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Film Review: Relief by Nila Madhab Panda

Winner of the Grand Prix de Montreal at the 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal Film (Fifem), “Relief” is a rather unusual children’s film, both for the central concept and the general style, which, after a fashion, functions as a parody of Hollywood movies and a rather pointy satire of the Indian ways.

“Relief” runs as part of the 9th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, that runs at 15 cinemas, across London, Birmingham and Manchester, from 21st June to 1st July, with 27 films, including features and short films, in competition. It is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. Buy your tickets via this website, at respective cinema box offices: http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/

The story takes place in one of Delhi’s oldest slums, where most people work separating garbage, and not a single house includes a toilet, forcing everyone there to defecate outside,
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Mirzya Movie Review

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya. After watching a stage performance of Mirza-Sahibhan 35 years ago, Mirzya was born. I had the privilege of watching this film a week in advance. I have avoided all publicity about this film as I didn’t want to go in with any expectations. This is difficult in a way as this is a Rakesh Omprakash Mehra directed film. He is back since the incredibly successful Bhaag Milka Bhaag. I have sat with my thoughts of this film for four days. Normally I don’t. Normally reviews as far as they go are fairly straight forward. This one isn’t. Why? Well there are so many different elements to it and you just need a little bit of time to make your mind up about it.

Let us start with the much talked about music. Shankar Ehsaan and Loy do something different here and it suits Mirzya.
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Harshvardhan Kapoor on Mirzya: “For a first film I couldn’t have asked for a more enriching experience”

Harshvardhan Kapoor is ready to hit the big screen and his first film is an epic one! Son of Anil Kapoor and brother to Sonam and Rhea, the young man certainly has acting in his blood and he now prepares to show off his talent in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya.

A timeless folktale about star-crossed lovers is uniquely told in two parallel worlds, one real, and one fantastical. Set in modern day Rajasthan, the musical is also played out in the mountains of Ladakh where the Punjabi folktale comes to life. The lovers grapple with forces that seek to keep them apart in both avatars but they discover that even a moment of true love is worth an entire lifetime.

In a wonderful conversation Harvarshdhan Kapoor talked with Stacey about preparing for this dual role, finding his characters and then bringing them both to life onscreen. Plus so much more!
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A Musical Conversation with Ehsaan: “Mirzya is a very, very special album” – Exclusive

A tale of love, Mirzya, which hits theaters Friday, explores the tragic folktale of Mirza and Sahiban both in the world of folklore and in modern Rajasthan in 2016. The story, presented in a very unique way, weaves in and out of the love of Mirza-Sahiban of the folk tale and the characters of today. This ageless epic is directed by the BAFTA Awards nominee & 3-time National Award recipient Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and is brought to life in the words of famed poet and lyricist Dadasaheb Phalke recipient and Oscar winner – Gulzar. Introducing Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary and Anjali Patil, this untold love story of estranged soul mates also stars Om Puri, Art Malik, and K. K. Raina.

In our recent interview, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra revealed, among many other things, that this film is a musical. To create the music for his story of Mirzya,
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In Conversation with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his tale of Mirzya

From the heartbreaking but brilliant Rang De Basanti, to the wonderful Delhi 6, to the inspiring Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has brought Indian cinema some of its greatest films.

With his film Mirzya, he has now turned his focus on the Punjabi folk tale Mirza-Sahiban, but presenting it in a unique way. Interweaving the legendary folklore with a contemporary version, this musical brings out the story of a love that will never die. Joining him in transforming this story is the esteemed writer and poet Gulzar. Adding to the worlds of Mirzya is music by the great Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.

Mirzya introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary. Also bringing the story to life are the screen masters, Om Puri, Art Malik, and K. K. Raina.

Some of my absolute favorite interviews to conduct are with directors because they just love talking about their movies.
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Mirzya: Dare To Love’s Stunning New Trailer

From the first look, to the intriguing teaser and trailer, to the incredible music, Mirzya has defintely been a film that we have been eagerly waiting to see. And now we have a brand new trailer that is absolutely stunning and makes us excited to see the story play out on October 7th!

Mirzya is a film inspired by the legendary ‘Mirza Sahiban’, a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. Accompanied by heightened drama and action packed sequences, the film plays out in two parallel worlds – the legendry folklore and modern day in Rajasthan, India. As the lovers grapple with forces that seek to keep them apart in both avatars, they discover that a moment of true love together is worth sacrificing lifetimes apart.

The film introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary, all of whom make a dramatic entry into the world of cinema in this untold love story of estranged soulmates.
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Rock On 2 Music Review

I have been a fan of Magik since I heard the first notes of ‘Rock On!!’ hit my speakers! I loved the songs and loved the movie even more when Rock On!! hit theaters in 2008. Now Magik is back in the sequel Rock On!!2 and I couldn’t be more excited.

Once again Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli are back taking center stage and this time Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora have joined the band. Now we have only seen a very intriguing teaser but we do know that we can’t wait to watch the film when it hits the stage on November 11th!

Bringing the rock music back again are the ever cool and fabulous Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. For vocals, Farhan Akhtar is back singing lead and what is cool is that Shraddha Kapoor also takes the mike. So does Magik still rock? Read on to find out!
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Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher get passionate In Mirzya’s Chakora song

In this tribute to the love between soul mates, this passionate love song of the decade from Mirzya will transform you to a beautiful world of unbridled passion and ecstasy very aesthetically. It creates a lasting imagery of two people completely in love oblivious to the turmoil around their relationship.

A pleasant blend of folk tunes and electronic music, Chakora briefly documents Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher‘s tale of love and passion. Mirzya is based on the folk legend of Mirza-Sahiban and Chakora rightfully adds drama to the flavour of the historic saga.

Composed by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, the song is written by renowned lyricist Gulzar. Singers Mame Khan, Shuchismita Das and Akhtar Chinnal have sung the unconventionally catchy track.

Releasing on 7th October worldwide, celebrated Indian filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Mirzya, will also be receiving its European Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film
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Mirzya Music Review

By Stacey Yount and Aashi Gahlot

According to director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, his upcoming epic Mirzya is three films in one. It is the modern retelling of the Punjabi folk tale Mirza-Sahiban, as well as a classic and unique presentation of the traditional story and one more element that brings it all together that we will find out when the film hits theaters on October 7th. The film introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary, all of who make their debut into the world of cinema in this untold love story of estranged soul mates. Also part of the epic story of love are the brilliant Om Puri, Art Malik, K. K. Raina as well as Anjali Patil.

The story is brought to life in the words of esteemed poet and lyricist Gulzar. For the musical story of the film, Mehra once again worked with the incredible trio of Shankar Mahadevan,
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Mirzya’s Grand Music Launch in Mumbai

The music launch of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s, Mirzya turned out to be one of the biggest events of the year with Bollywood’s who’s who attending the event.

Marking their Bollywood screen debut in this compelling love story, the leading stars of the film, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher were glowing at the grand music launch for the film in Mumbai.

Illustrious actor, Anil Kapoor, shown excitement at the launch of his son, Harshvardhan in the industry, as was the rest of the actor’s family. GrandmotherNirmal Kapoor, sisters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor, uncles Boney Kapoor with Sridevi and Sanjay Kapoor with wife Maheep Sandhu all came out for the launch in full force.

In addition to the Kapoor clan, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, writer Gulzar, singer Daler Mehndi and music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was also present at Mirzya’s music launch.

Veteran lyricist Gulzar recited a few poems,
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Anil Kapoor gets emotional during the music launch of Mirzya

Anil Kapoor gets emotional during the music launch of Mirzya
While the world is talking about his son's debut Mirzya, an adaptation of the Mirza-Sahiban folklore, Anil Kapoor couldn't control his emotions during the music launch of the film that was held recently. The music launch which was held in Mumbai saw the Kapoor family in attendance with the father-daughter, Anil and Rhea cheering for the youngest member of their family, Harsh's debut. During the launch, when Anil Kapoor was invited on stage to speak a few words about his son Harsh, the veteran star was overwhelmed with emotions. Stating that his life has come a full circle, Anil said, "My father came a few decades back to this film industry and he saw success and a few disappointments but that gave him strength. I want to thank my father, my mother and both my brothers. "Further adding that he doesn't want to make it an event about him, the
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Anil Kapoor gets emotional during the music launch of Mirzya

Anil Kapoor gets emotional during the music launch of Mirzya
<img class="size-full wp-image-655203 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1094547381.jpg" alt="1094547381" width="500" height="277" /> While the world is talking about his son's debut <i>Mirzya</i>, an adaptation of the Mirza-Sahiban folklore, Anil Kapoor couldn't control his emotions during the music launch of the film that was held recently. The music launch which was held in Mumbai saw the Kapoor family in attendance with the father-daughter, Anil and Rhea cheering for the youngest member of their family, Harsh's debut. During the launch, when Anil Kapoor was invited on stage to speak a few words about his son Harsh, the veteran star was overwhelmed with emotions. Stating that his life has come a full circle, Anil said, "My father came a few decades back to this film industry and he saw success and a few disappointments but that gave him strength. I want to thank my father, my mother and both my brothers. "Further adding that he doesn't want to make it an event about him, the
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Baloch Pakistani sufi singers for Rakeysh Mehras Mirzya

Baloch Pakistani sufi singers for Rakeysh Mehras Mirzya
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mirzya is a full-blown musical with composer Shankar Mahadevan along with his partners Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa, pulling out all stops to make the legendary love tale of Mirza and Sahibaan as epic in proportion as possible. The title song alone involved the blended talents of Sufi singers from India, Pakistan and Balochistan. While Daler Mehndi and the upcoming young Sufi singers The Nooran sisters, Jyoti and Sultan from Jalandhar comprise the Indian contingent of singers for the title track, from Pakistan came the legendary Sufi singer Sain Zahoor who sings predominantly at religious shrines. That isn't all. The internationally celebrated Balochi folk singer Akhtar Chanal Zahri also flew in to pitch in for the title song giving a kind of epic heft to Gulzar's lyrics. Quite a full house, one must say. Says Shankar Mahadevan, "Sain Zahoor is an interesting character! His look itself is so amazing.
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Bajirao Mastani, Tamasha and Roy lead the nominations in the film category at 6th Gionee Colors GiMA Awards

India’s biggest celebration of music, The Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) has unveiled its most illustrious nominee list for the year. Only the most outstanding in the industry have the honor of receiving a GiMAnomination, with only the finest getting a chance to walk awaywith the most coveted music award in India- the GiMA award.

For the film category, Bajirao Mastani bagged the maximum nominations by receiving a nod in nine categories. Following closely with seven nominations is the super hit movie Tamasha and Roy with six.

Global music icon A.R. Rahman has been nominated for his incredible work as music director in Tamasha and Arijit Singh features prominently on the list for his playback singing.

Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International said, “Every year with the Gionee Colors GiMA Awards, we aspire to bring forth newer talent and recognize true achievements in the music industry. This year we have
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Reflections 2015: Best Songs of the Year

2015 proved to be a relatively good year for Bollywood music. We had a diverse range of albums from the fun and happy soundtrack of Bajrangi Bhaijaan to the ultra traditional Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. This has naturally made it difficult for us to keep our list of songs to just 25, hence we have a bumper list of 50 songs for you! Check out our list below and don’t forget to tell us which songs are your favourite from last year!

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)

Singer: Palak Mucchal

Composer: Himesh Reshammiya

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3_OsiHWn4Y

Jalte Diye – (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)

Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Vineet Singh, Anweshaa, Shabab Sabri

Composer: Himesh Reshammiya

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZGNA7IT4PA

Deewani Mastani – (Bajirao Mastani)

Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

Composer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRtPUIumXcY

Teri Meri Kahani – (Gabbar Is Back)

Singers: Arijit Singh,
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Reflections 2015: Top 10 Best Albums of 2015

Bollywood had an interesting year of music, whether it was A.R.Rahman delivering a cohesive soundtrack in Tamasha or Amit Trivedi conjuring up the jazz and swing sounds of Bombay’s jazz age in Bombay Velvet. There was also less pressure on one music director to deliver when multiple artists contributed to the film’s hits like Roy’s ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ by Meet Bros, and ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai’ by Amaal Mallik. 2015 was definitely a year for experimentation for music directors, which we completely appreciated including the retro albums like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with the title track capturing the nation on Dubsmash. Read on for our picks of the year, and let us know what your faves were.

1. Bombay Velvet – Irrespective of what you thought of Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus of Bombay’s murky past filled with gangsters, business tycoons, torch singers, and hitmen, you can’t dispute
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I will be back very soon - Shankar Mahadevan

I will be back very soon - Shankar Mahadevan
Singer-songwriter and now an actor of surprising skills (he has just received unanimous praise for his performance in the Marathi period drama Katyar Kaljat Ghusali) Shankar Mahadevan suffered a health setback last week. Now on the way to recovery after a heart attack, Shankar says he is feeling better than ever before. "It was somewhat scary. But I am pretty rocking now. It's all thanks to all the love and good wishes that I received while I was unwell," says the maverick composer currently working on the large music score of director Shujaat Saudagar's Rock On 2. The work has been postponed because of Shankar's indisposition. "But I'll be back soon. I am now back at home from hospital, chilling and creating music in my head. Soon those tunes will find their way out," says Shankar whose partnership with Ehsaan and Loy has yielded some of the most ear-friendly
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Ehsaan Noorani talks with us exclusively about the new TV show ‘The Stage’ and all things Music!

Ehsaan Noorani, along with Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa, affectionately called Sel, has created some of the greatest songs in the Hindi film musical canon. Think of one of your favorite films soundtracks or a song that is always on your playlist, and we can bet that one of them was done by Sel. Not only does Ehsaan work on Hindi film music, what you may or may not know is that when he is not in the studio composing, he is also an incredible guitar player whose first love is the Blues.

Now Ehsaan is putting on a new hat, that of judge, for a groundbreaking new reality show titled ‘The Stage’. Premiering on Saturday, October 10th at 9pm on Colors Infinity, the show, which also has Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra and Devraj Sayal joining Ehsaan on the judging panel, will find the best from among 20 talented artists, and
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Colors Infinity sets ‘The Stage’ for first of its kind English Music Reality Show in India!

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Promises made are meant to be kept, that’s what we run with at Colors Infinity. This October, true to our word, Colors Infinity, takes your TV screen to an all new horizon with the first ever home grown English language singing show – The Stage, premiering on Saturday, October 10th, 9 Pm. Hosted by the beautiful Shibani Dandekar, the groundbreaking new show has roped in four highly dynamic and eclectic music maestros as judges, who will thresh out the best from among 20 talented artists, and hand over the opportunity of a lifetime – a record deal with Universal Music, a 10 city tour along with a mentorship program to give the winner’s career that extra push. Our fantastic four, each brings a unique quality to the table.

– A veteran in judging music reality shows, Singer and Music Director, Vishal Dadlani, is the seasoned and experienced mentor and judge.

– Judging a reality show
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Video: Ove Janiya song is simply the best romantic track from Katti Batti

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One more new romantic song from Katti Batti is out and it is surely the best song in the album. Ove Janiya, the new track from Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan starrer film, puts you in a romantic and quite melancholic mood.

In the video, a stony-faced Payal (played by Kangana Ranaut) rejects a desolate Madhav Kabra (played by Imran Khan), punctuated by brief flashbacks to happier times.

Mohan Kannan’s, the Chaandaniya from 2 States and Yaariyan from Cocktail fame singer, voice is magical is heart wrenching. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy’s composition is outstanding while Kumaar’s lyrics are poignant and beautiful.

Directed by Nikhil Advani and produced by Emmay Entertainment Production, the film releases on September 18.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX2D2x_WqJQ

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