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2 Indians join NZ Film Review Body

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain has appointed two Kiwi Indians to the Film and Labelling Review Body. Veer Khar and Parmjeet Parmar are two of the eight people appointed to the culturally diverse body.

“I am pleased to announce that Denise Ewe, Veer Khar, Pefi Kingi, Joseph Liava’a, David Lui, Shana Malio, George Ngatai and Parmjeet Parmar will join the current Community Representatives to help ensure that the interests of the general public are taken into account in the labelling of films,” says  Chris.

“Community Representatives come from a range of backgrounds and ages. Together they offer a depth of understanding of New Zealand perspectives, ways of life and beliefs, which contribute to the appropriate labelling of films available for reviewing by New Zealanders.”

The Labelling Body issues labels to all films supplied to the public and rates unrestricted films. Community representatives do not sit as a board but assist the Labelling Body, as required, in carrying out day-to-day activities of rating and issuing labels for films, videos and DVDs.

Community Representatives’ appointment terms are on-going but reviewed at least once every three years.

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Riteish sings in Marathi for Kyaa Super Kool

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Bollywood star Riteish Deshmukh probably believes that he’s already proved his acting excellence. He’s taken to singing – that too in his first language – Marathi.

The latest Bollywood entertainer Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum launches Riteish as a singer as well as lyricist in the “UP Bihar Lootne” track.

The popular Hindi song features Sukhwinder Singh and Daler Mehndi for the first time together, thanks to Balaji Films.

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Riteish wanted portions of the song,  ‘Dilwalon Ke Dil Ka Karar Lootne’ originally from the movie Shool (picturised on Shilpa Shetty), to contain some Marathi lyrics.

Riteish then sat down with composers Meet Brothers Anjjan to not only sing but also to write the lyrics.

Say Meet Bros Anjjan, “He was a little shy first but then we convinced him to sing and make his debut with us.” What resulted was a second version of the song, translated completely in Marathi by Ritesh and an accompanying YouTube video which Ritesh stars and sings in.

The film, a follow up to the super hit, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, is due for release on 27 July and also features Tusshar Kapoor – brother of Ekta Kapoor who owns Balaji Films.

Tusshar is an aspiring actor and Ritesh a struggling DJ, who succumb to a twisted turn of events resulting in a lively, suspenseful and incredibly humorous story, set to the singular music of the trio.

Getting the songs together was not easy, considering producer Ekta Kapoor’s attention to detail. Say Meet Bros Anjjan, “She’s a very a tough person to sell to, but she sifted through the 60-70 songs we played for her and included some of her favorites in the film.”

They credit her with the success of “Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” due to the high standards she exercises on all her work. The film included the songs “Teri Shirt da Button“, “Hum Toh Hain Cappacino” and “Volume High“, which have been quickly ascending in the music charts.

Meet Bros Anjjan have made compositions for films such as “Do Dooni Chaar” and Rajshri Production’s “Isi Life Mein” for which they were presented with the Stardust award for “Best Standout Performance by Music Director”.  They have also scored for Akshay Kumar’s “Speedy Singh”, and “Paan Singh Tomar”.

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Indian classical music comes to New Zealand

New Zealanders are in for a treat of an extravagenza of Indian classical music this summer.

Tulu (left) and Prasanta Bhanja

Returning to New Zealand by popular demand is Prasanta Bhanja, a classical musician performing on sitar in Rotorua. He will be joined by his wife, Tulu Bhanja,  on tamboura in what is going to be a memorable night at Linton Park Community Centre, 16 Kamahi Place, Pukehangi, Rotorua at 4.30pm on 29 January.

The performance will succeed a brief presentation about Indian classical music.

And if your thrust for India’s oldest form of music is not satiated, then there’s a unique performance of sitar, violin and tabla in Auckland.

Pandit Chaudhuri is a recipient of Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest coveted civilian award,  and has composed many popular  symphonies, created eight new ragas, wrote three books and won many national and international honours. He has performed in concerts and lectured on Indian music in 130 countries around the world. This is his first tour in New Zealand.

Come March and Auckland will host Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, who is regarded as India’s foremost Sitar maestro, in a programme aptly titled Sur Anjali on Saturday 24 March, at 7.00pm at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall.

He is joined by Dr Chintamani Rath, is a scholar violinist of rare ability. He is an expert practitioner of both Indian and Western classical music and has performed in many countries.The maestros will be supported by Pandit Anup Ghosh, one of India’s popular tabla performers. This is a Charity Fundraiser for Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT). For tickets, call THE EDGE call centre on 09 357 3355 or 0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842).


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Rockstar rocks with star performances

In what can be seen as a combination of factors of working in favour of the movie, the Ranbir-Nargis starrer has exceeded expectation on the box office.

Followed by a month-long extensive promotion of the film, including a house-full rock-concert by Oscar award-winning musician, A R Rahman, the latest movie has received a warm welcome.

Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri share hot chemistry Rockstar

The movie was one of the  most-awaited attractions following media reports about on-screen and off-screen chemistry between the Kapoor sensation and the Kashimiri beauty, Nargis Fakhri.

Written and directed by Imtiaz Ali (known for his work in Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal), and produced by Shri Ashta Vinayak and Eros International, the story chronicles the ecstatic life of a rockstar, interwoven with a love-story.

Ranbir Kapoor plays Janardan Jakhar, alias Jordon, a teenager from a middle class family in Pitampura in Delhi, who is obsessed with a dream to become rockstar like Jim Morrison. Not discouraged by constant ridicule from family, friends, Jordan is constantly looking for ways to make it big. Not finding any success, he decides to listen to a friend’s advice – you need to fall in love and experience heart-break and pain to be able to produce music that rocks the world.

In search for his tragedy, he proposes his love to Heer (Nargis Fakhri), while being sure in his mind that he will be rejected by the high-headed Kashmiri beauty from a rich family. What begins however is a relationship that rocks on emotions and passion and sees the couple go through highs and lows of their emotions, culminating in… well we won’t spoil the fun by giving away the climax.

Running parallel to the story is the life and struggle of a rock star, exploitation, sex, crime and media manipulation.

The movie keeps audiences glued to their seats while they are taken on a roller-coaster ride of drama and musical ecstasy, while offering some interesting glmpse of the Delhi and Prague culture.

A R Rahman’s music, on its own, does not make sense, but put in context of the movie, blends extremely well and gives viewers the experience of a rock concert. Rahman and singer Mohit Chauhan deserve full credit for making Rockstar a musical experience to remember, while Ranbir Kapoor effortlessly paints a rude rockstar you would hate to love and yet love to hate.

Nargis Fakhri has done well for her first movie, though one would struggle to see her play diverse roles in the future.

This is a movie worth watching if you are keen to experience a rocking combination of music, performance and passion. Did we mention the bonus – Shammi Kapoor in his last on-screen appearance?

Director: Imtiaz Ali – Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shikha Jain, Jaideep Ahlawat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra


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Who the hell is Rebecca Black?

Rebecca Blake became a popular name almost overnight when her YouTube music video went from a few views to close to 25 million views in less than a week.

The 13-year old singer apparently became a music sensation for the “worst song ever”. “Truly, undeniably awful,” is how describes it. “This song by Rebecca Black has to be the worst song ever written, composed, sung out loud or turned into a video,” says URLesque.

However, in an interview to the Daily Beast, Black revealed that her parents paid $2000 to the Ark Music Factory, a company that puts the work of teenagers on YouTube.

Rebecca Black said she broke down when she first read that critics were describing her song as the “worst song ever.”

Says Black on Good Morning America: “At first, when I first saw all these nasty comments, I did cry.”

However, it seems Black will have the last laugh. She began to trend on Twitter, and was even described as the “next Justin Bieber”. Not too sure if Beiber, who too became an overnight sensation at the age of 15, will agree with that.

Black’s single “Friday” is already No. 31 on iTunes just behind Enrique Iglesias and just ahead of Grammy-winner Zac Brown Band, reports the Los Angeles Times.


Even music icon Simon Powell has taken note of her and even “loves” her. ‘I love her (and) the fact that she’s gotten so much publicity,” Powell told the People magazine. “People are so upset about the song, but I think it’s hysterical.’

Powell even wants to meet Black. “Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that.”



Here are the lyrics of Rebecca Black’s single, Friday, which have been dubbed as the worst lyrics ever written.

Lyrics to Friday, sung by Rebecca Black

7am, waking up in the morning

Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs

Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal

Seein’ everything, the time is goin’

Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’

Gotta get down to the bus stop

Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)


Kickin’ in the front seat

Sittin’ in the back seat

Gotta make my mind up

Which seat can I take?


It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend


Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)

Fun, fun, fun, fun

Lookin’ forward to the weekend