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.


An exciting year awaits ace look designer Preetisheel Singh

Last year, she added classics like Padmaavat, 102 Not Out, Mulk and Andhadhun to her kitty, and we thought it was one of the best years for India’s No. 1 makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh. But now, the National Award-winning lady has many more aces up her sleeve this year too.

Turns out Preetisheel has a plethora of exciting movies starting with the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray releasing this month. She is all set to design the look of yet another high-octane political drama — none other than the Vivek Anand Oberoi-starrer PM Narendra Modi.

The first look poster of the Modi biopic launched this week has already generated enormous interest on social media; with fans and trolls alike, having jumped into the fray with an almost animalistic frenzy. Gee 😉 No wonder, its instantly a hot topic for discussion and debate in mainstream media too.

But that’s not all about Preetisheel’s new assignments. For the John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), she has given the hunk a variety of getups; something everyone is very tight-lipped about for now. And then there is Bollywood’s biggest megastar Salman Khan-starrer Bharat, which reunites Salman with filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar and Katrina Kaif after their blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai.

Preetisheel’s talent will also be showcased in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga and the Atharvaa Murali-starrer Boomerang.

But that’s not all! Her makeover journey will take another huge turn with the Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari’s forthcoming project Chhichhore where she gets to design different looks for Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor along with an ensemble lead cast, seen in their young and old getups. With so much to look forward to, Preetisheel almost makes staying put at the top, look easy.

Padmaavat, Andhadhun look designer wants more of fantasy genre in Bollywood


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National Award winning makeup, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh, who has designed the looks for characters in many acclaimed films like Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Andhadhun and 102 Not Out, wants to take look designing in Bollywood to the next level.


Emerging as the undisputed No 1 in her profession, she is craving for more and more challenges. “Since my teens, I have been a big movie buff and mostly fascinated by the fantasy genre. I landed up being a software engineer, but in one way or the other, my heart was always into the art form,” confesses Preetisheel.

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“Two of the initial movies which left an impression on me were Chachi 420 and Planet Of The Apes. The transformation of all the characters were absolutely brilliant. I realized that doing something like that would be a dream come true for me.”


Preetisheel, who received rave reviews for her work in the Tamil science fiction thriller 24, says that when she sees Hollywood film series such as Avengers, Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter or even movies like Avatar, Batman, Wonder Woman or even a Jumanji, she wonders why we can’t attempt similar subjects in Bollywood. “I guess, the time is just right and we can safely take the leap,” she says.

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Though she points out that it’s challenging to execute prosthetics in India, mainly due to lack of FX material supplies, Preetisheel says she stocks up raw material whenever she gets a chance.


Because of this shortage, she along with her husband Mark D’souza have also set up India’s first makeup and prosthetic lab called Da Makeup Lab in Mumbai; a special effects makeup studio, which caters to prosthetics, body painting, tattoo work and character designing. “The goal is to bring standards of makeup and prosthetics in India at par with Hollywood,” concludes Preetisheel.

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Coming up next are more innovative looks she is designing for films like the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray, Atharvaa-starrer Boomerang, John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga, Salman Khan-starrer Bharat and the film Chhichore with an ensemble lead cast.


Bollywood dance series in California raises money for Bharat Ke Veer


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San Francisco-based Madhuri Murli, along with select students of the philanthropic platform Flute Theory, have raised over thousand dollars in funds from a Bollywood live song and dance series in California recently.

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“The team worked hard to perfect each move on stage, stayed late nights, practicing to help each other and stay synchronized as a team,” says Madhuri.


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“The performances were bigger than us. We touched lives and transformed the way we can give back to our brave Indian soldiers for their sacrifices, in an effort to come together as one family. I’m proud to say that we raised more than $1000 (over 70,000 rupees) that we will be donating to the families of Indian martyrs via India’s Bravehearts (Bharat Ke Veer) initiative,” she informs.

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‘Bharat Ke Veer — India’s Bravehearts’ is Indian government’s homage and support initiative to pay respect to the brave hearts who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. Madhuri and her team is thrilled at the “amazing response” received. “It was so worth all our efforts,” she concludes with a smile.

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Her team acknowledged Madhuri’s efforts with glowing words. Thanking her for her “awesome choreography and vision,” Ritu Chhabriya said she was “lucky to be part of the dance show.” Abhilasha Choudhari stated that “it was another amazing performance and that too, for a heart-warming cause.”

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Neha Semlani thanked Madhuri for inspiring her and giving her the opportunity to get back to dancing. “I’m fortunate to be a part of a worthy cause. Thanks for always pushing me to do better and making our dance routine so much fun,” she said. Sweta Mehta echoed the sentiments saying, it was an “honor to be a part of this great cause.”

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Zulfi Syed has a rollicking time in Prague and Budapest

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Life for Zulfi Syed couldn’t be better! Ever since the supermodel-actor turned DJ, he has been gallivanting all over the world doing what he loves — playing music.


Recently, Zulfi headed to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, where he razzle-dazzled an elite corporate audience comprising of GM Electricals staff. The trip arranged by Harvey India, gave Zulfi a “unique experience of understanding how Bollywood is viewed by Eastern Europe.”

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“The folks there are crazy about our music and culture. Just like yoga, most westerners love the mention of Bollywood,” quips Zulfi, who also got a chance to visit the illustrious John Lennon Wall there. The wall dedicated to the co-founder of The Beatles, is filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

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Prague seems to have got our desi dude so excited that he headed to Budapest in Hungary for another assignment, driving straight for five hours at a stretch. “Honestly, time and distance hardly seemed to matter as I passed beautiful farmlands, which made me nostalgic as they reminded me of my hometown.”

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Not many are aware that Zulfi hails from Coorg in Karnataka and belongs to a family of farmers of coffee plantations.


Is Radhe Maa in competition with Salman Khan?

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Salman Khan is known to be one of the most charitable actors in Bollywood. He is often said to personally help poor and needy people in and around Bandra where he resides. His charitable organization Being Human is at the forefront of helping the helpless and underprivileged. But not many may be aware that what Salman is to Bandra, Radhe Maa is to Borivali.

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She not only helps the poor with clothes and students with books, but also indulges in various animal care activities from time to time. This Diwali, apart from running a campaign for a noise-controlled Diwali and green crackers, Radhe Maa took to the streets in Borivali (the burgeoning suburb of Mumbai where she resides), to distribute shawls, sweets and gift hampers to slum dwellers.



Most of the people living in hutments and shanties knew her, as she is a regular there with charity visits. But many were surprised that Radhe Maa was wearing a green outfit, instead of the traditional red attire she is normally seen in.

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When asked about the reason behind the change of colour, she said, “We celebrate Diwali on this day as Lord Ram, returned to Ayodhya after completing fourteen years of exile in the woods and defeating demon king Ravana. It was a victory of light over darkness and good over evil.”


“Just as hariali (bliss) returned to Lord Ram and his family, I am also celebrating a colourful Diwali by breaking away from the norm,” she said with a smile.


Radhe Maa’s Pyaar Wali Diwali campaign a huge success

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In support for the Supreme Court decision on Diwali firecrackers this year, Radhe Maa launched her own campaign ‘Pyaar Wali Diwali’ which emerged a huge success.


In and around Borivali suburb in Mumbai, where she stays, Radhe Maa propagated the cause with hoardings, posters and banners saying, “Say no to firecrackers this Diwali.” She even ran Twitter posts with hashtags #PyaarWaliDiwali and #Safediwali.

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Her campaign included posters showing cows, birds, cats and dogs; pointing out how troubling it is for pets and other animals to tackle noise created by firecrackers, Diwali bombs and rockets. “Saying no to firecrackers will show that you care for animals. Teach your children to be kind to animals. They will grow up being kind to people,” read the message on her posters. Her campaign for a noise-controlled Diwali was welcomed by most residents in the city.

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Though a thick haze engulfed Delhi after Diwali celebrations, Mumbai skies were relatively clear and the pollution and smog levels were lower than most years in the past. “It’s a significant development, but just a beginning. Much more work needs to be done by us as a society too,” said Radhe Maa.

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“In future, we should all take more effort and care that the two-hour time-slot for firecrackers is strictly adhered to. Also the green firecrackers initiative needs to be implemented by all,” she added.

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“We all have to work together to make our world a better place for us, as well as for plants and animals. Because all of this plays a major role in our ecosystem,” she concluded, promising that she will continue campaigning for reduction of noise pollution as well as for animal care.

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