Sunday, 26 June 2016

First Movie Screening

From 2013 I have been writing this blog anonymously and today I have finally shared my name to all my readers. The reason for not sharing my details was just that I wanted to express my feelings without being burdened by my identity. Life has taught me a lot and hence I have learned to move on.

OK so this post is about my first movie screening. I won't tag myself as social media addict but yes I keep checking the latest stuff. It was in March when #StarMoviesSecretScreening was trending on my Twitter timeline. Out of curiosity I tweeted to @StarMoviesIndia that how do they select people for the screening? I got no reply from them. On May 17, 2016 they sent me an invite for the screening on May 18. I couldn't accept it as I had some other important commitments. It was very kind of them to consider me again for the June screening. 

Star Movies calls it Secret Screening because the Secret Keepers (People who are invited) see it before anyone else. We were supposed to reach PVR Ambience Mall, Gurgaon by 7.15 p.m. Since we were allowed to take one person along I went with my husband. As we entered the venue we were given Secret Keeper Mask and Food vouchers worth Rs.300 each. During the interval we were given a pen and a postcard. After the movie we got two pretty umbrellas too. Overall it was an amazing experience.

About the Movie

Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicholas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day. It was released by 20th Century Fox in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on June 22, 2016 and in the United States and Canada on June 24.

My Review

Honestly I had not seen the 1996 movie so I made sure that before going to the screening I watch it and trust me it helped me to get a better understanding of the latest one. I liked the movie with all the wonderful special effects. The new cast along with the old ones have performed well though I missed Will Smith. The Alien Queen also manages to grip the audience but at some point I felt the sequel could have been better. Resurgence was not able to recreate the same charm of the original film. 

P.S : I completely acknowledge the hard work of many behind the scenes. This is my unbiased opinion about the movie. 

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Music Meets Happiness! (Coke Studio Season 4)

Someone has rightly said Music is the universal language of mankind. No matter how different and far people are music is one thing that connects them. With world population reaching 7 billion, there are 3 billion internet users. Imagine the impact one single song or a story can have. Thanks to social media these days. 

I am a die hard fan of Coke Studio be it India or Pakistan. I am listening to their songs since 2013 and trust me some of them are truly amazing. Every year I eagerly wait for the next season. I believe irrespective of language, religion, country one should respect  the talent. For those who are not aware I would like to share some insights. Coke Studio India, officially titled Coke Studio @ MTV, is an Indian television series, which features live studio-recorded music performances by various artists. Season One was premiered in June 2011 and Season Four was aired on 1 March 2015. You can check my post on Season 3 Music Meets Happiness!

Season 4 had six episodes. Each episode is done by different composers. Compared to last season this season had less songs. The fusion of diverse musical influences justifies the title "Music Meets Happiness". Here are my favorite songs and their interpretation according to me.

  • Episode 1 : It has just one song : 'Teriyaan Tu Jaane' sung by Amit Trivedi, Jyoti Nooran, Harshdeep Kaur. I loved this peppy and upbeat number. I felt as if one is requesting the almighty that I want to spend the rest of my life with you leaving behind the relations of this world. To my surprise I thought I heard Jyoti Nooran for the first time but she has already done some popular Bollywood songs like Ghani Bawri. 
  • Episode 2 : Composed by Sachin-Jigar this episode has 3 songs. The first song 'Laadki' sung by Tanishka Sanghvi, Rekha Bharadwaj, Kirtidan Gadhvi will surely make you emotional and honesty I cried a lot remembering my parents. Its actually tough for any girl to leave everything and adjust in new place with new people. The part sung by Sachin’s daughter Tanishka made me go Awwww.. This is must listen! The other song that I liked is 'Sawan Mein' sung by Divya Kumar & Jasmine Sandlas. It is about an anguished and devastated lover. For me Jasmine is the star of this song, such a strong and powerful voice. The way she sings her part is fabulous.
  • Episode 3 :  This episode is done by Dhruv Ghanekar and has 3 songs. The song 'Ae Rab' sung by Dhruv Ghanekar, Master Saleem is beautiful composition inspired by work of Bulleh Shah talks about a man's search for God. 
  • Episode 4 :  Ram Sampath has composed this episode consisting of 4 songs. My favorite is 'Anhad Naad' sung by Sona Mohapatra, Shadab Faridi. I have always adored Sona's style of singing. This cheerful composition speaks about spiritual growth and awakening. The lyrics, music, singers all compliment each other. The lines Hunn main anhad naad bajaya, Apne dil da haal sunaya, Haal sunake luft o paaya, Ho..jiyun barkha wich ped nahaya.. expresses how one can be unburdened by  stop worrying and selflessly devoting oneself to god.
  • Episode 5 : It was Independence Special episode and the best of all. It has 3 songs composed by different artist. 
  •  Song 1 : 'Ki Banu Duniya Da' : The song is composed, written by Gurdas Maan, sung by Gurdas Maan & Diljit Dosanjh and arranged by Jatinder Shah. This joyous composition talks about how the youth is  getting attracted to westernization forgetting their own culture. I loved the lines : Hello Hello thank you karan nadiyan aa gaiyan valeton angrez vadiyan i don’t like the punjabi hindi nu sharam ni aundi sanu gallan dindi nu Har boli sikho sikhni vi chahidi Par pakki vekh ke kacchi nai dhai di.. Such deep meaning.
  • Song 2 : 'Peer Manaawan Challiyaan' : The song is composed by Salim - Sulaiman, written by Sukhwinder Singh and sung by  Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant & Raj Pandit. This one is brimming with patriotism. No doubt that the confident voice of Sukhwinder is always a treat to ears.
  • Song 3 'Allah Veh' : The song is composed by Manj Musik, Sunny Brown, written by Big Dhillon, sung by Jashan Singh, Manj Musik, rap by Raftaar. What great lyrics feel like sharing the whole song. Rap is also meaningful which is usually senseless these days. It is actually true that no one is born with a tag of religion. We all are children of that omnipotent.
कुझ नि मंगड़ा दर तों तेरे
सभ दी झोली खुशियाँ अल्लाह पादे
ना कोई रोवे ना कोई तढ़पे
सभ दे घर तू आके फेरा पादे
अल्लाह वे मौला वे |
क्या रखा है ज़ुबान में
कुछ रखा नही नाम में
कुछ साथ मे राम के
कुछ साथ क़ुऊरन के
एक जान एक जान की जान लेता जान के
बिना जान पहचान के | 
  •  Episode 6 : The last episode of the season was done by various artists. It has 3 songs. I really liked 'I Wanna Fly' sung by Father Daughter duo of Sharmilee Supriyo & Babul Supriyo. It is composed by Anupam Roy and dedicated towards celebrating UNITED NATION's International Day of the Girl Child that is earmarked for the 11th of October every year. Sharmile's voice is fresh and sweet it must a great moment for her to debut with her father.!
Though there are total 17 songs but I have only shared the ones I liked that doesn't mean the ones I missed out are not worth listening. Everyone has a different taste you might like them so visit and subscribe the official channel of Coke Studio on YouTube : Click here 

I would like to thank each and every person behind all the magnificent compositions for creating magic everytime. All the Best to the entire team. Keep rocking and Keep spreading happiness. Connect with the @CokeStudioAtMTV and the singers on Twitter : 

Amit Trivedi-@ItsAmitTrivedi, Sachin-Jigar-@SachinJigarLive
Dhruv Ghanekar-@dgroove, Salim-Sulaiman-@salim_merchant@Sulaiman, 
Gurdas Maan-@gurdasmaanSona Mohapatra-@sonamohapatra
Babul Supriyo-@SuPriyoBabul, Diljit Dosanjh-@diljitdosanjh
Jasmine Sandlas-@JasmineSandlasHarshdeepKaur-@HarshdeepKaur
Sukhwinder Singh-@sukhwindersss, Rekha Bhardwaj-@rekha_bhardwaj
Manj Musik-@MANJmusik, Raftaar-@its_raftaar

*Information Source : Wikipedia, YouTube

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Third Blog Anniversary

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King

I really don't know whether I am living or dying but I am really guilty of not doing what I love - Blogging. Today my blog celebrates its 3rd birthday and I couldn't miss this opportunity of updating it. Started in 2013 I had so many plans which I will definitely put in action one day. After all this little plant that grew from the seed of a thought will go on to become the tree of my experiences. I am so thankful to all the readers who took time to read and comment on my posts. I also want to thank all the members of Indiblogger and Blogadda for inspiring me to write better. I really wish and hope that my relation with this blog never ever ends. 

Those who have read My Journey as My Blog Turned One know that it was supposed to be a musical blog. On this blog anniversary I want to share my new discovered talent : Singing. Few days back I was looking for a good Android App that could record my voice and allowed sharing too. Finally I found iSing which has millions of Hindi, Bollywood, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Portuguese karaokes for FREE. You just need to search your favorite song, sing, record and share it with anyone. Its simple, easy and ad-free. Although I am not a great singer but it was fun and I totally loved it. Here is my list of recorded songs : 
  1. Har Kisi Ko
  2. Janam Janam
  3. Tum Hi Ho
Facebook : iSingAppIN
Twitter : iSing_Official

Lastly, a very Happy 2016 to everyone. God bless all. 
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