Raahul Jatin comes up with his third single- Yaadein Aane Lagi

Raahul Jatin, the multifaceted musical talent has come up with his third single Yaadein Aane Lagi, a ballad sung and composed by him while the lyrics are penned by his father, legendary music director, Jatin Pandit. The melodious romantic number features Raahul and the music production is done by Aditya Dev and Raahul.

US-based actress and model Madison Trunnell features in the song as Raahul’s love interest. The couple is seen romancing in the lush green countryside, a vintage scenic house& beautiful locales in California. The music video was entirely shot in the US with a very limited crew size and following all protocols and guidelines pertaining to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking about the song, Raahul said, “It is a romantic number which I feel would appeal to the youth. Has a very cool vibe. I actually intended to compose another upbeat number but with the general state of affairs, I believe there is melancholy in the air. The world has slowed down and there is uncertainty. I started with high octane notes, but I ditched it altogether because it just did not feel right and I ended up composing a ballad. I got my parents to hear a scratch version of it, my father was very gracious to work on the lyrics and we promptly recorded it. We recorded it in Mumbai during the lockdown. Then when I came to US during the later half of the pandemic, my producer Dr. Sandhu heard the song, and we decided to shoot it.

Talking about the shoot Raahul said, “This is my first video shot outside India. I was a bit apprehensive initially, especially with the ongoing pandemic. However, it all worked out smoothly. We worked with a limited crew and wrapped up the shoot in a record time frame, given the number of locations we covered. We did not even include hairstylist and make-up artist in the crew to keep the head count as minimum as possible. We were all tested prior to the shoot. It was a fun shoot, we were all in-sync and energized& therefore it was a very fulfilling experience. I met Madison for the 1st timebut it didn’t feel like that. She is so pretty, congenial& easy to work with despite not understanding Hindi. My Director Harper has done an amazing job. He was operating the camera, lighting and the drone single handedly. He was like a One Man Army. Shooting this single was a memorable experience that I will always cherish and remember. 

The 3.30-minute-long romantic number was shot across San Francisco, Jamestown, Copperopolis, Bay Area and Sonora all flat in one day with a limited crew size of four people including the actors. It will be released by Funk Box in Association with Jatin Pandit.

Speaking about the lyrics, ace music director Jatin Pandit said, “The idea of music has really changed with Raahul’s generation, so I was very surprised when I heard the tune in its raw form. In a strange way it took me back to Pehla Nasha so I offered to help with the lyrics. The concept, melody and even the idea of a slow soft tune is all Raahul’s. I was tempted to meddle with the music a bit, but I refrained because an original composition is always the best”.

Raahul made his musical debut with “Aankhon Ke Ishaare” released by Zee Music and followed it up with a somber and, soulful prayer song “Prabhu Hum Ko Kshama Kar” alongside his father at the outset of Covid-19 pandemic in India.

You can listen to the song here 

DDLJ: Cutting across 3 decades. My Personal Ode & Journey with the Film

20th October 1995 was the first time DDLJ released in cinemas. I was 7 when I first watched the film at G7 Cinemas, Bandra with my parents. Little did I know that I would end up getting lost in the magical world that I was experiencing on screen. Tears rolled down my cheeks when I saw Amrish Puri slap SRK right before the climax sequence and I held my mother’s arms as each slap echoed in the pin drop silence inside the cinema packed with thousand people. I felt ecstatic when Kajol ran towards the stretched arm of SRK extending from the door of a running train in the end. I was mesmerized by the story that I narrated the entire film to my friends in school. When the songs came on the television, I would stop everything and listen attentively. Couple of months later, we revisited the theatre to watch DDLJ again. It was the same scenario as the first – a packed house with the same emotions. As a kid, I knew this film would stay with me forever. Continue reading “DDLJ: Cutting across 3 decades. My Personal Ode & Journey with the Film”

On Working with Bejoy Nambiar on Taish and More: Actor Ankur Rathee Speaks

Actor Ankur Rathee who is currently geared up for his next big release, Taish excitedly recounts his experience shooting with Bejoy Nambiar. Rathee will be playing the role of a British Indian young man who discovers a secret about his fiancé amidst the chaos of their own wedding. Add to their precarious situation an emotionally tumultuous family and you get the revenge drama that is Taish.

Recalling how he bagged the role, Ankur said, “I got a call from Karan Mally and Nandini Shrikent, who recently cast me in Thappad. Bejoy liked my audition and asked to meet, but a few days prior I badly sprained my ankle playing basketball, ironically, with Jim Sarbh who had to carry me off the court! I remember limping my way into Bejoy’s office and awkwardly sitting with my crutches. He narrated the film and his enthusiasm was infectious. I felt transported.”


Ankur describes working with Bejoy Nambiar a dream come true. He said, “Bejoy gives a lot of creative liberty to his actors which is refreshing. It made us feel like it was just as much our story to tell as it was his. I remember there was one scene where Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, and I started improvising and building little moments that weren’t in the script. We just kept playing off of each other and Bejoy kept rolling. He would encourage that kind of experimentation, but also knew when to help us reel it back. His trust in us fed into our faith in him“.

Recently Ankur gave memorable performances in Thappad, Four More Shots Please, Undekhi, and Made in Heaven. The actor has worked with renowned directors like Bejoy Nambiar, Anubhav Sinha, and now Nagesh Kuknor on his next. Ankur said, “Whenever I’m mesmerized by a film I always tell myself ‘I want to work with this director’. You say that enough times and you end up with a wish list of filmmakers that have really pushed the boundaries of Indian cinema. I’m so grateful to God that as my career progresses, one by one I’m checking off directors from my wish list.”

The actor is currently busy shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s next and promoting Taish which is due to release on 29th October. Also in the pipeline is Rishi Deshpande’s much-awaited Marathi film, ‘Nirmal En Route’ which stars Ankur Rathee as the male lead actor.    

Ali and me share a Libran connection says, Mirzapur Actress Harshita Gaur

Harshita Shekhar Gaur who’s super thrilled with the views and feedback the trailer of Mirzapur 2 is receiving, spoke about her offline bond with her on-screen brother Ali Fazal. The trailer of the much-awaited show Mirzapur season 2 is out, launched at a virtual press conference. Harshita, who plays Dimpy, Guddu Bhaiya’s (Ali Fazal) and Bablu Bhaiya’s (Vikrant Massey), sister in the crime thriller Mirzapur revealed that the on-screen brother-sister duo have actually developed a sibling bond in real life as well. Continue reading “Ali and me share a Libran connection says, Mirzapur Actress Harshita Gaur”

Shayan Italia presents Sha La La; the most symbolic music video to “come out” of India on International Coming Out Day.

Debut Hinglish single Sha La La, backed by Hungama features 65 legendary musicians and 21 visual artists coming together to ignite India with a deeply pertinent message: Love. Without Boundaries.Continue reading “Shayan Italia presents Sha La La; the most symbolic music video to “come out” of India on International Coming Out Day.”

Natashaa Iyer debuts with a music video – ‘Sauda’

Actress and Model Natashaa Iyer who is a celebrated digital artist marked her debut with a music video titled ‘Sauda’ which released digitally on the Knockking Beat Youtube channel. The music video — shot in locations across Mauritius — chronicles the self-exploration and adventurous journey of a free-spirited newly married bride who feels ignored by her workaholic husband on their Honeymoon. Having worked in more than 50+ TV/ digital commercials and now with Sauda Natashaa has embarked upon a full-fledged career in acting.

Shot over three days in Mauritius, Sauda is a Punjabi folk-inspired song composed by Samir Saptiskar and directed by Samir Khan. Natashaa along with the crew shot for three days and talking about her experience on the same, Natashaa said, “Acting is instinctive, it is many lives in one. I have been working in television commercials for a long time now and making this transition has been a fulfilling experience. While advertisements are more purpose-driven communication, a music video has more scope for an actor. Any form comes with a learning experience and I am trying to make the most of it, I am eager to explore longer roles now”.

Talking about the concept behind the music video of Sauda and her experience, she shares, “Sauda is an excellent combination of a folk tune with a touch of chic. It is an ode to all the free-spirited women. The concept is about a girl, who leaves her workaholic husband on their honeymoon to go out and explore a new city all by herself. I don’t know if it is appropriate to say this but I feel it has some essence of Kangana Ranaut’s character Rani in the film Queen. It is the most loved character of all time and it almost gave me an adrenaline rush when the director narrated the story, it was like a moment of epiphany.”

Natashaa Iyer has worked in television commercials for host topline brands like Pizza Hut, Byjus, Royal Enfield, TVS, B4u Network, Big Bazaar, Hyundai, and many more.

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I will always go where work takes me and remain open minded!: In Conversation with Actor Aneesha Joshi

A trained dancer and actor, Aneesha Joshi has worked in films like Simran and Padmaavat in the past, before getting noticed in Iram Parveen Bilal‘s international film, “I’ll Meet You There” which is currently doing the film festival round. Here’s an excerpt of a conversation we had with her recently.

Tell us about your upcoming movie ‘I’ll Meet You There’ ? How was it working with Parveen Bilal?

I was lucky enough to book the role of “I’ll meet you there” through a self tape audition that I did from Mumbai! I have a fantastic agent in Los Angeles who really made sure they saw my tape!The genre of this film is a lovely coming of age drama that highlights the trials and lessons of finding the balance between one’s cultural expectations and dreams. The character of Sarah was lovely. She’s the anchor to her more courageous and brave friend Dua, who is on a mission to uncover more of her mysterious past. To prepare for the role I spoke at length with the director before rolling and kept an open dialogue with my co actors to leave moments of discovery throughout! My experience of shooting for I’ll Meet You There was wonderful. It was so inspiring to be among South Asian women in Hollywood, all representing our culture proudly and through such nuanced performances.

You have worked as an assistant makeup artist for the short film ‘100: The Tribute’! Tell us about your journey from being a make-up artist to playing a lead actor in Duane Adler’s ‘Heartbeats’? 

My job as a makeup artist during 100: the tribute (directed by Raashi Desai and Siddhi Sundar) was a very fun experience. I was still studying at BU at the time and went down to New Jersey to assist! My sister was the lead actress of the film so it felt very close to home, creative, and collaborative!

You are a trained classical dancer! Is there any upcoming song cover you are working on next?

Classical dance is an art form extremely close to my heart. I have been training in various forms since the age of 4! I’m always on the hunt for fun songs to cover, when the right one inspires me I’ll be sure to shoot it!

You work with both the industries don’t you find it hectic and how do you manage to get through it?

The world is growing increasingly small these days. I have some great role models who have managed to navigate working in both India and America with so much finesse. I will always go where work takes me and remain open minded! A little sense of adventure is what makes life worth living after all!

What is your take on nepotism?

Nepotism is a hot topic in India of late. While I understand both sides of the argument, I’m a firm believer that no matter what, talent eventually prevails. A newcomer with no industry connections shouldn’t be axed from conversations if they have the talent! Unfortunately star children are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny which can also be difficult to navigate. If studios and producers are fair and partial, we might however see a wider variety of performers in leading roles.

Upcoming projects you’re working on?

I have a few exciting projects coming up that I’m unfortunately unable to comment on, hoping to get back to work on them as soon as the state of emergency is lifted, as I’m sure many of us are!

“It was an honour to direct Terence Lewis Sir”, says Dancer-choreographer Saurabh Prajapati

Bollywood’s youngest dance director and choreographer Saurabh Prajapti, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Bollywood, recently directed a music video called ‘Tu hai toh’ starring Terence Lewis and Digangana Suryavanshi , sung by Ash King and Palak Muchhal, composed by Palaash Muchhal on Pal Musics YouTube channel.  Saurabh’s journey with dance started at a very young age and by 15 he had graduated in dance, learning from various international choreographers. Post which, Saurabh joined Terrance Lewis’s dance academy for a bit and then started working independently as a choreographer and dance director.

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An Actor Speaks: In Conversation with Shriyam Bhagnani

Belonging to an active film family, which includes uncle Vashu Bhagnani (producer), cousins Jacky Bhagnani (actor-producer) & Deepshikha Deshmukh (producer), it was no surprise that Shriyam Bhagani also decided to make a mark for herself in the world of cinema. But she chose to chart her own path as an actor, beginning by getting herself trained by veteran acting coach, Barry John. After doing small but interesting character roles in films like Baaghi 2 & Batti Gul Meter Chalu, she’s now all set to be seen in some interesting projects. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with Shriyam Bhagani-

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