Do you remember all those Apple commercials ‘The Power of One’? It only take one person to start the process of change, one person who will not accept things as they are, one person who says enough I am going to change the way things are so many can benefit. The power of one.
If you happen to be at the Toronto International Film Festival then you will find the power of one in a documentary film “An Insignificant Man” which will have it’s world premier at the film festival.
The film is about Arvind Kejriwal who is fed up with rampant corruption in Indian politics, and decided to shake things up and challenge the status quo by forming the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party, or AAP) in 2012.
Walking the red carpet for 15 years at Cannes is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and her upcoming film Sarbjit is a Indian biographical drama film directed by Omung Kumar. The film stars Aishwarya and Randeep Hooda in lead roles, with Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumaar in supporting roles.
Get ready for the party tonight in Cannes and on the red carpet and here as shared by Aishwarya are is a song from the film Sarbjit via fan Instagram in 3 parts.
After Introducing Aishwarya a few words from her on Cannes and L’Oréal, sound player in the shade of the lipstick.
“When my parents said it was okay for me to do a couple of music projects without getting too involved, and told me that I had their support and how I needed to ignore what others might say about things that I knew were right. But because there was a “can’t get too involved” clause there, they bought me my own studio equipment that I have set-up in my dorm room, so I don’t go to studios for recordings. So most of the stuff I do is over the internet…Pi Jaun was made by a dear friend, Saad Sultan, over a Skype session. I added a bridge melody and wrote some lines for the song. Farhan came on board later on … Pi Jaoun. Took me around 20 minutes to write/compose my part, and another 10-20 to record it. Literally!” – Momina Mustehsan
First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at SXSW music talking about her ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative.
There is perhaps no better example I can introduce you to than a Pakistani girl who has a passion for music, yet it is not her career because she choose to major in bio-medical engineering, please meet Momina Mustehsan.
“It is very cutting edge, and basically teaches you that you can control or alter almost any natural biological thing/process. And also, you walk out as a professional engineer.”
At SXSW, technology, film and music all go hand-in-hand. As President Obama said last week that he wants to bring everyone into the digital world. Today so many girls, boys, do not have access to the internet let alone Wifi. Momina, again set a great example when you can study and embrace your passion in her case music, and be able to compose over Skype.
“I like taking somewhat of a backseat when it comes to professional music also because our society is such … we are always looking for opportunities to pick on women in this field and even in general.”
While the YouTube video’s such as her duet with singer Farhan Saeed, Pi Jaun (note in Bollywood singers are playback singers who actually sing but are not on the screen), and her Bollywood song Awari , where some time ago. Currently she is working on music, doing her studies in New York City, and she is looking forward to work on a future yet undisclosed Pakistani project.
It is amazing what can happen when one has opportunities, so please support the Let Girls Learn initiative and if a girl wants to be a legend, let her be one.
The First Lady will participate in a discussion with panelists Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Diane Warren, Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Grammy winner Queen Latifah, and actress and activist Sophia Bush about finding one’s passion and acting on it. MAKERS is taking action with the First Lady and Let Girls Learn for this special announcement.
Tune in here on MAKERS.com on Wednesday at 9:30am PST/10:30am CST/12:30pm EST to watch the First Lady LIVE from the Austin Convention Center.
Ek Villain Bollywood film version of the song Awari, required the services of a female vocalist and this found its way to randomly to Momina.
“I was approached by Soch and they wanted me to feature on their track without disclosing what it was for, and then, Awari happened”.
Gisele Bündchen in a Suneet Verma sari for Vogue India. The supermodel wore a green sari by the designer in this picture shot by Patrick Demarchelier.
Gisele has arrived in her native Brazil where designers are unveiling their spring/summer 2016 lines on the runways of Sao Paulo Fashion Week, where Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen will strut down the catwalk one last time during the five-day spectacular.
Bundchen, the world’s highest paid model in 2014 for the eighth consecutive year according to Forbes.com, has told Brazilian media that she wants to now focus on print campaigns and spend more time with her young family.
The sari reminded me of another exceptional lady I know model, actress Freida Pinto. As this is Brazil you can be sure after Gisele’s walk today there will be one big party to say farewell to the one true supermodel. So let’s get you into the spirit with ‘Jai Ho’ from the film Slumdog Millionaire that broke Freida Pinto into the national spotlight.
As a boy I grew up going to recording studios to watch my uncle Saleem Raza a great playback singer record music. Visiting film sets with my grandmother to see her friend Pakistani singer, actress Noor Jahan with whom I would fall in-love each every-time. Music is central to any film, but none more than Indian films or for that matter Pakistani films.
Deepa Mehta Canadian filmmaker director, knows full well the magic that music add’s to the screen her films have never cheated you on the musical score. She is planing a treat for all those who get a ticket, to this years Toronto International Film Festival Gala, Indian Cinema 100. The event is filled with music.
The Tiff-Gala team is working at a frantic pace, and I can tell you this is going to be one very special event. Into the mix those attending will be treated to the amazing voice of Rekha Bhardwaj an Indian playback singer. She is known in the industry for her distinctive singing style. She is the recipient of a National Film Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for the film Ishqiya in 2011. In 2012, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) along with Usha Uthup for the song “Darling” from 7 Khoon Maaf. She is married to the famous director, producer, and music composer, Vishal Bharadwaj.
First let me share my uncles voice with you, who loved living in Vancouver. Vancouver is also where the Co-Chair of the Tiff Gala comes from Warren Sptiz as does the chef that will dazzle the taste buds at the Tiff Gala chef Vikram Vij.
Here is the voice that all at the TIFF Gala will be treated too. In this MTV Unplugged event Rekha pays tribute to another great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who’s album I played to a film director Tim Robbins which resulted in a collobaration between Nusrat and Eddie Vedder in Tim’s movie ‘Dead Man Walking’
Are you ready for the treat, of music, fashion, food, and film? Toronto International Film Festival is ready to rock.