- Published 12.04.15
Sunny Leone has just had a taste of the vagaries of the Indian media. And going by her tweets, she is breathing fire and brimstone at them. It all started when the former porn star was asked at a press conference about her rendition of the Aishwarya Rai number Dholi taro dhol baaje (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) in her film Leela, which released this week. Leone said that she was nervous about doing the number and that she hated being compared to such big stars. And lo and behold, before she knew it, sections of the media reported that Leone "hated" Aishwarya. No wonder it's left Leone fuming.
The music of Mani Ratnam's new film OK Kanmani has been released. And no prizes for guessing who has composed the music. Yes, it is the director's long-time musical associate - none other than the maestro A.R. Rahman. In a dialogue with the press, Rahman said that "Mani sir" gave him carte blanche to create the music for the film. That's but natural - after all, he has given Ratnam some smashing music before in films like Bombay, Roja, Dil Se and Guru. This time around, the numbers are close to the movie's vibe which is "youthful", says Rahman. What's more, Rahman is also launching his son A.R. Ameen in the film. Junior sings a number called Maula wa salim. Rahman observed wryly that since Ratnam launched him, it was only fitting that his son too was introduced in one of his films. "It has come a full circle", says the musician. It has indeed.
There's art and then there's car art. If you're wondering what that is, tune in to Cartist, an automobile art festival that will be held in Jaipur between April 18 and 21. The festival is the brainchild of a group of youngsters led by vintage car restorer Himanshu Jangid. The 33-year-old Jangid, who has restored about 150 cars from all over India, claims that the art camp - to coincide with World Heritage Day on April 18 - would be the first of its kind in India. On the cards are talks and workshops by artists, art collectors and vintage car owners. Participants would also get to do installation art from auto parts. The idea is to make today's generation not just aware about our past legacy but also preserve and blend it with the present, say the organisers. This should be interesting.
So you thought Bobby Deol had hung up his boots forever? Not at all. Dharmendra's younger son is planning to get back with a bang. In the works is a biopic on Chengis Khan. The movie Changez , starring him in the lead, is going to be produced under his banner, Vijeta Films. One hears that Deol is so into the role that he has even grown a full beard for it. However, the problem is that his stock as an actor has fallen so low that no actress is willing to star opposite him. The grapevine has it that Deol had approached actress Nargis Fakhri for the role of the female lead. Apparently, Fakhri turned him down, citing date issues. But since the actress isn't working on any films now, it has left tongues wagging in the industry. Poor Bobby.
New age music
Does the name Ricky Kej ring a bell? This Bangalore-based composer happens to have won this year's Grammy for the best new-age music album. Strangely, though his album, Winds of Samsara, is widely played at radio stations in the US, his music is virtually unknown in India. And Kej has yet another feather in his cap now - he has just completed an album with the rock great Peter Gabriel. The proceeds from the album will go to buy surgical supplies for the wounded in Gaza in Palestine. "I was overjoyed to work with Peter Gabriel; he is a legend," says Kej. Another legend has been appreciating his musical efforts. None other than Lata Mangeshkar called him after he won the Grammy. "She said she was proud that I had won the award and that I was promoting Indian music." Well, let's hope Kej gets his due in India soon.