Hrithik shares first ‘fan-moment’ with Big-B

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download (88)Hrithik shares first ‘fan-moment’ with Big-B New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Who says Bollywood biggies don’t get star-struck? Hrithik Roshan recently shared one.The 42-year-old actor took to his Twitter handle to share his ‘fan moment’ from the past with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.”Sweet!Who found this!my fan moment as a kid!i think der’s a little bit of Bachchan in every actor since. Agree?,” he wrote alongside.The picture sees the ‘Bang Bang’ actor as a kid sitting beside the very handsome ‘angry young man’ of Bollywood.Story did not end with just a picture, years later, on 2001, Hrithik got the opportunity to act with the 73-year-old actor in Karan Johar’s directorial venture ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.’Presently, the ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ actor, who is busy with his legal battle with Kangana Ranaut, is also working on Ashutosh Gowarikor’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ and will soon get on with Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Kaabil.’ (ANI) Hrithik shares first ‘fan-moment’ with Big-B

Meet the youngest Indian director to crack Cannes 2016

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download (87)Meet the youngest Indian director to crack Cannes 2016 New Delhi, Apr 25 (ANI): One of the youngest Indian filmmakers, Varun Chopra, is all geared up to make his debut with a documentary ‘God On A Leash’ at The Festival De Cannes 2016, which kicks off on May 11 and runs over 10 days.The 22-year-old Indian-born director’s 14 minute-long short film has been shot in the capital city, New Delhi. The story revolves around two ancestral art forms that survive in the modern world through their undying devotion to Hanuman- the Hindu deity who had a human body, but with the face and tail of an ape.One of these communities is the “Madari,” which was the ancient occupation of training monkeys to perform and entertain like humans. The other community is of the “Behrupiyas” or the ‘masters of disguise’. These people were traditional impressionists who trained young children to behave like apes.”Both of these communities of Madaris and Behrupiyas are similar to each other in terms of their poverty and the firm belief in the power of the Monkey God, Hanuman- a deity that symbolizes selfless devotion and strength,” Varun explained.’God On A Leash’ will show a parallel contrast between the life of a Madari and a Behrupiya. On one hand, it shows the life of a captured monkey family, who travel around to places with their master. They are mistreated and painfully trained in the art of amusing humans. While on the other hand, a young boy from the Behrupiya community dresses up and acts like a monkey for public performances.He further said, “Both groups convene to perform at the Hanuman temples. My documentary concentrates on the possibility of a role reversal between the animals as humans and vice versa. It makes the viewer wonder about who would triumph, or if either of them will triumph at all.” (ANI) Meet the youngest Indian director to crack Cannes 2016

Motwane to direct superhero film based on Stan Lee’s co-creation

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images (5)Motwane to direct superhero film based on Stan Lee’s co-creation Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane will be directing “Chakra The Invincible”, the first Indian superhero created by legendary comic-book writer Stan Lee along with Graphic co-founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan.Graphic India, a character entertainment company, and Lee’s POW! Entertainment, have announced a partnership with Phantom Films, to begin pre-production on a live-action theatrical film for “Chakra The Invincible”.”I’m a fan of Bollywood films and I am really excited about launching ‘Chakra the Invincible’ as my first Bollywood superhero movie. Vikramaditya is an amazingly talented filmmaker who I have no doubt can make the Chakra film a massive hit in India and around the world. I only hope he remembers to include my cameo!,” Lee, chief creative officer at POW! Entertainment, said in a statement.Motwane said that it’s an “honour and an absolute delight to be making a film based on a Stan Lee character”. “We’re very excited and we hope to take comic book filmmaking to the next level with Chakra. And no, we won’t forget Stan’s cameo.”Devarajan shared that Lee’s characters have generated $15 billion at the global box office, creating some of the most beloved icons in entertainment. “More people likely know the face of Spider-Man than they do the Mona Lisa. With Vikram Motwane, we have been fortunate to find both a groundbreaking director and a passionate comic book fan, who will be able to create something uniquely Indian, but also authentic to Stan’s pantheon of superhero storytelling,” added Devarajan.”Chakra The Invincible” was originally launched as a children’s animated film on Cartoon Network India two years ago, with three new animated TV movies currently in production to be released on Cartoon Network and Toonami later this year.–IANSuma/nn/vm Motwane to direct superhero film based on Stan Lee’s co-creation

Nobody understands ordinariness better than SRK: Aanand L. Rai

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download (86)Nobody understands ordinariness better than SRK: Aanand L. Rai New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) After giving a string of hit films like “Tanu Weds Manu” “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” and “Raanjhanaa”, filmmaker Aanand L. Rai is all set to work with superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his next film and says “nobody understands ordinariness better than him.Rai also shared that the “Chennai Express” star is an experienced human being and has “seen life not just as an actor but as a person”.”Yes (he is playing a dwarf)…We (me and Shah Rukh) have to start working. Right now we are scripting. But meeting that man makes you believe that nothing can beat experience. He is such an experienced human being. He has seen life not just as an actor but as a person,” Rai told IANS.”He is such a large hearted and intelligent man,” he added.The filmmaker also shared that the “Dilwale” star knows how to make a person “feel important”.”He has a great understanding of human beings…I am in love with that man.”Rai says he is “really looking forward to work with him”.This is not the first time the 50-year-old star will be playing a challenging role. Shah Rukh, tagged as the “King of romance” by his fans, has played such roles in films like “My Name Is Khan”, “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “Fan”.Asked how did he come up with a story of a dwarf, Rai said: “For me, it was a story of a man who is just three feet one inch tall. That is it and nothing beyond it.”What made him cast the “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” star as a dwarf in his yet untitled film?”Mr. Khan… for this is purely because nobody understands ordinariness better than him. I needed somebody who looked very confident and sure. The kind of person he is…he puts his heart and soul in a character,” said the co-producer of recently released film “Nil Battey Sannata”.Rai is “really looking forward to see him in that (dwarf) avtar (in the film)”.”I will definitely take away some slice of real SRK and plant it in that character,” he added.–IANSdc/nn/bg Nobody understands ordinariness better than SRK: Aanand L. Rai

‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ Singer Billy Paul Dead at Age 80

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download (85)‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ Singer Billy Paul Dead at Age 80 NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday.Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 80, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said.Known by his beard and large glasses, Paul was one of many singers who found success with the writing and producing team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, whose Philadelphia International Records also released music by the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and Lou Rawls.“Me and Mrs. Jones” was an extramarital confession and a characteristic Gamble and Huff production, setting Paul’s thick tenor against a lush and sensuous arrangement. Many fans best remember the moment when Paul’s otherwise subtle vocals jump as they reach the title words, stretching out “Me” and “And” into multiple syllables and repeating “Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones.” (Paul himself was married to the same woman for decades).Paul’s voice made him “one of the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide,” Gamble and Huff said in a statement late Sunday.“Our proudest moment with Billy was the recording of the salacious smash ‘Me and Mrs. Jones.’ In our view, it is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded,” they said.The song was one of the top singles of 1972 and brought Paul a Grammy the following year for best male rhythm ‘n blues performance, with runners-up including Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield. Paul remained identified with the song for the rest of his life.Paul continued to perform live until he fell ill and his manager said he had been lining up numerous appearances at the time of his death. Among his favorites in concert was a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” (Prince died last Thursday).He was born Paul Williams but later agreed to his manager’s suggestion that he change his name to Billy Paul to avoid confusion with songwriter Paul Williams and other musicians with the same name. A Philadelphia native, he sang much his life, performing with such jazz stars as Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington and being featured on a handful of singles while still in his teens.Paul was drafted into the military in his early 20s, and found himself on the same base in Germany with a couple of famous show business names, Elvis Presley and Gary Crosby, Bing Crosby’s son.“We said we’re going to start a band, so we didn’t have to do any hard work in the service,” he told bluesandsoul.com in 2015. “We tried to get Elvis to join but he wanted to be a jeep driver. So me and Gary Crosby, we started it and called ourselves the Jazz Blues Symphony Band.”By the mid-1960s, the Beatles had inspired him to incorporate more rhythm ‘n blues into his singing and he had found a new home for his recordings after meeting Gamble at a Philadelphia music shop. His early albums with Gamble and Huff, including “Ebony Woman” and “Going East,” sold modestly, before “Me and Mrs. Jones” briefly made him a superstar.Paul faced numerous obstacles following his biggest hit. Radio stations resisted his more socially conscious follow-up song, “Am I Black Enough for You” and the Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those who objected to the explicit “Let’s Make a Baby.”Years later, Paul sued Gamble and Huff and other industry officials over unpaid royalties and was awarded $500,000 by a Los Angeles jury in 2003.Paul is survived by his wife, Blanche Williams, with whom he had two children. Although he endured many difficult moments with Gamble and Huff, he would look back on those years as a lost golden age.“It was like a family full of music,” he told bluesandsoul.com. “It was like music round the clock, you know. And I reminisce and I still wish those days were here.”’Me and Mrs. Jones’ Singer Billy Paul Dead at Age 80

Now, savour ‘food by mood’ at HolyBelly

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images (3)Now, savour ‘food by mood’ at HolyBelly New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The advent of European fine dining in the capital has enabled foodies relish exotic cuisines without having to visit five-star hotels, but now, Holybelly, a unique “food boutique”, aims to cater to customers’ needs by providing bespoke menus, as per their “mood”.Started around a year ago by chefs Janeya Khanna and Rishi Bharadwaj in Shahpur Jat here, HolyBelly isn’t your average diner or eatery. It provides gourmet catering services for events and does chef’s table events.The “food moods” include options like champagne and canapés, summer sangrias, wine and cheese and aphrodisiac foods.The chefs laid out a tasting menu, which included exquisitely crafted dishes like mille-feuille of beets, goat’s cheese and apple jelly, lobster a’la plancha, rainbow beetroot risotto, vegan cheesecake, etc.As the names suggest, the menu, which was crafted by the chefs exclusively for the tasting session, highlighted HolyBelly’s inclination towards healthy eating. Although European in style, the dishes were highly improvised by the chefs to create a unique taste.Asked about what attracts their clientele and customers more, the chef duo informed that they get a lot of requests for big events, where they personalise the dishes for their patrons.”We also do the table set up. We did a huge event for the India Art Fair. We did a 43-cover artist dinner. We are basically personalising each and every seating for everyone,” Khanna told IANS.”Some like champagne and canope, wine and cheese. We have done a lot of aphoridisiac based menus, which are a hit at the bachelor parties,” Bhardwaj added.”We cook with all aphrodisiac elements, at least one-two for every meal. Wine and cheese is another good one. That’s usually with luxury brands, who have launch events,” the duo said.Asked about their future plans, Khanna said that they want to “stabilise” before embarking on expanding their brand.”We have different sections of clients, we do house parties. That’s one set of clientele. We work with luxury brands. We work with brands like H&M, Satya Pool, Jimmy Choo, etc,” Khanna added.About popular trends among their clients, the chef duo said that vegetarian parties are gaining ground.”Vegetarian parties are getting popular. We are doing a new summer vegetarian menu. After a year, we were thinking what to do; so we are in the process of launching breakfast and lunch events. We are also doing breakfast tasting sessions now,” Khanna said, while adding that they never do tasting sessions for house events, as they are done “mostly through word of mouth”.Khanna however clarified that since they have limited space, they need at least 24 hours to cook for their customers.”We are still very tiny. I get calls from people who ask whether they can come today, but that’s not possible. People have to give us at least 24 hours so that we can cook for them. People can book in advance,” she said.(The writer’s visit was at the invitation of HolyBelly. Ankit Sinha can be contacted at ankit.s@ians.in)–IANSank/nv/vm Now, savour ‘food by mood’ at HolyBelly

Mangeshkar family inspires Bhansali

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download (84)Mangeshkar family inspires Bhansali Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also a composer, has said the Mangeshkar family including melody queen Lata Mangeshkar inspires him.He was conferred with the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award on Sunday. At the award ceremony, Bhansali revealed that the Mangeshkar family is a huge inspiration.”My mother is much happier today as I am receiving this award. She knows how much the Mangeshkar family inspires me. Until today, I have not spent a single day without listening to Lata didi, Asha ji or Usha ji and Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s compositions,” Bhansali said at the awards ceremony here.”I have learnt about the timing, expressions and dynamics from Mangeshkar’s songs. Moreover, they made me realize to work in that way so it makes imprints in everybody’s heart forever,” added the “Bajirao Mastani” director.The Mangeshkar clan organises this award in honour of the Late Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar to recognise artists who have created great impact in their respective fields.Along with the director, actor Ranveer Singh and veteran actor Jeetendra were also honoured.–IANSiv/nn/bg Mangeshkar family inspires Bhansali

‘Prior commitments’ make Katrina skip Cannes

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download (83)‘Prior commitments’ make Katrina skip Cannes Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, who made her Cannes International Film Festival red carpet debut last year as the ambassador of cosmetic brand L’Oréal Paris, will be skipping the prestigious film gala this year due to “prior commitments”.Disappointed at having to give a miss to the film fest that acts as a “fabulous platform” for an artist, Katrina says it has been “an enormously busy year for me so far” that is keeping her on her toes, but she hopes to be part of the film gala next year.”Cannes is a fabulous platform for any artist to attend, and I really enjoyed the experience last year. While the brand invited me to attend Cannes again this year, I have had to regretfully decline the opportunity due to prior commitments,” Katrina said in a statement.The actress is busy with Anurag Basu’s upcoming comedy-drama “Jagga Jasoos”, also starring Ranbir Kapoor. She also has “Baar Baar Dekho” lined up.The actress added: “This has been an enormously busy year for me so far, and I am working on some amazing projects which are really keeping me on my toes. Nevertheless, although I will be giving Cannes a miss this year, I wish the lovely L’Oréal Paris ambassadors who will proudly represent India the very best and hope to attend next year.”Katrina was praised by one and all for her sartorial choices and confident stride on the red carpet last year.Raagjeet Garg, general manager, L’Oréal Paris India said they respect her “dedication to her work and are going to miss her magic at Cannes 2016″.”Katrina had a glorious debut at Cannes last year and was one of the most spoken about L’Oréal Paris ambassadors at the platform. Unfortunately she’s unable to attend the event this year due to some prior commitments. We absolutely respect her dedication to her work and are going to miss her magic at Cannes 2016,” Garg said.The Cannes International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from May 11-May 21, 2016.Indian stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will be representing the brand at the event this year. Both the actresses have always managed to dazzle their fans at the French Riviera and this year they will sport looks created using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Cannes Collection.–IANSsug/nn/dg ‘Prior commitments’ make Katrina skip Cannes

Prince was a one-man band and a friend to many others

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download (82)Prince was a one-man band and a friend to many others FILE- In this Feb. 8, 2004, file photo, Beyonce, right, and Prince perform during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. In an industry where collaborations with other artists and credits are negotiated as heavily as world treaties, Prince followed only one credo when it came to working with others: the love of the music. Prince died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home outside Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)NEW YORK (AP) — On his own, Prince was a revolutionary recording artist and one-man band.But the nearly-40 year career that ended with his death Thursday was hardly a private party. The other half of his musical legacy were his many collaborations and contributions, whether joining Stevie Wonder on stage in Paris for a spontaneous jam of “Superstition” or writing such future hits as “I Feel for You” and “Manic Monday” and giving them to other artists.In an industry where collaborations with other artists and credits are negotiated as heavily as world treaties, Prince followed only one credo when it came to working with others: the love of the music.”Oh yes, he loved helping other people,” said his friend and former fiancee Sheila E., “and helping people by saying, ‘Hey, here’s a song you might want to do or like, I think this fits you, or you know come into the studio and see if we can work together.’ “In recent years, he boosted singer-songwriters such as Judith Hill, Lianne La Havas, Esperanza Spalding and Liv Warfield, and recorded singers like Rita Ora. Kendrick Lamar was among the many who traveled to Paisley Park for his famous late-night jams.Among the countless tributes to Prince over the past few days were stories of his generosity and inspiration. On her Facebook page, Erykah Badu shared a litany of memories “That time Prince was your rhythm guitarist then sent you the picture. The time Prince was so gracious to come to your club in the hood of South Dallas and play for 4 hours into the night…The time you recorded ‘Today — the earth song’ at Paisley Park. All the times y’all shot pool and argued over religion.”Ken Ehrlich, the veteran producer of the Grammy Awards, told The Associated Press about luring Prince to the 2004 ceremony, where he would memorably team up with Beyonce on “Purple Rain” and “Baby, I’m a Star.””I had asked him on several occasions before. I had never had much success,” Ehrlich said. But as soon as he heard he would perform with Beyonce, Prince replied, “I’ll do it,” the producer said.Prince called him and asked that they meet at a rehearsal hall in Los Angeles.”In one day, he had laid out the entire medley” that he and Beyonce would perform, Ehrlich said.”He put his guitar down, and he looked at me (with) a ‘look what I did’ smile,” the producer recalled. “It was like a school kid showing off for the teacher.”Singer Kandace Springs told the Associated Press that she was contacted by Prince a couple of years ago through Twitter after he saw a YouTube video for her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” Skeptical at first that the encouraging notes really were from Prince, she was on a plane to his home in Paisley Park within days and was asked to close his 30th anniversary concert for “Purple Rain.” At the time, she said, she was being encouraged to take on an urban hip-hop sound, but she considered herself more of a jazz artist.”He spoke straight into me, ‘You need to be who you are, not be what some other people tell you,’ ” she recalled.Prince was so prolific a songwriter that demos or B-sides became hits for others, often by design. Cyndi Lauper and Mitch Ryder covered “When You Were Mine,” an aching love song originally on the flip side of Prince’s single “Controversy.” Prince wrote Sheila E.’s signature hit, “The Glamorous Life,” while an early song he worked on, “I Feel for You,” became a smash for Chaka Khan. “Nothing Compares 2 U” was Sinead O’Connor’s biggest hit. For the Bangles, he wrote one of their biggest hits, “Manic Monday,” under the pseudonym “Christopher.””(Prince) really liked our first album,” the Bangles’ Debbi Peterson told MTV UK in 1989. “He liked the song ‘Hero Takes a Fall’, which is a great compliment, because we liked his music. He contacted us, and said, ‘I’ve got a couple of songs for you. I’d like to know if you’re interested,’ and of course we were.”Sometimes, just a phone call was enough. In the early 1980s, Stevie Nicks was working on her solo album, “The Wild Heart.” The Fleetwood Mac singer had heard Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on her car radio and loved it so much she decided to write an answer song, “Stand Back,” which became a Top 5 hit in 1983. While in the studio, she came up with a crazy idea: Call Prince himself to help out.”I said, ‘Prince, this is Stevie Nicks, and I wrote a song to your song ‘Little Red Corvette,’ and we’re at Sunset Sound right now, and I was wondering — first of all, I wanted to tell you that I’m giving you 50 percent of (the royalties) it if it ever goes anywhere, but are you in town?'” Nicks told MTV.com in 2009. “If you are, how would you feel about coming down and playing on it?’ Never in a million years did I think this man would be like, ‘I’ll be right there.’ He was there in 20 minutes and he played (she mimes instrumental parts of the song on ‘Stand Back,’) and he was there an hour and a half, and then he left.”____Associated Press writers Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Jocelyn Noveck in New York and Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Prince was a one-man band and a friend to many others

PeeCee begins ‘Bay Watch’ shoot again

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download (81)PeeCee begins ‘Bay Watch’ shoot again New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who was recently listed in the Time’s 100 most influential list, is back in Savannah to shoot the second schedule of her Hollywood debut ‘Bay Watch.’The 33-year-old actress took to her Instagram account and posted a picture of herself wherein she is seen looking at the sea.Along with the snap, the ‘Quantico’ star wrote, “As the sea breeze kisses my hair..We have a conversation..the kind only we can have.. #BAYWATCH Victoria is back! #savannah.”Directed by Seth Gordon, the flick also stars Dwayne Johansson and Zac Efron in lead roles. (ANI) PeeCee begins ‘Bay Watch’ shoot again

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