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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Lady Gaga’s bulldogs are back home
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): American pop star Lady Gaga’s beloved French bulldogs have been returned to the star on Saturday (local time) after a robbery incident that took place earlier this week.
According to TMZ, two of the star’s beloved pet dogs named Koji and Gustav were returned to the Los Angeles police by a local woman.
As per reports, the Grammy Award winner’s dog walker was shot in the chest when he was walking with three of the star’s pet dogs. The robbers took two dogs and fled the scene. The third dog was rescued by the officers of the area.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that “A woman returned the dogs on Friday night to an LAPD station. The dogs were unharmed and have been reunited with Gaga’s team.”
The ‘Rain On Me’ star cried ‘tears of joy’ when she got the news, reported the sources close to the songstress.
Lady Gaga, who was in Rome working on a new movie at the time, offered USD 500,000 for the dogs’ return. Now after the reunion, it is still unclear when the woman will be rewarded the same. (ANI)
Alia Bhatt pens ‘thank you’ note after ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ teaser wins praise
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 27 (ANI): Two days after Bollywood star Alia Bhatt’s teaser of her film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ won praise far and wide, the actor penned a note of thanks to her fans and well-wishers.
The ‘Student of the Year’ star hopped on to Twitter and wrote in Hindi, “Aap sab ne Gangu ko itna pyar diya, uske liye THANK YOU!!”
Along with the thank you note, the ‘Highway’ star shared a poster of the film. It shows the actor dressed in a white saree standing near a luxury car and holding a shiny purse in her arm with a ‘beedi’ (leaf cigarette) in her hand.
Bhatt on Wednesday thrilled her fans by dropping the one-minute-thirty-second-long teaser featuring Bhatt portraying an eponymous character in the flick.
The teaser opens with a dialogue that says, “They say…nights in Kamathipura are always moonlit because Gangu lives there!”
The teaser is set in a theme where the 27-year-old named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour. She is transformed from a brothel queen to a politician.
The teaser showcases Alia in a catchy dialogue: “Live with dignity. Never fear anyone. Neither police, nor MLA, or minister or any bloody pimp…NOBODY!!” and the rising crescendo of a thrumming soundtrack.
The makers have announced the theatrical release date of the film on July 30 this year.
The film marks Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. (ANI)
Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet starrer ‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ to stream on Netflix
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Four days after revealing the release date of his much-anticipated comedy-thriller film ‘Bhoot Police’, Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has announced his next love drama ‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ for a Netflix release.
The announcement of the movie has come after a year the lead stars of the upcoming romantic-drama, — Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet teased fans with an intriguing post on social media.
Months after keeping the information about the project under wraps, both the actors gave a sneak peek of their first collaborative project.
The movie also features veteran actor Neena Gupta in a pivotal role, both the ‘Panipath’ and ‘Yaariyan’ stars shared a series of pictures from the shoot on their Instagram handles.
The pictures were captioned as, “Gather your parents and grandparents for this one, Sardar ka Grandson is coming soon to @netflix_in #SardarKaGrandson.”
It will also star Bollywood actors Aditi Rao Hydari and John Abraham in central roles.
Directed by Kaashvi Nair, ‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ was shot amid the coronavirus pandemic last year, according to sources. The release date of the cross-border love story has still been under wraps.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Arjun, who was last seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s period drama ‘Panipat’ also has ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’, co-starring Parineeti Chopra, and
‘Bhoot Police’, co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Ali Fazal in the pipeline.
Rakul Preet will appear with Ajay Devgn in his directorial ‘Mayday’. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will portray a pivotal role in the film. Rakul also has action-thriller John Abraham starrer film ‘Attack’ and Bhushan Kumar’s ‘Thank God’ in the pipeline. (ANI)
Aayush Sharma shares shirtless photo from workout session, flaunts chiseled physique
Mumbai (Maharashtra) February 27 (ANI): Revealing the reason behind his strong physique, actor Aayush Sharma on Saturday reminisced about the piece of advice he received about his body transformation.
The 30-year-old star took to Instagram to share a glimpse of his workout session, in which he is seen flaunting his chiseled upper body.
The video shows vigorous hard work put by the actor to maintain his spectacular physique.
Sharma captioned the video as, “Kisi ne kaha tha ki “Aayush ek strong back banao” do saal lag gaye advice poora karne ke liye .. sahi advice di thi. waise yeh back ka workout nahi hai.. shoulder ka hai.”
The ‘Love Yatri’ actor has emerged as not only a strong performer but also the latest fitness icon of Bollywood owing to his remarkable transformation for the upcoming film ‘Antim: The Final Truth’.
From the lean Gujarati, lean-bodied boy-next-door in his debut film ‘Love Yatri’ to the bulked and impactful, dreaded gangster in ‘Antim: The Final Truth’, the actor has showcased an extremely impressive transformation.
Occasionally treating the fans and followers with his workout regimes, the actor keeps on sharing his journey to ace his character, motivating everyone to achieve their goals irrespective of the obstacles. (ANI)
Kartik Aaryan gets new haircut, gives GOT vibes in his latest post
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Giving major ‘Game of Thrones’ vibes to his fans on Saturday, Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan recreated the iconic look of American actor Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in Manali.
The 30-year-old actor, who is busy shooting for his forthcoming project ‘Bhul Bhulaiya 2’ with Kiara Advani, has yet again shared a quirky post for fans on his social media accounts.
Kartik, who was sporting a shoulder-length long hairstyle for his upcoming thriller ‘Dhamaka’, has finally got a new haircut for ‘Bhul Bhulaiya 2’ in Manali where he has headed off with the team for shooting the next schedule of the flick.
Taking to Instagram, he shared an intriguing video that sees him recreating the iconic Jon Snow look from ‘Game of Thrones’. He also added the theme track to the short clip.
With the post, he wrote, “Baal cut gaye, Lekin Snow vaala attitude nahi gaya, #WinterHasCome #BackToTheOG,” (Got a haircut, but Snow’s attitude still remains).
With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform, it garnered more than four lakh views while scores of the ‘Luka Chuppi ‘ star’s fans chimed into the comments section and left fire and lovestruck emoticons.
Earlier, the ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ actor also shared a selfie snap from his hair salon session in Manali. With which in the captions he wrote, “Manali mein katega”.
‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is a sequel to the 2007 horror-comedy starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, which was directed by Priyadarshan. The Priyadarshan-directorial that released in 2007 was a remake of the 1993 Malayalam psychological comedy-thriller ‘Manichitrathazhu’.
‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under their banner T-Series and Murad Khetani of Cine 1 Studios.
The forthcoming film, also starring Tabu, Kiara Advani, Rajpal Yadav, and Govind Namdev in pivotal roles, is written by Farhad Samji and Aakash Kaushik.
For the unversed, the production of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ was halted in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team was filming in Lucknow days before the nationwide lockdown was announced.
Meanwhile, Kartik who was last seen in Imtiaz Ali’s film ‘Love Aaj Kal’ alongside Sara Ali Khan also has two films lined up for releases, Karan Johar’s film ‘Dostana 2’, and Ram Madhvani’s ‘Dhamaka’, apart from ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, in the pipeline. (ANI)
‘Proud of you!’: Priyanka Chopra praises sister Parineeti for ‘The Girl On The Train’
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Global star Priyanka Chopra on Saturday lauded her cousin sister Parineeti Chopra for her captivating performance in ‘The Girl On The Train’.
The Chopra sisters enjoy a great bond together and are often seen spending time with each other. Recently, to praise her little sister, Priyanka took to her Instagram story and shared a picture that sees ‘The Girl On The Train’ flashing on her television.
Using a string of emoticons, she wrote, “Proud of you Tisha. The Girl On The Train is out now!” alongside the snap.
Meanwhile, Parineeti Chopra is currently basking in the praises after ‘The Girl On The Train’ release. Several critics and fellow celebrities have appreciated the star for the same.
‘The Girl On The Train’ was premiered on February 26, 2021, on Netflix. It is the Hindi adaptation of the thriller-themed International bestseller book under the same name. The book was made into a Hollywood film starring Emily Blunt in the lead in 2016.
In the Bollywood version helmed by Ribhu Dasgupta, Parineeti Chopra plays the eponymous girl taking the train, an alcoholic divorcee, who becomes involved in a missing person investigation and uncovers deeper secrets.
As for the Priyanka Chopra, who was last seen in ‘The White Tiger’ opposite Rajkummar Rao has announced her hair care range ‘Anomaly’, sometime back. She is also busy promoting her autobiography memoir, ‘Unfinished’ and will also feature in the upcoming romantic drama ‘Text for You’, directed by Jim Strouse. (ANI)
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