Meet the Masters – Day 1979

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The classical dance fraternity strives for excellence and preservation of rich heritage, even in uncertain times like the pandemic. In order to sustain our ecosystem which includes the regular upkeep of practice centers, cost of music recordings, stage production costs, technical costs, among many others, the organization needs a steady inflow of funds

Nupur Zankar popular as an Art for Cause is a non-profit organization, utilizing a creative platform to deliver social message, the organization is this time looking to raise funds to support Autism. In collaboration with the Swindon South Asian Performing Arts Centre (SAPAC-UK) they have previously explored rhythm through the lens of autism in a project through the Arts Council England.

Sanskriti Mahotsav: is an effort to introduce and make you ‘Meet the Masters’ of classical dance.  Over the decades, like everything else, Kathak dance has evolved and Nupur Zankar in its new show will be presenting the ‘Legacy or Gharana’, the four primary Gharanas recognized on state of origin namely Lucknow, Jaipur, Banaras and Raigarh. The Mahotsav will feature the senior Gurus, along with the second-generation disciples, and also youngest disciples to share the art form through talks, performances and interactive Q&As.

Rumy Jafry’s Face-off – Day 1978

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The countdown has begun for Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi starrer Chehre that features besides Amitabh Bachchan as a lawyer and Emraan Hashmi as an Advertising Agency Chief and powerful performers like Annu Kapoor, Krystle D’Souza, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav, Siddhanth Kapoor and Rhea Chakraborty. Jafry is super excited that he got the opportunity to work with Bachchan both as a writer in his early days and later as a director in God Tussi Great Ho in 2008 and now again in Chehre. He reveals that Bachchan is the easiest actor to work with and goes out of his way to make everyone around him comfortable. He is happy that Anand Pandit is bringing back the golden era of musical live-orchestra for the title track of Chehra composed by none other than the dynamic duo Vishal-Shekhar collaborating 107 musicians from across the globe who united in Prague to record the live symphony orchestra!

Legacy of Lies – Day 1977

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Even as many other films are moving out of the race fearing the onslaught of the coronavirus –Bengaluru based Prime Originals Private Limited which also owns an OTT platform NET5 has entered into film distribution by having their first movie – Legacy of Lies starring Scott Adkins across India in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu apart from English, The Indian versions are called Agent MI 6.  The producer is keen to release some of their action, blockbuster movies first in theatres and only later stream it on other platforms. They have set up distribution across India and have movies lined up for theatrical distribution every month. Legacy of Lies is releasing across 500 screens,” says Balwanth Singh, the moving spirit behind this novel idea

Online Offline – Day 1976

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Grief is an overwhelming emotion and the most rational people lose it when going through trauma and Offline, a romantic short thriller explores the blurring lines between reality and virtual delusion as technology encroaches on the human experience of death, marks the debut of writer-director Arnesh Ghose.

 Released on India’s leading YouTube channel for short films, Pocket Films, the film follows a distraught young wife, Manvi, who loses her husband, Arjun, unexpectedly. Memories of Arjun and their married life hound her, until one day, she receives a text from Arjun’s phone, asking her to keep him alive by plugging his phone into charge.

It is often said that we live in our phones, but is it possible to live in them forever? Is there a way that in our afterlife, we’re ‘bots’ are some of the questions raised by the film?

Rani Mukherjee: Lessons to learn – Day 1975

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Shah Rukh Khan commented that he was surprised by your confidence, were you always so reassured? “I believe in being happy and if this is being reassured then the credit goes to my family for rearing my brother and me with so much love and care.  They knew I was made for the camera but never forced it on me, waited for me realize it myself and today, I am part of a world I love”.

Is there anything you dislike about being an actress? Rani thinks for a while, then removing her shades, says, “I dislike waking up at odd hours to catch flights and I dislike extended shootings. There are times, I’m shooting without a break, travelling, living out of suitcases, hopping studios, changing costumes and I forget I’m playing which character in which film. Yet when you watch the end product, it all falls into place because there are so many others taking care of the continuity”.

Rani shares that the preoccupation is so intense that most of the time actors are not even aware of it until somebody, usually a senior, points it out to them. “I was shooting with Kamini Kaushalji the other day and she said that in the olden days, nobody worked beyond 6 pm in fact Helenji had this in her contract and therefore at the stroke of 6 she’d out her wig and pack up, amazing isn’t it?”


Rani Mukherjee: Started young, conquered young – Day 1974

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We traveled by the same car to the hotel and made a direct headway for breakfast. Over brown bread and cornflakes, Rani Mukherji shared her journey, “I was 14 when I did my dad’s Bengali film and declined Salim Akhtar’s Aa Gale Lag Jaa because I was not interested in films but a few years later, Salim uncle offered another film and even though I was still not exactly attracted to the idea, there was emotional pressure from all around to say yes”.

You must have been just a teenager then, I enquired, “Yes, and dad mention it to uncle as well that we should wait for a few more years but Salim uncle reassured the family that by the time the film was ready, the timing would be perfect. Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat failed at the box-office but the subject and I received a lot of praise. I was relieved that the film was over and happy to go back to college”. The offers coming however and slowly, my mind set was changing. I was saying yes to offers and one of them was and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.

Karan Johar has gone on record to say that you were in fact his last choice. “Yes, Twinkle Khanna, Tabu, Raveena Tandon had all declined but my father said that the banner and the casting was attractive and we should go for it and we did”. Choreographer Farha Khan says that you took her by surprise on the dance floor. “I was not told that I was to participate in a dance but I have always enjoyed dancing. Not many people know that my mother and aunt Debashri Roy performed classical dances on stage and I traveled with them on all the tours so music and dance is part of my growing up.” 

To be continued