BollySpice Team – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Highlights from the London press conference of FAN with Shah Rukh Khan http://bollyspice.com/highlights-london-press-conference-fan-shah-rukh-khan/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:58:10 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=122019 By Aashi Gahlot and Rima Bhatia “Don’t try to be me. Be yourself” – SRK It is finally almost time to see the King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan in a double role. The upcoming Fan is the story of Gaurav (SRK) becoming dangerously obsessed with his all time hero film star Aryan Khanna (SRK). Is this film highlighting the dangers of idolising film stars? Is it a film star’s perspective on calling out for privacy? Or is this film a study into the human psyche? We will soon find out on April the 15th, 2016. Meanwhile, we at BollySpice had

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By Aashi Gahlot and Rima Bhatia
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“Don’t try to be me. Be yourself” – SRK

It is finally almost time to see the King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan in a double role.

The upcoming Fan is the story of Gaurav (SRK) becoming dangerously obsessed with his all time hero film star Aryan Khanna (SRK). Is this film highlighting the dangers of idolising film stars? Is it a film star’s perspective on calling out for privacy? Or is this film a study into the human psyche? We will soon find out on April the 15th, 2016.

Meanwhile, we at BollySpice had the chance to join in the #UKFanTakeover and attend a press conference with both Gaurav and SRK. Mind you, Gaurav was in wax figure form and our superstar SRK was kept safe! Madame Tussauds in London have transformed the wax figure of SRK into the much anticipated stalker, Gaurav.

We bring you the highlights of the press conference in which a number of questions were addressed by host Ameet Channa and the various journalists present.

Ameet Channa: How did it feel playing opposite yourself, as it were?

SRK: I’ve always found it odd to come and stand next to my own statue… The first time I saw, I was a little awkward facing myself…to do a whole film like that with a person who kinda looks like you- this statue looks exactly like me- but Gaurav in the movie is a look alike. He doesn’t exactly look like me. It was quite surreal.

Inshallah, when everyone watches the film it’s actually very schizophrenic because you know, I have a look-alike trying to be like the actor in the film. I watched the film about 5 days back and I don’t seem to recognise him or relate to that character at all. In the film, Aditya Chopra, Maneesh Sharma, they first took me as Shah Sir and refers to him as Gaurav. Even on the sets they would be like Gaurav ko yaha le aao. Gaurav ka scene hai. And then when I was doing – Shah Sir! Your scene is here!

So it is very strange, dichotomous and weird… Two face.

AC: Whom are you a fan of?

SRK: Mr. Bachchan of course, because my time 80’s. When I was watching films it was full of Mr. Bachchan. So, I’m a big, big lover of his work, himself. Dharmendra, Mr. Rishi Kapoor and Saira Bhano, Mumtaz. And initially when I joined, young ladies who were working like Madhuri, Juhi – I was BIG FAN of them. I used to watch their films and really love them. So, it still is as a matter of fact, Madhuri actually, I’m still kinda fan like.

AC: Any Gaurav-isms within you apart from being a fan of someone? Are you slightly obsessive at all?

SRK: No. I think only about my kids. I think I need to control that. But otherwise no…From the age of 15-25 when we have the luxury of being a fan, or selflessly, or unconditionally loving someone, cutting their pictures out, sticking posters- I had to kinda start fending for myself. I had to do a job, start working, finish my studies and you know. So, when between 15-25 is the best time to be a fan, I was working. Didn’t have the luxury of being a fan. At 25 I became a star. Before I became a fan, I became a star.

AC: Last time we met for Dilwale you also released a quote saying that the stuff that you were supposed to between 15 and 25 you are starting to do now and enjoy yourself more.

SRK: Yes…I would love to now have the luxury of being in love, falling in love unconditionally with someone whom I may never meet. Or keep a picture of in my diaries!

AC: That would be fabulous! Well, I can tell you that you have a fan in my 4-and-a-half year old daughter. She went to school yesterday and said, “Dada is going to spend the day with Shah Rukh Khan!”

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Aashi Gahlot, BollySpice: What are you personally taking away from this film?

Just one thing: How not to be Shah Rukh Khan.

You know it is difficult. I’ll be honest. I’m very upfront in front of people because I want people to understand as much as they can when they meet me to know that there are parts of an actor that I need to talk about and expose so that youngsters understand. It’s difficult not being yourself after being liked for being yourself for so many years…I’m a stylised actor. I can drop all that for certain films such as Chak De or My Name is Khan.

The films that we do are films geared towards a large number of people. So you do play yourself a lot. And I know how to do that and how not to do that. But this film – and I hope people kind of appreciate the effort – and not because I’m saying make it a big hit or something. But it really gave me confidence to try and be not myself. And it’s difficult. It’s really difficult you know… 25 years day in and day out – the arm moves. Like it’s not a joke that people love the fact that I put my arms up. I’m not saying I don’t need to put it in a film.

But somewhere I learnt and got confident a lot more in this film than the ones I did previously how not to be myself and still be able to get lots of people be attracted to that character. So it’s not how to deeper play a character but how to be Shah Rukh Khan. I think that’s – especially with Gaurav.

Even with Aryan Khanna, because he is a movie star. I’ve not played him hopefully like I am in personal life. It’s very different from me…(he’s) less flamboyant, perhaps a little bit more worried about life than I am. So it’s very interesting that I’ve been able to do these things…

LOVEENA Tandon, AAJ TAK: In your family, who is your biggest Fan? And do you sometimes, like us, feel challenged dealing with your kids when they are growing up? In your life have you met anyone as obsessed as the fan in your film?

Now I think I know the first part easily… I think because of my silliness, antics and perhaps being of a personality which is a little more outgoing than Suhana who is very shy, Aryan…very alpha male – I think AbRam is the most attracted to me in the house. I think he asks for me more often than anyone else in the house and they think I have trained him- or maybe I have- but I can ask him “who do you love more?” And he always says papa. So I think he is kinda fan like.

The second part you asked is … do I have issues? I find teenagers so lazy and grumpy! I don’t know. They were okay about three or four years back. Now they are only just lying down and making faces in the telephone- and it’s the same face! (Makes a pouty face). And you ask them something and “YAAAA” …” “NOOOOO!” The nos are the same and yeses are the same. The strange tone – “NOOOOO!” “YEESSSSS!”…

Obsessiveness. Have I met someone like Gaurav?… No, nobody really obsessive.

I’m saying this because I have a lot of lady fans so they are really gentle and nice. So I have never had anyone aggressive. Of course, sometimes walking in a public place or twitter you have people abusing or behaving badly. But I just think they are ill mannered. They aren’t really obsessive or fan-like dangerous.

Mumtaz, Asiana: When I heard about this film, I confess, I thought it sounded very much like a vanity project. A bit self-indulgent to do a film about yourself… What do you think of that? Is this a vanity project?…

SRK: …When we released the Jabra song there was a gentleman sitting in the press – he was a senior journalist.

He had a very strange question about the whole film and that’s when I realised people might mistake it for a completely narcissistic, self indulgent, self obsessed movie star at the age of 50 going “I’m gonna start making films about my fan. And I’m the star. And I’m EVERYTHING. And ME, ME, ME! And nobody else!

He asked Maneesh, “What’s the story of this film?”
So Maneesh said “I’m really sorry. I can’t at this point dive in the full story.”
“Well how can you hold our interest?”
He said “because I will tell the story of…”
“But we know everything about Shah Rukh…”
“Ya but it’s not about…”
“It is like a documentary na?”

It’s not a narcissistic, self indulgent film.

I think the core of the film is, and the most interesting part of the film is, one part it is necessary even if I say so- I’m not talking about myself- you needed an actor who needed a body of a 25-30 years. It can be made with Mr Bachchan. It can be made with Salman. It can be made with Aamir or Akshay Kumar. And lots of others. The reason being, you don’t have time to set up a movie star. People should feel that there is a movie star on the scene. And then a look-a-like. Who wants to not be a movie star. Just wants to meet him.

So I think it was an interesting take that there are people who you know, have tried to look like the people they admire, you know, their hairstyle. I used to do it. I used to try and look like Amit ji. So, it’s not a vanity…for me.

As a matter of fact, the biggest worry – I don’t have a worry now- the film is done, you can’t help it. I think one of the things Abhi, myself and Maneesh had felt, there might be a completely wrong understanding of what I may be in real life… when this young girl asks me about “5 minutes”.

I’ve had a lot of people say- “are you like that in real life? You don’t give 5 minutes to a fan of yours?”
I’m like – “No! It’s just a story. It’s not me.”

Neha, Lycra Radio: How important was it for you to make FAN? Is there a message you want to give to your fans with this film?

SRK: There’s a part of it I can talk about. But essentially when we make a film it is just to tell a story… Movies should just entertain you. And emotionally enrich you. Make you happy, sad. Make you think about it. But having said that, the experience of what Gaurav does in the film, as the film progresses and the story unfolds- couple of things I can tell to people if they really like someone. One: DON’T PHYSICALLY HURT YOURSELF OR THE OTHER. Second: It’s really nice – there’s a line in the film which the actor tells – you know even I am very regular…we are very regular people. We come from regular backgrounds. And things went a different way for me and I became a movie star.

Don’t try to be me.
Be yourself.

You can love me as much as you want. Perhaps take a few moments of my life to inspire yourself if need be But what would be wonderful is that you’re such a good guy, you’re so intelligent. And we have the same background. You will probably achieve a lot more in life by being yourself instead of trying to be a shadow of someone. And please, I am not being patronising… Just be realising that there is no one more important than yourself.

Even if you’re a mad fan of someone, that person is really lovely and beautiful, but not more important- look after yourself first before just completely dedicating your life to anyone.

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Hrithik lends his support to the “Stamp out stigma” campaign http://bollyspice.com/hrithik-lends-support-stamp-stigma-campaign/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:15:12 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=121614 The overwhelming stigma attached to issues of mental health only ensures that there is little awareness and education about the subject. People who suffer from mental illnesses often find themselves at a loss, with little idea of who to turn to or how to receive help and treatment. Mpower, an initiative by the mother-daughter duo of Neerja Birla and Ananya Birla, along with psychiatrist Dr. Zirak Marker, aims to remove this particular stigma from society. The ‘Stamp Out Stigma’ campaign urges for a society where patients are allowed to reclaim their loves and happiness without any shame or dishonor. And

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The overwhelming stigma attached to issues of mental health only ensures that there is little awareness and education about the subject. People who suffer from mental illnesses often find themselves at a loss, with little idea of who to turn to or how to receive help and treatment. Mpower, an initiative by the mother-daughter duo of Neerja Birla and Ananya Birla, along with psychiatrist Dr. Zirak Marker, aims to remove this particular stigma from society. The ‘Stamp Out Stigma’ campaign urges for a society where patients are allowed to reclaim their loves and happiness without any shame or dishonor.

And now with actor Hrithik Roshan associating himself with the project, the initiative has received a welcome push in terms of support and visibility. Hrithik has not only publicly tweeted about the campaign but also shot for a small video in February with director Vicky Bahri. The campaign is slated to release soon. Though the actor was nuturing an injured ankle, he looked quiet excited to lend his support to the campaign.

Emphasizing the purpose, Neerja Birla says, “My resolve and endeavor is to create a movement towards empowering individuals with mental health concerns in the most holistic way possible. We need to ensure that all such individuals and their families have the right to professional therapeutic interventions. Everyone has the right to a dignified and fulfilling life.”

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Hrithik Roshan completes shooting for Mohenjo Daro http://bollyspice.com/hrithik-roshan-completes-shooting-mohenjo-daro/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:12:16 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=121608 Director Ashutosh Gowariker, who began to film Mohenjo Daro last year in Bhuj has now completed the shooting of the movie yesterday. The movie’s lead actor – Hrithik Roshan, took to his instagram account to share this information with his fans. Wrapped up the last schedule of #MOHENJODARO #Itsabigfilm #Historyinthemaking #12august A photo posted by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) on Apr 4, 2016 at 9:06pm PDT The movie’s post production work has already commenced. Recently, Hrithik also shot with ace photographer Avinash Gowariker for the movie. Mohenjo Daro is a period romance starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hedge in lead roles.

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Director Ashutosh Gowariker, who began to film Mohenjo Daro last year in Bhuj has now completed the shooting of the movie yesterday.

The movie’s lead actor – Hrithik Roshan, took to his instagram account to share this information with his fans.

Wrapped up the last schedule of #MOHENJODARO #Itsabigfilm #Historyinthemaking #12august

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The movie’s post production work has already commenced. Recently, Hrithik also shot with ace photographer Avinash Gowariker for the movie.

Mohenjo Daro is a period romance starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hedge in lead roles. The movie also stars Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh, Kishori Shahane, Diganta Hazarika, Shaji Choudhary, Manish Chaudhari and Nitish Bharadwaj.

Mohenjo Daro is all set to release on August 12th, 2016.

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Lyricists Siddharth-Garima on Russian pair figure skating to ‘Nagada Sang Dhol’: “Just like them, we are twirling and skating on joy” http://bollyspice.com/lyricists-siddharth-garima-on-russian-pair-figure-skating-to-nagada-sang-dhol-just-like-them-we-are-twirling-and-skating-on-joy-exclusive/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:12:03 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=119516 By Chandni Brunamonti and Stacey Yount Russian Olympic pair figure skating champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov wowed audiences at the recent 2016 European Figure Skating Championships in Slovakia with their gorgeous short program performance to Bollywood number ‘Nagada Sang Dhol’ from the 2013 film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. The pair was dressed in Indian-inspired attire and clearly infused Bollywood influence into their choreography. The best part? This routine helped the couple win the championship! It is their fourth gold medal at this particular competition! Not only were the judges wowed by the fantastic performance, the lyricists of ‘Nagada Sang

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By Chandni Brunamonti and Stacey Yount

Russian Olympic pair figure skating champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov wowed audiences at the recent 2016 European Figure Skating Championships in Slovakia with their gorgeous short program performance to Bollywood number ‘Nagada Sang Dhol’ from the 2013 film Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

The pair was dressed in Indian-inspired attire and clearly infused Bollywood influence into their choreography. The best part? This routine helped the couple win the championship! It is their fourth gold medal at this particular competition!

Not only were the judges wowed by the fantastic performance, the lyricists of ‘Nagada Sang Dhol’, Siddharth-Garima, were nothing less than mesmerized. They told Stacey exclusively, “It was jaw dropping. Apart from the high that this is our song (and the fact that we are so emotionally connected to this particular one), the talent with which the couple performed was overwhelming.

“It felt as if they knew the meaning of every written word… This, more than any other recognition or award, is the sole reason to create. We feel it’s the music (by Sanjay sir) that cuts across as it does not conform to the boundaries of religion, class or language…To say the least, just like them, we are twirling, swirling and skating on joy!” the writing duo gushed.

Check out the full performance below! It’s safe to say, we’re obsessed!

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REFLECTIONS 2015: The Best Indie and Festival Films of 2015 http://bollyspice.com/reflections-2015-the-best-indie-and-festival-films-of-2015/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:30:50 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=118533 By Katherine Matthews and Rumnique Nannar One of the most frustrating aspects of covering festival and indie films has been the limited access for a wider audience – very often review comments run along the lines of: “Tell me where I can see this!” 2015 was a year that finally saw some great shifts in this, with a number of festival films finally getting a theatrical release – some of them films that had been on the festival circuit for a couple of years, some of them hot off the 2015 festival rounds. Audiences for both festival and indie films

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By Katherine Matthews and Rumnique Nannar

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering festival and indie films has been the limited access for a wider audience – very often review comments run along the lines of: “Tell me where I can see this!” 2015 was a year that finally saw some great shifts in this, with a number of festival films finally getting a theatrical release – some of them films that had been on the festival circuit for a couple of years, some of them hot off the 2015 festival rounds. Audiences for both festival and indie films are small, but they’re growing, and access to this year’s “best of” selection should be easier for interested viewers. 2015 was, indeed, a great year for these films – enjoy our choices for Festival and Indie Bests!

Qissa

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A TIFF2013 film that finally saw its theatrical release this past year, Qissa (“Folktale”), set in post-partition India, introduces us to Sikh patriarch Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan). Forced to leave his village (in Pakistan territory), Umber takes his family (consisting of his wife, two daughters, and a newborn baby girl whom he refuses to look at – “I’ve seen enough girls,” he tells his wife, Mehar) and sets out to rebuild his life. “The Partition scattered us like birds in a storm,” he says, and Qissa sets out to examine the effect of the loss of home, nation, identity; showing how, in Umber, it affects how he relates to his family. “Who am I?” asks Umber. “What am I? What curse have I brought down on myself?”  Qissa is a fascinating film, setting itself up as a kind of folktale to explore this dark and troubling environment, and the effect of these events on the human psyche.  It is a film that is sure to divide; but in doing so, it is also sure to foster debate about the issues at its very core, issues that more than sixty years after Partition still shape people’s identity and their view of their world.  /KM

 

Margarita With a Straw

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Another TIFF selelection (from 2014), Margarita With a Straw delighted audiences at film festivals worldwide before its 2015 theatrical release. The film has racked up a steady stream of awards in the last year, and Bollyspice reviewer Aashi Gahlot called it “Brave. Real. Beautiful.” The film, starring Kalki Koechlin as a young woman with cerebral palsy who moves to New York with her mother in order to study, and who begins to explore the nature of her own sexuality as well, is a powerful exploration of self-discovery, ability/disability, love, sex, and the nature of acceptance. /KM

 

Haraamkhor

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In a village in Gujarat, a married schoolteacher, Shyam (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), begins a relationship with one of his teenaged students, Sandhya (Shweta Tripati).  Director Shlok Sharma has worked as an assistant to both Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap, and the influence of both these directors can be seen in Haraamkhor, a film that made the festival rounds in 2015 and which will see its theatrical release in 2016.  Small town life, gritty realism, a modern world that is encroaching at the edges and a dark sense of humour permeate the film.  In Haraamkhor, Sharma asks us to consider boundaries – most obviously, moral boundaries and their transgression, but also where the boundaries between childhood and adulthood lie.  Explosive emotions simmer under the surface, occasionally slipping as things become more desperate. With the gentle guidance of her father’s girlfriend, Neelu (who discovers the relationship, but doesn’t reveal it, preferring to treat Sandhya as an adult, and also protect her, probably aware that the consequences of having it revealed would be equally as devastating for Sandhya), Sandhya breaks free of this affair with a manipulative, selfish, immature man.  /KM

 

Talwar 

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Meghna Gulzar’s film unfurls like a Rashomon procedural drama, as we’re taken through the multiple scenarios of the Aarushi Talwar case from the central investigator played by an understated Irrfan Khan, to the bungling cops, and the anguished parents who were eventually arrested. Much like the podcast Serial or Netflix’s series Making a Murderer, Talwar walks you through the ineptitude of the initial discrepancies which turns the audience into armchair detectives. The film has stunning performances by Neeraj Kabi and Konkona Sen Sharma as the parents who have little time to mourn their daughter before they accused of murder. Khan really sells that incredulous anger in the final presentation of his evidence as he laughs at the second assessment that eventually convicted the couple. It’s a bruising indictment of a broken justice system that makes one of the best procedurals of Hindi cinema.  /RN

Angry Indian Goddesses 

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This scrappy Indie gem won over the tough crowds at TIFF2015 with its Runner Up Prize in the Grolsch’s People’s Choice Awards. Pan Nalin packs every feminist into his narrative of seven women on a bachelorette trip in Goa, and it works because every actress makes her character a lived-in and authentic person we might recognize. Sure, the film feels like it’s juggling too many tones, but it’s a rare film that doesn’t condemn its female characters for being flawed, catty, and insecure. The actresses all have a moment to shine, but it was Sandhya Mridul’s working mother that your heart goes out for as she struggles with the dilemma of “having it all.” /RN

 

Parched 

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Another gem from TIFF2015, Leena Yadav makes sure that the feminist awakenings for its central trio of Lajjo, Rani, and Bijli (Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Surveen Chawla) is hard-won. Yadav shows us how these women both uphold and shatter the patriarchy in their journeys from Rani saving her young daughter-in-law to Bijli standing up to the men around from exploiting her. It’s a surprisingly sexy film that flips its female gaze onto Indie staple Adil Hussain as the sexy shaman who awakens Lajjo. It’s a film that more than passes any Bechdel or Mori test as these women discuss everything from their sexual encounters to their daily struggles, it’s so refreshing to hear dialogues that are attuned to the way women actually interact instead of an approximation. Here’s hoping the film finds a wider release in India next year. /RN

 

Dhanak

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Honoured with a prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Dhanak is a film just filled with magic. Orphans Pari (Hetal Gada), 10, and her younger brother, Chotu (Krrish Chhabria), 8, live with their aunt and uncle.  Chotu is blind, and Pari promises her brother that he will regain his eyesight in time for his ninth birthday, that they will see rainbows when he finally can see again. When she sees a poster of her idol, Shah Rukh Khan, encouraging people to donate their eyes, Pari decides to write to him, sure in the belief that he will help Chotu regain his sight.  When she learns that SRK will be filming in Rajasthan, Pari decides to take Chotu to see him.  Their journey is filled with wonder and danger, and even a few miracles. On their way, they meet strangers who help them, who watch out for them, and who save them, for not everyone they meet is looking out for their best interest. And almost everyone they meet has a story about Shah Rukh Khan – adding to the film’s charm and humour (and it has plenty of both).  At the heart of it all is the delicate and beautiful relationship between the two siblings, their love for each other, and even their bickering over who is the better hero, Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan. /KM

 

Festival Special Mention

Nirbashito 

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Churni Ganguly’s National Award winning Bengali film Nirbashito (The Banished) is both an unflinching and compassionate look at the idea of exile, through the story of a writer, a poet, whose work has so inflamed political sensibilities that she ends up banished from her homeland, forcibly torn from her home, moments after fussing over and feeding her beloved cat, Baaghini.  Nowhere, it seems, is safe for this writer. Nowhere in India, at least, and perhaps nowhere in the world, as the tight security which her Swedish protectors provide for her once she arrives in Stockholm shows.  The film is dedicated to legendary painter M.F. Husain, who died in a self-imposed exile.  But it is, in equal measure, dedicated to Taslima Nasreen – and the film is a somewhat fictionalized examination of Nasreen’s own journey into exile.   Despite the film’s serious subject matter, it ends on a note of hope and optimism. Nirbashito was awarded the National Award “for its poignant articulation of the suffocation one experiences when exiled in a land that is not one’s own.”  We feel the writer’s sense of suffocation in a land that is not her own, but we also feel the writer’s determination to return home someday. /KM

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A Tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge! http://bollyspice.com/a-tribute-to-dilwale-dulhania-le-jayenge/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:20:48 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=31014 With now 20 years of DDLJ magic we wanted to bring this favorite feature back. One thing you must know about BollySpice is that we all write about what we love, which is Bollywood, and for many of us here on the team, one of the films we love the most is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ. The film debuted on October 20, 1995 and 20 years later it is still playing! Since many of our writers do love DDLJ so much, we wanted to pay tribute, once again, to this iconic film! First the story: Dilwale Dulhania Le

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With now 20 years of DDLJ magic we wanted to bring this favorite feature back.

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One thing you must know about BollySpice is that we all write about what we love, which is Bollywood, and for many of us here on the team, one of the films we love the most is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ. The film debuted on October 20, 1995 and 20 years later it is still playing! Since many of our writers do love DDLJ so much, we wanted to pay tribute, once again, to this iconic film!

First the story:
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a story about human relationships.

Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) is a London based immigrant. He, along with his wife Lajwanti (Farida Jalal) and two daughters Simran (Kajol) and Chutki (Pooja Ruparel) have been living in London for the past several years. A true Indian at heart, Chaudhry Baldev Singh is a man of great morals and has tried to imbibe the very same in his daughters. He has brought them up with the belief that they are strangers in this foreign land and are here purely for financial reasons. They will all return one day back to Punjab, back to his roots, his land, his culture, one that he so strongly believes in.

Simran like any other girl dreams of this perfect man and waits for him to walk into her life. Soon enough, she realises the mere futility of her dreams as her marriage has already been arranged to her father’s best friend’s son Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi).

Raj Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan), another London based immigrant is a regular rich spoilt brat brought up in the lap of luxury. He is a true playboy at heart. But he shares a beautiful relationship with his father Dharamvir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) where they are more like best friends.

Raj and Simran along with other friends meet on the Eurail. They go through an entire gamut of emotions. From initial hatred, to being acquaintances, to friendship and finally falling in love. They realise their true feelings for each other only when they part at the end of the trip.

Raj is aware of Simran’s pre-planned marriage and feels there is no hope. Simran confides in her mother about her feelings for Raj. She tells her that she can’t see life without him. Chaudhry overhears the conversation and gets furious. He makes an impulsive decision to leave for Punjab overnight. Meanwhile Raj is motivated by none other than his father, who tells him that if he truly loves Simran, he has to go and get her.

The second half of the film takes us to Punjab, to Chaudhry’s entire family. A family that consists of his mother (Achla Sachdev), his brother (Lalit Tiwari), his unmarried sister (Himani Shivpuri) and his best friend Ajit Singh (Satish Shah). In search of Simran, Raj lands up in Punjab. Does Raj manage to win over the entire family? Does he manage to win over Chaudhry Baldev Singh? And does he finally manage to take his ‘dulhan’ (bride) away?

Just reading that takes you back doesn’t it? Now read on to see why we fell and are still in love with DDLJ!

Some memories:

Steven was lucky enough to see the film where it is still playing today, Maratha Mandir, and said: The only place to watch the YRF project is, of course, the Maratha Mandir cinema. I found watching these two icons of Hindi film in a Bombay temple of cinema, almost akin to darshan.

Janine: As a young film enthusiast in my native Scotland, I had barely been aware of the Hindi film industry and the films which it produced.  After my move away from the countryside of the north and ventured to Edinburgh I was exposed to a culture I wanted to know more about.  Viewing DDLJ was an education like no other! 

Stacey: DDLJ was actually the first Bollywood movie I ever saw, I loved it from the very beginning but I remember calling my husband half way through the film and saying, “I have found the perfect movie”. I still think that today and can watch it any time it is on and many times I get out my DDLJ DVD to fall in love again.

Sheetal had quite a bit to say on the subject of why DDLJ is so amazing and we agree with every point!

She says, I love the whole movie and singling out one bit is not fair to DDLJ or as I like to say, the holy grail of Indian Cinema. It is a complete entertainer in true Bollywood spirit. Here’s why:

• It is a love story of epic proportions yet has the fun and charm of a romantic comedy.

• It is a compelling family drama that spans two generations and two continents. What makes the family drama portions of the movie a pleasure to watch are the brilliantly written relationships that illustrate the trust people put in family, how each member is bound to family, often to their detriment, in terms of love, awe and fear. Personally, I loved the the dichotomy between Kher’s character and Puri’s character, two very different kinds of Dads but who ultimately brought up two doting kids, who would willingly lay their lives on the line for their fathers.

• It has action, albeit momentarily, fuelling the intense climax, showing the audience the lead character’s breaking point (because through out the movie one thinks nothing can phase Raj) and in doing so showing real faces of the other characters.

• It has beautiful song and dance routines. Tujhe Dekha is essentially a love anthem of the DDLJ generation while Mere Khawbon Mein Jo Aaye speaks the mind of every girl who has ever dreamt of finding love. That being said, the remaining songs are masterpieces as well. My personal favourite to Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyaar Sajana.

• It’s a journey movie, about discovering new worlds and in doing so discovering yourself and those that you travel with. As a consequence it showcases Europe, London and India in all its oomph and glory, so the film’s also a visual delight.

• It is also socially relevant in that it tells audiences to see beyond first impressions, question blind faith and give things a fighting chance.

• It has sound-proof casting down to the very last extra with every single performance, whether is be the protagonist SRK or the brief appearance of Mandira Bedi, worthy of standing ovations.

• Lastly, on a personal note, for a cynic like me, who takes everything with a pinch of salt, it makes me want to fall in love every time I see it. In this way it lives up to its mission statement: Come fall in love.   

With (for the lack of a better word) such awesomeness in its every nook and cranny, it is no surprise that DDLJ is the longest running film of Indian Cinema.

Mahak has just one more to add to that: I loved the father daughter relationship in the movie.  Late Amrish Puri and Kajol made it look so alive. 

Steven was also lucky to interview Yash Chopra, click here to have a listen as he talks about the film!

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite scenes: This is by no means a full list but we had to limit it a bit or we would just put every scene down!

Steven’s favourite scene in DDLJ occurs when Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s characters encounter each other as their train pulls out of London’s Kings Cross Station. The energy and vibrancy of the sequence as Raj pulls Simran onboard, is incredibly cinematic. When studying Indian Cinema in the UK, I lived just around the corner from the location, so walking through the station would typically induce hazy, filmic fantasy.

For Janine this is comedy at its best

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For Charla the scene on the bridge where SRK says he loves her and then bursts out laughing is one of her favorites. That scene starts off really emotional, and you indeed feel that he is confessing his love. but then even though he says it’s a joke, the conversation takes a serious turn and he asks he what she would do if she fell in love…

The moment she walks away and he is just waiting, waiting for her to turn around saying “Palat palat”…that is outstanding. When she turns and looks at him it is beautiful. As you know this is only the beginning. 

There is one scene that made Stacey fall in filmi love with Shah Rukh Khan and which Bhargavi calls the perfect ‘awww’ moment. It is the moment in the train station right after Simran invites Raj to her wedding, She says you will come. He says not a word. He just looks at her, and in his eyes is ‘think Simran, see me, I love you’ and so much more, and the whole audience sighs. He walks away, finally Simran realises and we are on our way to the happy ending!
 

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Of course then there is the iconic scene of the echoing mandolin and Simran running to Raj through the mustard field. This is another perfect moment in a film full of perfect moments. Sing with me Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam

Charla also love the scene when Simran’s mum is telling Raj to elope with her daughter, and he tells her there is no way he is doing that. In fact, that scene always makes Charla cry!

Here are a couple, well okay, a few more!

When they are playing that singing game and SRK ends up holding Priti’s hand is so funny!

When Kajol is stopped by the police on the way to Zurich. SRK comes to her rescue… His words ‘Main Raj Malhotro and yeh Raj Malhotri’ and ‘Kutto, Saalo, Kameeno.. Bon jovi Bon jovi’ 🙂

The scene with Raj saying: “pyaar karti ho mujse?” Simran: “sabse zyaada..” Raj: “bharosa hai mujpe?” Simran: “khud se zyaada”

Trupti loves the whole train scene at the end when SRK is leaving and Kajol is begging Amrish Puri to let her go and he does with a “Jaa Simran jaa… Jee le apni zindagi” Epic!

Of course everyone loves the HAPPY ENDING and once more we hear the Bade bade deshon mein, aisi choti choti baatein hoti rahti hain.

All we can say is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge play on!

As you can tell, we sort of think DDLJ Rocks. We would love to know what you love about the film so leave us a comment!

With contributions by: Stacey Yount, Trupti Kantilal, Steven Baker, Bhargavi Sameeran, Sheetal Tiwari, Charla Manohar, Janine Gall, Mahak Dawan

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Tannishtha Chatterjee On UnIndian, Angry Indian Goddesses, Parched and more! http://bollyspice.com/tannishtha-chatterjee-on-unindian-angry-indian-goddesses-parched-and-more/ Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:36:48 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=114439 Tannishtha Chatterjee is a film festival veteran, but the success of her films at the Toronto Film Festival or at the Venice Film Festival consistently surprise her. Chatterjee appeared in two films at TIFF: Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses, which is India’s first female buddy film that won the first runner up prize at the Grolsch People Choice Awards at TIFF, and in Leena Yadav’s Parched, which follows three women in rural Rajasthan as they disrupt patriarchal customs. These films won critical acclaim at the festival, which speaks to the amazing female-oriented cinema she’s gravitated towards. In her new film

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15oct_tannishthainterview-01Tannishtha Chatterjee is a film festival veteran, but the success of her films at the Toronto Film Festival or at the Venice Film Festival consistently surprise her. Chatterjee appeared in two films at TIFF: Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses, which is India’s first female buddy film that won the first runner up prize at the Grolsch People Choice Awards at TIFF, and in Leena Yadav’s Parched, which follows three women in rural Rajasthan as they disrupt patriarchal customs. These films won critical acclaim at the festival, which speaks to the amazing female-oriented cinema she’s gravitated towards. In her new film UnIndian, in which she stars opposite cricketer Brett Lee, Chatterjee tries her hand at comedy, and this is one we can’t wait to see. We caught up with Chatterjee to talk festival life, UnIndian, and roles for women in Indian cinema.

How do you decide which roles and which films you want to do?
Whether I like the script, the kind of people I’m working with, the director, producer, my co-actors. Overall I need to be excited about the project.

Tell us about UnIndian.
It is a romantic comedy between an Indian girl and an Australian boy, but it also addresses cultural differences by showing the cultural cliches and then breaking them. It’s directed by Anupam Sharma and Australian of Indian origin.

What drew you to this film?
The role of Meera is a very contemporary today’s girl. She is independent. She is confident. She is a single mother, she’s not craving for a relationship but she allows happiness to herself when love happens to her.

15oct_tannishthainterview-02What was it like working with Brett Lee?
Wonderful is an understatement for Brett. Apart from being the great legendary cricketer and a natural actor, what I enjoyed most discovering about him is Brett the person, who such a fabulous human being. It was a pleasure knowing him and I had a blast working with Brett.

Meera seems to be having a tough time balancing her parents expectations and what she really desires, how was it getting into her frame of mind?
Meera is at times in conflict with her parents but her character is such that she is not militantly opposing anything so she has a quiet and amicable way of dealing with the differences very much like how Indian families are.

Was it fun to do more of a lighter and romantic role?
Sure. I enjoy all kinds of films and I really enjoyed working on UnIndian.

How did it feel to have Angry Indian Goddesses and Parched so well-received at The Toronto International Film Festival this year?
Angry Indian Goddesses won the first runner-up as a people choice award in Toronto. It was fantastic. I could not believe it because I had just come down from Venice where my other film Island City won the best debut director and four days down the line Angry Indian Goddesses won another award in one of the most prestigious film festivals of the world. And Parched got excellent reviews so I was on top of the world.

15oct_tannishthainterview-03Nargis in AIG is the voice of reason in most situations, how did you work in getting that tone?

I was just thrown into it. Unlike the other actresses of Angry Indian Goddesses, I could not be a part of the workshop because I was shooting for something else, so I came in the project only in the last 10 days. But because Pan Nalin had spoken to me before he spoke to any other actor for this project, he still insisted that I should remain a part of the film. All my dates were really problematic so he deviced my role in a way that I could enter late. So eventually I was just thrown into the role

Tell us about working with that incredible cast of women.

Incredible, you said it.

How was it to work with director Pan Nalin?

One of the most creative and spontaneous directors have worked with. I really really enjoyed it though I was sad that I could not be a part of the project right from the beginning. I could have probably brought in more to Nargis’s character if I was a part of the initial workshop like the other actresses were.



Parched was a beautiful film, and Rani goes from being an enabler to a disrupter of patriarchy, what was it like working on a character who’s had it ingrained in her to be like that?

With Parched I’ve had a long journey because it started with a story that I had told Lena in many of my travels through the landscapes of Rajasthan and Gujarat when I met many women who embodied Rani’s character. So that character is a mixture of many of those women that I had encountered and Leena got inspired by the story that I had once narrated to her. It was a real privilege to work in a film with one of my stories got made.



15oct_tannishthainterview-04With both these films, they have brought out women’s issues, how important do you feel films like this are?

I think these films are extremely important and I’m happy that I am a part of these important women centric films. More and more such films should be made. I also hope more such films for a wider audience is made and that these two films also reach a very wide audience and it’s embraced with as much love in India as it was in Toronto and elsewhere.



You also have Island City, which I believe is three films in one, what can you tell us about your role and character in that film.


Island City won the best debut director in the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world Venice directed by Ruchika Oberoi. It’s a film about lonely people in the city and it has three different stories and my character is someone who is lifeless, lonely, till she received an anonymous letter and how things keep changing in her life after that letter comes to her.

What have you taken away with you from your roles as an actress?

My path in my growth is personal and spiritual as an actress and that’s what I take from every film. I’m really lucky that I have worked with such directors have allowed me that process

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Why do you act?

Because with every story and every character that is something that shifts spiritually inside me.

15oct_tannishthainterview-05What is it like to visit these film festivals?

It’s a great platform to explore yourself as an artist to meet other artists from other parts of the world to interact with them to share your own story and view of their stories. It’s a very rich experience.

After working in London for a while, what are some of the differences you’ve been finding in female roles for Indian actresses?

I think female roles for Indian actresses are changing for the positive both in India and abroad and I’m glad that it’s happening this way and I am a part of many of those films and that change.

What is next for you?

A few releases and my next film would be announced soon.

Be sure to also check out our rave reviews from TIFF of Angry Indian Goddesses and Parched

With contributions by Stacey Yount and Rumnique Nannar

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan Music Review http://bollyspice.com/bajrangi-bhaijaan-music-review/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:08:34 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=106324 Authors: Bodrul Chaudhury & Stacey Yount Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the much-talked about action/drama directed by Kabir Khan and is all set for a big Eid release. Starring superstar Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Harshaali Malhotra in the leading roles; the film Is based on the story of a young Pakistani girl who gets lost in India and it is the responsibility of Pavan (Salman Khan) to return her back to her home across the border. The music has been composed by Pritam and KK, with lyrics from Mayur Puri and Kausar Munir. So does the music of

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Authors: Bodrul Chaudhury & Stacey Yount

15jun_bajrangiBajrangi Bhaijaan is the much-talked about action/drama directed by Kabir Khan and is all set for a big Eid release. Starring superstar Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Harshaali Malhotra in the leading roles; the film Is based on the story of a young Pakistani girl who gets lost in India and it is the responsibility of Pavan (Salman Khan) to return her back to her home across the border. The music has been composed by Pritam and KK, with lyrics from Mayur Puri and Kausar Munir. So does the music of Bajrangi Bhaijaan live up to all our expectations? Read our review to see what we thought of it!

So to start off, we have the much talked about number ‘Selfie Le Le Re,’ sung by Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam, KK, with some rap verses by Badshah. Although this one has gained much popularity amongst music lovers, for me personally; it’s a song that’s right in the middle. It’s not a great song, yet not bad either. I do like some of the upbeat techno and bass elements, which helps to give the song a lot of catch. In additions, the vocals are top-notch and flow well throughout. Yet I think there are much better up-tempo Bollywood numbers out there than this one. Therefore, it’s an average number which could have been a lot better.

Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo’ is next and sung by Palak Muchhal and Mohit Chauhan. I did not enjoy this one at all and found it quite silly and immature. It doesn’t have that longevity factor to it and it is therefore a track which you will easily forget about soon after the hype surrounding the film is over. Skip this one as it is ultimately a one-time listen.

We also have ‘Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata,’ by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Rekha Bhardwaj. I like how the song opens and both Rahat and Rehka’s vocals surprisingly complement each other very well. That was quite unexpected for me but there you have it. The song flows quite nicely and the music has a good mellow quality to it that does stay with you afterwards. I think this is definitely one of the big highlights in the album and we recommend you check it out for its well-composed sounds and the surprisingly good vocals! There is also a Reprise Version by Jubin Nautiyal but I found this one to not be as strong as the original version. It is ultimately a much lighter version of the Rahat-Rekha version and I found this one to not be as catchy in comparison.

There is also the much loved Qawalli number ‘Bhar Do Jholi Mein,’ sung by the great Adnan Sami. I really enjoyed this song and I love the fact that less commercial types of music like Qawalli numbers can be well used for a major Bollywood film. Adnan sings splendidly throughout and he manages to get the notes right from start to finish. I also like the use of some instruments such as the tabla and the harmonium, which give it a nice classical feel to it. Overall, it is a cool number which deserves your ear’s attention. There is also an alternative version sung by Imran Aziz Mian, which is perhaps not as commercial as Adnan’s version, yet worth checking out!

Tu Chahiye‘ begins so lovely and you think you are in for a great Atif Aslam ballad.  I loved the beginning of this song. Atif is his wonderful singing self. But then… the flavor and beat changes up and although we still get Aslam’s melodious tones it feels as if he is fighting the faster dance beat of the track. There is some kind of disconnect between his longing vocals and the almost dance club disco beat. There are also Indian nuances as well as some orchestral lined that also feel very out of place. Or maybe it is the dance beat that hits the wrong notes. Overall the song is mishmash and very confusing, not something I would want to play again but full props to Atif and Pritam for the beginning notes!

We get a very staccato acoustic guitar that begins ‘Aaj Ki Party,’ which was surprising and very good. This energetic party track then transforms into a full on Mika Singh celebration! He is fabulous – of course. Loved when the music dialed back and we just heard Mika Singh sing. Too good!  I did find the chorus a bit hard on the ear in some parts but those sections are minimal. But how can you go wrong with a Punjabi jam and Mika Singh doing what he does best? You can’t!  Got me dancing at my computer, which I imagine looks a bit funny if someone was to see me and not hear the music!

We have three versions of ‘Tu Jo Mila‘ with three different amazing singers adding their notes to the sounds.

KK brings such feeling and power to the lyrics. He is wonderful,  again of course! Love the inflections he adds in to give the song different layers. The music is so gorgeous – simple but at the same time so full. That is one of the things that Pritam does best. I love the addition of the cello in the beginning. Each instrument and note creates music magic.  The music alone would make a perfect track. I really, really, really Love this version. Musically this is my favorite of the three versions. Add in KK and you have music goodness that definitely will be added to your Best Bollywood Song Playlists.

Javed Ali’s version is titled ‘Tu Jo Mila – Dekhna Na Mudke.’ This one had more of a country as in country and western flavor to the music with the slide guitar and the faster beat. Javed Ali does well but in parts his whispery tone seems to get lost a bit within the driving beat of this version. He is wonderful when it is just him a cappella or with soft music in the background. Of the three this is my least favorite, but it still is both musically and vocally a pretty good song but you wonder why is it needed.

Papon’s rendition is awesome. He brings such emotion and really imbibes the music. He is the music instead of his vocal lying on top. That is one his best qualities as a singer. However, the music falls short in parts. I did not like the two musical breaks at all. They did not fit and completely broke the mood. That may be fixed because of what we will be seeing on screen but we will have to see. I just want to get lost in Papon’s singing backed up by the full of sound melody.

In the end the music of Bajrangi Bhaijaan is quite good but it is not a showstopper either. We  do think they will all play very well within the context of the movie. Of the 11 tracks you must check out the two versions of ‘Tu Jo Mila’ by KK and Papon as well as ‘Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata’ and the two versions of ‘Bhar Do Jholi Mein.

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REFLECTIONS 2014: Best Male Singers 2014 http://bollyspice.com/reflections-2014-best-male-singers-2014/ Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:05:18 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=96244 By Sheetal Tiwari and Stacey Yount Though the ladies of Hindi film music-dom impressed this year, it most definitely was a year for the men! With a mix of strong, powerful vocals, energetic beats that made you want to move and the heartfelt renditions that made you cry and fall in love without even seeing the movie, let’s hear it for the boys! Check out the 10 we thought particularly hit all the right notes! 10. Shekhar Ravjiani Part of the killer and hit music director duo Vishal-Shekhar that have given us many a favorite song, Shekhar Ravjiani also is

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By Sheetal Tiwari and Stacey Yount

Though the ladies of Hindi film music-dom impressed this year, it most definitely was a year for the men! With a mix of strong, powerful vocals, energetic beats that made you want to move and the heartfelt renditions that made you cry and fall in love without even seeing the movie, let’s hear it for the boys! Check out the 10 we thought particularly hit all the right notes!

10. Shekhar Ravjiani

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Part of the killer and hit music director duo Vishal-Shekhar that have given us many a favorite song, Shekhar Ravjiani also is a fabulous singer. We heard him along with Chinmayi Sripada on the classic and oh so good love song ‘Zehnaseeb’ from Hasee Toh Phasee. Then there was one of our absolute favorite songs of the year ‘Meherbaan’ (unplugged) from Bang Bang. It really does not get much better than Shekhar and just a guitar singing his heart out. There is such honesty and feeling in every note he sings. He also released a very special solo single this year with his soulful rendition of the Hanuman Chalisa, which was applauded by fans, by stars and well… everyone!

9. Sanam Puri

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What a way to change gears after ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein)! Sanam Puri certainly showed us a new side to his powerful vocals with ‘Ishq Bulaava’ in Hasee Toh Phasee. “It’s the heart and not the ears that hear when love beckons” and Sanam sang to our hearts and we heard him perfectly. With the band SANAM, the singer is also a rising star on the non-film music scene. Along with Sanam, the band brings together Samar Puri – lead guitar, Venky S – bass and Keshav Dhanraj – drums. Be sure to check out their rocking ‘Main Hoon’ video and many other killer tracks on YouTube.

8. K Mohan

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Lead singer of the rock band Agnee, the brilliant vocals of K Mohan were also heard on several tracks in Hindi films including ‘Kinare’ from Queen and the fabulous ‘Chaandaniya’ from 2 States. With that rough edge to his voice, he adds a unique sound to every track that sings. The band also composed the music for Yeh Hai Bakrapur and you must check out ‘Pair Anaadi’, which also features Indian Ocean and Raghu Ram, as well as ‘Pyaar Mein Bakra’. We want more!

7. Mohd. Irfan

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An up and coming singer, with his amazing tone and feeling he puts into his songs, we loved his tracks in 2014. From ‘Muskurane’ (2nd version) – Citylights, to the great ‘Tu Hi Tu’ and ‘Hai Yehi Zindagi’ – Kick, the fabulous ‘Baarish’ – Yaariyaan and ‘Banjara’ – Ek Villain, he gave us many songs for our playlists. We can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us in 2015, and we are sure he will be making an appearance on this list for years to come!

6. Sonu Nigam

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When you think of Hindi film music, Sonu Nigam’s name definitely comes to mind! In 2014, we were treated to the some great songs featuring Sonu’s incredible voice including ‘Tu Sab Kuch Re’ – Kaanchi, ‘Kill Dil – Title Track’, ‘Mannat’ – Dawaat-e-Ishq, and ‘Love is a Waste of Time’ – PK. Our absolute favorite though was his brilliant ‘Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu’ in PK. We wrote in our review, “Sonu Nigam is at his Sonu Nigam best singing with feeling in every note that honestly made me tear up.” A highlight of the album, of the movie and of the year!

5. Papon

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We always love to hear Papon sing and 2014 had us smiling again! He was great in the more modern avatar in ‘Khamma Ghani’ from Happy Ending. However, it was his pitch perfect inflection in the classicly flavored ‘Tu’ from Bobby Jasoos that was one of the highlights of the music of 2014. We also have to mention ‘Sun Zara’ from Bhopal – Prayer for Rain. Papon composed and sang the tragedy infused track. Another brilliant performance.

4. Sukhwinder Singh

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Hitting number 2 on our “Songs of the Year” list, ‘Bismil’ actually was very, very close to being named number 1. Featuring incredible music by Vishal Bhardwaj, the song is made epic by Sukhwinder Singh. With the undefinable spark to his voice and the theatrical flare that is a hallmark of Sukhwinder Singh’s vocals, we can think of no one else who could have sung ‘Bismil’ and made it work so well. Calling it a highlight of the album, our reviewer wrote, “Where does one start when praising the brilliance that is ‘Bismil’? There’s Sukhwinder Singh doing what he does best, blowing our minds by exploring depths of his voice that we thought we knew but clearly did not.” The excellence of this song and his rendition is showcased even more when you see the scene that it accompanies. If you have not, you must check it out.

3. Shaan

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We heard the great Shaan on ‘Tere Nain Maar Hi Daalenge’ from Kick in the middle of the year. But it was the ending of the year that made Shaan number 3 on our list. From the first notes of ‘Chaar Kadam’, Hindi film music fans sighed with happiness. As our review said, “Chaar Kadam begins simply with the just perfect emotional filled voice of Shaan and an acoustic guitar and I am in heaven.” And Chaar Kadam gets even better as the song goes on. Please sing more for the movies Shaan…please sing more! Shaan also has been working on another cool music project. He, along with music director and guitarist Gourov Dasgupta and Roshan Balu formed the band Superbia. Their first album, Satrangi, dropped in 2014. With an unique flavor that features cutting edge electro rock music, they plan to rock your musical world in 2015 and beyond!

2. Ankit Tiwari

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Composer and singer Ankit Tiwari hits number 2 on our list for his superb tracks both in music and vocals! On ‘Dil Darbadar’ from PK, he has such a haunting emotion-filled feel to his vocals. Then, of course, is our number one song of the year ‘Galliyan’ from Ek Villain. With the brooding tone of his voice, Tiwari infuses a lot of angst in his songs and that is especially felt and heard in all the musical flavors from classic Indian, to rock, to the melodious ballad of ‘Galliyan’. He basically floored the audience with just a single number. We have already added his first song of 2015, ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’ from Roy, to our favorites list and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings from this talented composer and singer!

1. Arijit Singh

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He really was the voice of Bollywood in 2014! His always great vocals were heard on 30 movie soundtracks and in over 50 songs. What is even more impressive is his versatility and the range of genres, syncopations, emotions, and keys that Arjit Singh sang and sang magnificently! From the dance/party numbers like ‘Desi Romance’ – Shaadi Ke Side Effects and ‘Raat Bhar’ – Heropanti, to the dramatic and very impressive ‘Khul Kabhi Toh’ & ‘Gulon Mein Rang Bhare’ – Haider, ‘Samjhawan’ – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and ‘Ashq Na Ho’ – Holiday. Of course, we have to mention one of the styles he does best, the pyaar song, be it in duets or solos, some of Singh’s best were ‘Sajde’ – Kill Dil, ‘Jiya’ – Gunday, ‘Humdard’ – Ek Villain, ‘Muskurane’ – Citylights, ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’ – Youngistan, ‘Mast Magan’ – 2 States, ‘Saanson Ko’ & ‘Mareez-E-Ishq’ – Zid and ‘Love Me Thoda Aur’ – Yaariyan. We do love to hear Arijit Singh sing! In fact, he was featured the most on our Best songs of 2014 list. Here’s to 2015 and even more Arijit Singh!

Of course, being the filmi music fans we are, we really couldn’t keep it to 10 so here are a few special mentions:

For Vishal Dadlani we have to praise his killer rendition of ‘Aao Na’ – Haider. As well as ‘Tu Meri’ – Bang Bang, ‘Drama Queen’ – Hasee Toh Phasee, ‘D Se Dance’ – HSKD and ‘Dance Basanti’ – Ungli. Though he hits on the dance numbers, we do humbly request more rock, more edge, more ‘Aao Na’, more ‘Jee Le Zaara’ – Talaash, more ‘Adat Hai Who’ – Patiala House in 2015.

Benny Dayal, similarly, we would love to hear more of ‘Tu Meri Dost Hai’ – Yuvraaj and ‘Kaise Mujhe Tu Mil Gayee’ – Ghajini instead of one party number after another. He was great on the ‘Bang Bang – title track’, ‘Tu Hi To Hai’ – Holiday, ‘Gulcharrey’ – Bewakoofiyan, and ‘Shake It Like Shammi’ – Hasee Toh Phasee, but we want more.

Also making it on our special mention list is Shafqat Amanat Ali for ‘Manchala’ from Hasee Toh Phasee and Adnan Dhool for ‘Awari’ – Ek Villain.

See what we mean? It was year full of outstanding tracks from the male singers! We certainly were in musical heaven listening to these fabulous singers once again as we put together this list. Did we hit your favorite singer? Let us know who you love to listen to!

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Scary Bolly Videos for your Halloween Bash! http://bollyspice.com/scary-videos-bolly-halloween-bash/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:30:17 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=93151 With Halloween falling on a Friday night this year we are sure that many of you will be hosting a fabulous Halloween bash! Of course, you have to set the mood and make it spooky! To help and to get us in the Halloween mood we dug up (pun intented) a list of scary Bolly song videos that you can have playing on a screen as a backdrop to add some spine tingling mood music and visuals for your bash! Or to just get your scare on but remember if you are home alone to turn on the lights! 1.)

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With Halloween falling on a Friday night this year we are sure that many of you will be hosting a fabulous Halloween bash! Of course, you have to set the mood and make it spooky! To help and to get us in the Halloween mood we dug up (pun intented) a list of scary Bolly song videos that you can have playing on a screen as a backdrop to add some spine tingling mood music and visuals for your bash! Or to just get your scare on but remember if you are home alone to turn on the lights!

1.) ‘Yaar Na Miley’ – Kick

2.) Mere Dholna – Bhool Bhulaiya

3.) ‘Bhoot Hoon Main’ – Bhoot

4.) ‘Party with the Bhoothnath’ – Bhootnath Returns

5.) ‘Sexy Mama’ – 13B

6.) ‘Yaaram’ – Ek Thi Daayan

7.) ‘Tu Mere Samne’ – Darr

8.) ‘Mehbooba’ – RGV’s Aag

9.) ‘Khoon Choosle’ – Go Goa Gone

10.) ‘Gimme Pizza’ – Pizza

11.) ‘Uska Hi Banana’ – 1920 Evil Returns

12.) ‘Tujhe Main Pyar Karu’ – 1920
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13.) ‘Pinacolada Remix’ – Darr @ The Mall

14.) ‘Jaag Uthi Hai Yeh Raat’ – Rise Of The Zombie

15.) ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi Badnaam Hai Koi’ – Gumnaam

16.) Aaja Gufao Mein Aa – Aks

17.) ‘Yeh Raat’ – Aks

18.) Sau Baras – Haunted

19.) Main Teri Dushman from Nagina

20.) ‘Babaji Ki Booti’ – Go Goa Gone

Happy Halloween!

If you have a Bollywood themed costume be sure to show us!

With contributions by Jem Raj, Bodrul Chaudhury, Githa Vanan, Trupti K and Stacey Yount

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