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The “Gully Boy” Adventure

Often when we watch a movie and are blown away by the gripping visuals or the suave camera work, as movie buffs, often we do a quick search to know who the ‘director’ is! And let us say the music was equally compelling, then the ‘Music Director’ as well. But one person we often underestimate is the power of the cinematographer – the hands behind the camera!

Surely a film is conceived in the mind of the director but it is the cinematographer who actually makes it happen. It is the cinematographer who is involved in the entire production lifecycle and interacts closely with the director to create the visual magic that translates onscreen.

So does the job of a cinematographer intrigue you now? Want to know more? We have ace cinematographer and Bollywood’s popular man behind the camera for iconic films like Gully Boy, Raman Raghav 2.0, Ghoul, Blackmail, Made in Heaven and Toofan – Mr. Jay Oza sharing his experience from films and insights on the nuances of the craft.

This masterclass is curated by Bookaworkshop.in and Jay will share his rebel story as a cinematographer and talks about ‘behind the scenes’ for some of the most iconic scenes from his movies! It will a masterclass to understand ow the camera approach film scripts and scenes and the strategic ideas behind creating a visual canvas.

Jay Oza started his career with the short film The Unborn Identity in 2010, and then was associated with the television documentary series The Dewarists. His most notable work came with the Indian adaptation of the American television series 24, winning him the Indian Telly Jury Award for Videography (Best TV Cameraman – Fiction).  Jay has also worked on few popular web series and other short films, and among his other feature film credits are Raman Raghav 2.0, Ghoul, and Blackmail. His 2019 release includes Gully Boy, which won him numerous accolades, including Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography (2020) Gully Boy.

The session is Free and scheduled for 23 Aug, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm IST over Zoom Meeting.

To know more about the session and other details: https://www.bookaworkshop.in/event-details/the-gully-boy-adventure

Nawabzaade trailer packs a punch

After the stupendous response to the recreated version of Guru Randhawa’s High Rated Gabru, picturised on Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in Nawabzaade, expectations have naturally risen for the unveiling of the trailer of Nawabzaade.

From the trailer, it is evident that Nawabzaade is a vibrant, romantic comedy about three male friends who try to woo the same girl, often giving rise to hilarious situations.

The film directed by Jayesh Pradhan is produced by Lizelle D’souza and Mayur K Barot. It stars actors from ABCD 2 — Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal and Punit J Pathak. Debutante Isha Rikhi plays the female lead in the film. Senior actors Vijay Raaz and Mukesh Tiwari support the main cast in adding a mean twist to the plot. Actor Zakir Hussain would also be seen in an important role in the film.

The trailer also gives you a sufficient glimpse of the excellent chemistry shared by the film’s lead cast, the main reason why debutant director Pradhan felt he could pull off this romantic comedy.

What also cannot be missed in the trailer is the rumbustious musical score as already witnessed through the High Rated Gabru song. A somewhat passing peek of Mummy Kasam also promises that this song too has got chartbuster written all over it.

Director Jayesh Pradhan says, “I am excited but also a bit nervous as this is my first film. I was about to start my directorial journey with a short film. It was Remo sir who gave me the confidence and encouraged me to take the leap with a full length feature film. I have been assisting Remo D’Souza for a long time. I have known the three boys from the time they were working on Dance India Dance. I felt that doing a romantic comedy with them would be the right thing because I was confident that they would be able to take it to another level.”

Producer Lizelle adds, “Nawabzaade, my first film as a producer has shaped up really well. The chemistry between the film’s lead players is electrifying and you will see that in the trailer also. It’s a fun film which youngsters will love.”

T-Series’ High Rated Gabru, picturised on Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor is out

After Suit Suit (Hindi Medium), Banja tu raani (Tumhari Sulu) and Patola (Blackmail), viewers will get to see T-Series artist Guru Randhawa’s song in the forthcoming film Nawabzaade, directed by Jayesh Pradhan. The film’s cast includes the actors from ABCD 2, Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal and Punit Pathak.

Grooving to the popular Punjabi track will be young heartthrob Varun Dhawan and the beautiful Shraddha Kapoor, who we had last seen together in ABCD 2. The song which has been shot in a Mumbai studio has been choreographed by Remo D’Souza.
The original song by Guru has already crossed more than 400 million views on YouTube and is expected to soar further with its presence in a Bollywood film.

Speaking about being part of this special song, Varun informs, “Having worked with Raghav, Punit and Dharmesh, I know them to be very talented boys. When I heard Remo sir was doing a film with them I knew I had to be part of it in some way. So when this song came up, Shraddha and I decided to feature in this special video.” He adds, “It was a lot of fun, sharing screen space with Shraddha again. We are very comfortable with each other and High Rated Gabru is already a chartbuster.”

Shraddha says she too did not want to miss the opportunity of re-uniting with the ABCD 2 team. “I was all charged to work again with Remo sir, Varun and a few others from the ABCD 2 gang. When I got to know that we are going to be shooting a video for High Rated Gabru, I got even more excited because the song is fantastic and so loved. The whole experience of shooting it was fun. I felt nostalgic,” Shraddha chirps unable to hold back her excitement.

Bhushan Kumar of T-Series adds, “I am sure this song is now going to go on a different level. Varun and Shraddha had developed a fantastic camaraderie with the actors of ABCD 2. So it was not surprising that they agreed to be part of this video.”
Remo D’souza who has choreographed the special video maintains, “It was heartening to see that, Varun and Shraddha were so accommodating to give what it takes to make this number extraordinary. I am glad we could do this for my protégés from ABCD2. It will help to create a buzz around Nawabzaade.”

On his song being included in a Bollywood film Guru adds, “This is my third song being picked for a Bollywood film after songs in ‘Hindi Medium’ and ‘Tumhari Sulu’. It’s an exciting period for me as I am getting to work with a lot of new people. Varun Paji has been very fond of my original song and he suggested the same to the makers. I was all charged when I heard that we are recreating the song with Varun Paji, I’ve always been waiting for that. We have tried to maintain the vibe of the song with a few improvisations. I’m thankful to Bhushanji, Varun, Shraddha for such an amazing experience. I hope this version of High Rated Gabru with Shraddha and Varun’s power-packed dance moves receives as much love from the audience as the original track did.”

The song has released on YouTube today.

T-Series crosses 50 million subscribers on YouTube

T-Series has done it again! The premier music label and also one of the more successful one, achieved the coveted 50 million subscriber base on their popular YouTube channel. It was only recently, in March, 2018, that the music major had touched a figure of 40 million subscriber base on its YouTube channel. Undoubtedly, this is a gigantic leap for T-Series.

On achieving this remarkable feat, Neeraj Kalyan, President, T-Series says, “It really feels good to be at 50 M subscribers position but it also brings greater responsibility to meet higher fan and industry expectations. The journey has not been easy and is a result of sheer hard work and tenacity of team T-Series over the years. Music for us has never been about excel sheets, it’s not a number on a paper. It’s a passion, driven by belief in our content, backing our belief with aggression and passion and this has remained our mantra for years which has led us here. We thank fans of T-Series for their faith in us. I dedicate this milestone to the team spirit of digital and content teams of T-Series.”

Adds Bhushan Kumar, chairperson and managing director of T-Series, “We are delighted to reach this milestone, and would like to say a big thank you to our loyal fans whose love and loyalty has brought us to this position. A special thank you to our in-house digital, content and YouTube team for working diligently and conscientiously in making the T-Series YouTube channel grow at such a brisk pace. We hope to entertain our loyal subscriber base with more music and better content in the days to come.”

The music company, which is equipped with a huge catalogue of songs, set up its own YouTube channel in 2011. In a short span of seven years,T-Series had disrupted the Indian entertainment ecosystem. In January 2017, the YouTube channel had reached a milestone of a 14 mn viewer base. Last year, in December 2017, the label had clocked 27 bn views and a subscriber base of 30 mn. Within a time, the frame of three months, T-Series has been successful in getting another cool 10 mn subscriber. If you do the math, you will see the channel has been gaining over 3mn subscribers a month.

T-Series which is instantly recognized as Bollywood’s go-to music label, has consolidated its position in the market primarily as a music label and for the past one year-and-half is being looked upon as major film studio as well. The success of its films such as Hindi Medium, Tumhari Sulu, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Raid and Blackmail among others has only strengthened that position among the trade pundits as well as the lay man.