singh, this time transforming him as the intimidating Alauddin Khilji.

And now, Bhansali has repeated Preetisheel to curate the look for Alia Bhatt for his upcoming saga Gangubai Kathiawadi.

“Working with Sanjay Sir is one of the most important milestones of my career,” says Preetisheel. “It feels surreal. You always feel part of something larger than life. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to him for showing so much faith in my work,” she adds.

A master with makeovers, Preetisheel has emerged as the most sought-after look transformation specialist in Bollywood. Apart from Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, she has attracted acclaim for her deft work in numerous movies including Haider, Mom, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Shivaay, Hawaizaada, Housefull 3, Rangoon, Brothers, Parched, Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), Pati Patni Aur Woh, Mulk, Bala, Chhichhore, Malaal, Andhadhun, Panga and Housefull 4.

Composer VR Kharb puts the spotlight on melody with Tum Hi Toh Ho

The nineties is known as one of the best eras for Bollywood music in contemporary times. We had musical greats such as Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan and music composers Nadeem-Shravan who were popularly known as melody kings. And yes! Movies of Mahesh Bhatt and Indra Kumar churned out some of the most melodious songs of that decade. But after that time, much of Bollywood music slid into cacophony or too much loudness.

Now, suddenly out of the blue, has come a song reminiscent of that glorious era of melody. Budding music composer and lyricist VR Kharb’s first single Tum Hi Toh Ho immediately transports you into the nineties-ish era where melody reigned supreme.

Released by Yo Yo Music on YouTube, the number touted as the “most romantic song of 2020” has already garnered more than 4.5 lakh views. The love song sung by Manish Sharma not only soothes the senses, but is laced with some racy beats, giving it an upbeat tempo and a challenging pace.

Going by the fact that this is young-gun composer-lyricist VR Kharb’s premier musical endeavour, one can surely expect more beautiful melodies from this talented lad soon.

Multifaceted Gyan Sharma releases first ghazal single Reto Ke Ghar

UK-based Gyan Sharma is truly a multifaceted personality. An IT consultant by profession, he runs the famous event management company Chilly Events, is a well-known Astrologer and a Vastu consultant, founder of AstroListing, the director and global head of strategy in a media company called Governance Today, founder of a digital media company AcroGloria, an advisor on planetary gemstones, runs a cultural organization in UK called Sangam, is a poet, lyricist and composer.

And as if all this isn’t enough, the versatile busybee has now released his first ghazal single as a singer. Titled Reto Ke Ghar, the song is out on You Tube, as well as various online platforms including JioSaavn, Gaana, Raaga, Hungama, WynkMusic, Amazon Music, Itunes and Spotify. Whoa!

While the melodious and scintillating number is sung, written and composed by Gyan, another highlight is that the music for the song has been arranged by the popular ghazal maestro Talat Aziz. What’s more! The single has already managed to garner 1.5 lakh views on YouTube within a fortnight of its release.

“I try to compose Ghazals which are not very slow, have good meaning and nice melody… not boring ones,” says Gyan. He wants people to pay attention to the quality and depth of his ghazal Reto Ke Ghar and its meaning.

“I’ve heard Ghazals since childhood, in my Indian hometown Kanpur. My parents were fond of greats like Begum Akhtar and Mehdi Hassan. I personally like the depth of Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals,” he adds.

It can be noted here that Gyan Sharma hit fame earlier too, with his poem Gharo Ki Kahani which became quite popular and was narrated at various shows in UK. He has also written a Ghazal dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi explaining all of his welfare schemes in different shers (couplets) and it was very popular during 2019 elections, and also a poem about the abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir.

Look designer Preetisheel Singh’s ‘Da Makeup Lab’ becomes a landmark in Versova

For any passerby on Versova main road in Andheri, Mumbai, there stands this imposing black building with coloured dots and huge face murals hard to miss. Some people point at the uniqueness of colour and designs, some stop to take selfies with the building in the background, and some even try to enter it just to ask what the place is all about.

National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh’s new four-storey office ‘Da Makeup Lab’ has fast become a landmark in the heart of Bollywood. It is Bollywood’s premier firm for all of the industry’s makeup, hair and prosthetic requirements.

Spearheaded by Preetisheel Singh along with her partner Mark D’souza, the dream team has worked on some of Bollywood’s topnotch movies such as Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Haider, Mom, 102 Not Out, Thackeray, Bala, Chhichhore and Housefull 4.

The building keeps amusing everyone. “Is it a museum?,” a passerby asked at the reception once. “Is it a tattoo parlour?,” asked another. “Do you do bridal makeup?”; “Why is it painted black?”; “Is it a salon?”; “Is it a production house?”; “Do you do auditions?” — the questions are never-ending.

Once a group of people walked in saying, “The building looked good from outside, so just came inside to check out.” Gee! Didn’t we say this landmark building is hard to miss!!

Emotional story of brothers wins hearts at international film festivals

Mainak Misra’s short film Days of Marigolds has been winning hearts at various international film festivals, which has the maker feeling elated and all charged up to think of a bigger and better future.

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“When I made this short film I had not expected that it will get such a grand response. But the kind of feedback and acclaim its managed to generate at all the film festivals is simply mind-blowing for a debutant filmmaker like me,” says a thrilled Mainak, who shot the film near his hometown Hyderabad, at the banks of Pochampally village lake, with commoners as actors.

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The film has received widespread acclaim at various film festivals including The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF), Sicily, Italy; Salto Independent Film Festival, Salto, Uruguay; Move Me Productions Belgium-Film Festival, Antwerp, Belgium; Inshort Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Bayamon International Film Festival, Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Yecora International Film Festival, Yecora, Mexico and at the Art Quake Kyoto 2019  (Creativity Biennale of Art Exhibitions & Film Festival), Kyoto, Japan.

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What’s more! Days of Marigolds also bagged the Semi-Finalist position at Los Angeles Cine-Fest, Los Angeles; USA, A Rebel Minded Festival, Brooklyn, New York, USA; as well as at FESTPRO Film Festival, Moscow, Russia.

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Mainak points out that it is the narrative of the short film which caught the fancy of audiences. Days of Marigolds revolves around a story of two brothers in rural India. As the elder brother leaves the village, the younger brother keeps returning to the place they parted at. Each return marks a passage of his life cycle from childhood to adolescence, early adulthood, late adulthood, and eventually old age.

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“The absence of our dear ones is felt deep down in our hearts. We keep longing for their presence. Their memories remain vivid in our minds for the rest of our lives. Those memories are missed and the moments are cherished forever,” quips Mainak. True that.

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The filmmaker is now working on the script of his first feature film and plans to make a splash in Bollywood in future. We wish him all the luck.

Feryna Wazheir receives praise for Commando 3

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Feryna Wazheir has been singled out for praise by critics and audience alike for all her films. Be it when playing the bubbly Frenny in Rang Rasiya, or the troubled and vulnerable Kuwaiti Yasmin in Airlift, the actress has received appreciation for her varied and interesting roles. And the recently released Commando 3 is no exception.

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The actress has once again been lauded for her intense portrayal of Zahira, a woman trying to save her young child from radicalism. She outperforms, especially in the scenes clashing with her abusive ex-husband, played by Gulshan Devaiah.

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Feryna portrays a vulnerable woman, scared of her menacing ex-husband and his power, but also determined to save her child from his clutches. When she meets hero Captain Karan Singh Dogra (Vidyut Jammwal), she sees a chance to escape with her child and she takes it, knowing well, that if things go wrong, all hell could break loose.

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“It was an interesting character to play,” says Feryna. “I try to choose roles where the character speaks to me. It’s not about the size of the role for me, but rather, the substance,” she adds. Latest reports have it that Commando 3 is doing good business at the box-office and that is all which makes Feryna happy this week.

World cinema film researcher Mainak Misra directs short-film Days of Marigolds

 

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Tackling the subject of longing, memories, cycle of life, reflections, dreams, hope and nostalgia, world cinema film researcher Mainak Misra has written, directed and produced his first short-film Days of Marigolds.

Filmmaker Mainak Misra

With a unique subject, Days of Marigolds is a silent film with no dialogues. Talking about the film’s emotional quotient, filmmaker Mainak Misra says, “Sometimes we can never forget certain moments spent with our nearest and dearest ones. The story of this short delves upon one such tender moment in the life of the protagonist and how he clings on to it as his most cherished and missed memory.”

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The film revolves around a story of two brothers in rural India. As the elder brother leaves the village, the younger brother keeps returning to the place they parted at. Each return marks a passage of his life cycle from childhood to adolescence, early adulthood, late adulthood, and eventually old age. Life goes on.

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Shot at the banks of Pochampally village lake, about 30 km away from Hyderabad, Telangana, all the actors in the film are commoners without any previous experience in acting.

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Another unique aspect of the film is that it is made in a silhouette-like sepia tone and has an endearing slow-moving village life feel to it. To aid this, the maker effectively uses sentimental instrumental music to enhance its appeal.

 

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