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My mission is not to become a playback singer: Rising Star 2 winner ‘Hemant Brijwasi’

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Mumbai, April 16: Mathura-born Hemant Brijwasi, winner of music reality TV show “Rising Star India 2”, has already had a tryst with singing for Bollywood films. But he says his dream is bigger than being a playback singer.

Brijwasi won the title on Sunday night, taking home a prize amount of Rs 20 lakh.

“I never imagined to be the winner,” the young talent told IANS over phone.

“I am thankful to all our mentors and especially to Shankar Mahadevan who encouraged me to try out different genres,” he added.

Brijwasi developed an interest in singing from a very tender age. He loves singing Indian classical and Sufi songs.

“Though I have got a chance to sing for a Bollywood film, my mission in life is not to become a playback singer. I admire and idolise Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan saab and I want to be someone like him to who is remembered for his great music for generations,” he said.

He has worked under Vishal-Shekhar’s music direction for “Arjun – The Warrior Prince” as well as for some other projects. He also has a track in the upcoming Diljit-starrer “Soorma”, and the song is penned by celebrated writer Gulzar.

“This is going to be a very special song because Gulzar saab has written the lyrics of it and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the song,” he said.

“Rising Star 2′, aired on Colors, had a panel of experts including Mahadevan and singers Monali Thakur and Diljit Dosanjh.

Mahadevan was a source of encouragement for the singer, who competed in the final round with Rohanpreet Singh and Vishnumaya Ramesh.

“I remember my first performance was ‘Tashan se’ and I tend to sing only Sufi style numbers. One day Shankarji came to me during our practice and very affectionately told me, ‘Why don’t you try something different instead of something that you are already good at?’ Honestly, I did not have much confidence but he kept pushing me,” he recounted.

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‘Kesari’ set gutted 10 days before film’s completion

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Mumbai, April 25: A fire broke out on the sets of Akshay Kumar’s film “Kesari”, destroying the whole set just ten days before the film was expected to wrap up. However, no one was injured.

A source in the know of developments told IANS that Akshay had already left for the day when the incident took place at the set in Wai, over 200 km away from here by road.

“They were shooting a crucial war scene when everyone heard a blast sound, which triggered the fire. The mishap occurred just 10 days before the team was about to wrap the film’s schedule after shooting the climax.

“The explosion was a massive one, but not a single person from the crew was injured,” the source said.

It is not known yet what the makers will do now that the set has been destroyed. While the cause of the fire remains unknown, the quantum of loss they have incurred has also not yet been revealed.

Akshay has teamed up with filmmaker Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for the movie, being directed by Anurag Singh. The film is said to be based on the Battle of Saragarhi of 1897.

“Kesari”, which is slated for a 2019 Holi release, also features Parineeti Chopra.

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Playing Manmohan Singh most difficult role of my career: Anupam Kher

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Anupam Kher as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in "The Accidental Prime Minister".

Mumbai, April 25: Industry veteran Anupam Kher, whose career has spanned over three decades and over 500 films, says playing the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been the most difficult one in his career.

Anupam spoke to the media on the sidelines of the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards 2018 held here on Tuesday.

Asked whether he has completed shooting of ambitious film “The Accidental Prime Minister”, Kher said: “No… Only 40 per cent of the film shoot has been completed. I have studied the character of Manmohan Singh for four months and it is the most difficult role that I have done. I hope the audience will see his journey on-screen really soon.

A video of Anupam in the midst of the film’s shoot was met with appreciation for how well the actor has tried to mould his walk and demeanour to match Singh’s distinct style.

At the awards ceremony, Anupam received a special honour for his contribution to Indian theatre and cinema.

“I have come straight here only to receive this award from England after completing my shooting (schedule) for ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. I am really honoured and fortunate to receive this award.

“The kind of contribution that the Mangeshkar family has in the world of music is really unbelievable. They have not only won our hearts with their music, but with voices of Mangeshkar sisters, they have united the nation and that is their achievement. It’s a great feeling to receive an honour by them.”

Anupam dedicated the award to youngsters from rural parts of India.

“Whenever I receive an award for my work, it motivates me to do even better. I always say that it s not my lifetime achievement award because I feel like I have started my career just now. This award I have dedicated to youngsters from rural parts of India who come here (to Mumbai) and work hard towards achieving success.

“I just want to advice them that if a boy like me who was son of clerk from forest department of Shimla can receive this award, then they can also achieve many things in their life.”

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Salman Khan meets Mehbooba Mufti in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 25: Superstar Salman Khan and producer Ramesh Taurani, who are currently busy here with the shoot of the third instalment of the “Race” franchise, met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Salman and the film’s team reached the picturesque Sonamarg hill station in the state for a two-day shooting schedule of Remo D’Souza directed movie “Race 3”.

A photograph of their meeting was shared by Taurani on his Twitter account.

“We thank Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for welcoming us in Kashmir for the final lap of ‘Race 3’ with Salman Khan,” Taurani tweeted with the image, in which he has posed with Mufti, Salman and the actor’s bodyguard Shera.

Besides Salman, “Race 3” will also feature Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem. The film scheduled to be released coinciding with the Eid festival on June 15.

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