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Hariharan Exclusive Interview By Jyothi Venkatesh

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You have composed the breezy song Haule Haule for singer Sadhana Jejurikar. Why did you not also sing a duet with her for the album?

Yes. I have composed the lilting song Haule Haule for Sadhana Jejurikar’s single which is being brought out by T-Series. It is a breezy romantic number which highlights the mystic element in a romantic relationship. The reason I did not sing a duet with her is that I wanted her to hog all the attention that she gets for the song. I told her that I wanted her to establish herself with her album first and only then sing with other singers.

What made you say yes to her when the offer came to you to compose the song?

Though I am a singer by profession, I would say that music direction is my hobby. Sadhana Jejurikar has painstakingly written the biography of Ghulam Aliji after waiting for almost three years and is very passionate about singing. I saw her lagan for music. It isn’t the first time that I have composed the song for a female singer. I had composed Aabshaar E Ghazal way back in 1984 for Asha Bhosle Ji too.

You are known more as a singer than a music director. Why?

The reason today I am known more as a singer than a music director is because I have never believed in promoting myself as a music composer though I have composed for not only Aabshaar E Ghazal but also Leslie Lewis and come up with an album with him called Colonial Cousins, besides several films in Tamil. Though I have been active in the industry as a singer since (the) 80s, I have mostly composed songs only for myself.

Though you had given a break to music director A.R. Rahman when he entered the industry with “Roja” way back in 1992, you do not seem to sing for him these days. Why?

I didn’t give Rahman his break as a music director. It would be pretentious on my part to say that I had given a break to A.R. Rahman though I had sung his first song in “Roja.” His style keeps on changing from year to year and he keeps brisk pace by giving a break to new voices. Besides he is also into singing.

Go on!

I am practical enough to know that my sound belongs to the 90s and people will be automatically reminded of the songs of 90s as and when I sing today. Hindi films today do not need artists who belong to my age group as sound has changed to a great extent today and its timber is quite different. From the 90s till 2010, it was only me and hence a change is really needed. Also, singers from the earlier era are actually not needed at all today. It’s actually the law of nature or calls it mathematics.

Yet no one can deny that you are busy today too!

You bet. I am in fact more busy than what It was in the 90s because of the proliferation of the music reality shows today, which gives mass education. When I hear the kids today, I feel it is good that I have receded from the scene and glad that my time is over. However, I can never be a part of a musical reality show anymore today because I cannot be harsh on kids and admonish them when they sing a wrong note in front of me.

Your son Akshay Hariharan is today a music director in his right and that too on his own steam.

Yes. I am indeed proud that my son Akshay has branched on his own as a music director today without asking me to help him out. You should listen to the thumri based song that he has composed in Black Home to know his versatility as a music director. He has also composed an International pop album. I’d say that his clarity has sprung from me.

Though an Iyer, Akshay has also composed for the Marathi film Kokanasth for producer Mahesh Manjrekar.

Yes. Besides Black Home, his mellifluous compositions in Kokanasth have also been appreciated. Soon, Akshay and I will be collaborating on an EDM. It will be a Hindi fusion album

Your son Karan Hariharan has taken up acting.

Yes. My son Karan made his debut with the film ‘Missing on a Week-End’ which was released last year

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Panipat – Kriti Sanon’s Role Details Out

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Kriti Sanon is all set for her first venture into the period drama genre with the film Panipat.  The details of her role in Panipat were recently revealed.  Kriti Sanon will portray the role of Parvati Bai, who was the second wife of Sadashiv Rao.  In the movie, Parvati Bai is a physician, who falls in love with Sadashiv Rao, played by Arjun Kapoor.

 

While speaking about her role, Sanon said,  “My knowledge of history is terrible since I have never been fond of the subject. So for me, every word about the Battle of Panipat came from Ashu (Ashutosh) sir. Not too much is documented about Parvati Bai, so the character was built by Ashu sir in the way he visualised her. We had an amazing experience of finding the character. It’s a completely new world for me. Being a North Indian, it is a challenge to play a Marathi character, but Ashu Sir made it easy and very enjoyable.”

 

Sanon’s co star Arjun Kapoor made news for going bald and losing weight to prepare for his role as the Maratha warrior.  This will also be Kapoor’s first period film and will see Kapoor and Sanon sharing screen space for the first time.

 

Panipat is a historical film based on the third battle of Panipat.  Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles.  The movie is slated to release on December 6th 2019.

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According to an annual report released by YouGov, a UK based market research company, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone are the most admired Indian actor and actress in the world.

 

Big B, who was also a part of the World’s Most Admired list last year, fell down 3 ranks and is at the 12th spot in 2019.  Accompanying Big B are two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Salman Khan. SRK and Salman, who are both new entrants to the list, are ranked 16th and 18th respectively. 

 

Indian actresses shone in the Top 20 Most Admired Women’s list, with actresses Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan making the cut.  Deepika was ranked 13th and was followed by Priyanka Chopra in the 14th position. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was ranked 16th, 5 spots below her position last year. Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen was ranked 17th.

 

The list was released by YouGov, which gathered a panel of people from across 41 countries and took open ended nominations by asking the panelists “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”  Based on the list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations, YouGov then conducted a poll. The respondents were asked two questions—“Who do you truly admire?” and “Who do you MOST admire?” To answer the first question, the participants were allowed to make multiple selections.  For the second question, the participants could pick only one name. According to the data collected by the survey, a list of the top 20 most admired men and top 20 most admired women was made.

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The trailer of the much anticipated Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal is out now and it looks amazing.

 

The makers, after teasing the trailer launch for quite some time, finally launched it with much fanfare in Mumbai on July 18th.  The producer and lead of the movie, Akshay Kumar, took to Twitter to announce the launch of the trailer. “Yeh sirf ek kahaani nahi balki ek misaal hai us namumkin sapne ki jise mumkin kiya India ne #MissionMangalTrailer out now” his tweet read.

 

The 3 minute trailer begins with Akshay Kumar’s voice, “There is no science without experiment.”  The trailer introduces us to a group of scientists from different backgrounds and their determination to launch the Mars Orbiter Mission.

 

In an earlier tweet, Akshay revealed, the real reason behind him choosing to work on Mission Mangal is to familiarise his daughter with the incredible story of India’s mission to Mars. 

 

The tweet read “For several years, Hollywood made movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, Gravity etc. This inspired an entire generation of inventors, scientists and explorers. I have always wanted to be part of one such movie… A movie that inspires our future generations… One that celebrates imagination and curiosity. Mission Mangal is that film for me… A film that I hope will inspire as much as it will entertain. Based on the incredible true story of India’s mission to Mars, Mission Mangal is a film about ordinary people achieving the extraordinary… A story that proves that creativity, ideas and dreams have no limit… just like the sky! This Independence Day, the sky is not the limit”

 

Mission Mangal is loosely based on the story of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and their contribution to the Mars Orbiter Mission.  The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and H.G. Dattatreya as the leads. The film is directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by R. Balki, Akshay Kumar and Fox Star Studios.

 

Mission Mangal is all set to release on August 15th 2019 and will clash with the John Abraham starrer Batla House and the Prabhas starrer Saaho

 

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Akshay Kumar Donates To CM Relief Fund For Assam Floods

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Actor Akshay Kumar pledged Rs. 1 crore each to the Assam CM Relief Fund and Kaziranga National Park rescue operations as the State is experiencing heavy floods and torrential rain.

 

Assam is currently witnessing one of the biggest floods in the State in 15 years, with 17 people reported dead and over 45 lakh people affected.  With approximately 90 % of the Kaziranga National Park submerged in water, the wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park were also affected by the flood and were seen taking shelter in human inhabited areas. 

 

Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to announce his donation.  His tweet read, “Absolutely heartbreaking to know about the devastation by floods in Assam.All affected, humans or animals,deserve support in this hour of crisis.I’d like to donate 1cr each to the CM Relief Fund & for Kaziranga Park rescue.Appealing to all to contribute @CMOfficeAssam @kaziranga_

 

 

 

Akshay Kumar has always proved his deep care for the Nation by helping the Country whenever he can.  The 51 year old National Award winning actor urged others to contribute to the fund as well. People who wish to donate to the CM Relief Fund can use the mobile payment app Paytm for doing so.

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Kalki Koechlin All Set For Her Web Series Bhram

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Kalki Koechlin is known to play unconventional and out of the box roles and nailing every performance.  Kalki’s next project will be a web series named Bhram, in which the actress will be seen playing a novelist suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

 

Produced by ZEE5, 90 % of the series will be shot in Shimla and the makers are excited to have a talented actress like Kalki Koechlin on board.  The director of the series, Sangeeth Sivan, said “It is about the workings of the mind, and how it affects us. Kalki plays a writer in the series. It’s not a conventional role. There are many shades to her character. We needed someone who is versatile and who could slip into the part with ease. Kalki has been doing some great projects.” 

 

Kalki Koechlin’s last project was Zoya Akhtar’s and Reema Kagti’s web series Made In Heaven, for which the actress was praised a lot.  She will be seen next in Netflix India’s most talked about series Sacred Games 2 and fans are excited to see which role the talented actress will play in the series.

 

Bhram will also star Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Eijaz Khan and Omkar Kapoor, among others.  The web series is inspired from Hari Kumar K.’s book The Other Side Of Her and will consist of 8 episodes. 

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