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Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma releases yoga anthem on International Yoga Day

Santoor maestro Rahul SharmaIt is often said that yoga is not an exercise, but a state of mind. The Bhagavad Gita describes it as a journey of the self, through the self, to the self. And santoor maestro Rahul Sharma’s latest single Yug O’ Vision proves that and much more.

 Cover of santoor maestro Rahul Sharma's latest single Yug O' Vision

Released by Times Music, Yug O’ Vision is not just a song — it’s an anthem dedicated to yoga — with foot-tapping soothing music composed by Rahul Sharma with the number sung with gusto by Siddharth Basrur.

 

What’s more! The song is composed in collaboration with the oldest yoga institute run by Dr Hansa Jaydev which is completing a landmark of 100 years. The video features Rahul Sharma performing on his santoor along with an electrifying dance performance by Barkha Sharma and students of the yoga institute.

 Barkha Sharma performing in the video of Rahul Sharma's latest single Yug O' Vision

The easy-listening number could not have got a more timely release than on the occasion of the International Yoga Day and World Music Day this week. Surely a track which would make our yog-practicing-and-propagating prime minister Narendra Modi and all Indians as well as international practitioners of yoga feel proud.

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After Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Preetisheel Singh wants aliens for Bollywood

Preetisheel Singh at work in her studio Da Makeup Lab. - Pic 1.

The list of achievements for National Award-winning makeup and prosthetics designer Preetisheel Singh haven’t stopped from the day she set foot in the world of make-believe.

Preetisheel Singh at work in her studio Da Makeup Lab. - Pic 2.

“They say, Bollywood is a place where dreams are made. So what better than a profession which helps makes those dreams a reality,” quips Preetisheel, who has designed the looks of actors for some of the topmost movies in Bollywood like Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 3, along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat.

Preetisheel Singh at work with prosthetics.

Her work for the pre-Mughal epic Nanak Shah Fakir directed by Sartaj Singh Pannu bagged her the coveted National Film Award for Best Makeup, while her talent will soon be showcased again in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, where Rishi Kapoor will appear in the look of a devout Muslim. Then there is the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray — the biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, presented by Sanjay Raut and directed by Abhijit Panse.

Preetisheel Singh working on makeup of a ghost on the sets of The House Next Door.

So what does it take to create different looks? “Prosthetic has a lot of parts involved in it. You first take the life cast of the actor in 3D measurement after which you sculpt and make moulds, running silicon pieces in it,” explains Preetisheel.

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“The silicon pieces are then applied on the actor and are merged with the actor’s skin so that it doesn’t look artificial. So tomorrow if a filmmaker comes up and has the requirement for an alien creature, we can do it. In fact, it will be good fun and I’d love to create aliens for Bollywood.”

Preetisheel Singh gets the Power Brands Award.

Is the whole process very time-consuming? “When we look at characters with prosthetics on screen, we do not realize how much time and effort goes behind the scenes. The whole process involves a lot of visualization, planning, detailing, art and finally time. But the end result is worth the energy spent,” she concludes with a smile.

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Ashok Chaudhary CRUSHES Kangana Ranaut’s nepotism debate with The Music In My Blood

Bollywood has been raging with the debate on nepotism ever since Kangana Ranaut struck uneasy chords about it in her confrontation with Karan Johar. Talking about how the Indian film industry has a bias towards talent born into industry families, she begun a discussion which refuses to die. But amidst all the mud-slinging on the topic, one never imagined it would be portrayed in the form of a story.

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But that’s what theatre and film actor Ashok Chaudhary’s character in the American Off-Broadway play The Music In My Blood is all about. The play has the Indian-American playing a character of Vikram; an aspiring singer who does not belong to any affluent musical family, but dreams of becoming a famous singer like the yesteryear greats Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar.

 

“Vikram goes through the journey of a careless student hailing from a lower strata of society, persevering to learn Hindustani classical music and finally transforming himself into a great musician,” informs Ashok.

 

“His character redefines the play’s title The Music in My Blood and proves that one does not have to be born in an artistic family to be a great performer. With sheer talent and dedication, the character proves that nepotism can be crushed,” he adds.

Ashok Chaudhary in the play The Music In My Blood. Pic 1.

Interestingly, the play’s narration is creatively moved forward in the form of a ghost of Walter Kaufmann, a Jewish refugee to India during the Second World War, who gave India the iconic All India Radio signature tune and fell in love with the music of the land.

Ashok Chaudhary after the play The Music In My Blood. Pic 4.

Ashok is touched by the audience response. “After the play, viewers come up to me in a very emotional state, some even with moist eyes. They identify with the character which seems to rake up their pent up emotions and unfulfilled dreams. Such a soul-stirring response is heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time,” remarks Ashok.

 

He will next be seen playing a spy in Eshwar Gunturu’s Bollywood film Code Name Abdul which stars Tanishaa Mukerji in the lead.

Ashok Chaudhary after the play The Music In My Blood. Pic 3.

 

Examples of Exclusive Interviews

 

These are links of seven recent Exclusive Interviews we have got done for our PR client Preetisheel Singh. Some of them are in Q&A format, while others are in feature format.

 

As you can see, they have appeared on different websites with photographs and exclusive written content.

 

Exclusive Interview on The Sunday Guardian:

https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/culture/set-indias-first-make-prosthetics-lab

 

Exclusive Interview on News 18:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/102-not-out-wanted-everyone-to-remember-this-father-son-avatars-portrayed-by-amitabh-bachchan-and-rishi-kapoor-forever-says-prosthetic-artist-preetisheel-singh-1739051.html

 

Exclusive Interview on T2 Online:

http://t2online.com/entertainment/ranveer-singh-alauddin-khilji-not-inspired-khal-drogo-padmaavat-mua-preetisheel-singh/cid/1.92541

 

Exclusive Interview on Covai Post:

http://www.covaipost.com/entertainment/preetisheel-singh-period-films-have-become-my-forte/

 

Exclusive Interview on Eenadu:

http://www.eenadu.net/vasundhara/vasundhara-inner.aspx?topfullstory=19230

 

Exclusive Interview on Deccan Herald:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/670324/behind-mask.html

 

Exclusive Interview on Scroll:

https://scroll.in/reel/841911/movie-makeup-tips-forget-making-an-actor-look-good-focus-on-the-character

 

3 Dev actress Poonam Kaur to star in TV series from the makers of Bahubali

Poonam Kaur. Pic 13.

Move over Rani Padmavati… Rani Vindhyavati is here.

Southern actress Poonam Kaur who will be seen romancing television heartthrob Karan Singh Grover in the upcoming Bollywood flick 3 Dev, has bagged the lead role of Rani Vindhyavati in the mega-hyped Telugu historical TV series Swarna Khadgam, being made by makers of the magnum opus Bahubali.

 Poonam Kaur. Pic 16.

While the mega-series is being produced by ARKA Media Works, the makers of Bahubali, Poonam’s role of the queen is said to be similar to that of the popular character of Devasena who rocked in the blockbuster.

“Here’s presenting Queen ‘Vindhyavati’; the symbol of #love, #justice & #sacrifice from #SwarnaKhadgam by #ARKA media #ComingSoon,” tweeted Poonam, along with a sneak-peak video of the upcoming TV series. Its reported that the series may be dubbed in Hindi as well as many other languages.

 Poonam Kaur. Pic 11.

Poonam has been in the news for some time in the Southern media for her bold and daring statements. Recently, she created a lot of buzz when she tweeted about being backstabbed by a filmmaker who cast her and then went on to make the film with another actress. It bombed miserably, apparently leaving the filmmaker devastated.

 Poonam Kaur. Pic 19.

With her new sensational avatar, the Southern media has been chasing Poonam for quotes and statements. But the lady is busy making a mark with the promos and songs of Ankoosh Bhatt’s madcap comedy 3 Dev. One of the songscalled Nikamma featuring her and Karan has received a mind-boggling amount of hits on YouTube. Way to go!

Indian-American singer Kabir manages to win hearts with Got Me Hooked

 When Indian-American singer Kabir released his debut single Got Me Hooked, he was anxious how well it will be accepted. The Brown Debonair as he has been nicknamed by the US media, Kabir has a very unique silvery voice compared to traditional Indian singers abroad.

 Singer Kabir. Pic 8.

A fortnight after his release, he is a happy man. Got me Hooked has not only been well-received, but has earned rave reviews in the American, Canadian as well as British media. Winning hearts of the huge Asian community as well as on the mainstream music circuit, its fast emerging a hot favourite with many radio stations playing it several times a day.

Written and produced by Damen Heyward and Juan ‘Majik’ Peters, the number has a set of hypnotic rhythms with the video having a very chilled-out feel. This has also managed to win Kabir a strong female fan-following.

 Singer Kabir. Pic 9.

“I should admit I was a bit nervous before the release, but the response from radio stations and social media has been heartening,” quips Kabir. Moreover, his video has steadily been growing in popularity on YouTube with consistent organic views and lots of positive comments, which has brought more cheer.

The singer narrates an incident when he recently visited an Indie club in Brooklyn and the DJ immediately recognized him. “The club managed to get hold of the number from YouTube and began playing it, announcing my presence. It was a touching and overwhelming moment for me. They made me feel like a rockstar,” recalls the debutant.

 Singer Kabir. Pic 11.

Not many are aware that Kabir actually belongs to the family of Partap Brothers with a rich musical heritage. Music runs in his blood, with some of his family members being veterans of traditional spiritual music and ambassadors of the Sikh community in North America. This makes it all the more interesting to see how Kabir will steer his musical journey from here.

Singer Kabir. Pic 10.

Diljit Dosanjh stuns Alex Reece with onstage shout-out amidst 12,000 fans in London!

 Alex Reece with friends at Diljit Dosanjh's musical concert in London. - Pic 2

Bollywood and Punjabi films heartthrob Diljit Dosanjh shocked Hollywood actor Alex Reece when he gave him a shout-out from the stage of his music concert in London.

After working in quite a few British and Hollywood movies, this year Alex made his debut in Indian cinema. He played the negative lead opposite Diljit in the Punjabi film Sajjan Singh Rangroot directed by Pankaj Batra, and is now looking at playing more villainous roles in Bollywood next.

 Alex Reece with friends at Diljit Dosanjh's musical concert in London. - Pic 1

Diljit’s production team had arranged VIP passes for Alex and some other cast and crew members of the movie to attend his live concert at Wembley arena in London. Alex was already feeling overwhelmed witnessing the humongous fan-craze for Diljit at the musical event, when all of a sudden Diljit mentioned him amidst a packed crowd of 12,000 fans.

Recognizing him has Diljit’s co-star, some of his ultra-lively Punjabi fans in the crowd instinctively lifted Alex on their shoulders and started dancing. “I was so surprised and overjoyed, I almost froze,” laughs the Hollywood actor.

 Alex Reece - Pic 4

“It took me a while to get hold of my thoughts. I have never witnessed such fervor and frenzy in my life,” exclaims Alex, who is well-known for his appearance in a mega-budget James Bond commercial starring Daniel Craig.

“Even during the making of the film, Diljit always made it a point to praise me and appreciate my work. But with this live shout-out from stage, he took it to just another level. This was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life and I will never forget his gesture,” says Alex.