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The composer travelled abroad for the first time to find inspiration
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 24, 2013)
We’ve heard of actors going to any length to satisfy the demands of a particular film script. However, in a first for the industry, a music director was required to undertake his maiden journey abroad only because the film demanded it.
The musician in question being Amit Trivedi (33), who went backpacking in The Netherlands in order to compose the music for a film titled Queen.
Apparently, Queen revolves round what was supposed to be a honeymoon to The Netherlands, which tragically turns into a woman’s lone journey through the country.
During her travails, she soaks in the sights and sounds of the country and so, it was a prerequisite that the music director brought himself up to speed with the same.
While Trivedi has composed the music of films like Ishaqzaade, English Vinglish, No One Killed Jessica, Wake Up Sid, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, Udaan, Aisha and Dev D (for which he got the national award), he had never travelled abroad, until Queen happened to him. When contacted, Trivedi confirmed the news and said, “I have recently returned from my maiden foreign trip and it was an amazing journey. I thoroughly enjoyed it as this is the first time, I travelled out of the country.”
According to a source, the filmmakers were rather shocked when they heard Trivedi had never been on a foreign trip before. “He told them this would be his first time but he was More >
Evening gowns worn with hiking sandals and awkward dance movements. A field report from a European in a Bollywood studio
Anja Wasserbäech (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 27, 2011) It is often said that the life of an actor or model is very boring, because they spend most of their time sitting around and waiting. It’s true. If you’ve ever worked as an extra on a Bollywood film, you’ll know they are right. Each of the 23 tourists standing in front of the McDonalds in Colaba was asked, “Do you wanna be in a Bollywood movie?”
We were told there would be money and food. Some were promised that they’d have their hair styled and face made up. So, there we sat sweating in a bus. We are the globetrotters and seekers of truth, the Indiainspired and Goa tourists.
For most, Mumbai is merely away station; for many the offer is tempting — not because of the meals or the 500 rupees, but for the chance to have a new experience, an experience that’s not listed in any of the tourist guides. “It’s an amusement,” as a Scot remarks. Little did I know that this was so common here. Over the next week, I was asked four more times to become an extra in a Bollywood movie.
The morning began with what we would be doing the most over the next thirteen hours: waiting. Poles, Swedes, Germans, Dutch, English and Scots, all waiting. Once we arrived at the studios in Bandra, we waited again — for our costumes. I refused to put on the very short, red frock, while the English More >
After a year of all work and no breaks, the actor went on an exciting low-budget, hitchhiking trip around Europe, with six of his (male) friends
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 08, 2010)
The scene will actually be quite like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa but this time, it’ll be six of Imran Khan’s best friends spending quality time together. After having worked continuously for over a year, Imran has finally decided to take a break. And what better way to do that than going on a backpacking trip to Europe with your best friends?
Our source says, “The trip was very different from the usual ones star take. It was not one that Imran splurged on. The seven friends were on an adventure trip. They travelled on a low budget, hitch hiked, stayed in small European villages and met and interacted with the local people.”
Apparently, this one was an all-guy trip (oops! Sorry Avantika) with few rucksacks and a lot of laundry making its way back home. Imran travelled in trains and buses and explored as much of Europe as possible with his friends.
You wonder how the actor coped up; didn’t he fear being mobbed by fans? The source adds, “This is how Imran is in reality; he loves to travel and explore new cultures and see different places.
Before he became an actor, he’d make such trips often. But over time, he has gotten very busy with his work and has therefore has had to cut down on such trips. Imran was very excited about this trip.”
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// // // News that Shah Rukh Khan has had a lunar crater named after him, Shah Rukh Khan Arago B, has turned out to be just a bit of moon shine and nothing more.
It has emerged that a UN Outer Space Treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the moon or a planet, since they are the common heritage of mankind.
However, an enterprising American entrepreneur from Nevada, Dennis Hope, claimed to have found a loophole in the treaty and has sold everything from real estate to crater names to millions of people around the globe.
His company, the Lunar Geographical Society, was started in 1980 and he is the self-proclaimed head of the Lunar Embassy. In the last 20 Years Hope has made around nine million dollars.
Hope lets users claim their stake over craters by using his his web site www.fullmoonatlas.com to track named and unnamed craters. People pay the price for the crater and then receive a certificate and a picture of the crater they buy.
The Shah Rukh Khan crater is allegedly located in the Southern Mare Tranquillitatis (3.4° N 20.8° E), its diametre is 7.0 kilometers with a depth of 140 metres and has no record of who the buyer is.
According to a report in the National Geographic, Tanja Masson-Zwaan, president of the International Institute of Space Law, based More >
By Deeptiman Tiwary and Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 23, 2009)
Some of the top distributors in Bollywood may be aiding and abetting film piracy. This fact came to light after Mumbai Crime Branch busted a major racket involving employees of two major post-production companies and some pirates who have in the past six months pirated 11 films even before they were released.
The pirates have revealed the names of some distributors who gave them information on ready-to-be-released films and even helped procure copies of masterprints.
The latest masterprint that fell into their hands was of Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Rashee?, slated to be released on Friday.
The Crime Branch has arrested six people, including a business development manager from Adlabs Films and an associate vice president from UFO Moviez, in connection with the case. It has also found that the entire racket is being run from Karachi in Pakistan.
A Crime Branch officer said, “The accused have revealed the names of some distributors who were helping them with information on where the films were being processed and who were the people who could be contacted for a masterprint. They also facilitated these liaisons.”
Crime Branch chief Rakesh Maria said, “There are some people from inside the industry, but we are still verifying their exact role and involvement. It would be premature to reveal their names as of now.”
HOW THE CASE WAS CRACKED
What’s your More >