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Padmaavat : A Tale of Lust and Valour

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The trailer successfully gives the tip-of-the-iceberg feeling, with long shots of forts, retinues, caravans, and battles. There’s also a fantastic shot of a single horse-rider riding into a dust storm.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films have always been equated with visual grandeur. The trailer for his latest film, Padmavati, promises nothing less.

The three-minute trailer, released on Monday, is a burst of vibrant colours — from the bright red of the Rajputana women’s skirts, all the way to the ashy grey of Alauddin Khilji’s tents.

It opens with a long Rajput retinue walking up to a fort, presumably the Chittorgarh fort. It is headed by Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and behind him is a moving wall of cloth containing Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone). We are shown several tender moments between the lead couple before disaster strikes — Khilji is here.

The trailer successfully gives the tip of the iceberg feeling, with long shots of forts, retinues, caravans, and battles. There’s also a fantastic shot of a single horse-rider riding into a dust storm.

Shahid looks a little more stoic than one would have liked, and Deepika looks like the role was tailor-made for her. However, it is Ranveer Singh as the diabolical Khilji that catches your eye. He gets the best entry in the trailer and even though he has no dialogue, one can’t help but want to see more of him.

The use of colour is telling. While Chittor is given the happiness and prosperity treatment, the world of Khilji veers towards black, grey and sepia. Ranveer looks like he’s walked out Game of Thrones, rocking a heavy Khal Drogo vibe, but that’s about it. The rest of his frames are cloaked in desolation — his tents are tattered and dusty, his retinue just as cheerless. It is a look that’s very reminiscent of the Kalakeya army in Baahubali.

The film has already faced protests and shooting was stalled on several occasions after the film sets were vandalised and set ablaze. Union Minister for Information and Broadcast had to go so far as to assure the industry that law and order would be under control.
Bhansali’s music is irresistible in the trailer. The film also stars Kim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Hydari and is set for release on December 1.

Watch the trailer here:



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CarryMinati Portrays The Story Of A Cringe Pop Artist

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Cringe pop, the new vocabulary in the social media world, for videos that go viral for all the wrong reasons. Cringe pop is the sub-genre dealing with music. They are repulsive, yet viral. They annoy you, but you still want to watch them because the whole world is talking about them. When you click on the link, the next 15 minutes of your life is cringe-worthy. But, that does not stop you from sharing the videos on your timeline.

Music lovers might cringe at the thought, but ‘cringe-pop’ has emerged as the newest sensation.

Ajey Nagar aka CarryMinati recently made a sketch where he portrayed the story of a cringe pop artist. In the sketch, Ajay played the fictitious character, Yo Yo Bantai Rapper.

The sketch depicts the rejections, exploitation and challenges faced by Bantai Rapper at every stage of his struggle. Right from being rejected at various talent shows (which he rightly deserved) to being exploited and abused (the harsh reality), he has seen it all. However, the sustained passion for his work makes him an internet sensation, but for the wrong song. When he tried to rap for a social cause, it was given a cold acceptance by the audience. This made him realise that the such social content hardly gets an audience. So he continues with his random songs to gain popularity.

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Mashup of Super Hit Numbers of 2017 Ft. Guru Randhawa & Neha Kakkar

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Guru Randhawa and Neha Kakkar came together to give a romantic tadka to upbeat super hits of 2017, High Rated Gabru and Ban Ja Rani.

The episode started with Guru’s whistle from the song Ban Ja Rani and Neha joined him in recreating an all together new version of both the songs.

Being a love mashup, both the songs are beautifully merged into another. Interestingly, the singers will be further accompanied by a talented bunch of artistes performing and playing instruments like the ukeleles, nylon, steel, electric guitars, glockenspiel with tumbi, thad, tabla and dhols adding the Punjabi touch.

Talking about the performance, Guru Randhawa said, “It was great to know that both the songs selected for this mashup were my hit songs of the year. It was wonderful reliving and recreating yet another version of the song. The difference this time was the female voice in the song. A few lines have been changed to suit Neha. She got the song in one take and has done full justice to it.”

Neha further said, “I thoroughly enjoyed performing and singing both these songs. Since, both the songs belong to Guru and were hit songs of the year, delivering anything less than that wouldn’t do it justice. The lyrics of the song are also such that they had us grooving on stage.”

Music Director Abhijit Vaghani also said, “We were considering a female voice to accompany Guru in this mashup and infact Guru suggested Neha Kakkar which was one of the best decisions. Being an all out male version we had to make changes in the lyrics and keys to suit the female counterpart. Additionally, Guru had created Ban Ja Rani as a single and it was further recreated for a movie, both of them having performed extremely well. So I took the base of Ban Ja Rani, added western elements and created a love version of the song being the only love version of the season.”



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Manushi Chhillar Becomes the 6th Indian to be Crowned Miss World 2017

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Manushi Chhillar, from Haryana, was crowned Miss World 2017 at the 67th edition of Miss World 2017 pageant that was held on 18 November 2017 in the Sanya City Arena, China. She is the 6th Indian to win the coveted crown. India last won the crown in 2000 when Priyanka Chopra was crowned the by Yukta Mookhey.

Manushi, who was also the winner of Miss India 2017, made it through a total of 118 contestants to bag the coveted title. She was crowned by Miss World 2016, Miss Puerto Rico, Stephanie Del Valle.

The show began with a grand opening number where the contestants vying for the Miss World crown entertained the audience with an enchanting dance number. Later, the winners before the audience, who took the stage as confirmed quarter finalists of the evening. Thereafter, the quarter finalists were trimmed down to Top 10 semi-finalists who then gave a short interview to the host of the evening, Megan Young. Subsequently, the contestants were further narrowed down to Top 5 finalists wherein England, France, India, Kenya, and Mexico made the final cut.

After winning a position among the top 5 contestants, Manushi was asked which profession deserved the biggest salary and why. To this, Manushi replied, “A mother deserves the highest respect. It’s not always about cash but also the love and respect that we give to someone. My mother has been a huge inspiration to me. I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the biggest salary.”

It was her heart-warming reply to the final question that won her this prestige.

The event went on with another amazing musical performance as all the delegates walked down the stage in gorgeous evening gowns and concluded with the announcement of winners and runners – up

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Music is Extra Territorial : 4 Indian Songs That Became International Hits

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Here are 4 Indian songs that went viral across the globe before ‘going viral’ was a thing!

1. Mundian To Bach Ke

In 2002, Panjabi MC jammed cross-cultural airwaves with their song “­Mundian To Bach Ke“ that went on to become a breakout international smash hit the top 20 in at least 15 countries. Sung in Punjabi, the fusion hip-hop groove went on to sell an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. The record also reached the number one spot in Italy and Belgium, and number two spot in Germany (where it sold over 100,000 units in two days!).

2. I Am A Disco Dancer

Released in 1982, the movie ‘Disco Dancer’ rocked the popularity charts at home and across the Soviet Union. Throughout the 80s, the dance halls at Russian summer resorts resounded with the beats of ‘I Am a Disco Dancer’, instantly transforming Mithun into one of the most loved next-gen Indian actors in the country.

Here’s an interesting anecdote from those days: When Mikhail Gorbachev visited India, Rajiv Gandhi introduced him to Amitabh Bachchan as India’s greatest superstar. It is believed that Gorbachev’s reply was that his wife only knew Raj Kapoor and his daughter only knew Mithun Chakraborty!

3. Tunak Tunak Tun

Most songs fade from public memory in no time, while few manage to stay a little longer on their minds. Then there are those iconic ones that go on to build a cult following for themselves. Daler Mehndi’s 1998 song ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’ is one of these.

From Germany to Korea, the song became a rage among youngsters across the world after its release in the late 1990s. Mehndi’s iconic Bhangra steps in the video were also practised and replicated by these ardent fans. Recently, martial arts expert and megastar Jackie Chan shook a leg to Mehndi’s tunes at the 17th Shanghai Film Festival (the video went viral in no time).

4. Why This Kolaveri Di

Released in 200, the song “Kolaveri Di” became an instant hit and was the most searched video on Youtube by November 2011. Despite being a slow-beat track, the song’s catchy colloquial lyrics and amazingly groovy rendition (by Dhanush) also ensured that it became a global rage overnight, quickly garnering more than 125 million views (the first Indian song to reach this coveted mark). Voted the Top Song by CNN in 2012, Kolaveri Di also stood third in the global music list giving a tough time to Lady Gaga.

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Controversy Ho Gayi : Mercy Spoof ft. Maanvi Gagroo and Sanaya Pithawalla

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From Dangal actress Fatima Sana Shaikh being slammed for “dressing inappropriately” in the holy month of Ramadan, to Priyanka Chopra being called out for flashing her legs during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, women’s bodies have been a target for people’s judgment and ire.

But, it’s not just the celebrities, most girls have faced some sort of bullying on social media for almost everything — from being too skinny or fat to wearing ‘inappropriate’ clothes. Giving a fitting reply to the trolls, Girliyapa came up with a new anthem through their spoof of rapper Badshah’s latest track Mercy.

In a song, called ‘Controversy Ho Gayi’, Maanvi Gagroo and Sanaya Pithawalla slam trolls who give unsolicited advice to women online. Also taking a dig at the singer-rapper for the misogynistic lyrics of his songs, the two say that “they don’t give a damn” and ask people to stop being a “moral police, for it’s 2017!”

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