MUMBAI: Singer-songwriter Nikitaa has come up with her new single ‘Universe’ (Acoustic) and spoke exclusively to The Daily Guardian about her new song.
Q. Which type of music you enjoy being a part of?
I enjoy doing stripped down/acoustic versions of my songs as it lets me explore and share a different side of the same music that listeners have already heard. It’s so much fun and at times even more emotionally powerful to record (vocally) than the original rendition. And I think it’s in keeping with my brand – showcasing both sides of the feminine. The more upbeat, fully produced, and more polished side as well as the more raw and bare side of both my music and me.
Q. What was the best thing about ‘Universe’ (Acoustic) for you?
For the acoustic version of ‘Universe’ I wanted to pick apart the actual in-studio production from the track. There are these beautiful emotional strings and pads on the original track that shine specifically on the bridge. So I took those and shone a spotlight on them and built the entire track around them. Both versions of the song are powerful and joyful declarations of falling in love but this one feels more reflective and gentle. It has more stillness to it. Even the vocals are that much more relaxed, vulnerable and shimmery – especially at the end, which was my favourite part of recording this rendition.
Q. What was the idea behind the music video?
For the video, I wanted to do something that tapped into my sense of spirituality and also told a story not just of lovers/partners but also of the world. The video is a looped 3D visualizer created by the ever-talented Akshat Agarwal. Each scene represents a card from the practice of Tarot which is something I’ve been partaking in for a few years now and draw so much inspiration from. Even though its popularly believed to have originated in the 1400s, Tarot draws deeply on ancient Egyptian and Greek values and archetypes; and even if you do not practice, the very themes and symbols of each card in the deck carry so much wisdom that we can learn from.
Q. What does each scene in the music video represents?
The first scene represents The Tower card which depicts crumbling of old ideas, beliefs, even relationships. The second scene represents The World card which depicts the waiting or resting period we all need when something ends but something new is yet to emerge. The third scene represents The Fool card which depicts faith, hope, and a new beginning; The Fool believes in possibilities others may not even be able to see. The fourth scene represents The Lovers card which depicts love, unity, joy, compassion, and understanding.
Q. Any particular message you want to share with your audience keeping the song in mind?
The idea was to show that even though – both in the world and in our personal lives – things may be changing, or crumbling when we keep the faith alive and put in the work we can come together to build something new. Something that builds a better understanding, more love, and greater compassion amongst ourselves.
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MIKE TYSON TO FEATURE IN THE MOVIE ‘LIGER’
MUMBAI: Boxing legend Mike Tyson will feature in Dharma Productions’ much-anticipated film ‘Liger’ starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in lead roles.
‘Liger’ has been hogging the limelight ever since its inception but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the makers of the movie held its shoot. In the latest development, the production house announced on their official Twitter handle that their much-awaited film will also feature boxing legend, Mike Tyson. The news comes a day before the film’s director Puri Jagannadh’s birthday.
Sharing a video, introducing the master of the ring, the production house tweeted, “Introducing the master of the ring to the Indian screens! Kicked to announce that the dynamite @MikeTyson has joined the cast of #Liger! #NamasteTyson #HbdPuriJagannadh.”
The professional boxer, who hogged worldwide headlines when he became the youngest ever heavyweight champion in boxing history in 1986 at the age of 20, is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. The makers earlier held a spine-chilling teaser unveiling Vijay in a never seen avatar in the film due to the Covid situation.
‘Liger’ was slated to get a worldwide theatrical release on September 9 in five languages – Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam but was also postponed due to the rising Covid-19 cases at that time. Earlier in January, Karan Johar, who has co-produced the project with Vijay, shared the official poster of the movie, unveiling the first look of Vijay as a boxer.
JOHN’S ‘SATYAMEVA JAYATE’ TO LAND IN NOVEMBER
MUMBAI: As the Maharashtra government recently allowed the reopening of movie theatres in the state, makers of John Abraham-starrer ‘Satyameva Jayate’ seized the opportunity of locking the film’s release date.
Taking to Instagram, Emmay Entertainment announced that the second part of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ will arrive in theatres on November 26. “Do Takke Ki Jaan lene 56 inch ka JIGARAA nahi, 56 inch ka HATHODA chaahiye! #SatyamevaJayate2 releasing on 26th November 2021,” the post read.
Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film was supposed to release on May 13, on the occasion of Eid along with Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’. Divya Khosla Kumar is also a part of the sequel to ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which revolved around a vigilante who killed corrupt police officers, and an honest officer is called to hunt him down after the body count begins to rise.
WE ARE GENETICALLY COORDINATED: SHAKTI AND MUKTI MOHAN
MUMBAI: Work can be fun, especially with someone you have known your whole life. For siblings, Shakti Mohan and Mukti Mohan, getting opportunities to work with each other always acts as the cherry on the cake. In a recent conversation, the ace dancers, who are currently judging Zee Cafe’s ‘Dance With Me Season 2’, shared their experience of working together.
“We lived under the same roof and grew up together…we have had different interests… Shakti di completely moved into the dance field whereas I started doing acting. However, it’s the dance that is an integral part of our lives. It has made us much closer,” Mukti said.
Speaking about her bond with Mukti, Shakti quipped about being “genetically coordinated” with her. “We are genetically coordinated. We complement each other very well. It’s always amazing to collaborate with Mukti. When we work together we always try our best to make it fun. While shooting for ‘Dance With Me’, we pulled off each other’s legs, we revealed our childhood secrets and whatnot,” she shared. Mukti also believes that she coordinates well with her elder sister. “The bond we share is always complementing each other. Sometimes one person can be dull and the other one quite energetic, but in our case, nothing has ever happened like that. I guess it’s in our DNA to be coordinated with each other,” Mukti laughed.
SHILPA SEEKS MONDAY MOTIVATION FROM HER KIDS
MUMBAI: Amid the ongoing porn racket controversy surrounding her husband and businessman Raj Kundra, actress Shilpa Shetty has been vocal on social media about practising yoga for mental peace. The actor has also shared this wisdom with her little children.
Taking to her Instagram handle on Monday, Shilpa shared a super cute video in which her son Viaan can be seen teaching yoga to her daughter Samisha. “Kids are like wet clay. We must mould their approach towards a healthier lifestyle early. Inculcating the habit of enjoying a balanced diet, staying fit, and gaining control over the mind & soul is crucial. That’s exactly what I’ve tried to do with Viaan; and now, to see him take over the role and teaching his little follower, Samisha, makes me so proud,” she captioned.
Shilpa further called the sight of her children bonding over exercise as her “Monday Motivation”. “Seeing them bond over Yoga is truly the kind of Monday Motivation I need to stay fit and healthy… with them and for them. Have a great week ahead, my #InstaFam,” she added.
MADHAVAN’S NEW FILM TO ARRIVE IN APRIL 2022
MUMBAI : Actor R Madhavan’s much-awaited ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ has finally got its release date. It will be out on April 1, 2022.
Madhavan not only acted in the film but also has directed, written, and produced it. Sharing the release date of the film, Madhavan took to Instagram and wrote, “We are elated to inform you that the much-awaited Rocketry: The Nambi Effect will be released worldwide in theatres on 1st April 2022. We have made this movie with a lot of love and dedication and are grateful for all the support that you have shown us so far- Team Rocketry.”
‘Rocketry’ is based on the life of Indian scientist Nambi Narayanan, a former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer who was caught in the throes of a spy scandal.
It has been shot simultaneously in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil and English, and will also be released in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
AYUSHMANN’S ‘CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI’ RELEASE CONFIRMED
MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming movie ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ has been confirmed to hit the silver screens on December 10, 2021, as the Maharashtra government recently allowed the reopening of the movie theatres in the state.
The news was shared on Twitter by film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, who tweeted, “AYUSHMANN KHURRANA: ‘CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI’ ON 10 DEC 2021… #ChandigarhKareAashiqui #AyushmannKhurrana #VaaniKapoor.”
The upcoming film, which features Ayushmann along with actor Vaani Kapoor, marks the first-ever collaboration between the duo. ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, which wrapped its shoot in late December, last year, was the first Indian film to complete the entire shooting during the coronavirus pandemic.
The movie by ace filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor is a modern-day love story that will feature Ayushmann portraying the role of a cross-functional athlete, while Vaani will reportedly essay a transgender character. ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ has been produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in collaboration with Pragya Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures.
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