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Kailash Kher: People are fond of albums more than before



Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher became a national sensation singing “Allah ke bande” 18 years ago, in the 2003 Bollywood film “Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II”. Even today when the song plays you wish to hear it once more. Kher, whose distinct vocal quality has helped him carve a niche over the years, has been lately seen on the music reality show “Indian Pro Music League”.

“I started my musical journey long back but I still feel like a lot has been missed and I need to explore more. I am blessed that both my Bollywood and non-Bollywood songs have been appreciated,” he says.

The music industry has been severely affected during the pandemic as not much is happening these days and the Sufi singer feels smaller musicians have faced a lot during this period.

“We need a crowd to showcase our talent and while well-known musicians can survive as they have that strength and popularity, the smaller musicians who work on a daily basis have faced a lot of issues. Their families have suffered to a great extent,” he feels.

Kher says in such a competitive scenario where there is a challenge at every step, it is not easy for newcomers to survive. It is not a cakewalk. Opening up on availability of opportunities for emerging artists, he says: “It’s not possible to see miracles happening overnight, and success is definitely not about just one day. It takes years. There are several stairs, and one needs to climb those to reach the top. But I think if established names hold hands or support young artists, then the struggle is a bit easier.”

These days, he is focussed on the Kailash Kher Academy for learning arts, apart from his new album, “Kailasa”.

“The idea of this academy came to us after a lot of research regarding what aspiring artistes need. It will run online and offline,” he says.

On being serious about giving time to nurturing young talent, he adds: “I started my initiative five years back and since then I am working on it. I know when I entered this industry a lot of people helped me, and now I am doing the same for others. So, I am on a mission to find and bring new talent from different places and give them a platform to perform.”

Kher, in fact, has his plans in place to showcase budding talent. “I will be organising a show on my next birthday that will give a platform to new voices to showcase their talent. This event will be followed by a set of grooming and mentoring sessions to help them grow,” he reveals.

His current occupation, “Indian Pro Music League”, which airs on Zee TV, also helps budding talent learn from established stars, he feels. “This show is unique as it is in the league format where both emerging and renowned talents come together to be part of a team,” Kher says.

There is a change lately, though, when it comes to promoting emerging talent, he notes, especially when it comes to non-film music. “The biggest change is that earlier we didn’t have any platform to promote our non-film music, but in the last 15 years we have the app Damru that is dedicated to this kind of music. It is basically a streaming site where 98 per cent of the music is non-filmi. It needs to be promoted because people are now fond of albums more than before,” says the singer.

Although Kher focuses on music, he also likes to do meditation for peace and tranquillity. “I love going to the Himalayas and recently I went there for a week. Usually, I have a busy schedule but still I try taking out time for all this and also love spending time with family and fellow artistes,” he signs off.


Yaariyan 2 director duo not paying salaries, allege film crew




Several technicians and crew working for directors Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao have claimed that the couple has not paid them for their work on the upcoming film Yaariyaan 2. Sources at Naigaon Police Station have confirmed that they have got a complaint from a man named Sumitkumar Mishra, who has alleged that people like him who worked as technicians and workers have not been paid for almost a year. He has alleged that the director duo now avoid even talking about payments.

Villagers await payments

The filmmakers have also not paid locals at a Versova village whose boats they hired for the shoot. According to Raju Kathin, one of the fishermen, 12 to 13 people are awaiting payments.

“They rented four of our boats and used 13 people for their shoot. When we asked for money, they denied even meeting us. We are owed lakhs of rupees at this point. We are waiting for the man who connected us to Sapru and Rao. Once that happens, we will go to Versova police to register a complaint,” Kathin said.

Matter to be dealt with by courts

Meanwhile, according to Naigaon police, the matter is a civil issue, which means it will be dealt with by the courts. The police did try to contact Sapru and Rao, but they did not respond to any calls or messages, an official said. “We have summoned them to be present at our police station on June 5. We will take it forward from there,” the official said.

The News Agency contacted Sapru to know his side of the story. He told that he would call back, but did not do so. Meanwhile, Rao, when contacted said: “I really can’t talk about it.” Yaariyan 2 is produced under the banner of T-Series and will be released on October 20.

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Pregnant Ileana D’Cruz enjoys ‘babymoon’ with mystery man; Is it Katrina Kaif’s brother Sebastian Laurent Michel?




Actress Ileana D’Cruz is currently enjoying the best phase of her life as she is all set to welcome her first child. While the actress has been flaunting her baby bump on her social media, the mystery around who her partner and the father of her child is continues to remain a mystery.

At present, Ileana is enjoying her babymoon at some undisclosed location with her partner while the eagerly wait for the arrival of their little one.

For those unversed, Ileana is rumoured to be dating Sebastian Laurent Michel, who happens to be the brother of Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif.

Ileana’s beachside babymoon

On Friday, the ‘Barfi!’ actress took to her Instagram to share a series of pictures from her babymoon, and also gave glimpses of her partner, but did not reveal his face or identity.

The actress shared a picture of the blue sea and wrote, “Babymoon”. In the next picture, she can be seen enjoying a date night with her partner, and added the song, the lyrics of which said, “I wanna be alone, alone with you… Does that make sense?”

She also dropped another picture in which she can be seen holding her partner’s hand while he ate. “My idea of romance clearly can’t let him eat in peace”.

Who is Sebastian Laurent Michel?

Ileana is reportedly in a steady relationship with Sebastian and the two have been dating for almost a year now.

Reports of the two dating went viral after the actress was seen accompanying him and other close friends and family members of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina to Maldives. The duo posed with the rest of the group for several pictures.

They were later also spotted together at the Mumbai airport, however, both of them have remained tightlipped about their equation.

Sebastian is a model based out of London.

Ileana was earlier in a relationship with photographer Andrew Kneebone, but the two went their separate ways after dating for about two years.

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Ayushmann Khurrana’s Wife Tahira Kashyap Redes Out Hard-Hitting Poem Supporting Wrestlers’ Protest




Tahira Kashyap, the wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, read out a powerful and hardhitting poem on Thursday morning, in support of the ongoing wrestlers’ protest in Delhi. She is among the first ones from the film industry to break her silence on the raging debate that has gripped the nation.

Celebrities from Bollywood, who are otherwise quite vocal on issues of national interest, have remained tightlipped about the ongoing wrestlers’ protest in the country.

Several Olympic and other world championship-winning wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, have taken to the streets of Delhi demanding the arrest of former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has been accused of sexual harassment by nearly 10 women.

Tahira Kashyap voices her support for protesting wrestlers

On Thursday morning, Tahira penned down a poem on the wrestlers’ protest and read it out in a video which she shared on her social media handle.

“Handing over the papers and then snatching back in shame, the headlines of our women wrestlers struggling to be heard just changed the game,” a part of her poem stated.

In the poem, she also said how she never differentiated between her daughter and son, and that they look up to the wrestlers, whom she addressed as “national heroes”.

Speaking of her daughter, she said, “She too has an aspiration to win medals for the nation. I snatched and clenched the papers hard for I never want her to know what awaits is a warped situation.”

“The women whom my son also looks up to, have been mistreated and told ‘shut up you’,” she added.

Celebs slammed for staying mum

Meanwhile, celebs are being slammed on the internet for not voicing out their opinion over the wrestlers’ protest. Netizens pointed out that while the celebs put out posts when the same wrestlers had won medals for the country, they have now decided to remain tightlipped when they actually need support.

A few celebs, however, condemned the Delhi Police’s brutal action on the wrestlers on the day of the new Parliament building’s innauguration.

Swara Bhasker shared a video and wrote, “Shameful that our top International athletes are forced to protest on streets against sexual harassment but accused BJP MP is being consistently shielded by the govt. Sack & investigate #BrijBhushanSharanSingh.”

Tovino Thomas, Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood too condemned the police action.

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