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Indo-British singer Juggy D might do a devotional song – for his mom

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New Delhi, Oct 23 : Juggy D is one of the artistes credited with popularising the “Urban desi” music genre in 2003. While dance numbers remain his forte, the Indo-British singer says he might record a devotional song as his mother wants him to.

Be it “Dance with you (Nachna tere naal)” or his latest track “Get down”, Juggy D, whose given name is Jagwinder Singh Dhaliwal, has been mostly associated with fast-paced dance music.

Asked if he would like to use music to convey messages, Juggy D told IANS in a telephonic interview: “There’s a song that I did called ‘Akheer’. The message is that if you are feeling low and you feel like your life is over, then don’t feel like that.

“My mum really wants me to do a devotional song. So yeah, maybe I will do that also. But I will do that on a different platform just to keep my mum happy. Even if others don’t get to hear it, I will just record it and send it to her.”

But for now, he enjoys making dance tracks.

“(I like) the energy. It represents me. I am an up-tempo kind of a guy. I have a lot of energy and I like to portray that in my music, to make people smile and dance,” said the “Sohniye” hitmaker, who has been professionally in the music scene since 2002.

And he doesn’t care if he gets stereotyped.

“If people say ‘This guy makes dance numbers’. That’s what I do. It’s cool. Sometimes I do romantic, mid-tempo tracks. As an artiste, you experiment with a few other things but yeah, I am known for pop Punjabi music, urban Indian music, and that’s what people love to hear from me.

“So, I don’t care if people stereotype me. As long as I deliver a good song and they like it, it’s cool,” he said.

His love for music goes back to his childhood days.

“I was more into Punjabi folk music, but being in the UK, I listened to a lot of reggae and pop music. So, my influence is from all over. Rishi Rich (music producer) was working on one song. Then he decided to work with (rapper) Jay Sean. We ended up creating a genre which kind of shook the music industry.

“The song ‘Dance with you (Nachna tere naal)’ became an iconic track. Even today, 15 years after the song released, people still love that song.”

Talking about his party song “Get down”, he said: “The response has been amazing. It is growing nicely. People are loving the vibe.”

For this, he again teamed up with Rishi Rich. Doesn’t he feel bored of working with him?

“No. I’ll never get bored,” Juggy D said with a laugh.

“We have so much fun. We bring out the best in each other. He gave me my break, so how can I leave him? I work with other people, but the chemistry that we have, I don’t get it from elsewhere.

“Sometimes, when we work together for four to five days, we start getting on each other’s nerves. We say, ‘I won’t be around you anymore’. But then we get back together.”

They are responsible for delivering many chartbusters, including “U ‘n’ I” from the National Award-winning film “Hum Tum”. Isn’t there any pressure on them while working with each other?

“No. We work on a vibe. When something good is made, you get the feeling. The main thing about music is to have fun with it. If you are under pressure and say ‘Okay, we need to make a song like dance music’. That’s not going to happen.”

Recounting his experience of collaborating with Rishi, he said: “I had gone to Atlanta, where Rishi was staying. In six days, we recorded seven songs. We didn’t release any of those songs. After that, we worked on other stuff also.”

He has so much material that he can release an album as well. But he won’t.

“I want to do singles. You make a good song and a video. Sometimes, you may have eight songs on an album, but only three videos. Nobody even listens to the rest (the ones without videos) so, what’s the point of doing an album? I will make songs one by one,” shared the artiste, who launched his self-titled album in 2004 and followed it up with two more.

His other frequent collaborator is Jay Sean.

“I have already started working on a song with him. Normally, when we do a song with Jay and Rishi, it’s known as the Rishi Rich Project song. This time, I called him up and said, ‘I have a song. You have to feature in it’. He is my brother. He can’t say no to me,” said Juggy D.

(Natalia Ningthoujam can be contacted at [email protected] )

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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh set to tie the knot in Italy

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New Delhi, Nov 14: A six-year-long love story will culminate with a wedding on Wednesday when actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tie the knot in a dreamy Lake Como setting in Italy amidst a tight circle of family and friends.

The actors, adored for their on-screen chemistry in movies like “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani”, as much as for their off-screen chemistry, left for the wedding revelry to Italy last week.

There are only about 40 guests for the celebrations, and fans of the couple on social media have been pining to get a glimpse of the pre-wedding galas.

But their appetite is not being satiated not just due to strict security instructions, but because mobile phones are not allowed outside people’s rooms, those in the know of developments told IANS.

They are in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, an upscale resort area known for its spectacular scenery.

Deepika and Ranveer exchanged rings on Monday evening, and a more ‘desi’ touch to the celebrations came in with the ‘mehendi’ function on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a music-filled ‘sangeet’ the same evening.

For the mehendi, Deepika wore a Sabyasachi Mukherjee creation and the couple was colour co-ordinated. Singer Harshdeep Kaur, along with Sanjoy Das, Bobby Pathak and Firoz Khan performed at the ceremony.

The wedding spans two days of ceremonies. On Wednesday, they will marry according to Konkani customs, while on the following day, they will have a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony.

Deepika, daughter of badminton ace Prakash Padukone, is likely to wear a Sabyasachi ensemble for the Anand Karaj.

Bollywood buffs are curious what the couple will wear, and hashtags to the tune of #DeepVeer and #DeepVeerKiShaadi have been trending on social media.

Poles apart from each other in personality, Deepika and Ranveer’s love story began on the sets of “… Ram-Leela”. Their off-screen camaraderie gave enough hints to their fans, the media and the film fraternity that love was brewing.

But they never confirmed their relationship until recently. They put to rest months of speculation about their nuptials with a social media announcement in October of their wedding dates.

“We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty friendship and togetherness,” they said in the announcement.

Over the years, Deepika has been a bit more reserved than Ranveer in expressing her love openly, but the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor has been uninhibited.

While they spoke a bit about their likes and dislikes about each other at a summit in the capital in October, it is only on “Koffee With Karan” that Deepika was a little more open about her relationship with Ranveer.

After their very private wedding ceremonies, the couple will have a reception each in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28, respectively.

They have urged their guests to direct gifts in the form of a donation to Deepika’s The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which works towards spreading awareness on mental health.

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#Metoo accused Alok Nath Expelled From CINTAA For No Show Before Committee

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Mumbi, Nov 13 ; Bollywood actor Alok Nath, who is alleged to have sexually harassed writer-producer Vinta Nanda 19 years ago, was on Tuesday expelled by the Cine And Television Artistes Association (CINTAA) till further notice for not showing up before its committee. Alok Nath failed to appear before the executive committee on Monday, a CINTAA

The association wrote on Twitter, “In view of the various allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Alok Nath, after due diligence and consideration, the Executive Committee of CINTAA has decided to expel him from the Association.”

As the #MeToo Movement gained momentum, with women coming out with their horror stories vis-a-vis sexual harassment at workplace, Nanda shared her account of harassment by Alok Nath who was acting in the television show ‘Tara’ in which she was a producer and writer.

After sharing her experience of harassment on social media, she filed a case against Alok Nath at the Oshiwara police station.

Since both Nanda and Alok Nath were members of CINTAA, the association sent a letter to the accused seeking an explanation on the allegation.

The association had condemned the act of sexual harassment in October. Ashok Pandit, one of the members of CINTAA, had told IANS: “When the victim is complaining to us, we as the member of the federation will have to take a stand and we will do that.”

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Sonam Kapoor lists simple ways to deal with #MeToo

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who believes that the #MeToo movement has been “as eye-opening and devastating as it has been exhilarating”, will galvanise people into action and into a redemption of rights long awaited for the dis-empowered. This, she believes, may seem complex, but can be achieved in a simple way.

As guest editor for Thrive Global India’s online portal, Sonam has penned a forthright note on how people must learn to deal with the #MeToo wave in which people in powerful positions are being called out for sexually harassing, exploiting or violating others.

“I am privileged that I did not grow up with relatives for whom off-handed sexist remarks were the dinner table norm. Or where women were asked to shut up and look down. That safety net, this spotlight and a stage for my opinion has always encouraged me to have a voice,” said Sonam, the eldest of veteran actor Anil Kapoor’s three children.

Using that very voice, the “Neerja” actress took this chance to pen down suggestions that can help everyone — be it men or women — to be a part of this sweeping change.

Sonam has urged people to believe the survivors.

“Yes, a person is innocent until proven guilty but must it come at the cost of rejecting a survivor’s account?” she asked, and added: “While people must be treated as innocent until proven guilty, we need to remember that women are taking on incredible personal risk and trauma to tell their stories. We owe them, at the least, our trust and support.”

She reached out to the people to go in for a near total mental reboot as she feels people need a “shift in mindset which acknowledges that sons and daughters should not be treated differently”.

“Mothers must stop treating their sons like they’re precious gifts from God. We have powerful people in our country who are women but our mentality continues to be that menstruating women – or women at large – shouldn’t enter temples.

Sonam’s third point stresses on ‘Ditch the entitlement. Understand consent’. She reiterates what the film “Pink” promoted: “If it’s a no, then it’s an unequivocal no.”

The National Award-winning actress has also said people need to call out all the men and women in their lives who they know have erred.

“We shouldn’t be quiet because we fear hurting someone,” she said in a point about taking sides.

“If you are silent and don’t take sides then you are, I am afraid, on the side of the person who is wrong. Always take sides,” added Sonam, who has pledged to never endorse or work with individuals proven to be predatory and guilty.

She hopes sexist jokes stop.

“It’s not okay to make sexist, homophobic, racist jokes in an environment which is rife with sexism and discrimination,” she said.

“Labelling” too must not be practiced.

“A friend of mine didn’t want to speak about her experience because she was concerned about how people would label her. ‘I’ll be labelled a victim or a survivor for the rest of my life,’ she told me,” Sonam said, and averred that calling sexy songs “item numbers” is all a part of “sexual propaganda”.

She feels a solution to tackle sexual harassment cases is to “empower and hire more women”.

“If you don’t have women running a company but you employ mostly women, how is it going to work? Women shouldn’t be hired for tokenism but be empowered to take up key roles where they make decisions,” Sonam said.

Lastly, Sonam believes that the #MeToo movement is about “survivors and perpetrators, about making the society less misogynist, entitled and changing how we think”.

“It’s time to transform the naysayers into supporters, to join the movement in full force and oppose every act – even a suggestion – of abuse and discrimination.”

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