Tuesday, June 15, 2021

BTS SUCCESSFULLY WRAPS UP 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO


21st century Pop Icons BTS wrapped up their ‘BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO’ that amassed 1.33 million viewers from 195 countries/regions across two days.

 

 

In celebration of their 8th anniversary, the septet held a two-day live-streamed fanmeet entitled BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO on June 13 and 14. The festive event saw the band perform 15 songs, respectively, on an outdoor stage. True to the concept of “adventure,” the venue featured various planet installations and an entire stage in the form of the number ‘8’ that stands for both their 8th year since formation and the infinity sign.

 

 

The septet performed many of their recent releases including “Life Goes On,” “Butter,” “Dynamite,” “Stay” and “Fly To My Room”. The viewers also were treated to special performances of SUGA (Agust D)’s “Daechwita” and j-hope’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” with all seven members.

 

 

Apart from the multi-view system that enabled viewers to choose and watch from 6 different screens, the fanmeet added a sense of togetherness by incorporating interactive technologies such as ARMY IN ECHO and ARMY on Air. Instead of a live audience, the venue installed a big screen below the stage that showed ARMY all over the world enjoying the show. Pre-recordings of cheers by ARMY were also played alongside with the “Dis-ease,” “FIRE,” and “So What” stages.

 

 

BTS wrapped up the show with “Wishing on a star,” “You Never Walk Alone” and “Mikrokosmos.” The septet also took the time to say a few words to ARMY: "We had so much fun today. I can’t wait for that day when we can all breathe the same air in the same space. We hope the situation gets better as soon as possible so we can meet each other. Until that day, I hope you all stay strong.” They added, “The light shines brighter in the dark. Please remember that you and we look for each other, shining light upon one another.”

 

 

The band also announced the release of the single CD “Butter,” a gift that comes out on the day when the name ARMY was created, on July 9. The single CD will include “Butter,” which has stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third consecutive week, and a new track. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.

 

About BTS

 

BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene,” is a Grammy-nominated South Korean group that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally since its debut in June 2013. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. Gaining recognition for their authentic and self-produced music, top-notch performances, and the way they interact with their fans, BTS has established themselves as “21st century Pop Icons” breaking countless world records. While imparting a positive influence through activities such as the LOVE MYSELF campaign and the UN ‘Speak Yourself’ speech, the band has mobilized millions of fans across the world (named ARMY), topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart three times in 2020 alone, performed multiple sold-out stadium shows across the world, and been named TIME’s Entertainer of the Year 2020. BTS has been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the 63rd Grammy Awards and recognized with numerous prestigious awards like the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Celebrating 13 milestone years of Mr Kamal Haasan's Dasavatharam



Unsurpassable! A mile stone in Indian and Tamil Cinema! That is how synonymous this can get with Dasavatharam! How can someone even think of such a grand, glossy, brilliant, mind blowing screenplay at a time when film making wasn't developed enough to visualize its actual potential? But we do have a polymath who’s one of his kinds to do this and he did. The name is Kamal Haasan rightly called fondly by his fans as “Ulaga Nayagan “Celebrating 13 years of Dasavatharam here is an exclusive from his archive on the making.

A coveted file which makes more sense when released today than yesterday. When you make art for posterity do not expect sponsors to be in agreement .They are temporary and would think only for the moment. The greatest sponsors are artists themselves fortunately in history sponsors have also been connoisseurs for instance and hence it helped art. You cannot expect that from corporations in a hurry who work for a quarterly review. People with vision register in history. For instance the Mogul Emperor, the German Monarch, Ashoka ,Chola and many more down the line in history.

Thus spoke Kamal Haasan.

Dasavatharam -The Thought and Process:

Talking about embarking on this journey of making He begins by saying Dasavatharam was a script which was declined by many directors who said they didn't understand it, and quite unexpectedly Mr Ravikumar jumped at it. He immediately claimed it a winner on cards and was surprised that it was turned down and asked to make the film while on

a telephonic conversation with me at Eldams road. That's how the movie came into being!

Most of the time I work alone and like to take the opinion of seniors and well wishers while on a project. For Dasavatharam it wasn’t any different and thus I wanted to take Mr Mukta Srinivasan's opinion as he has string instincts and is a brilliant short story writer. In Nayakan, thanks to Mr Mukta, the Heroine's character was beautifully written as a young girl who prepares her exams while being an inmate in a brothel. He heard the Dasavatharam script and he said "Kamal you must watch over the film closely as its your idea and goes further and says foster it like your child. They will kill the child otherwise if you only decide to walk in and out of shoot". I took his advice and spent all my time on it.

Once I finished the logline with Mr Mukta Srinivasan, the director was still skeptical about the way the script was written. We had Mr Sujata, Mr Madhan, Mr Ramesh Arvind, Mr Crazy Mohan all sit with us for a narration and I answered all the questions they kept asking. It was a very important exercises as they are all are experts and have the expertise to analyze the script. My biggest support was from Mr Sujatha who said “you got it bang on man". The rest were new to the ideation, scale and budget .

The Beginning:

Any producer would have found it ridiculous that the director and I went to the US for 21 days to do make up tests for all the looks, but we did it. Mr Michael Westmore bent over backwards and did a stupendous job during the trial. Every day for 21 days was hard work and one time Mr Michael also pushed himself in helping me with wiring

me for a photo shoot held me too as I wanted to try a kick a certain way. Sometimes I did two different looks /make ups as we were building the makeup in layers and it was done in a lab. During the process Mr Ravikumar realized the full scope of the looks and immediately engaged a photographer for $250 a day to record each look.

Our producer was enthusiastic to immediately release all of the 10 looks in the media. However I had to stop him by telling him that people would not find a need to go to a cabaret or a strip tease if the advertising posters had images from the final climax and there is nothing further to entice them in! I knew we had something precious and convinced him to hold back and am grateful he understood then. I had taken to heart the advice of Mr Mukta Srinivasan to closely guard my baby and just kept doing that.

Towards the ends of the filming, during the tsunami sequence we realized we needed a crore more to achieve the visuals written by me for the climax. Now people nonchalantly talk about 20 to 30 crores , but back then it was huge . I offered to rewrite the script without the tsunami and end it with the train sequence, but the butterfly effect would have been lost. But I was willing to do it’s I had to have an alternative our producer You must remember here that I once made a film named Vikram which was then called 'oru kodi rubai kanavu', but within two decades it was about a crore more for just one sequence, but that's the evolution of cinema with technology. However, Mr Ravikumar had fully understood the script and fought tooth and nail to get the climax done as scripted originally and we spent the additional 1 crore. I gave Mr Ravichandran some of my rights to the film as I ALWAYS invest in my movies and we were partners in the film and he had seen my vision to fruition and we pulled off what was near impossible then.

That's how Dasavatharam was made and saw completion.

The Technicians :

Everyone was pushed to their limits during to achieve the project ; Ms Gauthami's contribution , art director Mr Sameer Chanda did the first 10 minutes of the film and left , Mr Thota Tharani picked up from there followed by Mr Prabhakar who did the airport sequences they all did a fabulous job . I remember that Mr Jeeva was supposed to be the cinematographer but couldn't take up the project. We had so many other good technicians who weren't able to come on board.The entire concept of the film was new and challenging, like just the first 10 minutes sequence in re creating a period cost 2.5 crores which was new to everyone. I am not being myopic to budgets, it is just that I am grateful to each and every technician who stood by me and made me achieve my vision. Be it art directors, stunt directors as some of the Stunt sequences were like never before, the CG team who we used to quarrel with over budgets as they wanted 2 million and we used to ask them to show us a khadi Gramodyog way of achieving the output and that's why due the lack of budgets some portions of CG might not look the way it is supposed to have looked. All of my technicians helped me complete the project through all the insults, quarrels, stressful environment etc and I am grateful to them and on the other hand, I would never forget or forgive those technicians who gave up and ran away like rats ditching the project. If you believe in something, it can always be achieved and example from way before is Aboorva Sagotharargal. It was not done by just a number crunching producer, but a visionary too. So also Pushpak, which had two visionaries and a businessman as producers helming it and hence it was done in a small tight budget and yielded great results.

The looks and the makeup :

Mr Westmore is a master of his craft and believes in least intervention with reality while creating a look and I consider him my Guru. He delves into the script completely and works on the looks. So much so he asked me why I had decided to name the samurai Shingen Narahachi and I had to explain to him how I am weaving in mythology and this character was an analogy to the Narasimma avatar and hence 'Shingen' like 'Narasinghar’It was amazing how he made my round eyes into beautiful Asian flat eyes to give me the perfect look for the character. Naidu was so simple yet went up a notch because of the accent. Mr Westmore's contribution to the film is equivalent to mine. Mr Westmore was the 11th Avatar of the film, without him the other 10 would not have been possible. The easiest to carry off was Naidu and the most debilitating was Krishna paati. For the latter he gave me a cataract eye and I couldn't see. I was like a tortured animal and wanted the scenes with the paati character to finish soon. It used to excruciatingly painful everytime there would be a delay due to technical issues.

Those apart now am going to talk about the actual “FIRST LOOK” of a few of the characters

I preferred this Bhuvaraghavan but the team were too surprised or probably they did not recognise me at all,but I have many friends who look like that too but this was denied for various reasons .Though it was a personal favourite of Mr Mike and me but we ended up having a more handsome looking Bhuvaraghavan .For me personally handsome

was never about that face but that is what cinema loves so we decided on a slightly more cosmetic look for Bhuvaraghavan.

The cliché look of what a scientist looks like in Tamil cinema was a bespectacled nerdy guy almost okayed a wig slapped on head that looked more like a scholarly cap than hair. Mike and I decided not to tamper with that and I felt that’s the only part where I play myself but for various other characters I had to shave my head based on schedule so unfortunately I landed up with a wig well done for the days I can see through it now but then it seemed convincing, so went with that. otherwise I would have settled for Govind who was balding which Mike would have pulled off like a wizard that he is.

Balram Naidu wigs took 2 redos and finally ended up taking 2months making us nervously teeter on the edge of breaking a schedule but it landed on time. My personal trainer who’s been with me for years did not recognise me as he stood beside Balram while the shot was being prepped. I wore the least prosthetic pieces for Naidu. Applause to the wig maker and Michael Westmore once again.

The director wasn’t happy with this version of Mr Bush because he was looking for a hero with every character I was also looking for villains as a writer and Bush was an international villain according to me.

Unforgettable moments:

Most unforgettable was the first sequence where in I had come up with a lot of the designs as the others didn't know how to visualise or present it but I already had lessons out of experience from Maruthanayagam and taking notes from on not over building anything unrealistically but keep it believable. For example the two guards standing on either sides of the elephant was designed by me. It was novel for us, but done in history where in the bodyguards would protect the king while on an elephant. It is basically two footboards on either sides and the elephant actually felt very comfortable with the footboards pressing into it. We wanted to make a masterpiece and we didn't look at money or fame, just our contribution to the art of cinema. We had various Stunt directors supporting us which can be seen in various styles portrayed through the film as Fletcher's stunts had to be different from the Samurai and tat from the first and all this within a shoe string budget.

The Music:

Lots of music directors found the script uninteresting and I was confused by their reactions. Worried by this, the producer said he will suggest names and suggest Mr Himesh Reshammiya and added on Ms Mallika Sherawat too as his suggestion. Mr Himesh did a wonderful job with the music when it was a time the press wasn't very supportive of him. He delivered surprises like Mukunda Mukunda and Kallai matum kandal which were big hits and wasn't like anything he did before. He allowed me to render the palandu palandu bit and added it as a overlap to his music. I was very embarrassed as I was conducting a group of singers here to record it and send it to him. We never worked together again, but he proved a point with his good work then. The BGM was by

Mr DSP who was a bundle of energy and fun to work with. Exemplary points were when Naidu realizes Srinivasulu is Telugu where it isn't subtlety but on the top humor. We had so much fun working together that we decided to carry on the collaboration with him, the director and myself on to Manmadhan Ambu.

We did not have good budgets for any of the artists/ technicians who came from overseas as with the conversion rates it was much lower to what they would get otherwise, but no one complained. Everyone worked with enthusiasm and enjoyed the process of being a part of a novel project.

But going back on the memories now, Dasavatharam was a master class for me on every technical aspect . There were many masters to teach and learn from and cinema was the ultimate master and very forgiving when we failed in some parts, definitely more forgiving than the audience who made it a hit. I can say I learnt democracy during the making of this film. The project would not have been possible with just me , or just Mr Ravikumar or Mr Ravichandran or just Mr Westmore. It is all of us together that made it happen.

Friday, June 11, 2021

#PrideMonth2021: Richa Chadha with LGBTQ+ community


 

Every year, the whole world celebrates the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that happened in June 1969 which became a significant milestone in the LGBTQIA+ movement. Pride month is dedicated solely to the community and is used to create awareness about the stigma about the non-binary gender spectrum. During this time, it’s all about teaching acceptance, dignity, equality, educating pride history, and most importantly, love. Joining the pride celebrations this year is Richa Chadha via her new social media initiative, The Kindry - which amplifies individual stories of hope and selflessness in these tough times.

 

 

 

For Pride month, Richa through her social initiative is doing a series of things. The page has featured stories like that of Kushal Roy - a young psychotherapist based out of Kolkata who runs a mental health and grief counseling helpline free of cost. Another feature celebrates a group of youngsters in Kashmir - Uzair, Junaid, and Khushi Mir, who are helping feed the trans community in Kashmir. A third story features the journey of Dr. Aqsa Shaikh, the first trans-woman to head a vaccination center in India, who is an inspiration to thousands as a medical professional, a philanthropist, and an artist. The insta handle also will be regularly doing live sessions this month with these everyday heroes, who inspire many simply by being themselves. Even, several budding musicians will be dedicating songs to the community through these interactions.

 

 

 

Richa tells us, “LGBTQ+ Pride month in India this year has gone virtual because of the global pandemic. On The Kindry, we’re very happy to celebrate the same by covering stories of heroes among the community who are helping one another out during these apocalyptic times. Their stories are not only moving but also filled with love and empathy. Last week, a queer college student from Delhi shared his coming-out story. My co-founder Krishan Jagota and I received several DMs from our followers talking about how they also felt braver to come out after watching our live session. Kindness is the need of the hour and during this time. We’re all in need of love and hope as will still struggling to cope with losses due to the pandemic. With the help of artists, we hope to bring some virtual cheer to the lives of our everyday heroes as well.”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER BRINGS “MAGIC” TO THE STAGE WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO

 


K-pop’s 4th generation ‘It’ boys TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI) have released the music video for their first English song, “Magic.”

 

 

The new music video depicts five boys on a mission to save the human race from a world overrun by machines. The members of TOMORROW X TOGETHER manage to rescue people by feeding pirated broadcasts and disrupting the machine network, but are eventually apprehended and penalized with the maximum sentence in court. As the story progresses, we discover that the five boys had already infiltrated the main server with a code of “emotion” unidentifiable by the digital population. The science fiction-esque music video ends on a festive and celebratory note with the destruction of the machines. Within this story, it is evident that human emotion is the true “magic” beyond all wonders imaginable.

 

 

“Magic” is a trendy Disco pop track and TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s first English song, released as part of the band’s second studio album, The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE. It is a bright and refreshing summer song that celebrates “your” magical power to melt the ice around me. The song features a truly dynamic performance including the song’s signature choreography ‘Magic Moves’ which uses hands to depict magic raining down from the sky.

 

 

Following the release of The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE, “Magic” became the  #1 Most Added on Mediabase Top 40 Add Board (June 1). TOMORROW X TOGETHER also made their performance debut of “Magic” for the first time on GMA on June 10, and will be making a reappearance on June 12 to perform their new title track, “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) feat. Seori.” The band is also set to perform “Magic” on The Late Late Show with James Corden on June 14 (CT).

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Saregama - Dream Mein Entry | Poster Unveil



Saregama’s upcoming single ‘Dream Mein Entry’ is the quintessential dance track that’s bound to get you into party mode.

 

 

 

Sung by Jyotica Tangri and Parry G, with music by ace music director Gourov Dasgupta, the video features Fukrey actress Priya Anand. The song is releasing on 11th June on Saregama Music Youtube channel and across all music streaming platforms.

#BeTheMiracle an initiative by Raashii Khanna aims at providing food to the worst affected by the pandemic


 

India is facing the worst health crisis of all time. With each passing day, the COVID-19 keeps bringing newer problems to the forefront. In this difficult time, we must come forward and help as much as possible. Actor Raashii Khanna has swung into action to help the poor families who are worst affected by the lockdown.

 

She has been actively working to help people in need during the ongoing crisis. Raashii's initiative #BeTheMiracle has taken up the initiative to distribute food to the needy. She has been working tirelessly during the covid times helping the ones who have lost their livelihoods. Raashii has not really concentrated on speaking aloud about it because she prefers to work in silence. However, after being pushed by her family and friends, she has decided to speak about it, to encourage like-minded and kind-hearted people to come forward and help those who need help in this pandemic.



With #BeTheMiracle Raashii is associating with organisations like Roti Bank and many other volunteers who are also helping animals that have been left out with no food or water especially during the lockdown and some old age homes. After working on the ground she has realised that the donations from family and friends are not enough. They were just a drop in the ocean. Her team has documented a video showing the ground reality, hoping to encourage people to come forward and help.

 

Talking about the initiative, Raashii Khanna shares, "The ground reality of people suffering through the pandemic is heartbreaking. #BeTheMiracle is my way of doing as much as I can for them. I am also blessed with a brave enough team to step out during the pandemic just to bring to you the reality of peoples’ suffering. It’s really bad out there for many families, and some of them are literally on the brink of starvation. I would really want people to open their hearts and donate because literally, every bit counts. It doesn’t have to be an exorbitant amount. We have to realise that we are all in this together and only together can we overcome these difficult times. And together we can be a miracle in someone’s life."

Amandeep Sidhu styles her own look for Zee TV’s Teri Meri Ikk Jindri



Ever since its first episode aired, Zee TV’s show - Teri Meri Ikk Jindri has been successful in entertaining the masses through its unique love story of two starkly different personalities - Mahi (Amandeep Sidhu) and Jogi (Adhvik Mahajan). Both the leads stars have been working hard to play their roles convincingly. While Amandeep has managed to portray Mahi’s nature accurately, she has also been focusing on building her character's style statement. In fact, she has been providing her personal inputs for her look time and again. After styling her second wedding look for the show partially, Amandeep decided to bring in a touch of elegance and chic for Mahi’s new look.

 

 

 

During the upcoming episodes of Teri Meri Ikk Jindri, Mahi will be seen entering the Mrs. Amritsar Contest and for a particular round, she will be seen gracefully walking the ramp while competing against her own sister. During the shoot, she wore an elegantly designed pure white, floral gown and the actress was extremely ecstatic to bring a fashionable twist to her appearance. Not only did she decide on her own makeup for the sequence, but she also gave her character a new hairdo.



Talking about shooting this sequence and styling her own look, Amandeep said, “During the Mrs. Amritsar Contest, Mahi has to compete in different rounds such as cooking, dancing and ramp walk. To be honest, I have never really walked the ramp before, so the whole experience was absolutely new and brought a fresh twist for my character. I also got into a different attire, and it was honestly a wonderful change because Mahi is usually seen in very simple and ethnic attires. But this time around, Mahi got a chance to wear a really pretty, white gown. It almost felt like I was attending a wedding in it because it had a completely different style and elegance. I also decided to style my hair into a bun rather than the usual straight and curly locks. I also did my own makeup and gave my own minimalistic yet elegant touch to the whole look. Everyone was really fascinated by the outcome, and this is one of Mahi's best looks according to me.”

 

She further added, “It was quite a lot of fun to get out of our daily comfort zone and try something new. I honestly find it quite enjoyable to do things which I have never done being Amandeep, be it cooking, dancing and several other things. The current track is really beautiful as Mahi will finally realize the love she has for Jogi, but will remain confused about her feelings. What happens next will surely keep the audience at the edge of their seats."

 

While Mahi puts on a glamorous look, will she win this competition against her own sister? Will Mahi be successful in all her endeavours? Or will there


BTS SUCCESSFULLY WRAPS UP 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO

21 st century Pop Icons BTS wrapped up their ‘BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO’ that amassed 1.33 million viewers from 195 countries/regions acro...