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Russel Brand has a message for the beautiful man Ali Fazal

While their physical meeting might’ve been pushed by a year, Ali Fazal continues to stay in touch with Death on the Nile co-stars. The Kenneth Branagh’s directorial was expected to hit screens this October but will now open in September 2021. In a chat with a leading daily, Fazal spoke about his co-star Russel Brand, who kept him sane through the months of lockdown. On reading that Brand, in fact, took to Twitter and wrote, “Ali Fazal is a beautiful man, a terrific actor, and had the best damn moustache on the movie.”

Based on Agatha Christie’s book by the same name, the film is an extension of Branagh’s last Christie outing – Murder on the Orient Express. This film stars Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening with Branagh playing Hercule Poirot.

Mirzapur 2 gives Ali Fazal’s fee a drastic hike for his future projects

Ali Fazal is undoubtedly one of the foremost and biggest names to have ventured into a steaming show. With Bang Baaja Baarat he became a renowned named across and it was Mirzapur that etched his remarkable acting caliber and versatility. Now with season 2 of the show which released almost 2 months back, Ali Fazal is now growing strength to strength with his future projects.

With several exciting projects coming his way and new announcements anticipated, the buzz is that the fee compensation for Ali is hiked by over 30% since the release of the show. Producers are aware of his image especially amongst the young internet audiences and that has given a huge boost to Ali’s market value for signing new projects.   

A source says, “The new season of Mirzapur has done great numbers in the streaming world. This has etched a great place for Ali and his fee hike was something that was meant to happen. A boost of almost 30-40% of his fees is a great value for him”.

Trailer – Vir Das’ new Netflix comedy special Outside In is all shades of heartwarming and hopeful

Artistes are unstoppable and they always have the onus of entertaining, regardless of what they might be going through. Comedian-actor Vir Das took the responsibility of spreading cheer and ended up creating the first-of-its-kind homegrown comedy special Outside In from 30 virtual shows that he did during the lockdown. Though the show itself started off as a one off gig in April but as the demand continued, he converted into a continual series that kept his fans laughing together despite the world undergoing heightened anxiety and pressures created due to the lockdown.

Link – https://youtu.be/fJJ4GIpmh7o

After having started the year with a crackling special called Vir Das : For India, this time around Vir gave his audience a taste of how a virus ended up uniting the entire globe at the same time. The show originally premiered on his website for charity but will now make it Netflix on December 16, thus making sure we end the year on a sweet note.

Capturing the mundaneness of being stuck at home, the special has some unique and heartwarming stories about the everything that the lockdown put us through. From a young man who can’t find his favourite ice cream flavour to lovers separated in different cities weeks ahead of their engagement to a man hoping to dine with his girls soon to a nurse who is on COVID duty everyday, the show captures lives of diverse people who are all waiting for the same thing – the world to go back to normal.

In a statement, Vir said, “There couldn’t have been a better way to end the year and I say this beyond my personal reasons. the special was a showreel of everything that we’ve gone through this year and how as human beings we went through the same emotions at the same time. It was my most fulfilling piece of work because even for an hour I could make people smile when they needed it the most. And we raised money for charity while doing it. This special is dedicated to each of us who survived a horrific year and hopefully we carry forward the lessons to 2021.”

Ali Fazal graces the cover of GQ India October issue

Even as he is awaiting the release of his mammoth international movie Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile this month alongside a sublime cast comprising Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer amongst others. India’s latest export to the West – Ali Fazal has bagged the lead role in the prestige project Codename: Johnny Walker. The war drama is based on the New York Times bestseller by the same name and is co-written by American Sniper co-writer Jim Delfice.

A quick search will inform you that Codename: Johnny Walker which is written by Alan Wenkus former writer of the famed chat series – The Tonight Show and Straight Outta Compton, for which he got an Academy Nomination too. The writing of the film has been in the works since September 2015.

Fazal, currently in the midst of promoting his show Mirzapur, in a chat with GQ Magazine of which is the cover star of the month spoke about his latest project.

Once the pandemic permits, Fazal will be in an LA studio shooting for the lead role in the film.

Fazal is quoted saying in the magazine, “People [in the West] are now more open to writing parts that can have actors cast from across the canvas,” mentioning British writer, rapper, and actor Riz Ahmed. “This is very hard to do because you have to get geography out of your head. Naturally, not all movies can do that – an Indian film about a farmer in the hinterland can’t cast Tom Cruise.”

Ali Fazal‘s new video, Tasveer highlights the migrant labourers crisis in India

It’s only human that in the last few months, each of us has pondered to ourselves about the fractures in our society. In the face of a pandemic, the deep-seated unevenness has come to the fore, exposing the discrepancies of our society. Ali Fazal launched his newest work – Tasveer which is a heart-wrenching narration of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Lending his voice and having co-produced the uniquely animated visual journey that is helmed by Ashutosh Pathak, the video is a sharp commentary on the current world harping on the need to be kind. It ends with a beautiful message about the dignity of loving and how social gaps manifested by class can be fixed with empathy and kindness.

Link – https://www.instagram.com/tv/CD-t_VrFkHl/?igshid=18zi9fkhx1j2e

Pathak’s verse urges people to stand in support with the less privileged. As the COVID 19 pandemic intensified, the horrific visuals of laborers walking towards their homes in large numbers after being rendered jobless, Tasveer evokes in us the need to be socially responsible towards our fellow citizens.

In a beautifully done animated video by Pathak himself, with music rendered by Neel Adhikari, Ali was extremely keen to be part of this video.

Vir Das all set to debut a unique unscripted homegrown comedy special in ‘Inside Out’

The one thing that remained constant during the lockdown is Vir Das’ virtual shows which ensured that his fans had a smile on their faces. Between March and June, the actor-comedian did close to 30 shows for which his fans from across the globe bought tickets. The proceeds from each show were directed to different charity organisations. In a new move, Vir has collated excerpts and behind the scenes from these very shows and created a comedy special titled – Inside Out, which is the first-of-its-kind lockdown crowd work show that is completely unscripted. This makes him the first Indian comedian to shoot a comedy special during the lockdown. The special is a conversational series and it was an impromptu comedy that rose from the chats he had with the audiences during his virtual shows. 

The international audiences will pay a minimum USD 1 per viewing whereas his Indian audiences will pay INR 30 per viewing. Those who wish to contribute more can, as the income from the special will be donated towards NGOs working towards Covid Relief.

Link: https://youtu.be/FLx-7MDwA18

Speaking about it, Vir said, “Week on week the encouraging response kept pouring in and we knew there was enough material to make a special. We recorded all the virtual shows in advance and it’s turned out quite interesting. I decided to talk about our collective fears and give it a light touch. In such times when we don’t know when we can do our next physical gig or shoot for a special, we thought this was a good way of changing with the changing times. This isn’t the new normal honestly but this is a novel alternative, for now.”

Actress Angela Krislinzki and singer Madhav Mahajan rediscovered their relationship in lockdown

Angela Krislinzki and Madhav Mahajan look very cute together and it was this lockdown which has really brought them very close. They had to stay apart for a good amount of time and things have been different now. They understand each other better and feel the void more of each other’s presence. It has been a difficult time but it’s good to see the positives of this as well.

We spoke to Angela on this and this is what she says, “We have been together for a good amount of time yet this was different. We stayed apart for a few months and we found the video calls not sufficient initially. We became missing each other much more than ever and it became evident in our conversations. The love has grown. We didn’t do any worldly things for each other yet shared so much. He knows me inside out now and I can say the same for me. It has been a time of rediscovery and a lot of love off late.”

Well, we are happy to read of the love blossoming and we wish them happiness and togetherness.

“Bollywood trends changes into high fashion” – Suman Guha

Fashion Designer and stylist Suman Guha recently released his latest collection in a contemporary photoshoot.

Suman has worked with the best photographers of our country. He has done 400 + runway shows and fashion shows all over the globe with platforms like Bombay Times, Lakme Fashion Week and many more. He also got a nomination for National award. He has over 38 movies to his credit and worked with the top directors of the Indian Film Industry.

In a candid interview with Zalak Shah, Suman tells us about his latest venture and his future dreams of showcasing at the Milan Fashion Week.

Costume tailored by Raj, Costume assistance by Shabbir and Hair and makeup by Kadambari.

First things first, tell us about your collection a bit.

Actually, more than a collection, I would say it’s about current trends of Bollywood changing into high fashion.

What’s your inspiration behind it?

See, there are a lot of outfits you can’t wear shown in typical Bollywood films, there’s a particular trend followed by the Bollywood industry. But the masses can’t wear such high-fashion designs shown in Bollywood all the time. On the other hand, when you see Hollywood movies or international movies, they always wear such clothes that attract. My intention is to change this concept and to make this easy; I want to popularize Bollywood outfits. Women usually wear typical outfits which are regular with the masses.

How long have you been working on this concept?

I have always tried new things. I started working on this concept after watching an amazing collection at Milan Fashion Week about a fusion of winter wear. I thought why not try Indian lehengas with winter wear. Whenever you go to a winter wedding, people do wear Indian outfits but not paired with winter wear. It’s never showcased though. This is precisely why I wanted to try this, Indian outfits with fur.

What has been your fondest memory while making this collection?

Sometimes while making designer sarees, we don’t always think if it’s economical. Whatever we think or visualize, should be economical. If I think about something made with bird feathers, it’s not practically okay. It’s criminal to use bird feathers or ostrich feathers. Fur is artificial and timeless. But previously we used to use leopard prints, deer horns, bird feathers which is not right. This is why I thought of a practical and economical way instead of an unethical one. The idea is to be economically viable in the market.

How has the lockdown worked or not worked in your favour?

So many new ideas have come to mind but there’s also an obstacle of not being able to go out, execute them. I think people should use this time that they can’t otherwise get with their daily pre-lockdown routines. For me, it was a bit hectic but it was okay if you think about using it productively. I took this time positively and worked on a lot of ideas, some of which got executed and some which didn’t. I couldn’t do this in my previously hectic shoot schedules. I got a lot of time for it due to the lockdown.

Describe your collection in three words.

Stylish. Colourful. Close to Nature.

Which Bollywood character do you think would suit your collection the most?

Kangana Ranaut’s character from Krrish 2. Her character was a bit alien-y and wore some clothes like my collection. Her costumes were very unusual and not popular in the market. My collection is very applicable to her character.

Do you think having virtual fashion shows is a viable option?

Depends on the audience. The audience should be up-market for it. If you don’t up-market your taste in fashion and culture, there will be no growth. If you see Titanic, the costumes were so particular and very well done. Here as well, there are a lot of high-budget movies, but not ready to experiment with looks, outfits and colours, for reasons unknown. Now-a-days, some directors have started doing it. Bollywood movies have very less budgeted costume departments; they’re not given much importance. Only a few directors emphasize on the looks of the characters.

Can you give us a hint on your future collaborations?

I can’t say about the future now. But I’m always working towards walking at the Milan Fashion Week. No Indian fashion designers come in the top search results on Google in that sense. There are international brands like Elie Saab, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana on the search results. This is because the contribution of Indian fashion designers is less in comparison. I want to showcase an unusual collection with a different theme so we come in the limelight too. That is my dream – when you Google Milan Fashion Week, you should be able to see Indian names in the search results.