A unique new creative project is aiming to pay a special tribute to the late Indian scientist and statesman Dr A P J Kalam. UK-based Blue-Feather Studios in association with India’s Realworks Studio are putting together an animated movie titled ‘Return if Possible’, charting the extraordinary life story of Dr …Read More »
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Gurindher Chadha’s foray into reality TV by way of ‘Desi Rascals’ has divided opinion among British Asians.
However, this summer sees Chadha return to her glorious roots with the stage adaptation of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, the director’s seminal 2002 hit about football and life as a British Asian.
Chadha today released the first song from the musical which arrives in the West End in June.
Appropriately enough, the song is titled ‘UB2’ in a nod to the postcode of Southall, West London, where the movie was originally set and where the story’s main character Jess lives.
The song features the star cast of the musical setting the scene for the show and is shot on Southall’s famous Broadway, among other locations.
Chadha said: “UB2 is where Jess lives, and where I lived. We wanted to get people to start to feel the essence and heart of the music, and the best way was to bring it to life here in the heart of the community.”
That community was at the heart of Chadha’s own life growing up. She has revealed that the story of Bend It Like Beckham is inspired by her own and is a tribute to her late father who “never let colour or prejudice stop her from pursuing her passion” of filmmaking.
The stage musical arrives at the Pheonix Theatre in Charing Cross in the summer with previews beginning 15 May.
The play features Natalie Dew who plays football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe.
Ronni Ancona will play Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Original music for the play was composed by the renowned English composer Howard Goodall with lyrics by Charles Hart.Read More »
The horrific massacre of nearly 145 people - 133 of them children - by terrorists at a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December caused widespread shock.
Now some of the biggest names in Pakistani culture have come together to record a musical tribute to the victims of the 16 December attack, led by singer, songwriter and film star Ali Zafar.
The song is titled 'Urainge' ('We Will Fly') and the video features some 40 leading Pakistani singers, actors, musicians and artists including Fawad Khan, Humaima Malik alongside Zafar.
Zafar told the BBC World Service that it had taken some time for him to come to terms with the feelings of shock, anger and disappointment he felt soon after the attacks.
"There were so many emotions that at that time I could not put into words. But when I started recording the song it all just came out", Zafar says.
He adds that the message of the song is to tell those mothers who lost their children that Pakistan stands in solidarity with them.
"We want a Pakistan that's progressive, tolerant, prioritizes education and stands strong against terrorism", Zafar continued.
"Pakistan needs to put its house together. We need to redefine our policies, admit to our blunders and act together as one", he added.
All proceeds from the song's downloads will go to The Citizen's Foundation in Pakistan which is building schools across the country in memory of those children killed in Peshawar.
"Urainge us aasman mein;
(We’ll fly in such a sky)
Rahainge aisay jahaan mein;
(live in such a world)
Jahaan dard ka koi maara na ho;
(where no one quivers in pain)
Akaila na ho be-sahaara na ho;
( no one is lonely or left alone)
koi maa say bichara dulaara no ho;
(no mother would live without her child)
siva ishq kay koi chaara na ho;
(nothing to choose from than love)"Read More »
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The Indian-origin chief executive of tech giant Microsoft has apologized after suggesting that women in the industry should not ask for raises but have ‘faith’ in the system to deliver. Anantapur-born Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was responding to a question as to how women should advance in …Read More »
The High Court in London has ordered Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to compensate two UK-based travel agencies after the Pakistani national carrier ceased commission payments for ticket sales, the BBC reports. The court ruled that the airline should pay the agents about £400,000 in compensation for tickets sold since 2010. …Read More »