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Akbar Sami honoured with the DJ OF The Decade Award at the INCA 2018

Awards and accolades aren’t new to Akbar Sami, one of the most prolific DJs of Asia and an influential architect of the continent’s night-time stories, Sami, who has earlier won the All Asian DJ Championship, The DJ Awards and Channel V’s Best Indian Club DJ et al, has been recently honoured with the DJ OF The Decade Award at the INCA 2018 [India Nightlife Convention And Awards] at a glittering function in New Delhi.

A self-taught DJ, Sami’s career begun as early as 13 when he was pushed to the console to save the night at a club where the DJ had gone missing! And since then, there has been no looking back for the ace DJ who draws his inspiration from musicians like Ray Charles, Prince, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Ghulam Ali, Pandit Hari Prasad, Nusrat Fateh Ali, Mehdi Hassan & Quincy Jones among others.

Choreographer turned disc jockey, Akbar Sami, best known for remix albums like JalwaJalwa IIJadoo among others, quips ” Well, I feel great. I feel fantastic and yet emotional at the same time. This award takes me back in time when I had started struggling… the time when there was no Facebook, not much media either and no downloads. It was a very difficult phase for your existence in the entertainment business. I receive this award on behalf of all of my colleagues, music producers and the DJs who are still struggling to get there. I thank INCA for recognizing my talent and I believe that this will go a long way in encouraging my little industry, I also thank the Almighty and my mother for her prayers without which this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Sami’s histrionics also include acting and singing. He debuted as a singer in 2018 with the remake of the evergreen song, “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein…” and he is the only DJ to have been featured on Indian Idol and has represented India in Japan for the Emporium Beach Festival.

Talking about his current endeavours, Sami divulges, “I’m just back from my performance in Spain and I’m planning on a USA tour in 2019. I’ve also started a film company called Running Water Films that happened to produce my first song as a singer, Kabhi Kabhi. And now, we have two films in the pipeline, ‘Patangbaaz’ and an untitled sports film. Besides this, I am still doing my good old remixes and working on my next songs, ‘Dard-E-Dil and Naach Meri Jaan’ as singer.”

T-Series bags top 5 honours at IIFA Awards 2018

The 18th edition of Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, held in Bangkok on Sunday was a starry night, high on glitz glamour and of course achievement.

T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment produced Vidya Balan starer Tumhari Sulu was awarded the IIFA statuette for Best Film amidst huge applause by the audience gathered at the reputed Siam Niramit Theatre in the Thai capital.

T-Series chairman and managing director Bhushan Kumar says, “We are delighted with this accolade for Tumhari Sulu. We are also thrilled about Irrfan’s win (Best Actor- Male) for Hindi Medium. It’s always a huge pleasure to work with a committed actor such as Irrfan.”

Kumar adds, “It was a proud moment when we picked up the trophy with our joint producers Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar who deserve credit for bringing Tumhari Sulu’s warm and relatable story to the audience. We are inspired to work harder on Cheat India, our next project on which T-Series and Ellipsis are working jointly.”

Additionally, T-Series and Maddock Films produced Hindi Medium fetched Saket Chaudhary the Best Director award for Tumhari Sulu.

T-Series artists/talent Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva won the Award for Best Music Direction for Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Manoj Muntashir bagged the Best Lyricist Award for Rashke Qamar for T-Series produced Baadshaho, sharing it with co-writers Nusrat Fateh Ali, A1 Melody Fana.