On ‘Warriors’ and More: Shayan Italia in a Candid Mood

Singer-song writer Shayan Italia’s latest single, Warriors has been well received by people so far, being noticed for its theme, music and lyrics. In a recent conversation with us Shayan spoke to us about his experience on coming up with Warriors and a few other things. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation-

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Bandra Film Festival’s latest set ‘The Quirky Collection’ includes Renee Sen’s debut film Suttabaazi

Also watch Shabana Azmi’s A Decent Arrangement and Fried Fish, Chicken Soup And A Premier Show directed by Mamta Murthy in this category.

Sushmita Sen’s daughter Renee Sen, who made her acting debut in January 2021 with Kabeer Khurana’s short film Suttabaazi, is excited to see her film getting a lot of praise. The film will be screened at the Bandra Film Festivals Youtube Channel on 2nd June 2021. The 14 mins short film will be showcased under the ‘Quirky’ category. The film revolves around a 19-year-old social media star stuck at home with online classes and nagging parents in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The only respite is Diya’s (Renee’s) newly acquired habit of smoking on the sly. Apart from Renee Sen, the film also stars Komal Chhabria and Rahul Vohra. 

Talking about her debut film and BFF Renee said,  “I am so happy with all the love this poignant short film has received. We shot this during the last lockdown, I am glad to see so many platforms acknowledging our hard work and showcasing the film. Bandra Film Festival is said to have a good  line up of films and I feel  humbled to be a part of this film festival. Suttabaazi will always be special to me, I enjoyed every bit of playing Diya. The film has taught me a lot, both at personal and professional levels. No matter what the situation is – whether it’s a good day or there are mess ups on the set — I have to be able to give the perfect shot, it has made me a lot more goal oriented. Working on this film has been very fulfilling. I am very happy it happened.”

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Casting Director Shubham Mathur wishes nothing but to give more opportunities to new faces

From starting off as an independent casting director and working with a startup company to working with Bollywood industry Shubham Mathur has come a long way, through his creative strategies he has worked for Netflix as well as snapchat.

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Yashaswini Dayama & Karanvir Malhotra celebrate one year of their feature film ‘What Are The Odds’

Netflix’s feature film What Are The Odds, a sweet slice of a film about the lives of two school kids from Mumbai. Vivek (Yashaswini Dayama) and Ashwin (Karanvir Malhotra) turned exactly one year today. What are the Odds? a lockdown release feature film, which saw Abhay Deol donning the producer’s hat in collaboration with the makers of Delhi Crime- FilmKaravan Originals is celebrating one year of release today on 20th May, directed by Megha Ramaswamy the film also featured Monica Dogra, Priyanka Bose, Manurishi and Sulbha Arya. The story revolves around two unintentional teenage friends who end-up spending an entire day together. The movie not only did wonders for the audience but also has etched deeply in our hearts.

Reminiscing about the film’s journey, Director Megha Ramaswamy said,  “One Year since our bundle of many joys saw the light of day! It has really been a year full of odd squadding. I cherish every message song and work of art that has poured in from all over. If there was something that kept us hopeful, it was love. Everyday the outpour  of many people/artists creating their piece of art using stills from the film, writing poems, singing covers… it still feels surreal! We are all such a close knit community of friends now. I am thankful I got an opportunity to work with a wonderful cast and crew! This is the start of something special. I hope everyone is home and safe! Thank you for preserving us so endearingly in your kind hearts.”

Adding to the director’s quote, Yashaswani said “Time really flies and how, imagine even in a lockdown. It just feels like yesterday that we were promoting this film, recording bytes, doing our press rounds and adapting to Work From Home.  And here we are, one year to release but still at home. These are very challenging times and we are all trying to get by. I hope and pray that we get back to normal as we know and come out of this in good health. Happy to be celebrating the One year anniversary of What are the Odds. You can now watch it on Netflix India”

Talking about the same, Karanvir said,  “The times are really tough for our country. Having some sort of a silver lining always brings a gentle smile during a crisis, this a catastrophe though so looking at the bright side is extremely hard. Anyway, the silver lining in this case is that my first Independent film  ‘What Are The Odds?’ celebrates its first anniversary. Well there obviously isn’t any celebration as such but it feels good to know that our colourful little film brought some cheer and inspired plenty to dream out loud!(DOL! Is that a term yet?)”

The film was released during the 1st lockdown last year and is celebrating its anniversary in the 2nd. I really hope this cycle doesn’t continue further. The biggest highlight for me after the release has been the artwork people have created and tagged us in. The love people showered through creating doodles, poems, videos etc is special. Feels good to see that two school kids crouching and staring at a fishbowl with a gold fish talking to them miraculously has caught people’s eye and has been recreated the most. Well, it’s kind of symbolic as we’re all staring at the future in the same way hoping for some miracle to unfold.

Talking about the same,  Producer Pooja Kohli said, ” What are the odds? It is a very special film for us. We learnt the art of work from home and it was just the start of the pandemic. Despite the challenges and crises, we sailed through. I really hope that we tide over the second wave soon , to get back on ground & experience human connection once again . Safe & Healthy wishes for everyone.”

What Are The Odds is streaming right now on Netflix. 

On working in Mukesh Jasoos and more: Actress Ruchi Malviya Speaks

Actress Ruchi Malviya who was last seen in Flip, a series directed by Bejoy Nambiar streaming on Eros Now and Alt Balaji’s show The Verdict directed by Ken Ghosh is super excited to have bagged one of the lead roles in Disney +  Hotstar’s New show Mukesh Jasoos. Ruchi will be seen opposite actor Rahul Bagga who plays the role of Mukesh in the series. Ruchi spoke to us recently on her experience of working on Mukesh Jasoos and a lot more. Here are excerpts from that conversation-

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Broken but Beautiful – Live at the Bandra Film Festival

Life & Living of sex workers as portrayed in films is just about as far as you can get from the truth.

Bandra Film Festival (BFF), a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube will be showcasing two poignant films based on life & vicissitudes of sex workers under the theme ‘Broken but Beautiful’.

The first film is Tikli & Laxmi Bomb stars Chitrangada Chakraborty, Vibhawari Deshpande, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and directed by Aditya Kripalani. The 2 hours 13-minute-long film is about two sex workers who decide to kick men out of the system and form a cooperative that runs the business for women and by women.

Speaking about the lineup of films, Pooja Kohli Taneja, Artistic Director of Bandra Film Festival, stated, “Broken but Beautiful captures feminism. It is a theme that showcases lives of perhaps the most oppressed women in our society yet how empowered they are to really fight the system. We are really a lucky lot, to sit back, sip our coffee and talk about feminism. The women who face oppression on a regular basis, standing up for their rights is a very different ball game. Through Broken but Beautiful we would like to salute these women for their exemplary resilience and strength to not only endure but to strive for change”.

The second film Bahadur: The Accidental Brave is a Nepali film acted and directed by Aditya Seth. The film talks about labor migration to India.  Many Nepalese migrant workers are susceptible to high risk sexual behavior and end up contracting HIV. Far West Nepal from where maximum labor migration to Mumbai happens is reeling under the impact of an HIV micro epidemic. This documentary is an in depth look into the brave Nepalese migrants’ life in a social, economic and political context.

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On the Experience of working on the ‘Hello Mini’ Season 3 and More: Actor Vikrant Koul Speaks

Actor Vikrant Koul who we have seen in prominent roles in movies like Gold and Darbar and cameos in movies like Fan and Mardaani, is currently basking in glory of his new show Hello Mini 3. The actor plays one of the primary roles of Argho Chowdhary in the series and has an interesting track with the female lead, Anuja Joshi.  In a recent conversation with us Vikrant Koul spoke on his experience of working in Hello Mini 3 and a lot more. Here are excerpts from the conversation.

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‘Warriors’ is our fighting spirit: Shayan Italia on his new single

WARRIORS was born out of Covid led downtime and Italia scored this song to fuel courage within his friends and family which has caught international attention.

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On the Music Video ‘Manzar’ & More: Lyricist Gibert Chettiar Opens Up

Gilbert Chettiar who has written the lyrics of the recently released song Manzar is the founder of Lafzon Music which is an independent music label by Lafzon Se Ho Bayaan Entertainment. L.S.H.B Entertainment is a U.K. based Music Production company which creates original compositions of all genres and releases across all the streaming platforms worldwide.

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