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Friday, 31 December 2010
HUBLI: Noted playback singer Sonu Niigaam will perform in Belgaum and Hubli this week as part of as his three-city tour organised by Connect Films Media and Desitara.com.
Chief Executive Officer of the website Mansur Ahmed told presspersons here on Tuesday that the singer would perform at Phoenix Residential School Grounds in Belgaum on Saturday evening and at Railway Sports Ground in Hubli on Sunday.
Along with Sonu Niigaam and his troupe, three upcoming singers have been selected in a nationwide talent hunt organised by Desitara to perform in these two cities. Mr. Ahmed said the company was involved in encouraging budding artists by giving them the opportunity to perform live with noted artistes.
Besides the winners of the talent hunt, one singer from the region too would be given an opportunity to perform in the show at Hubli and Belgaum.
Director of the website Sanjay Narendra promised that the audience could expect both Hindi and Kannada film songs, as well as a dance programme at the show that has been titled ‘Knock Out Sonu's voice your choice'.
Mr. Ahmed, who is also in charge of Connect Films Media, said the film production company also planned to produce a film involving young talent discovered through Desitara.com.
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Now female playback is also part of Sonu Nigam's repertoire. "Now I can even boast about singing for Katrina Kaif in addition to all the male actors," laughs the versatile singer as he poses for a family who's come from abroad to meet him.
Sonu Nigam clearly doesn't like being stereotyped and his latest hit, the title track of Tees Maar Khan where he has sung in 54 voices, proves it. Sonu gets candid with CS about his versatility, fan following and love for experimenting:
Meri awaaz suno
When Shirish Kunder narrated the script of the title track, I saw it was a multi-layered song. It required a number of singers.
While going through the script in detail, I realised I could pull off the entire song on my own. So, when Shirish saw I could sing with variations, he suggested that I sing the entire song and make it the USP of the song.
The tough part was to make it sound authentic, discarding the sound monotony even in the chorus. So, I changed my voice even while recording the chorus.
I don't want to stagnate the singer in me. Earlier in the 90s I was typecasted as a sad singer when Bewafa Sanam's Acha Sila Diya became a huge hit. Likewise, I have been offered romantic, patriotic and philosophical numbers depending on the success of my last song.
I feel that people in the industry make use of your present situation and then try to exploit you. I refuse to be the part of this exploitation.
I am bored of singing mushy songs and so avoid them these days. No one likes stereotyping, we change clothes, houses, offices sometimes even partners, so what's wrong if I demand some variation?
As a child I was fanatic about Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan). But when I saw him in Lal Badshah and Mrityudaata, I felt cheated. I wondered why he acted in films where he looked so old.
Even if I wanted to, I couldn't have stopped him from doing these movies. Then he made a superb comeback with KBC. So, if he would have been affected by what fans thought of him, he might have vanished.
This experience taught me that never listen to your fans. Fans should never affect an artist. He should work at creating more fans. Experimenting may upset my existing fans but will definitely broaden my spectrum for new fans.
Who: Sonu Niigaam
What: Talking about his desire for experimenting
Where: At his residence
By: Avantika Patil
Date: 2010-12-30 Place: Mumbai
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
The capital is all set to welcome the new decade in Bollywood style this 31st. From B-wood themed bashes to actors, singer and B-town DJs, the New Year Eve bashes in the capital are expected be more filmi than before.
Sonu Nigam will perform at the Kingdom of Dreams along with DJs Sunny Sarid, Alex and Shashank. UK based Punjabi rock band RDB will perform for the first time in Delhi along with DJ Puru at the Nitesh Kunj farm. Punjabi pop singer Sukbir will perform at Taj Palace hotel, while Juggy D is expected to perform at Quantum and Bally Sagoo at BluO.
And then there are the famous DJs who're rocking the capital this Friday. Among others, DJs Sasha, Matt Darey and Rekha will perform at the Tau Devilal Stadium in Gurgaon
While Kashmera Shah and Krushna perform at the "Crazy Kiya Re party" bash at Parkland Exotica, Chhattarpur, rapper Hard Kaur will be at Jynxx for a 'Bollywood Heroes and Item Girls' theme party. Buzz is that that Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali may show up at a few clubs as they've been shooting in Delhi for a while. Item girl Meghna Naidu will perform at Vapour in Gurgaon, while Celina Jaitly will jig at Country Club, Delhi.
There are good expectations from the music of Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji for multiple reasons. Firstly and most importantly, the film bings together the team of Pritam, Emraan Hashmi and Ajay Devgn which did wonders in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai earlier this year. Secondly, the film showcases a new side of Madhur Bhandarkar with romcom being the chosen flavour. For his last musical Fashion, he had extracted some fantastic musical score from Salim-Sulaiman. One expects him to have done something similar for his newest endeavour as well. Neelesh Mishra, Kumaar, Sanjay Chhel and Sayeed Quadri write.
The song which should appeal instantly to all those who have grown on
Sonu Niigaam's songs from Deewana, Yaad and Jaan (three cult non-film albums that the singer made a few years ago) is 'Tere Bin'. Easily the song of the album, 'Tere Bin' has some heart felt lyrics by Kumaar (the young man is indeed spinning some very good words film after film) that make an instant connect with those deeply in love. Yet again, the 'sur' of the album doesn't see any deviation whatsoever with first 'Abhi Kuch Dino Se' and now 'Tere Bin' ensuring that the melody being created here remains intact.
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a good album which has a consistent sound to it (except for 'Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala' which is not bad but does deviate a little from the rest of the songs). As expected from Madhur Bhandarkar, he makes Pritam compose some classy tunes which go well with the urban romcom genre. Due to this reason, the album doesn't have any hardcore massy number that could have possibly acted as an anchor on which Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji could have entirely depended upon. This also means that the album would need a certain time period in which it can be nurtured so that it finds widespread all around acceptability. This Pritam soundtrack would find more audience for itself once the film releases and turns into a (possible) success.
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Kannada Movie Name : Hori
Banner : Smt. Devamma Blessings, K.B.S.Combines
Cast : Vinod Prabhakar, Gowri Munjal and Others
Producer : Linge Gowda
Director : Nagendra Magadi Pandu
01Beladhingala - Sonu Niigaam
02Geleya - Kunal Ganjawala, Shreya Goshal
03Hale Beega Riperi - Renu Kumar, Malathy
04Koghilegu - K.S.Chitra, Hariharan
05Dama Dama - Hemanth, Shamita Malnad
06Ee Beauty Bhoomi - Shankar Mahavadevan, Malgudi Shubha
Sonu Niigaam is a thorough professional. On Christmas Eve, the singer was in town to perform at a Calcutta Swimming Club event, which was presented in association with The Times Of India.
On being prodded if he asked for a gift from Santa Claus, Sonu said after a pregnant pause, "Yes, I did! I want my ailing mother to recover soon."
Overheard at the venue was that Sonu's mother is seriously ailing and the news reached his ears just before the perfomance. But such is his professionalism and commitment towards work that the singer didn't let it affect the show.
Friday, 24 December 2010
Sulaiman Merchant brought in his birthday with a lavish bash for his industry friends.
Sonu Niigaam, Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Pandit — certainly the head-turner of the night in her blue ensemble — were spotted in a great mood as they chatted and laughed with Sulaiman and his wife Reshma.
Sunidhi Chauhan, who has recently recorded an album with Enrique Iglesias, was spotted in an Indian ensemble (the colours not so fashionable unfortunately).
Singer Sona Mahapatra looked hot in a cleavage-showing blue number. Kailash Kher obviously had a busy night as he was also spotted at another event. Narendra Kumar took blue to an all new level with an electric shade of the colour.
Punit Malhotra, Lalit Pandit, Nachiket Barve, Rohit with wife Manasi Joshi Roy, Upen Patel and Lalit Pandit
were also in attendance. With so many singers under one roof, this turned out to be one musical birthday.
The Big Star Awards wouldn't be the same without Big B but the famous actor wasn't the only one who lit up the star-studded ceremony Tuesday night as celebs like Sonu Niigaam, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherjee, Akshay Kumar and joined the party.
The joint awards of Star India and RBNL to premiere exclusively
on Star Plus on 31st December, 2010.
The sound of applause refused to die down as the biggest stars in Bollywood descended to bid a grand farewell to the year 2010. Celebrities who entertained us all year round were honoured as awards were presented to the best in the field of movies, music, television and sports. The awards were presented by with the coming together of 92.7 BIG FM and Star Plus.
The evening began with a glittering red carpet event as the performers and guests strutted their way into the event. The shahenshah and badshah of Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan posed for the shutterbugs and the glam quotient was upped by Sonu Niigaam, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, John Abraham and. The television industry was represented by biggies like Ekta Kapoor, Smriti Irani, Ronit Roy, Shwetha Salvi, Hiten and Gauri Tejwani, Rohit and Manasi Roy and many more.
Hosts for the night, the witty Arshad Warsi and the talented Shreyas Talpade mesmerized the audiences and held their attention right till the end with their one-liners and hilarious gags. The night witnessed a power packed performance by the original khiladi of the nation – Akshay Kumar, while the rani of our hearts – Rani Mukherjee returned to the stage after a long hiatus in a scintillating act. The Punjabi tadka was added by a fun filled sequence performed by Bollywood’s current heartthrob Priyanka Chopra and the tough Vijendra Singh. Other performers included The Prince Dance Troupe and popular television lead pair like Rashmi Desai and Nandish Sandhi (Uttaran).
Kolkatans get a taste of jazz
Kolkata, Dec 23 (IBNS): Sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee organised a soft launch of his new jazz album 'Trialogue' at a city hotel on Wednesday night.
'Trialogue', a jazz fusion album, is an international collaboration of three ethnic groups and continents, featuring Purbayan himself with South African jazz guitarist Maxwell Hittler Vidima, Belgian Saxophonist Manuel Hermia and Bengali music composer Indraadip Dasgupta.
Speaking on the occasion, Purbayan Chatterjee, a disciple of sitar maestro Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, said: "Triallogue's main motive is not fusion with different artists, but simply fusion among different continents. Each and every track of the album are fused into jazz. We are bringing in the intellectual side of music by harmonizing the continents."
"The album will be a true flavour of Afro- Indian music fused into European style, rather any kind of mixture is fusion. In short, it will be a cross-over album," Purbayan.
Speaking on the event, Indraadip said, "Trialogue, a composition of fusion jazz, is like organic music. Organic means it will never decay and will go long into the listeners hearts. Amader album srotader mone jate daag kate taar-e chesta korchi (we have tried to make a place in our listeners' hearts)."
Asked how did they decide on the fusion line, he said: "Nothing is decided, but trying to create as many tracks we can. And trying to induce some Far- East flavours into it. Sonu Nigam might sing a song or two for the album. But again, nothing has finalized yet."
South African guitarist Maxwell said he enjoyed working on the jazz album.
"I had worked with Purbayan five years back. And today when I am again working with him, it seems his versatility is grooming on and on. It is really pleasing to work with such a maestro and composer at a time. Both of them are variedly talented," he said.
The exact date of launch of 'Trialogue' is not yet certain, but the team is planning to bring it by the beginning of next year, 'with a digital release of the album in some radio stations', said Purbayan.
The night saw Purbayan and Maxwell tranquilizing the audience with their fusion at an event 'Rhythm For Life 2010', organized by Consortium Group.
(Reporting by Gourav Mukherjea, photo by Avishek Mitra)
Sonu Niigaam met father's musician colleague, Suresh Kothawala, facing termination because of the entertainment tax on live music; pledged support for the cause
As reported by MiD DAY ('Sonu steps up to save live music' December 22), singer Sonu Niigaam had called a meeting of musicians yesterday evening at his home in Andheri, to discuss the recent entertainment tax introduced by the state government, which has left many musicians jobless.
One of the attendees was Suresh Kothawala, the 63-year-old who used to work together with Niigaam's father, Agam Kumar, in his early career.
Today, Kothawala earns his livelihood as a musician in a restaurant in Dahisar and could well be another victim of the entertainment tax.
In the meeting, which MiD DAY attended, Kothawala appealed to Niigaam for immediate help. He grumbled that Hindi singers like him would face the major impact.
"Niigaam's father and I used do recordings together. I have high hopes that he will be able to help us," he said.
Kothawala will be asked by his employers to leave if they have to pay heavy taxes for his performances at the restaurant.
In response, Niigaam promised Kothawala the support of his singer friends like Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan among others for the movement.
He signed up for the signature campaign 'Please don't kill live music', initiated by musicians facing the axe, and has decided to get other renowned singers in the industry to endorse it as well.
"The issue came to my notice only when the father of one of my band members lost his job. That is when I realised that the situation needs to be addressed immediately," Niigaam said.
Niigaam added that he would personally look into the matter and will seek an appointment with the Revenue Minister asking him to repeal the tax.
"This is absolutely wrong on the part of the government. This is not about musicians but about preserving culture.
We will make sure that before the music industry dies, the government wakes up to a just solution," he said.
Roger Menezes, who has been working with Niigaam for eight years, is one among the few who have faced the cruelty of the recent tax.
His father was removed from a five star hotel in Andheri, after the hotel cited the new tax structure for sacking him.
"This is injustice to all of us. I work as a freelance musician with various city restaurants but the new tax has impacted my income," he said.
Menezes was accompanied by Meldan Dacunha, the owner of Soul Fry restaurant in Bandra. He is also the driving force behind Save Live Music campaign.
Farah Khan held a screening of her film Tees Maar Khan for her near and dear ones.
The very popular lady had her friends pouring in to support her. There were ceetis and cups of hot chai galore as the screening began. Though Katrina Kaif couldn't make it, her co-star Akshay Kumar more than made up for her absence. Vishal and Shekhar were seen bonding with Shirish Kunder, music obviously was the topic of discussion between them.
Mia wore a short blue dress, and put on a denim jacket to protect herself against the chill. Madhurima was spotted sans hubby Sonu Niigaam. Avinash Gowariker, Aman Verma, Ali Asgar, Anjan Srivastav, Daisy Irani, Bhushan Kumar, Apara Mehta and Raghu Ram were spotted having a great time at the screening.
It's not a marriage, it's a carnival" — is how Kolkata's Dhoot family and Hong Kong's Saboo family described the gala wedding that took place at 40 different locations in Kolkata, Aamby Valley and Delhi from November 20 to December 12.
Piyush Dhoot's marriage to Shradha Saboo left nothing more to be desired.
Nearly 150 celebrities from around the country and beyond came in to bless the couple. The invitation card was made of a wooden box comprising separate cards for all the functions along with the main wedding card and sweets in tricolour.
The wedding witnessed performances by Sonu Niigaam,,Richa Sharma, Bickram Ghosh, Greg Elis, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, RDB, Kavita Murty, Omi Vaidya, Shailesh Lodha, Arun Jamini, Dia Mirza and Violin Brothers, among others. Needless to say, parents of the bride — Suman and Surendra Saboo and groom — Pushpa and Pawan Dhoot, had their wish for a big, fat Indian wedding fulfilled. The guests were enthralled by the glorious performance by the Dhoot and Saboo family members at Aamby valley in their family function.
Mumbai(ANI): Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and the cast and crew of the film Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji attended the release of the film's music album in Mumbai. Interacting with media persons at Cinemax on Thursday, director Madhur Bhandarkar lauded Pritam Chakraborty, the music director of the movie.
"Music is very good, Pritam has done a wonderful work and the way he has contributed to the music of the film is very different. Every song is better than the other one. Music is very-very good," said Bhandarkar.
"Music of the film is such that it takes the movie ahead. Like the trend of my other films the music of this film takes the story and screenplay ahead," he added. Devgn termed the movie as an exclusive comedy that would entertain the young and the old alike.
"When you see the film you will feel that such comedy only Madhur can make because as Emraan Hashmi said that it a slice of life. It looks very real and it is a comedy film. It is not a slam stack comedy; it is a situational comedy, which I think is very apt for Madhur," said Devgn.
Movie also stars Emraan Hashmi, Shruti Hassan, Omi Vaidya, budding actresses Shahzan Padamsee and Shraddha Das. The film is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around three friends. Lending their voices to the soundtracks are Mohit Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala and Sonu Nigam.
'Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji' is slated for release on January 28.
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji: Music Review (Pritam)
The next song is Tere Bin, a soft-romantic-super-awesomely-beautiful song sung by Sonu Niigaam. Its one of those lovely romantic tracks that suit Sonu Niigaam a lot Do listen.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
After politicians extend their support to the cause of live music, Bollywood singers decide to protest against the entertainment tax
The protest against the entertainment tax is gathering momentum as increasing number of people are coming forward to show their solidarity to musicians.
After politicians, it is now the chance of Bollywood singers to come out in support of artistes across the city who could be jobless very soon because of the unjust entertainment tax.
Fans gather at Bandra's amphitheatre on Sunday to protest the revision in the entertainment tax which could render several musicians jobless
Singers from the industry feel it is unfair and have also felt the impact of the entertainment tax as several of these artistes also work as part-time musicians in five-star hotels in the city.
Sonu Niigaam has now decided to support the cause of 'save live music' and feels if action is not taken soon, live music could disappear from the city.
Speaking to MiD DAY, he said, "I was shocked to know that my band members became jobless last month. A lot of my band mates freelance as musicians at various clubs, hotels and bars."
Niigaam grumbled that now even a Neanderthal would know that no bar or hotel would pay such obnoxiously exorbitant amounts simply for a live band and would relieve them and replace them with recorded music.
Commenting on the entertainment tax, Niigaam elaborated further, "While the entire country is embroiled in scams which run into crores, these innocent musicians are being robbed of their daily bread and butter without any hoopla being created. This is a matter of grave concern."
Niigaam said that the entertainment tax is not only robbing the city of the live music scene in the country but also killing the growth of music in the city.
"Now, parents will think twice before letting their children pursue any kind of music. I request the government to ideate a kinder approach as this is a matter of our cultural heritage."
Niigaam has now called for a meeting of all musicians today, to decide the next move to save the music.
Meldan Dacunha, owner of Soul Fry in Bandra and also the driving force of 'save live music campaign', said, "We were waiting long for renowned musicians to extend their support to this cause.
The recent tax imposed will indirectly impact the tourism of the state. Hope singers like Shaan, and the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy come out in support of musicians too."
Narayan Alva, president of Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), feels the move made by the government is terrible and needs to be addressed immediately.
"Why can't the government ask the industry for suggestions before imposing such rules?
Once the law is imposed it becomes difficult for a hotel owner or for the association to convince the government to repeal the law which has rendered many of them jobless," said Alva at the association's 31st Annual General Body meeting which was held at Kurla yesterday.
The music album of India’s First Live Action animation film “Toonpur Ka Superhero” opens with a catchy number titled “Let’s Go To Toonpur” composed by Kumaar. “Tunak Tunak” is a song that kids can easily relate to.
Next is a cute fun number titled “Tussi Jaa Rahe Ho” rendered by Mumzy, Veronica, H’Dhani and Anu Malik. This song also has a remix version. The album also comprises a list of songs for all age groups.
Firstly there is a dance number “Nach Mere Naal” composed by Kumaar and sung by Master Salim, Mumzy, Alisha and a bunch of children.
This conventional song also has a remix version. “Jeetoge Tum” is a motivational track picturized on the lead protagonist Ajay Devgan.
Next is an outdated composition sung by Roop Kumar Rathod and Javed Ali and composed by Munna Dhiman. This turns out to be a dull piece. “Rubdoot” composed by Munna Dhiman has mimicry by Sudesh Bhonsle and dialogues by Ajay Devgan.
The song is sung by Sonu Niigaam and Altaf Raja. The album also has a rap number titled “Baliye” sung by Hard Kaur accompanied by Shaan, Alisha and Anu Malik.
The song is composed by Munna Dhiman. On the whole this music album is an average one.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
His title track from Tees Maar Khan, sung in 54 different voices, is getting him a standing ovation everywhere, be it the Lucknow Mohotsav, concerts in Hoogli and Belgaum or the Comedy Circus finale. “Everyone wants to hear me sing it live,” smiles Sonu Niigaam, who’s recently returned from a concert tour in the UK.
Unfortunately, while on the All Is Well tour, he learnt that his mother is seriously unwell. Now, he has cancelled all commitments that would take him away from the country for longer than a couple of days.
He’s put his plans of cutting an English album on hold. In 2003, he had recorded Spirit Unfolding but before he could release it, he got busy with Indian Idol and could not go to the US to market it. “At the time it was a trendsetter but times changed. I want to move on,” sighs the singer. “I’d planned to collaborate with American artistes. But for that I have to spend time in the US. This year I’ve been in India for Chhote Ustaad and now, I can’t think beyond praying for my mother who’s been detected with cancer.”
Niigaam had also planned to set up a band, Nirvan, with DJ Gaurav, guitarist and composer of Dus Kahaniyan and Knock Out: “We met a couple of months ago and decided to make music together. Our band will play at my solo concerts. We also want to come out with an album soon.”
Meanwhile, a unique album, Time Travel, with voice aligned with erstwhile singers in yesteryear Hindi songs, released on a couple of Nokia handsets. Encouraged by its 1 million sales, Niigaam wants to turn this the eight-song album into multiple CDs comprising 50 songs.
He’s also in talks for an Indianised X Factor, a TV talent show franchise that originated in UK. “All my musical shows, from Sa Re Ga Ma and Music Ka Maha Muqabala to Chhote Ustaad, have done extremely well. I like the format of X Factor and the people who are handling it. We’re in talks,” he admits.
He’s open to another season of Chhote Ustaad too. “During my concert in Karachi a bomb exploded, narrowly missing wiping out my family. It upset me but I can’t hold it against that country. It’s unethical to boycott any artiste,” he reasons, adding that Chhote Ustaad helped improving ties between India and Pakistan because unlike the opinionated 21-plus group, children don’t discriminate on community, nationality or creed.”
Niigaam himself is a proud father to Nivaan who at three sang with Lata Mangeshkar. “It was a ‘sargam’ that made it even more difficult,” he beams. “He’s a good boy who always wakes up with a smile. I’ll support him in anything he wants to do.”
Papa himself hasn’t been doing much playback. There was a time when he had two-three nominations during the award season. “I’m nominated every year… Main hoon naa…, Kabhi alvida na kehna…, All izz well…, Shukran Allah…. But there were no awards till The Best Live Performer (Male) Award recently. The business has changed but good songs that require emotions and expressions still come to me,” he asserts.
Meanwhile, the overwhelming response to his stage performance at a recent award function has prodded Niigaam into giving movies another thought. He acted in half-a-dozen films as a child artiste, including Pyaara Dushman (’80), Kamchor (’82) Ustaadi Ustad Se (’83) and Betaab (’83).
Later, there were the forgettable Jaani Dushman—Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002), Kaash Aap Humare Hote (2003) and Love In Nepal (2004). “Except for Love In Nepal that didn’t get a proper release, all the other movies didn’t match my stature. So, I’m waiting for the right project.”
Reportedly, he’s interested in Aankhon Aankhon Mein, about a blind singer? “Yeah, there’s that one and three other offers too,” he admits. “But right now my mother is top priority.”
Friday, 17 December 2010
Just when people in Bollywood have written off audio sales, the music of Kandahar down south has sold like hot cakes. The bilingual film Kandahar, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal, has the music composed by Bollywood music composer Shamir Tandon. The first lot of cassettes and CDs just sold off the shelves and the record label has manufactured in a hurry a new lot to cater to the rising demand of the music of this film.
The songs composed by Shamir Tandon are in Hindi and he was specially invited to do this patriotic film given his melodic sensibilities and heart touching music. A special screening of movie was recently held at the Leela in Mumbai. The leading stars Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal were moved towards the end of the film when 'Naman Hai' a patriotic song played culminating the high point of emotions and the coming together of the two legends.
Ecstatic Shamir Tandon says, “I'm elated that I have been invited by Major Ravi from the south, who has delivered national award winning films. It has given me an opportunity to delve in the patriotic genre not attempted by me before." The lead song 'Naman Hai...' is about bowing down to the motherland and our mother as against the general 'Salaam Hai...' to the country, which is a very aggressive approach.
The music of Kandahar has caught on like wild fire in Kerela and has been one of the most talked about points in the film that has been very carefully crafted with two actors par excellence with the dedication song to the nation.
It has been sung by Sonu Niigaam with fervor hitting highest notes ever.
He didn't charge Shamir a single penny given that its a patriotic film and that the song should reach out to all Indians. Shamir is waiting for February when the film scheduled an all India Hindi release when the songs will be showcased in national media.
The film Kandahar is based on a hijack and one wonder the scope of music, but like in Shamir's previous realistic films like Page 3, Corporate and many more, he has seamlessly weaved in some beautiful songs by Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan apart from Sonu Nigam. Shamir is pleasantly surprised that Mohanlal sir personally invited him and congratulated him on the wonderful music he has made for this film and has invited him to score music for his next too.
There are two playback voices in the Indian film industry that ooze sex appeal – Sunidhi Chauhan and Sonu Niigaam
They add that extra touch to any number and I firmly believe that the song “My name is Sheila” owes it’s sizzle to Sunidhi and not so much Kat’s moves.
Shreya Ghosal has an innocence in her voice (very much like Lata Mangeshkar) but Sunidhi brings on the hungama that Asha Bhonsle used to wreak.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Singer Sonu Niigaam sure takes his job as a mentor very seriously.
And that is precisely what dragged him into some unwelcome news recently, when he flew to the defence of his proteges Abhijeet Sawant and Prajakta Shukre, after the singers were accosted by a belligerant crowd and Niigaam was forced to intervene to sort out the matter. Undrestandably reluctant to talk about the episode, Nigam nevetheless did let us in on his point of view, while in Lucknow to perform at the Lucknow Mahotsav. "Of course! These are young people and if they look to me for guidance, I will help them to the best of my ability. It's my moral responsibility," he reacts when we point out his involvment in the episode.
But controversies are not all that are happening in Sonu Niigaam's life. In fact, he says he's a busy man who chooses work carefully now.
"I'm being choosy about my work," says Sonu, and explains why: "I strongly believe that life mein quality honi chahiye. One should respect one's art and not over utilise and over expose it. That way one can maintain a quality and respect in one's profession, which is what I'm doing now."
And it is this mindset that perhaps led him to explore a new facet to himself recently, that of singing in 54 different voices for a track in the forthcoming "Tees Maar Khan". "Yes, that was very interesting. Initially Shirish (Kunder) had thought of making 10-15 singers sing the same track and I was supposed to be one of them. So he came to my studio to record the track and when I started singing he offered me to sing all of them. And then the track went on to be in 54 different voices right from females to different male voices. It was fun."
Another activity that keeps the singing star engaged and excited is the Singer's Association of India (SAI), formed this year in June, which he's an active part of. "Yes, it's been a dream come true for singers in Bollywood. It was actually Lataji's (Mangeshkar) dream but somehow she could not fulfill it. Along with me there's Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Alka Yagnik who are all a part of the association and we hope to help protect the interests of the singers in India."
Among the issues the organization plans to take up are ensuring that singers are given their due. "If you notice, there have been a few films like "Lakshya" where the names of singers wasn't mentioned, which I feel is not right. We can't be ignored as most movies do well because of their music. The association will bring in a moral code of conduct in the industry towards and for the singers. We'll also be helping old and out-of-work singers so that they can lead a life of dignity," he says.
Sonu Niigaam has come a long way in his singing career in Bollywood and now he has become quite choosy about his work. After spending almost two decades in Bollywood, Sonu thinks that one should not over expose his or her talent and should respect the art and that is what he is doing now.
However, apart from his Bollywood career, the 37-year-old singer has got himself involved with the Singers Association of India (SAI). SAI was formed in this June and it aims to protect the interests of Indian singers. Sonu says that this was actually the dream of the ‘Nightingale of India’ Lata Mangeshkar but she could not somehow make it possible. So, Sonu has taken the responsibility from this veteran singer with help of some other renowned Bollywood singers like Alka Yagnik, Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala.
The organization has also plan to raise the issues like that the singers should get their desired due. Citing an example from the movie Lakshya, which did not give credit to the singers, Sonu said that this is not right. He said that most of the Bollywood movies do well because of their music and if the musicians are not given their credit then it is wrong.
The singer further informed that the association is planning to bring a moral code of conduct in the industry for the singers. They also plan to help the out-of-work singers to support them leading a life with dignity.
Well, this is definitely a praiseworthy step taken by these Bollywood singers and we hope it helps the upcoming singers as well! –Sampurn
Due to unforeseen circumstances, renowned Bollywood playback singer Sonu Niigaam has deferred one of his upcoming concerts in Malaysia and rescheduled another to next year.
The Sonu Niigaam 1Malaysia Live In Concert show scheduled for this Sunday in Stadium Bandaraya Johor Baru has been scrapped, organisers have announced, reports the Star Online.
Also, the concert scheduled for next Tuesday (Dec 14) at the Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach, Bandar Sunway, has been rescheduled to Jan 22, show presenter Perfect Orion and organiser Narrowcast Universe said in
They also said that the Sunway Lagoon concert ticket could be used for the January show, adding that fans who bought tickets to the JB concert may either claim a refund or use them to attend the performance at Sunway Lagoon.
Winners of the ticket giveaway (contest featured in StarTwo on Dec 9) will be able to use their tickets for the Sunway Lagoon concert as well.
Vintage champagne, caviar to snack on, acts by acrobats and even lounge beds — Delhi is set to bring in the New Year with a bang, and an expensive bang at that!
At the Jynxxx bar and club in Nehru Place, couples will be able to lounge on beds as the clock strikes 12 on the 31st. Just that it would set you back by Rs 25,000— 1,00,000. “There are cushy beds in the lounge, which overlook the entire club. For Rs 1 lakh, you’ll get unlimited Dom Pérignon champagne, besides various cuisines and other liquors. The Rs 50,000 pass gets you unlimited Moet & Chandon champagne,”says Mohit Jain, the club’s owner.
If you think that is through the roof, at Noida’s Quantum club, couples will have to shell out almost half a lakh just to get into the VVIP lounge. “A table there will cost anywhere between Rs 40,000—60,000. This includes snacks such as caviar and scallops, a high-end main course, expensive liquor, and even an exclusive butler for the night,” says the club’s spokesperson.
LAP in Hotel Samrat is in the over-the-top-indulgence race, too. “We have a line-up of 5-6 DJs for the night. We’ll also have a special raffle with prizes, including a LAP membership worth a few lakhs,” says the club’s spokesperson.
Till last year, New Year’s eve parties at the 5-star hotels in Delhi attracted the richie-rich and commanded hefty price tags. But now stand-alone restaurants are vying for their share of the pie, too. “We’re doing a carnival theme, which includes live acts like flame throwers, saxophonist and acrobats. There’s a 5-course meal with each ticket, so the cost of Rs 14,000 per couple is pretty justified,” says Wasiqa Soni of Circa 1193 in Mehrauli.
At Gurgaon’s Kingdom of Dreams, there will be 8 simultaneous parties, which will see world famous magician Franz Harary and singer Sonu Niigaam perform. A party planned at Gurgaon’s Tau Devi Lal stadium, featuring DJ, Matt Darey and with 20,000 revellers is being tipped as India’s biggest New Year’s eve bash.
Clubbing ain’t cheap
Rs 10,000—12,000: Avg cost for a couple’s invite at a nightclub (Non VIP)
Rs 40-60 lakh: What every nightclub stands to earn just from entry tickets this New Year’s eve
Rs 350-500: No of people expected to party at each night club
Rs 35-40: Litres of hi-end champagne consumed on an average in every nightclub in one evening
Toonpur Ka Superrhero is very unique in concept and story, the first of its kind in India to combine live action and animation. Starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol, the story follows film superstar Aditya (Ajay Devgan) and his wife Priya (Kajol). He is a "reel hero", but in real life not so much, which is a disappointment to their two children. In an interesting cimematographic twist, Aditya ends up in Toonpur, the land of his children's favourite cartoons. While there he has to fight Toonasurs (bad toons) to save the Devtoons (good toons). We will see who wins on December 24th, when the film opens in theaters. Esteemed music director Anu Malik has composed the tunes for the toons. It must have been a challenging project, so did Mr. Malik along with the singers and musician hit the right notes? Let's see...
Very much a situational track, Rubdoot mostly is dialogue between Ajay Devgn and Sudesh Bhosle. It all has to do with Rubdoot, who is the son in law of Yamdoot (messenger of death). Emotions run high when "Superrhero" of Toonpur comes to meet Rubdoot, who is a big fan. What happens next is autographs, Toonastras, a discussion, a trade, Bollywood with a bit of SRK, Hrithik and Dilip Kumar thrown in and more. I guess we will have to wait until the movie to get the full story. The number has a very dramatic background score that has a spooky feel to it. There are some musical sections with strong orchestrations. Then there are other sections very Indian in feel and beat sung by Sonu Niigaam and Altaf Raja. This one so needs the visuals that it is hard to rate. However, it makes me want to see the film, so that has to be a good thing!
In the end I think he conceived the ideas well but my final verdict was based on rating the music (a bit of a mess) and singers (all great). Will it work in context of the film? I imagine so; we will have to wait and watch.
It was expected that the music of Yamla Pagla Deewana will have a heavy dose of Punjabi flavour because of the theme of the movie and the presence of three Deols - Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby. So no suprises there. Along with that, the music also has rustic connect in a couple of songs.
Composed by multiple composers, the album has 12 tracks.
It opens with the title track, which is a revised and rearranged version of the original Main jat yamla pagla deewna from the 1975 Dharmendra-starrer Pratiggya.
Sonu Niigaam has done justice to the classic number and Nindy Kaur joins him for the song that has been contemporarised with additional lyrics and sounds by RDB. Overall an interesting beginning. Originally composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal ji
The song also has a remixed version called the house mix.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Film Name: - WOH 5 DIN Fun Filled Suspense Thriller
Screenplay & Direction: Sundeep Malani.
Starring New Discoveries * Piush Anand * Akash Hora * Hunny Hora * Anant Joshi * Bhagyashree Rao * Jenica Kalra * Ruby Anand DOP - Kamal
Music - Ricky Kej
Concept - Shabbu Raza Story - Piush Anand & Barkat Nabi Khan
Dialogue - Piush Anand & Barkat Nabi Khan
Assistant Directors - Jitin Kapoor, Shabbu Raza, Nadeem Niyazi Makeup Artist - Bablu
Production House: - Blessfilmsandpr
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
RDB and Nindy Kaur have created hit Bollywood tunes for many Akshay Kumar flicks including Singh is King, Namastey London, and Kambakkth Ishq. Now these Bhangra stars are teaming up with the Deols as they have contributed to the soundtrack for the upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana.
RDB have focused on the production of the title track and Nindy Kaur sings a duet with none other than Sonu Niigaam. This is not be the last installment of the song as there will be a house remix as well. The track is a remake of "Main Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana" which was originally heard in the 1975 film Pratigya. However, RDB will not be behind this track, instead Parichay will be singing this version.
In a press release Surj of RDB says, ''We're really excited to be a part of another massive Bollywood project, it's a great feeling to be with some of the greatest artists of the industry, Yamla Pagla Deewana is a classic song we hope to keep up to the reputation."
Just as RDB realize there are high expectations from their music, Yamla Pagla Deewana is creating quite a buzz. The film, produced by Samir Karnik, reunites Dharmendra with his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol.
Dharmendra and Bobby play a father/son team who are the biggest conmen in town. They trick some unsuspecting people and enjoy their lifestyles. Sunny Deol, who plays Paramveer Singh Dhillon, comes to town and claims to be Bobby Deol's brother. As Paramveer is accepted into the family, he is quickly used in all the conning.
The film also incorporates a love story, making this Bollywood flick complete. With the film and music being a family affair, do you think RDB have created another hit or is this a miss?
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Director Farah Khan likes everything in pulp-Bollywood style. After launching the music of her forthcoming film, Tees Maar Khan aboard a passenger train from CST to Lonavala, the choreographer-turned-director will have a live music show at Juhu Beach today. Singers who’ve rendered the songs on the original soundtrack along with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif will participate in the event. Kumar will be seen playing the role of a con man and Kaif, as a B-grade Bollywood actor.
However, music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar (Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani) will not be present for the show.
“It’s peak show season right now. We don’t have any dates free till December 16. And for this date, we were booked three months ago. So, we can’t cancel and be here. But all the singers who’ve worked on the album will be there to entertain the junta (public). Farah’s idea behind this show is to ensure that people have fun, and enjoy the music of her film,” says Dadlani.
The songs expected to be performed are Wallah re wallah and Sheila ki jawani among others. Playback singer Sonu Niigaam will perform the title track of the film, for which he has sung in more than 50 voices.
When asked if he’d manage the same for the ‘Live’ show, Dadlani says,
“It’s humanly impossible to sing in 52 to 54 voices for one stage show. Nevertheless, Sonu will sing in as many voices as he can. He’s done a fabulous job of the title track anyway.”
Farah Khan’s third outing as a director is the Christmas release this year. When asked to comment on the music of her film, she says, “I’m happy it’s picking up. The promos have fetched positive responses. So, we’re hoping everything will be fine and we’ll have more than one reason to celebrate Christmas this year.”
Mumbai, Dec 6 (IBNS) The cast and crew of upcoming Bollywood flick “Tees Maar Khan” threw a lavish party with Provogue for commoners at Juhu beach here recently.
It was a massive party with director Farah Khan, actors Akshay Kumar, and Katrina Kaif and live performance by singer Sonu Nigam.
“It was in the history of cinema that this kind of party happened for the common public. The people on Juhu beach were surprised by the party and they enjoyed a lot,” said an official spokesperson.
Rajeev and Raghu anchored the ‘Provogue Tees Maar Khan Beach Party’. The twins are also playing important roles in the movie.
Kamal Khan started the party with his Qwali song ‘Wallah Wallah’ performance; that was followed by Sonu Nigam’s Tees Maar Khan title track which he sang in 54 voices.
Friday, 3 December 2010
MUMBAI: Colors has acquired exclusive rights to telecast the inaugural edition of Chevrolet Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) on 5 December.
GIMA, the first multi-genre music awards, will be aired at 8 pm. The awards will honour and applaud talent across film and non-film music with the vision of giving different music genius the same platform, importance and recognition. Asha Bhosle is the goodwill ambassador for the GIMA.
Colors programming head Ashvini Yardi says, "It gives us great pleasure to be associated with the first-ever Global Indian Music Awards to celebrate the timeless legacy of indigenous musical talent and lend global recognition to some of the best Indian music and musicians across genres. At Colors, we believe in promoting unique and deserving talent, be it through reality shows or events. Taking this belief forward, Colors is proud to be associated with GIMA"
The show will see singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan pay a tribute to the melody queen Lata Mangeshkar. Salman Khan will shake his legs on the Dabangg hits. Other celebrities enthralling the audience will be Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Pritam, Sonu Nigam, AR Rehman and Adnan Sami.
For the inaugural edition, nominations in the non-film music category include Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Dr L Subramaniam, Shubha Mudgal, Lata Mangeshkar, Kailash Kher, Mohit Chauhan and Purnima Chaudhuri.
The Best Non-Film Song will see titles with 'Aman Ki Asha', 'Bas Ek Baat Ka Humko Gila', 'Chaandan Mein', 'Fitoor', 'Let's Go To Mumbai City' and 'Marhabba Jaanam' vying for the GIMA trophy.
In addition to the ten non-film and 11 film music categories, there will be an award for the Best Anti-Piracy Initiative.
Finally! A show for all of the North American Desis who sit in front of their TVs singing along to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa or Indian Idol.
Time to drop your fake hairbrush mics and tune up your sitar….India’s coming for you.
A search contest exclusively for the next big South Asian “vocal or instrumental talent” is coming to the east coast called I Am Next Superstar. (That’s not a typo in the title…maybe they left the “the” behind in India?)
Anyway, STAR India PLUS and Third Eye Ventures are bringing the show overseas to Canada and the U.S. to recruit music fans who may not otherwise have the opportunity to travel to India.
The reality-style show is split up into three categories: I Am Next Superstar, Junior (for contestants age 7-14), and Music-Video Star (for contestants who want to make their own music video). Over the past few months, audition videos have been rolling in. Semi-finals will be held this December in California and New York for the top 20 submissions for a chance to move on to finals in New Jersey. And the overall winner — chosen in the concert-style grande finale — will get a chance to record a single and star in a music video for the song in India!
But that’s not even the best part. Judges and esteemed music icons Sonu Nigam and Suresh Wadkar will mentor and train the contestants along the way. Private voice lessons from the “Ishq Bina” singer? Not too shabby.
Even though the show wasn’t granted a full season (like its well-known Indian counterparts), it’s nice to see established names in the Indian music industry making an effort to harness international Desi talent. And since the contest is open to people from all musical backgrounds, Wadkar claims:
It’s a great opportunity for participants to learn the nuances of music and hone their skills through this contest and claim deserving fame.
The show’s finale will air on STAR India PLUS sometime in January 2011.