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Sona Mohapatra’s upcoming song for World Music Day puts a spotlight on our most valuable gift in these times

Sona has conceptualised a music video “Portraits of Quarantine” as an idea to timestamp this tough period of isolation with a ‘moving photo album’ of her band, crew & team members & further on the people they have shared this tough, unpredictable lockdown with. There is also a message to many who are battling loneliness & depression to reach out & seek support & in turn to people who know them to rally around & lean in. Everybody needs somebody who can remind them of their own value, beauty & strength!

The songstress & producer performs a soulful song – ‘Tori Surat- Unplugged’, with a chill lounge soundscape & Ameer Khusraus poetry with her band. The video features the ‘faces or surats’ that make this period an easier one to navigate. A moving extended family ‘photo album’ to watch back in better times & remember the quarantine & it’s lessons.

Speaking about it Sona says, “We don’t have to have “mental illness” to experience psychological issues during COVID-19’s stressful impact on humanity. To cope, everyone needs connection & compassion. If we are lucky we have shared this quarantine period with someone who provides that support, be it by being physically around or even available virtually. This music video is an ode to that.

“World Music Day is around the corner & is a wonderful occasion that lets my whole team come together virtually to do what we do best; perform music that not only entertains people but also uplifts their soul. Crehyl Periera is a very talented young music arranger & he produced a jazz-lounge track for Ram Sampath’s composition that I know will be loved. The music video has been shot individually by each team member but edited in the Himachal Pradesh hills by Nitesh Bisht. The piano, melodica, flutes & the electric & acoustic guitars, the percussion including cajon, the Hindustani & Konakol bols performed in this track make ‘Tori Surat Unplugged’ a truly world music gem! A perfect blend of the music of the west & the east too. The last few months haven’t been easy on any of us. Today when I look back, I feel it is important for us to cherish & celebrate our support systems; the ones we share our lockdown & homes with. “Portraits of Quarantine” celebrates that thought. Tori Surat is timeless poetry by a Sufi master & I hope my relationship & love with my band & team also endures similarly.”

Lights. Camera. Action! &TV artists gear up for shooting

All your favourite &TV shows and characters are gearing up to enthrall and entertain their viewers once again. &TV is all set to start shooting for of its shows, which includes Ek Mahanayak – Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram, Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari, Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein and Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai in strict adherence to the guidelines laid by the Maharashtra Government.

Last few months have been quite uncertain for everyone due to the corona virus enforced lockdown. Everybody confined to their homes, engaged in household work, bonding with their loved ones, developing new skills and rediscovering their lost passion. But one thing that stood in good stead was catching up on their favourite television shows and characters.

Speaking of which, here’s what &TV artists had to share about their lockdown time, to now gearing up to resume the shoot.

Aasif Sheikh, the Vibhuti Narayan of &TV’s Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai shares, “I took this time to bond with my family, rekindle my lost passion for reading and writing, and experiment with food. I was also shifting to a new house, which was quite a daunting task. This lockdown time has taught me to value time and freedom more than ever. On the work front, I have been longing to get back into my character of Vibhuti Narayan and entertain my viewers. A lot of fans had been telling me how much they love our show and have been binge-watching it. I am eager to go back to my earlier routine. We have been briefed thoroughly by the production team on the shooting guidelines and precautions.  They are leaving no stone unturned to ensure everyone adheres to social distancing norms, wears masks when not on camera, alongside maintaining high-standards of sanitation on-sets.”

Shubhangi Atre, the Angoori Bhabhi of &TV’s Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai shares, “It was an unexpectedly long break which allowed me to pursue my passion for dance along with frequent meditation sessions. I spent a lot of time with my daughter, engaging her in arts and crafts along with baking and cooking. However, there was always this question in the back of my mind on how soon can we resume work? I am happy now that we are gearing to resume shoots for the show with the utmost safety and precautions. I am eager to hear the words Lights, Camera, and Action after a long time. We all have been briefed on the guidelines, and we will ensure we strictly adhere to it at all times. I am quite excited and eagerly looking forward to entertaining my audience with fresh episodes of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai.”

Rohitashv Gour who plays Manmohan Tiwari in &TV’s Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai adds, “I spent this time engaging in household work, playing board games and staying in touch with my family, friends and fans through live interactions and video calls. I have been working for many years, and this sudden pause did make me miss shooting big time. I am quite happy to resume shooting. The team has briefed us on the guidelines laid by the government to ensure everyone is safe and adheres to it at all times. This time has taught me that I am not just responsible for my health and safety but also that of others around me, hence it is critical to follow the safety and precautions strictly.”

Yogesh Tripathi, Daroga Happu Singh from &TV’s Happu Ki Ultan Paltan shares, “I missed my character of Doroga Happu Singh quite a lot, along with all my cast and crew members. I am looking forward to resuming shooting soon. I spent a lot of time with my child teaching him new things alongside assisting my wife in cooking and even learning a few recipes as well. This lockdown gave me time to introspect and discover a lot of things that I had been contemplating to do for quite some time. I am now eagerly looking forward to entertaining my viewers all over again. The Team has worked out a detailed sanitation plan to ensure we all are safe and adhere to the safety norms at all times during the shoot.”

Kamna Pathak, Dabang Rajesh from &TV’s Happu Ki Ultan Paltan shares, “I spent this lockdown time practising singing and cooking delicious meals every day. Singing and cooking are quite therapeutic, and I enjoyed sharing my recipes with the fans. Now I am back to what I love the most, which is, acting. I missed every bit of being on the sets and rehearsing my lines. The production team is ensuring that there is strict adherence to the guidelines laid by the government and has already briefed us in detail on how the new norms will be implemented. We all are quite excited about getting back and looking forward to restarting from where we left.”

Gracy Singh from &TV’s Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein shares, “It is indeed a tough time as we were fighting the common enemy with all our might. This lockdown time has given me time to introspect and pursue other activities such as dance, meditation and yoga. Shoots now are subjected to the revised guidelines, and I am looking forward to being back on the sets and start rolling. We all have been given a copy of revised guidelines, and we understand that following these are in everyone’s best interest. We all need to align ourselves to this new normal and come back with full enthusiasm and vigour.”

Sneha Wagh, Anjani of &TV’s Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram shares, “The lockdown period helped me focus on self-love and relaxation. I have spent a good amount of time doing Mandala art, and it has brought a lot of positivity in me.  All of my family members are working; this was a good time for us to reunite and spend quality time with each other. I am eager to get back to my normal routine and excited to meet the entire cast after such a long gap. Of course, going forward, we will have to take a lot of precautions on set, but the show must go on.”

Sarika Bahroliya of Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari shares, “I am eagerly looking forward to getting back to the shooting routine with these new set guidelines. I have thoroughly sanitised and kept my shoot bag ready and eager to hear the words, ‘lights, camera, action’ again. I’m glad that I got time to learn quick recipes during the lockdown, which is now helping me to cook and carry my tiffin. Also, wearing a mask has become a routine for me, and I don’t step out without it. We all have been briefed on the strict safety guidelines by the production team. Everyone has been asked to wear masks, sanitise their hands, and maintain social distancing, at all times. We have some exciting episodes in the pipeline, and I am eagerly looking forward for it to go on air.”

Get ready to watch the all-new episodes of your favourite shows coming soon only on &TV!

AJAY DEVGN INTRODUCES THE WORLD OF ‘LALBAZAAR’ – ZEE5’s UPCOMING POLICE DRAMA

ZEE5, the largest creator of original content in India is set to premiere police drama LALBAZAAR on Friday, 19th June. Join hands with Ajay Devgn, as he exclusively introduces the show which has got his vote! By focusing on crime, LALBAZAAR underlines the larger flow of life, the threats, the good and evil force in the society. It is a one of a kind police drama that will not only focus on the gruesome crimes but also beautifully explore the human side of the lives of the police squad.

After superstar Ajay Devgn released the poster yesterday, the internet has been abuzz about what is Lalbazaar. The actor shared the teaser and you will immediately recognize his powerful, deep voice which takes you through the narrative.

The characters in the show will evolve with every episode and bring in their own values, morals as they dive into gritty operations in their jobs.

Ajay Devgn shared the teaser on his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ajaydevgn/status/1271476432300957697?s=20

Ajay Devgn shared the poster on his Instagram account:

“I have always enjoyed playing characters where good triumphs evil. It is not easy to emulate the lives of our brave police force and I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity of playing roles in the uniform. Especially during the lockdown, the sheer hard-work and perseverance that the police force is putting in is highly commendable and they have my utmost respect. While the web series talks about crimes committed and being solved, it also focuses on the human side of the lives of the police squad and allows audiences to get a glimpse into the lives of those who protect them 24/7. It gives me immense pleasure to introduce you all to the world of ZEE5’s LALBAZAAR. Watch the show on 19th June,” expresses Ajay Devgn.

The teaser gives us a glimpse into the underbelly of LALBAZAAR. On this crossing between justice and criminals, the show will also explore the human side of the lives of the police squad. The gritty shots in the beginning of the teaser showcase the kind of grim crimes the viewers can expect. But will the law set the limit?

Karan Aanand: It is an immense pleasure to launch my first Digital film

The world has come to a screeching halt as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. As the country enters lockdown 5.0 of the nation-wide lockdown, a slew of Bollywood celebrities – Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Rajinikanth, Ranbir Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, and Alia Bhatt among others, teamed up for a short film called ‘Family’, And now Bollywood actor Karan Aanand has also made a short film during the lockdown named ‘Aaina’.

The film is meant to stress the importance of staying at home, staying safe, working from home, and most importantly paying to the daily wage workers and house cleaners. Aaina is premiered across the globe through the Pink Panther Youtube channel and has received a good amount of response there, Check out the link below. 

”It was really challenging to shoot this film, but now as it is getting great response from the audience I’m really happy about this. and it is an immense pleasure to launch my first digital film via youtube and I’m looking forward to doing more like these, and raise awareness about social problems. I request everyone to stay at home and stay safe”, says Karan Aanand.

The film is made under the banner of Pink Panther Production, Karan Aanand and Preeti Verma are starred in this film. Film ‘Aaina’ is directed by Bobby Khan and produced by Shantanu Srivastava.

First look of LAW OF LOVE Launched Digitally during CORONA pandemic

The ever changing figures of CORONA, the rising graphs, incidents that straightway catch hold of your heart and comforting news for a while of CORONA under control…Human minds today have to struggle with high and low of life. The stress levels are rising while we are actually sort of resting at home. The modern life has been made to surrender to digital awareness created and maintained by Online Yoga lessons, motivational lectures and others to keep stresses under control.

Entertainment has been a part of motivation and will be an important aspect of our lives in future. The entertainment brought to us through the medium on films has always been found useful as a stress buster.

 The impact of Lockdown has been equally felt and faced by the film industry on the whole. The schedules for various films and TV serials had to be abandoned suddenly. With the closure of cinema theaters, the release and promotion of new films has been adversely affected. It is within this scenario around and with a positive perspective, Producer and Screen Play writer J. Uday has used this period of lull to bring a new Marathi film “Law of Love” for connoisseur Marathi audiences. As most of the people have adjusted to the new Digital regime and have been active on this medium, the producer has unveiled First Look Poster of the film “Law of Love” through social media. The audiences have provided a huge positive response to the same.

Just as the name of the film is out of the box, there is no doubt that the story would also follow suit. This is the debut film for Mr. J. Uday, Producer and Screen Play writer. This film is going to be a truly viable option for the changed lifestyle of audiences after lockdown. The details about the cast of the film and the fresh ingredients to be brought to you are yet to be announced and hence the anxiety about this film will continue to soar till the film hits the screens.

“We have tried to place a new definition of love before the audiences. Considering the situation at hand due to the Virus projection and highly active people on social media, we unveiled First Look Poster of this film on social media as our effort to provide something new to the audiences. After the anxieties of the lockdown die down and things are normal, we aim to provide a true larger than life experience for our audiences.”  

 – Mr.  J. Uday, Producer and Screen Play writer. 

Actor- Writer Sukhmani Sadana impresses Bollywood actors at IIFA

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!