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Randhir Kapoor presents memento to Chaitanya Padukone for book R.D.Burmania

Illustrious actor-filmmaker Randhir Kapoor (also the grandpa of cherubic baby megastar Taimur) shared a warm bonding with legendary composer-singer R.D.Burman (famously known as Panchamda).

Mention RDB’s name and the senior RK’s eyes light up with admiration. The other day, in his office cabin, within the iconic R.K.Studios, Randhir presented a mini-bust memento of Pancham to eminent senior film journalist and author Chaitanya Padukone, in appreciation of his popular memoirs book R.D.Burmania.

Incidentally, the affable Randhir has given an exclusive, sentimental tribute to Panchamda in the book, where he reveals the reason he agreed to accept the posthumous Filmfare Award trophy in 1995 for late R.D.Burman for the landmark movie 1942-A Love Story.

“Not only did the experimental genius compose evergreen chartbuster songs for my films, RDB even cooked fabulous food which I would fondly relish during the late nights we spent together. Honestly, his innovative music was instrumental in boosting my acting career to a great extent, whether it was for Jawani Diwani or for Rampur Ka Lakshman, or my own directorial movie Dharam Karam,” recalls Randhir.

And not to forget — RDB also sang the foot-tapping playback number “Kal Kya Hoga Kisko Pata, Abhi Zindagi Ka Le Lo Mazaa” for Randhir’s film Kasme Vaade. It can also be noted here that R.D.Burman’s 80th birth anniversary is being observed this year.


Fenil Seta’s short film Bawraa to be screened at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Director Fenil Seta’s short film Bawraa, which has been making waves since some time, will be screened at Mumbai’s popular Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019, as the festival opens the gates to its twentieth 20th edition this week. It is a prestigious moment for the new-age upcoming filmmaker, as the film is among the only twenty, selected out of hundreds for the screening.

Apart from having written and directed the film, Fenil, who has also co-produced Bawraa says, “The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is attended by thousands and it’s one of the major attractions of Mumbai city, where I’m born and brought up. I have been visiting the festival since more than a decade. Hence, to see my film being screened here, is a great feeling.”

The 28-minute film revolves around the story of a Mumbai-based lonely boy searching for love. One day, he gets a Facebook friend request by a mysterious girl from Pune and both get talking. The story takes some dramatic turns from there and moves towards a climax full of surprises.

Fenil has managed to get an interesting set of actors to play the characters. The lead is played by Shreyas Porus Pardiwalla, who has appeared in popular Hindi films such as Yaariyan and Sanam Re, and also directed plays like Giant and Strangers In The Night. Harsha Chopda, who was seen in the web series I Love Us and the famous crime serial Savdhaan India, plays his love interest.

It can be noted here that Bawraa has earlier been screened at LIFFT India Filmotsav and Mrunaltai Short Film Festival. Moreover, at the 1st International Short Film Festival, Dombivli, the film also won an award in the Best Supporting Actor Award category.

The film is co-produced by The Collective Mediaworks (Mihir Karkarey and Saptesh Chaubal), cinematographed by Devang Gole, edited by Pranjal Rajadhyaksha and Hitesh Savant, having a background score is by Rugved Deshpande. Apart from Shreyas Porus Pardiwalla and Harsha Chopda, it stars Aishwarya Tapase, Pravin Gang, Reshma Merchant, Kishan Chouhan, Harsha Gupte, Punit Rajveer, Mable Mathew and Padmanabh S in key roles.


Preetisheel Singh begins her 2019 innings with a bang!

January 2018 saw the National-Award winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh curate the look for Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat. In January 2019, she came up with the look of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray in the movie Thackeray directed by Abhijit Panse and presented by Sanjay Raut.

In fact, last year she had four successes in movies such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out, Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk and Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun. Now she has a tough trail to follow. Will she be able to maintain the success streak this year? By the looks of it, the feat seems possible.

The lady is soon going to be talked about all over again for various looks she has designed for Ali Abbas Zafar’s film Bharat, John Abraham in Robbie Grewal’s RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter), Vivek Anand Oberoi in Omung Kumar’s film PM Narendra Modi, all the old and young looks in Nitish Tiwari’s Chhichhore, and for Southern actor Ataharvaa Murali in the Tamil film Boomerang.

And as if that isn’t enough, her work will be showcased in many more flicks such as Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte-starrer Raat Akeli Hai directed by Honey Trehan, and Om directed by Sartaj Singh Pannu (earlier, Preetisheel bagged the National Award for her first film Nanak Shah Fakir helmed by Sartaj).

And then there is the multi-starrer Housefull 4 having Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Riteish Deshmukh, Kriti Kharbanda, Bobby Deol, Pooja Hegde and Rana Daggubati as the new laugh-riot team in this Sajid Nadiadwala production, directed by Farhad Samji.

The list doesn’t end here either. After working with Bhansali Productions for Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, Preetisheel has just been signed for the makeup and prosthetics for two more of their projects. Attagirl.


Madhuri Murli to release new single Pehchaan

San Francisco-based singer, composer, writer, lyricist, choreographer and philanthropist Madhuri Murliis all set to release her new music single Pehchaan, recorded at Audio Garage, Juhu, on her recent trip to Mumbai.

Madhuri describes Pehchaan as a song “about accepting who you are, being your own best friend, and a cheerleader for your dreams and aspirations. It’s about falling in love with your own self.” The lady also plans to come out with an enchanting video of the song and promises it “will touch chords in people’s hearts.”

What’s more! While in Mumbai Madhuri had her first-ever gig at Adagio in Bandra, where she sang some of her original compositions like Tera Khuda and Khushi, apart from mashups of some famous Bollywood numbers such as Teri Deewani (Kailash Kher) and Nachdi Phira (Secret Superstar) to a mesmerized cheering audience.

It is interesting to mention here that apart from her passion for performing arts, Madhuri is a computer science engineer by degree and a product marketing manager by profession at a tech company in Silicon Valley.

She has come a long way and not many have known about her journey. Her dad was an aspiring singer, but she lost him early in life to an accident. Heartbroken, but gritty — as a tribute to her dad — Madhuri finally launched a philanthropic music and dance brand called Flute Theory in California. Taking to live singing and performing, she slowly but steadily formed her own dance group and began singing and performing.

Today, Flute Theory partners with NGOs and donates most of the earnings from its shows to noble causes such as upliftment of underprivileged children, empowering women, relief funds, cancer associations, and even donating to the families of Indian martyrs via the Indian government’s initiativeIndia’s Bravehearts (Bharat Ke Veer). Must say, these are huge strides which began with small steps from a daughter out to make her father feel proud. Attagirl!


National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh

After Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali repeated Preetisheel Singh for Padmaavat. She designed the looks of all the main starcast including Ranveer Singh (as the evil ruler Alauddin Khilji), Deepika Padukone (as the legendary queen Padmavati) and Shahid Kapoor (as the Rajput ruler Ratan Singh). Viewers and film critics alike, have been awestruck with the results, with Preetisheel emerging the undisputed No.1 make-up, hair and prosthetic designer in the film industry.

Videos of look tests during the making of Padmaavat:

She has worked on Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s look earlier too in the movie Mom, where her make-up and prosthetic work was highly appreciated.

She has also done the make-up and prosthetic for actors in films like Shivaay, Haider, Hawaizaada, Housefull 3, Rangoon, Brothers, Talwar, Finding Fanny, Parched, Ghayal Once Again, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and the Tamil/Hindi film 24.

She received the ‘National Film Award for Best Makeup’ for the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir based on the life of Guru Nanak, wherein she designedthe looks for all the characters in the movie. The film has recently re-released through Viacom18 Motion Pictures amid controversy.

Preetisheel’s work of creating believable ghost-figures for the recent horror film House Next Door has also been praised a lot. The film, which released in three languages (as House Next Door in Hindi, as Aval in Tamil and Gruham in Telugu) garnered critical acclaim and once again earned a lot of positive reviews for her work.

Preetisheel  also received a lot of acclaim once again, for her work in the film 102 Not Out directed by Umesh Shukla. Shedesigned the looks for Amitabh Bachchan as a 102-year-old man, as well as for Rishi Kapoor playing his 75-year-old son.

More recently, she received abundant praise once again for working on Rishi Kapoor’s look of a devout Muslim in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk.

After a success hattrick with Padmaavat, 102 Not Out and Mulk, shehas also begun receiving a lot of offers down South. She is handling the make-up and prosthetic for the upcoming Tamil film Boomerang, where she is working on the looks for famous Tamil actor Ataharvaa Murali.

Preetisheel has created the look for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s in Thackeray… the biopic being made on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. The film is scheduled for a January 2019 release.

Coming up next is the look of Vivek Anand Oberoi in and as PM Narendra Modi. The first look poster of the film was recently released, generating a lot of discussion and debate in mainstream as well as social media.

Preetisheel is also working on John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) directed by Robbie Grewal, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Salman Khan-starrer Bharat directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore with an ensemble lead cast.

Shehas also set up India’s first make-up and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab and her goal is to bring standards of make-up and prosthetic in India at par with Hollywood.


Flute Theory goes dancing for a cause

What happens when an amazing dance team works along with a group of tiny heart stealers to come together and help raise funds for underprivileged girls in India? Sheer magic.

And that’s what San Francisco-based Madhuri Murli, along with select students of the philanthropic platform Flute Theory, managed recently — dancing for a cause. The group partnered with Sneha Karma Foundation, an initiative to support underprivileged girls, to raise funds through dance and music.

Its four-week ‘dance for a cause series’ culminated into Ariel Dance Production’s informal showcase and recital in California, featuring popular Bollywood songs like Dilbar which featured Nora Fatehi in a scintillating avatar in the John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate,and Sooraj Ki Baahon Mein from the Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin-starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

“Flute Theory supports the mission of Sneha Karma Foundation that is committed to helping girls through academic education, skills training and professional development, until they become independent and self-empowered,” informs Madhuri Murli.

A product marketing manager by profession at a tech company in Silicon Valley, she has been spearheading the Flute Theory platform along with passion for singing, writing, composing and stage performances.


Zulfi Syed brings in the year with a bang

If music is the medicine of the mind, supermodel-actor turned DJ Zulfi Syed may have been the greatest spin doctor to begin this year. 2019 took a flying start for many Mumbaikars as they rocked at the Lower Parel hotspot Tamasha at its New Year Bash, with Zulfi at the DJ booth.

Getting the party started during the early part of the evening, Zulfi played some soulful and groovy music at just the right volume — all while slowly and steadily upping the pitch and tempo and building it to the crescendo by midnight. This created a nice vibe that got everyone in the mood, with the party revelers going crazy over the beats on the dance floor.

The night featured everything you could think of — big international hits from Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift, Adele, Eminem, Kesha, Anne-Marie, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, combined with Bollywood dance blockbusters from Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam, Honey Singh, Armaan Malik, Benny Dayal, Ankit Tiwari, Mika Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Vishal Dadlani.

“A year is made up of mixed times and mixed feelings, so we’d decided not to go by any particular theme for the new year party,” says Zulfi.

“I wanted it to reflect the ups and downs of life, so after a soothing and groovy start, I played anything and everything that randomly came to my mind. There was no plan, no agenda; except that it had to be a lot of maddening fun. It worked, and how!!,” he beams.