The journey of any artist is generally never easy: In Conversation with Actress Shriyam Bhagnani

After being noticed in small but significant parts in films like Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Baaghi 2, actress Shriyam Bhagnani makes her OTT debut with Season 2 of the popular Disney+ Hotstar original series, City of Dreams. We caught up with her recently for a fun conversation & here are excerpts from the same.

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Ankur Rathee & Shriyam Bhagnani paired up in Nagesh Kukunoor’s City of Dreams

Nagesh Kukunoor’s City of Dreams season 2 releases on 30th July and Actors Ankur Rathee and Sriyam Bhagnani will be seen starring opposite each other. Kukunoor’s political drama series, scheduled to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar, has already received great feedback on its trailer, which captures glimpses of a power struggle between a father and daughter.

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Jatin Pandit revisits Bin Tere after 30 years for son Raahul Jatin

In 1991, Jatin Pandit gave music for the classic chartbuster “Bin Tere Sanam” from the movie Yaara Dildara. After 30 years, he has penned a new original song with the words “Bin Tere” for his son Raahul. Commenting on the same, Raahul said, “Both are very different types of songs. Honestly, I had never even thought about this comparison earlier. It just a twist of fate that both the songs have the words “Bin Tere” in them. My dad and my uncle Lalitji have given some incredible music – today it’s hard to imagine anybody giving so many great songs one after another. I have just started my journey as a musician, as an artist, as a singer. There is a long way to go, and I can never even think of comparing myself to my dad and my uncle. They have done some landmark work, work that is kind of just irreplaceable in today’s day and age. I have composed Bin Tere from my heart and that’s about it. I just hope that everybody likes it.”

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Bandra Film Festival’s next line up ‘Silent Crimes’ is now live

There are a lot of different interpretations of what a ‘silent crime’ can be. While pandemic still continues to rage around the world, Bandra Film Festival, a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube is all set to stream some really poignantly introspective drama movies based on silent crimes. Crimes which we see happening in our daily lives, some which we ignore to speak against or worse still stay mute allowing it to happen .The posters of the films were unveiled recently on BFF’s social media and we can’t wait to watch them.

The festival’s next line-up of films themed ‘Silent Crime’ opening with ‘Vanaja’ a gem from the past, is a spirited drama film in Telugu directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli, dealing with a young girl trying to find her self-worth in the midst of a repressive caste system and physical abuse. ‘Tipu’ directed by Mihir Lath is a short heart wrenching drama about a 6-year-old transgender kid Tipu who is sent away to live amidst the transgender community against his own will by his own family, all the time thinking he has been abducted by witches and finally, ‘Crash’ a docu fictional film directed by Rajdip Ray takes a look on the impact of road accident on the people, their apathy, calculated concerns & emotions in the locality where the accident takes place.

Speaking about the thematic line up,Namrata Grewal from Marketing & Communication at BFF said, “ Silent Crime’ is an interesting term, because it’s not a cut and dry genre to define, like, say, ‘comedy’ or ‘horror.’ That means there are crimes going on that are not acknowledged, ignored or worse still hushed by society’s apathy. This is a genre which will keep the audiences hooked to their screens. BFF programmed this new thematic line up ‘Silent Crime’ so that our audiences can continue to have the opportunity to watch a wide range of films from the comfort of their homes and in coming days more movies will be added on BFF’s platform.

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Bandra Film Festival celebrates RD Burman’s 82nd Birth Anniversary with a documentary-Pancham Unmixed

Aati Rahengi Baharein – Music for the Soul Collection

In the group of legendary Indian film composers, Rahul Dev Burman stands apart. Even though it’s been two and a half decades since RD Burman (aka Pancham Da) passed away, his music continues to captivate the imagination of musicians and music enthusiasts to this day. He is remembered as the musical genius who had a unique style of composing music and inspiring many singers.

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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.