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Nora Fatehi turns up the heat with Marjaavaan’s new song Ek Toh Kum Zindagani!

Nora agreed to do the song ‘Ek Toh Kum Zindagani’ in Marjaavaan without charging any money is because she feels obliged to filmmaker Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar who offered her the song ‘Dilbar’ in Satyameva Jayate, considered to be a turning point in her career.

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Interestingly, one of the major reasons why Nora agreed to do the song ‘Ek Toh Kum Zindagani’ in Marjaavaan without charging any money is because she feels obliged to filmmaker Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar who offered her the song ‘Dilbar’ in Satyameva Jayate, considered to be a turning point in her career.

Nora has always been grateful and humbled by the opportunity Nikkhil Advani and Bhushan Kumar have given her with both Dilbar and Saki Saki and she feels its always an honour to work with them.

Not an item number but a performance-based dance number, Ek Toh Kum Zindagani featuring Nora that released today is a recreational version of the yesteryear classic ‘Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo’ (Jaanbaaz) and is quite relevant to the film’s narrative. Recreated by Tanishk Bagchi with additional lyrics by A M Toraz and Tanishk himself, the song is sung by the singing sensation Neha Kakkar. The song is choreographed by Adil Shaikh.

Nora Fatehi says, “Both Bhushan Kumar and Nikkhil Advani sir gave me an opportunity of a lifetime with Dilbar and Saki Saki and I will always be grateful to them for their belief and trust in me and becoming the guiding force of my journey in Bollywood. Nikkhil sir works really hard in the way he positions his movies and songs, whether it is the script or the visuals. It is always a delight to work with him and his team.”

Watch the video of the song here:

Director Milap Zaveri adds, “Nora has been a lucky charm for us right from Dilbar to Saaki saaki. Thrilled to have her back for Ek Toh Kum Zindagani. And also delighted to have such an iconic song in Marjaavaan. The moment Bhushan sir suggested it to me i leapt up with joy! Adil has done a fabulous job choreographing it and Nora’s dance moves are going to set the floor on fire! Hoping for a hat trick of super hits with her!”

Bhushan Kumar says, “The original iconic song from Jaanbaaz is still loved by the music lovers across all age groups. Ek Toh Kum Zindagani is a beautiful recreation by the talented composer Tanishk and I’m sure the audience will certainly groove to the dance number.”

Nikkhil Advani informs, “When Bhushanji came with the idea of using the song, we quickly jumped on to it. Be it Satyameva Jayate or Batla House, Nora has been very lucky for the films that we have worked together. I am sure the audiences will love her performance in the song. I must take the opportunity to mention Adil’s choreography. None of these chartbusters would have been possible without his immense contribution as well as the creative input from the T-Series Music Team. Their belief in us helps to keep pushing us to up the standards.’’

Marjaavaan produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar (T-Series) and Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani (Emmay Entertainment) will release 8th Nov 2019. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates and news.


Art has no Boundaries

Adil Hussain in candid conversation with FICCI FLO

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FLO, the Women’s Wing of FICCI organized an interactive session with, Adil Hussain known for his critically acclaimed performances in award winning films such as Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Life of Pi, Subhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation/Mukti Bhavan and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Adil’s Meal won the best short at Indie Meme Festival at Austin in the USA this May 2020. He also performed in Bollywood movies like English Vinglish, Lootera, Aiyaary, Kaminey, Good Newzz etc.

In conversation Adil said “Acting is all about embodying another personality and portraying it in front of a camera. If one focuses on the craft and goes deeper into the understanding the art of acting, the byproducts are inspirational. I have never aimed to be at the top but have always aimed to act well instead.”

He humbly put together on winning the Award by Norway government, “In India if you are outsider you can’t win a National Award, but I was surprised when Norway Government given me their award. Art should cross all boundaries and there should not be any restrictions”.

On Nepotism in Bollywood Adil said “It exists in every sphere of life, so does in Bollywood. If someone does not have merit and they are being pushed for certain advantages because they are from certain family then that is nepotism. In India we do not have the structure in place for the casting of a particular character unlike west which leads to nepotism to an extent”.

In a Q&A session with FLO members he expressed his keen interest in doing movies in Assam for which he is in touch with Rima Das and hopefully soon they will work together.

Jahnabi Phookan, National President FLO said, FLO is the most apt platform to connect, learn and grow. We recognize and celebrate the success stories of inspirational personalities who break all stereotypes and are role models for others. Adil’s talent has truly transcended geographical boundaries and language barriers. We organized this interaction to learn more and be inspired by Adil Hussain’s journey from a stand-up comedian to a theater artist to an internationally acclaimed actor.”

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Brand new music-travel show featuring Bollywood singer Thomson Andrews out now!

This show will feature Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean and Jeet Ganguly

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Thomson Andrews, who is a pop-Bollywood playback singer-songwriter, influencer, anchor, and performer will explore India’s culture, music, cuisine and jams with local bands along with one celebrity music icon in each city, as they together experience this spectacular journey while on the Royal Stag Hungama Music Bus. These music icons share their untold stories and a fun conversation about music, food, and more, followed by a grand concert performance by the music icon, for their fans in that city.

This show features Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean, Jeet Ganguly & Revanth in a 6-episode series airing from June 30th – July 5 on Showbox Channel. The digital release is on 7th July on Hungama Digital Media.

Thomson started his career with maestro A R Rahman and also toured the world with India’s Biggest Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan. He is also the finalist of the popular global singing show on Amazon Prime, The Remix. He is soon to release few of his singles , in Hindi, Punjabi and English for global audiences. Recently, he has also featured with Neha Kakkar on MTV unplugged on the Coca Cola Tu song along with Tony Kakkar.

Being one of India’s best RnB, Soul and Funk singers, Thomson was recently hired by American Idol via ZEE CAFE India to promote their show along with dancer Melwin Louis and Monica Dogra on Indian television among indian audiences. He is a well-acclaimed Music industry professional with his credentials and work in big Hollywood Projects like 127 Hours, Internationally acclaimed album ‘Superheavy’ with Maestro A.R.RAHMAN, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone & Damien Marley, The Monsoon Wedding Musical by MIRA NAIR, Disney India films The Lion King 2019, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and many others. He is constantly associated on several projects with Grammy Award-winning Producers, Mixing and mastering maestros based globally between LA, Germany, NYC and Mumbai. His music is often heard on BBC Asian Radio London, Indian Radio channels like Radio Mirchi and Red FM and his single music videos airing on VH1, 9XO and other platforms. He is a global influencer and his influencer interests are Travel, Fashion, Music, Luxury and food. He has worked as a musically inclined fashion influencer & artist with the Iconic fashion house ‘VOGUE India’ on their Women empowerment campaign.

His feature film projects with credits are FROZEN 2 2019 – Hindi, THE LION KING 2019 – Hindi, ALLADIN 2019 – Hindi, SOTY 2 2019 – Hindi, Super 30 – 2019 – Hindi and Robot 2.0 – Hindi, Tamil.

Thomson has sung in 12 languages across genres, with over 65 ad jingles to his credit for iconic brands such as ESPN, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata, Sony, Getorade, Volkswagen, Kinderjoy, Maruti Suzuki, Sunfeast, Airtel, Peppeterra, Amazon fashion, Myntra, Serengeti Beer, Kingfisher, Naudic, Reliance trends, Raymonds suiting, Shell Petrol and more. His music influences range from Funk, Rnb, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Alt Rock, Rock and Roll and even Sufi.

He has performed in 20 countries across 500 live shows and performed onstage with eminent Bollywood personalities ; Music Composers Pritam, Salim Sulaiman, A.R.Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Meet bros at concerts, Awards shows like GIMA AWARDS, IIFA, RADIO MIRCHI AWARDS, TEACHERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, ZEE AWARDS and has sung alongside playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Neha Kakkar, Arijit Singh, Shaan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sonu Nigam, Neeti Mohan, Shilpa Rao, Hari Haran, Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and others on shows, MTV UNPLUGGED India, MTV COKESTUDIO India and in films.

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Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

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One of the most well known dance choreographers of Bollywood, Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances in films starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Some of her most popular songs include

Ek do teen from Tezaab
Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnaayak
Dhakdhak karne laga from Beta

Here are some of the condolences sent by celebrities

Akshay Kumar: Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace

Shankar Mahadevan: Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace

Shruti Seth: Another inimitable talent gone. The film industry is poorer without you. Like so many others I have watched songs you choreographed & tried my best to match steps on numerous occasions I’m grateful I was able to finally dance to your tune in #Fanaa RIP Masterji

Daler Mehndi: If a song had a body, it could be carved only by Saroj Khan ji. She made it come alive. Sad to know of her demise. Condolences to her family, fans and students

Amitabh Bachchan: She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody ..
.. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing ..
.. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and ..
.. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ ..
.. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement ..
Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance ..

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