What are the Odds? An upcoming feature film, which will see Abhay Deol donning the producer’s hat in collaboration with the makers of Delhi Crime- Film Karavan Originals is all set for an exclusive digital release on Netflix on the 20th May.
With his banner ‘Abhay Deol Presents,’ he aims at providing a platform to independent films and filmmakers. Adding another feather to the project, Abhay will also be seen acting in this film, reprising the role of a rockstar.
Strings for Peace is an amalgamation of classics. One will get to witness the magical combination of sarod and classical guitar in an eclectic east-west fusion. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon, who have known each other for over a decade, have contemplated a collaboration for years which has now come to fruition through Strings for Peace. The album’s four tracks cover a wide range of expression, lyricism, color and virtuosity. The ragas composed by Amjad Ali Khan receive their world premiere in settings for guitar and sarod: By The Moon-Behag, Love Avalanche-Mishra Bhairav, Romancing Earth-Pilu, and Sacred Evening-Yaman.
On the successful completion of Strings for Peace and the release of the album, Amjad Ali Khan said ”Each of the artists brings the spirit of sharing the great unique treasures of their own artistic traditions, as well as finding common ground in ragas and medieval modes. The idea is to achieve a cross-fertilization at both the cellular and cosmic levels of two classical music traditions, which are often held to be radically different.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Amaan Ali Bangash said, “We feel honoured to collaborate with Sharon who is so creative, artistic and enthusiastic. We are sure when one hears the album, the intricacy of every beat and rhythm can be felt and one will be transported to a different consciousness. I have always felt that this collaboration is about letting go of what we are best at and more about getting the best out of the other person.”
Ayaan Ali Bangash added “Strings for Peace, I believe is extremely relevant. Especially in the wake of a pandemic. We have known Sharon for a decade, and began to really work together only last year. It is difficult to create fusion as it is a marriage of different cultures and it takes a lot of time for the perfect harmony. When we started out, little did we know that this creation will come to fruition at a time when humanity will need to consider meditation and contemplation more than ever.”
Sharon has had a longstanding relationship with Transcendental Meditation, which she has practiced since her teens and a deep interest in the classical music of India. Her collaboration with Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan and Amaan- Ayaan is a perfect harmony of interest and expertise which makes the quartet stand out with transcended notes. The combination of Sarod and classical guitar is not commonplace, yet the musical marvels have effortlessly and effectively blended a chromatic instrument, Guitar to the microtonal elaborations of Sarod. Both the instruments not only complement each other but strive to create a new articulation of fusion.
Sharon Isbin said, “It took a long time to get the right partners to realize this unique vision on the guitar. Our instruments have so many interesting similarities and differences. Combining the sarod and guitar results in an extraordinary blend. It’s a pleasure and inspiration to perform with the finest, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Strings for Peace is a beautiful compilation of music that successfully interweaves the rhythms of sarod and guitar. Listeners will experience a remarkable spiritual and emotional journey.”
The recording will be released May 22, CDs and digital copies be pre-ordered now from Amazon and other retailers.
ZEE5 just dropped the hottest web series of the summer, the second season of ‘REJCTX’ is streaming now on ZEE5. With the release of the second season, the makers of the show elevated the anticipation of the audience with two blazing hot posters which exhibit to the audience the young cast who are in their respective characters. The young cast is setting the digital space on fire, they are hot, sexy and not afraid to bend the rules.
The poster shows the audience Masi Wali as ‘Aarav Sharma’, Prabhneet Singh as ‘Harry’, Anisha Victor as ‘Kiara’, Ayush Khurana as ‘Maddy’, Ridhi Khakar as ‘Parnomitra’, Pooja Shetty as ‘Misha’, and Saadhika Syal as ‘Sehmat’. Season 2 will see a whole new side to these characters with the hottest addition of Tanvi Shinde (‘Yesha’) who will be the new entry to this group of talented actors.
It is a teen musical thriller and a coming of age story that revolves around the lives of seven Indian students studying in The Jefferson World School. These privileged kids are thrust into the exclusive world of the rich, right where they belong. But eventually, they find themselves at the disposal of their own insecurities. The bunch of misfits and rebels make a musical squad and choose music as the form of expression for that restlessness.
While the first had Sumeet Vyas and Kubbra Sait, season two will have Esha Gupta who is making her digital debut, where she plays the character of Police Officer Rene. Sumeet Vyas (Farhan Hussain) will play the role of the Vice President of the school just like season one.
Sukhmani who was seen in the web series Sacred Games and has worked as a writer on Bollywood films like 1920 London, impressed Bollywood actors at the IIFA awards Green carpet, held recently in Mumbai. Sukhmani who started her career as an advertisement copywriter, later acted in the famous Yash Raj TV show Khotey Sikkey- now steaming on Netflix. In spite of looking elegant and mesmerizing, her anchoring skills took center stage, so much so that the Bollywood star Salman Khan complimented her on her chirpy and bubbly nature. Actress Sara Ali Khan appreciated how Sukhmani was fun to interact with and was a treat on the Green carpet.
Sukhmani said, “I’ve always enjoyed acting as well as writing but Anchoring was something that just happened to me. I can talk all day long (ask my friends and family – they’re fed up of my never ending stories) she laughs and because I’m also a writer by profession, therefore brands and clients find my personality a perfect blend to represent them and Anchor for them. Getting to interact with celebrities on the carpet is something that I find easy and enjoyable. I’m in the midst of this Bollywood industry and I also happen to know most of the actors personally so that helps me to keep our chats casual, candid and fun. Salman Khan, Ranveer singh, Vicky Kaushal, Madhuri Dixit, Sara Ali Khan were all adorable but it makes me elated to know they feel the same for me, she blushes. Hash tag- Mutual admiration club!