Alia Bhatt may have not had a good run at the box office with her last film Kalank, but the actress surely has an interesting line up and had a huge hit earlier this year with Gully Boy. Apart from her impressive performances which won her accolades during the award season, Alia Bhatt has been quite musically inclined as well. The actress has lent her voice to a number of songs from her films and looks like is now interested in taking her love for music one step further. The social media busybee, Alia recently launched her own YouTube channel and now a report reveals that the actress is planning to release her own music video. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Alia may soon consider releasing a music video for her fans who were recently treated to a YouTube video from the actress announcing her new venture. In the video, Alia had mentioned that the purpose of her YT channel was to give the fans a sneak peek into her life and also share fashion, makeup and fitness tips. Alia, who has a huge following on Instagram and Twitter, will just use her channel further to showcase her music video.
Kalki Koechlin’s repertoire of films include several unconventional roles that only a few actresses in Bollywood could have pulled off (cue Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Shaitan, Margarita With a Straw among others). However, her journey in Bollywood has not been a smooth sailing. Kalki, in a piece for Humans Of Bombay, spoke about her journey in the Indian film industry, while touching on issues like dealing with struggle, being typecast and more. “I started going for auditions, I’d even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections and was typecast. After countless tries I finally got my first role in DevD But that wasn’t enough to guarantee more work. For 2 years I had no offers. But I didn’t give up, I kept writing and acting in my own plays and in 2011 I had 4 movie releases.” Kalki also touched upon her separation with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and how she dealt with the negative publicity after they parted ways. She said, “The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband and I separated, I had to deal with the rumours. Every time I stepped out with a man, the media thought we were dating. Journalists would ask how my life was post-divorce, how was I handling my career and balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents such questions. But I chose to ignore it.”
As many as 15 women won Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards today, which is the most number of Oscars won by women in a single edition of the prestigious award ceremony. The previous record for most female wins in an Oscar ceremony was 12, which came both in 2007 and 2015. In 2018, women had bagged six Oscars. OSCAR WINNERS 2019 BY CATEGORY – 91st AWARDS Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees: Christian Bale in VICE Bradley Cooper in A STAR IS BORN Willem Dafoe in AT ETERNITY’S GATE Rami Malek in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Viggo Mortensen in GREEN BOOK Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees: Mahershala Ali in GREEN BOOK – Adam Driver in BLACKkKLANSMAN Sam Elliott in A STAR IS BORN Richard E. Grant in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Sam Rockwell in VICE Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees: Yalitza Aparicio in ROMA Glenn Close in THE WIFE Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE – WINNER!! Lady Gaga in A STAR IS BORN Melissa McCarthy in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees: Amy Adams in VICE Marina de Tavira in ROMA Regina King in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – WINNER!! Emma Stone in THE FAVOURITE Rachel Weisz in THE FAVOURITE Best animated feature film of the year nominees: INCREDIBLES 2 Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle ISLE OF DOGS Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson MIRAI Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Achievement in cinematography nominees: HE FAVOURITE Robbie Ryan NEVER LOOK AWAY Caleb Deschanel ROMA – WINNER!! Kevin Feige, Producer BLACKkKLANSMAN Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Graham King, Producer THE FAVOURITE Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers GREEN BOOK – WINNER!! Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers ROMA Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers A STAR IS BORN Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers VICE Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers Achievement in production design nominees: BLACK PANTHER – WINNER!! Production Design: Hannah Beachler Set Decoration: Jay Hart “I did my best and my best is good enough.” Hannah Beachler THE FAVOURITE Production Design: Fiona Crombie Set Decoration: Alice Felton FIRST MAN Production Design: Nathan Crowley Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas MARY POPPINS RETURNS Production Design: John Myhre Set Decoration: Gordon Sim ROMA Production Design: Eugenio Caballero Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez Best animated short film nominees: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR Alison Snowden and David Fine BAO – WINNER!! Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb LATE AFTERNOON Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco ONE SMALL STEP Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas WEEKENDS Trevor Jimenez Best live action short film nominees: DETAINMENT Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon FAUVE Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon MARGUERITE Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset MOTHER Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado SKIN – WINNER!! Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman Achievement in sound editing nominees: BLACK PANTHER Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – WINNER!! John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone FIRST MAN Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan A QUIET PLACE Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl ROMA Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay Achievement in sound mixing nominees: BLACK PANTHER Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – WINNER!! Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali FIRST MAN Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis ROMA Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García A STAR IS BORN Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow Achievement in visual effects nominees: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould FIRST MAN – WINNER!! Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm READY PLAYER ONE Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy Adapted screenplay nominees: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen BLACKkKLANSMAN – WINNER!! Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.” Spike Lee CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins A STAR IS BORN Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters Original screenplay nominees: THE FAVOURITE Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara FIRST REFORMED Written by Paul Schrader GREEN BOOK – WINNER!! Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly ROMA Written by Alfonso Cuarón VICE Written by Adam McKay
61st Grammy Awards honouring the best in the music industry were presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. Touted as the most celebrated musical night of the year, international music aficionados and enthusiasts geared up to witness the celebrations.
Hosted by R&B singer Alicia Keys, the show’s first female host in 14 years, the awards are taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This year the Recording Academy has expanded its General Field (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist) to eight nominees each, meaning that the competition is fiercer than before.
This time, the period of eligibility ran from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Making it big, politically provocative ‘This is America’, country-pop crossover ‘Golden Hour’ ruled Grammys 2019. With performances from Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves among others, the evening was a musical affair to be remembered.
Here is the complete list of Grammys 2019 winners:
Album of the Year
Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
Record of the Year
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Song of the Year
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Lady Gaga, “Joanne” (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Ariana Grande, “Sweetener”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Willie Nelson, “My Way”
Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake, “King’s Dead”
Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Best Rap Song
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Best Rap Album
Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Best Rock Performance
Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”
Best Metal Performance
High on Fire, “Electric Messiah”
Best Rock Song
St. Vincent, “Masseduction”
Best Alternative Music Album
Arctic Monkeys, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”
Best Rock Album
Greta Van Fleet, “From the Fires”
Best R&B Performance
H.E.R., “Best Part” [ft. Daniel Caesar]
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Leon Bridges, “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”
Best R&B Song
Ella Mai, Boo’d Up
Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Carters – “Everything Is Love”
Best R&B Album
Best Dance Recording
Silk City & Dua Lipa, “Electricity” [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson]
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Justice, “Woman Worldwide”
Best Comedy Album
Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation”
Best Remixed Recording
HAIM, Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“The Greatest Showman”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Ludwig Göransson, “Black Panther”
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Best Recording Package
St. Vincent, “Masseduction”
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
“Weird” Al Yankovic, “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic”
Best Album Notes
Various Artists, Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Best Music Film
Two people have been arrested in connection with posting objectionable content on social media linking YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s sister YS Sharmila with “Bahubali” actor Prabhas, police said.YS Sharmila had lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad police chief on January 14 and denied rumours linked her to the Telugu star. Her husband Anil Kumar accompanied her to the commissioner’s office. Jagdish Reddy had alleged,that N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was behind spreading such rumours. “I have natural reasons to accuse the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that they are behind this mud-slinging,” YS Sharmila said.A case under the IT Act and IPC section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of woman) was registered against unknown persons, police said.
Actor Hrithik Roshan will be starring in S Shankar’s science fiction film, as per reports. “Shankar feels with Hrithik’s good looks, great physique and superb dancing skills, he can do justice to the kind of scripts that Shankar has,” stated reports. The film will reportedly be a thriller in 3D and will have “extraordinary visual effects” like a superhero film. Says a trade source, “Shankar has always been keen to work with Hrithik Roshan and has been trying since the last four years but somehow it has never worked out. Shankar feels with Hrithik’s good looks, great physique and superb dancing skills, he can do justice to the kind of scripts that Shankar has. Few know that Hrithik and Shankar have been in talks for months to do a film together after 2.0 got complete and it’s the main lead. Shankar approached Hrithik Roshan for his next after Indian 2 and while Hrithik has liked the script, they are working on other factors including remuneration and dates. It’s another sci-fi action thriller movie in 3D and with extra-ordinary VFX like 2.0 – almost like a superhero film. Shankar had earlier wanted Hrithik to do akshay kumar role, ornithologist Pakshi Rajan, in 2.0 but Hrithik was busy shooting for Super 30 at that time and couldn’t commit. Hrithik is known to be very choosy with his scripts and the only movie he has given his nod till now is his father Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 4. Right now he is completing Super 30 and YRF’s movie with Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor. If he agrees to do Shankar’s movie it will definitely be an announcement of sorts.”
Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, younger brother of Ustad Puran Chand Wadali died in Amritsar on Friday morning. He was 75. He breathed his last at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Amritsar where he was admitted on Thursday.
Pyarelal had not been keeping well for the past few months and was taken to the hospital on February 26, where he breathed his last on Friday. He suffered a cardiac arrest and died. He is survived by his wife Surjit Kaur, two sons, Satpal Singh and Sandeep, and three daughters, Sheela Rani, Raj Rani and Soma Rani. The cremation will be held at 3:30 pm at his ancestral village Guru Ki Wadali, 10 kms from Amritsar.
Wadali Brothers, who hail from a village near Amritsar, are famous for their Punjabi Sufi music. The duo began performing at Harballah temple in Jalandhar. They are adept in various styles of singing including Kaafian, ghazal and bhajan.
The Wadali Brothers, famous for their Bollywood songs such as Aye Rangrez Mere (Tanu Weds Manu; 2011) and Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi (Mausam; 2011), have carried on the legacy of famous saint poets such as Bulle Shah, Kabir, Amir Khusro and Surdas for years. HT.
Bollywood actor Sridevi passed away on Saturday night after a cardiac arrest, confirmed her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor. She was 54. “Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” Sanjay confirmed the news to indianexpress.com. Sridevi was reportedly with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi at the time of death. They were with the entire Kapoor family in UAE to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah. Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering Hindi films. She started acting in the late 1960s, but her performance in Malayalam film Poombata (1971) won her the state award for best child artist. Sridevi made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie (1975). Her first adult role was at the age of 13 in Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976). Sridevi went on to become one of the biggest female stars India ever had. The government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2013.
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a stay on the ban on ‘Padmaavat’ by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh while clearing the film for an all India release. The court also restrained other states from banning ‘Padmaavat’. Earlier, the producers had moved the court challenging the ban as these states had banned it despite clearance from the Censor Board.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order. “We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter,” the bench said in its interim order. Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, representing Viacom 18 and other producers of the movie, told the bench that states have no power to issue such notifications banning exhibition of a film when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given a certificate of release. “If states are banning a film, then it is destroying federal structure. It is a serious matter. If somebody has a problem,then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. State can’t touch the content of a film.” “Request the Central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution,” he added. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in March. The producers had approached the top court challenging the notification and orders issued by four states– Gujarat Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh– prohibiting exhibition of the film.
Padmaavat banned in MP, so don’t play its songs: Minister…….
Reiterating that ‘Padmaavat’ has been banned in Madhya Pradesh, state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh has said people should not play its songs. He said this while answering a question on Karni Sena workers vandalising a school in the state’s Jaora area over a dance performance to the ‘Ghoomar’ song. The movie has been banned in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh cannot guarantee safety to the state’s residents if they play songs from the film. His excuse: “Don’t play the Ghoomar song from the film Padmaavat as the film is banned in Madhya Pradesh,” Singh said in Bhopal on Wednesday. Home Minister Bhupendra Singh was reacting to a question about the failure of law and order in Jaora where Karni Sena members stormed into a school and vandalised a stage and broke stuff because students were dancing to the Ghoomar song from Padmaavat, earlier known as Padmavati. A child and a parent were injured in the incident which happened in a school in Jaora, about 42 kilometres from Ratlam, police added.
Noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi on Friday replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairperson. The government on Friday evening issued a notification announcing the appointment of Prasoon Joshi. The notification read: “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952) read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the Central Government is pleased to appoint Sh. Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 11th August 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The Notification supersedes the earlier notification F No. M-11020/1/2014-DO (FC) dated 19th January 2015.”
Joining Prasoon Joshi on the Censor Board will be Vidya Balan, Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra, Neil Herbert, Vivek Agnihotri, TS Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripathi, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta among others.
Prasoon Joshi, who was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2015, has written lyrics for songs in Bollywood films such as Lajja, Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Black and Delhi 6 among others. While Prasoon wrote the dialogues of the cult 2006 film Rang De Basanti, he made his debut as a screenwriter with 2014 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Winner of two National Awards and three Filmfare Awards, Prasoon Joshi is also the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific). Source Indian Express.