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Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2013)
Music director Sachinn Gupta has roped in singers Mika Singh and Honey Singh for the track Punjabiyaan Di Battery in Mere Dad Ki Maruti.
“While composing the song with director Ashima Chibber, producer Ashish Patil and lyricist Kumaar, we all felt that the rustic and ethnic voices of Punjab would best suit the song. Also, since the film is based in Chandigarh, it made Mika’s and Honey’s voice an apt choice,” says Sachinn.
The composer adds, “Mika is a friend. In fact, he suggested that I rope in Honey as well and even called him up on my behalf. Honey agreed instantly. It’s for the first time that the two have come together for a song.” For another song, Tod Taad Ke Border, Gupta roped in Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, who will mark his Bollywood debut with the track. Sachinn’s previous compositions include Doorie, sung by Atif Aslam. He has also sung songs like Tere Liye (Unplugged) in Prince (2010) and Bhool Jaaun (along with Himesh Reshammiya) in Damadamm (2011).
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; January 19, 2013)
To mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, Mika Singh organised a langar for people of different faiths and religions. In Mumbai, the langar was held at two gurdwaras and also at the Haji Ali Dargah. The singer organised a langar at a gurdwara in Delhi, too.
Says Mika, “Guru Gobind Singhji was a visionary who was also a warrior, poet, thinker and philosopher. His birth anniversary holds the highest honour in our hearts. With his blessings, I have got whatever I wanted, that too, in such short time. It’s time to give back. By organising langars at different religious places of worship, I’m only spreading his message of love and peace.”
The singer-turned-actor’s charity organisation trains women to master skills — like stitching, tailoring or making novelty items — that can be pursued professionally, making them independent. There are also plans to come up with a 24X7 helpline for women in distress after the Delhi gangrape incident. “There should be instant action and, along with my organisation, I’m working towards it. The first helpline will start in Delhi, followed by other cities,” informs Mika.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; November 1, 2012)
Singer Mika Singh, who’s on a world tour these days, is on a double high. Not only have his shows in the US been well-received, he will also get a ‘special gift’ from Shah Rukh Khan. The two recently met at a studio in Andheri and hit it off instantly over a common love for films and music. And when the actor learnt that the singer is hooked to gaming consoles, Khan later tweeted that he would gift Singh one.
Mika, who’s understandably excited by the star’s gesture, can’t wait to lay his hands on the gift. He says, “I am a hardcore gaming freak. SRK will gift me the gaming console once I return from the US.”
Mika has been holed up in Washington, DC for over two days. His group and he were to air-dash to Las Vegas, but was compelled to stay put because of Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, none of his shows were cancelled. “I feared my shows in Washington would turn out to be flops because of the weather. But nothing like that happened. I was surprised to see a packed house. I was moved by the audience’s gesture — they even sang our national anthem,” says an excited Mika.
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; October 31, 2012)
While hurricane Sandy is showering her wrath over the east coast of USA, singer Mika Singh unfortunately has been caught in the blitzkrieg.
However, the crooner is making the most of the situation by cooking for his team members in the hotel they are currently stuck in. Mika had travelled to the US for his music concert.
According to our sources, Mika and his team are waiting for a clearance from the authorities to depart from the hotel. A source informs, “Mika’s concert in Washington DC went full house the day before, despite severe warnings of the impending hurricane. The singer who is in the middle of his world tour’s US and Canada leg is now stuck there. The hotel where he is currently staying is out of power. He is known to be a good cook and he has been cooking for his friends and band members who are also stuck with him.”
Speaking from DC, Mika says, “At the moment we are not allowed to venture out of the hotel and there are power cuts so we have no choice but to stay indoors and stay alert. But if they allow me, I hope I can join the firefighters to help people in distress. Meanwhile I am helping out with the cooking and even prepared chicken for the people here.”
Debarati S Sen (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2012)
Music composers Sajid-Wajid are basking in the attention that the album of Sanjay Gadhvi’s Ajab Gazabb Love is getting them. The catchy music has a distinct and youthful appeal. Say the duo, “It is because we had the young Jackky Bhagnani in mind when we were composing.”
For Sajid-Wajid, working with him was a challenge. Says Sajid, “Jackky can understand the rhythm and the music. We wanted to give the best for him and this new-age music has an international, youthful flavour. It is a pleasure to compose music with him in mind because he is does justice to our songs with his impeccable dance moves.”
The song Boom Boom (Lip Lock), sung by Mika Singh, is peppy. Sajid says, “We do not create such tracks for newcomers because we aren’t sure if they can pull it off. But, we have worked with Jackky earlier and we know what the boy is capable of.”
Adds Wajid, “We knew Bosco-Ceaser was doing the choreography and wanted this one to be a kickass happy song. Also, when a song for a relatively new actor becomes such a rage, we feel great.”
Talking about Tu, a romantic number from the album, Sajid says, “It is a jazz ballet number and we have done something like this after a long time.” He adds, “When you have a sensible director like Sanjay, a producer like Vashu Bhagnani, and Bosco-Ceaser as the choreographers, you want to work hard.”
Ajab Gazabb Love, produced by Puja Films, releases October 24.
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; October 11, 2012)
After a long stint with television, Sunil Agnihotri, who directed the fantasy series Chandrakanta, is back to films. He has started work on a musical comedy, Balwinder Singh… Famous Ho Gaya for which he has got together an unlikely star cast — singers Shaan and Mika Singh for the lead roles. For the first time in the history of Bollywood, two singers will be sharing the screen space. Then there is Brazilian model Gabriela Bertante, who is also making her Bollywood debut with this film. Sunil, says, “Both my heroes are shown coming from different villages in Punjab and they both play the title role of Balwinder Singh. Mika plays a simpleton while Shaan is a tapori. Both are raw energetic performers who can be moulded to the requirements of the quirky characters.” The singers will also dance to their own tunes. Mika has composed three songs along with Lalit Pandit and Shaan for the film, which will be shot in Mumbai, Goa, Diu and Mysore.
Francisca Fernandes (MID-DAY; September 26, 2012)
It may be ruins for some and a perfect film set for another. The picturesque ruins of a 16th century church in Goa came alive with a bevy of mini-clad girls, for the shoot of a music track from Sunil Agnihotri’s upcoming film.
Producer-director Agnihotri, who returns to filmmaking after a hiatus, has been busy working on his upcoming project Balwinder Singh….Famous Ho Gaya that stars singers Shaan, Mika Singh and foreign import Gabriella Bertante. Referring to the track, Agnihotri says, “This is the second song we have shot in the famous churches of Goa. The place has a charm of its own and it’s always fun to be here. Shaan and Mika are not only good singers equally good actors.”
Choreographers Rekha and Chinni Prakash were busy on their toes as the sepia-toned surroundings were infused with a riot of colours and the song sequence proceeded from the church premises to the golden sands on the beach. Mika tells us, “As I have composed the song too, I am enjoying not only singing but grooving to it too.”
Four-day special that celebrates the spirit of independence, culminates today with a musical drama hosted by Irrfan, featuring performances by TV actors
BOMBAY TIMES (August 15, 2012)
On the 65th anniversary of Indian Independence, Life OK honours heroes — then and now — through Azaadi — a four-day special celebration culminating today.
Azaadi celebrates the pride of being an Indian and aims to inspire the next generation to build a stronger, safer and brighter nation. A show meant for the entire family, its moving stories have tugged at heartstrings.
The event to be aired on the channel today, is a three-hour musical dance drama special. Irrfan holds the show together as narrator and host and takes viewers through the journey of Independence starting from the 1857 mutiny till date. He plays the role of the conscience that brings out the subtext in the various acts and ties them to our everyday existence today.
Several talented actors play key roles. Karanvir Bohra will enact the role of Mangal Pandey, while Kratika Sengar brings Rani Laxmibai alive. Bhagat Singh will be played by Sushant Singh while Kinshuk Mahajan will enact Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s character. Child actor Ayush will play the role of Gandhi. Sanjeeda will depict the empowerment of women. Other performers in the show include Mouni Roy, Ada Khan, Siddharth Shukla, Manish Raisinghani and Rithvik Dhanjani.
Earlier, the channel aired a concert by Mika — he performed Vande Mataram for the CRPF Jawaans. More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; June 26, 2012)
He’s the voice behind some of the biggest hits. Whether it’s Soni De Nakhre (Partner, 2007), Jalwa (Wanted, 2009) Right Now (Housefull 2, 2012) or Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahaani, 2012) to name a few, the songs have topped the charts and have been rendered by Wajid. Yes, Wajid Khan of the composer duo Sajid-Wajid who has created space as a singer, in just five years!
David Dhawan’s Partner was the first film for which Wajid turned singer. And has not looked back since then. Today, his singing skills have not only impressed directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kunal Kohli, but also Aditya Chopra who praised Wajid’s talent and ability. “Aditya Chopra complimented me on my singing talent. Actually, I was just rendering a demo when Aditya heard it. He insisted that I sing the song. He said that only my voice could do justice to it,” reveals Wajid who has even rendered a number in Dabangg 2.
The composer-singer says that his father, Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, taught him the importance of the art of singing for a good music director. “It helps the composer to convey the tune and the rhythm in a better way. And somehow this teaching remained with me. One day while recording for Partner, I just sang the two lines of the title track, Do You Wanna Partner which Salman heard and insisted that I actually record it myself. Ditto David Dhawan and then things fell into place. David keeps teasing me saying, “I was the one to give you the More >
A low-down of the B-Town stars and their antics at the IIFA happenings in Singapore…
MID-DAY (June 11, 2012)
Posed glory Parineeti Chopra arrived on the green carpet in a tight grey dress which showed her thunder thighs and hovered in front of the cameras. She even made a faux pas in a question, then burst out laughing and then threatened the photographer to delete the quote. She was on the green carpet for a good 10 minutes and refused to leave and kept posing with her legs crossed.
Sridevi’s glass act Sridevi in shorts and a white shirt was spotted rushing into the hotel with a serious face, until she came to a glass door of the lobby entrance. She pushed it in a hurry twice only to realise that the door had to be pulled. Her daughter Khushi was seen giggling at her mum’s mistake and Sri started laughing herself.
Shotgun indeed! Shatrughan Sinha walked into an after-party in a bright orange silk kurta and pyjama. Really Shotgun, is this a place you need to play a politician?
Mika reigns Mika was a big hit in an otherwise lacklustre IIFA Rocks event. Mika danced and sang and then claimed, “You can love me or hate me, but you cannot ignore me,” before walking off the stage. The show started two hours late and the halls were not upto their capacity. Nargis was the showstopper at the Varun Bahl fashion show.
Race but no pace Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani were at their funny best at their film’s event. Sharman bagged an award for racing even without getting into the car More >