Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Pritam collaborates with Vishal
“June 21st to 24th....exactly a month to go...the countdown has begun,” said Sabbas Joseph, one of the founders of a leading entertainment conglomerate, about the upcoming International Indian Film Academy Awards, or IIFA, which are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence in Bollywood (it’s also known as the film industry’s ‘own’ awards).
“June 21st to 24th....exactly a month to go...the countdown has begun,” said Sabbas Joseph, one of the founders of a leading entertainment conglomerate, about the upcoming International Indian Film Academy Awards, or IIFA, which are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence in Bollywood (it’s also known as the film industry’s ‘own’ awards). As is the practice, each year sees the venue shift to a new and exciting city (the last was in New Jersey, USA), and accounts for planeloads of Bollywood stars, screaming fans at the airport, swooning NRIs and miles and miles of eye candy for paps and TV shows throughout the year. This year’s extravaganza is set to be just as glitzy, and is slated to be held in Bangkok with performers, including Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh. But, besides the dazzle of A-list hunks strutting their stuff, this year also features a very special act, lending itself to more thought and gravitas, according to Joseph. “A special performance is being created to highlight the need to protect our precious film archives,” he shared. “Vishal Bhardwaj is editing a vignette from Raja Harishchandra, and none other than music director, composer, singer, instrumentalist and record-producer Pritam, along with an orchestra, would perform live providing music for the same,” he said. “....It’s a first-time-ever performance and no one knows of it yet.”
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What They Say —
“They (Congress) too have their own programs in their manifesto. We have to compile the manifesto of two parties and after improving the economy of the state, we will waive farm loans.”
— Newly appointed CM of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy, on his plans
What They Mean —
“Not to forget: reverse global warming, engineer a truce between Deepika and Priyanka, save the Amur leopard from extinction, and find Salman Khan a bride.”
HUMBLING AND UPLIFTING
It is being described as “a humbling, uplifting and unforgettable experience”, when chairman of Wockhardt Industries, the philanthropist Habil Khorakiwala, and wife Nafisa, hosted an evening for around 75 of their friends to meet with Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his wife Sumedha who visited Mumbai last month. Held at their Khorakiwala residence at Peddar Road, the evening saw the likes of Khalid and Zeyna Ansari, Bharti and Kamal Morarka, Sunil Alag, MN Roy, Ifthikar Kadri and the consul generals of UK and Sweden in attendance amongst many others. Satyarthi, said to be the epitome of humility, had made an inspiring speech about the alarming state of affairs of the country’s underprivileged and homeless children, and touched upon subjects such as child illiteracy, child labour, child abuse and his work through NGOs such as the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, and the Kailash Satyatarthi Children’s Foundation. “He spoke about the Global March against Child Labour, which he had organized in 1998, through which he is said to have rescued 86,000 children personally, and in the course of which he was beaten up a few times,” said a visibly moved Ansari, who is also involved with charitable causes. “It was one of those rare Mumbai social experiences — both humbling and uplifting at the same time.”