Jio Movie Mela with Star celebrates top 5 songs of the dynamic musical duo Vishal and Shekhar & Vidya Balan on her 5 favorite Characters in movies

Jio Movie Mela with Star celebrates top 5 songs of the dynamic musical duo Vishal and Shekhar & Vidya Balan on her 5 favorite Characters in movies

Jio Movie Mela with Star celebrates top 5 songs of the dynamic musical duo Vishal and Shekhar & Vidya Balan on her 5 favorite Characters in movies

Vidya Balan on her 5 favourite characters

Jio Movie Mela with Star celebrates top 5 songs of the  dynamic musical duo Vishal and Shekhar

Vishal-shekhar , MAMI Festival Director-Anupama Chopra & Rajeev Masand

The versatile music directors share stories behind their top five songs which are Tu aashiqui hai, Allah ke bande, Aankhon mein teri, Chammak Challo and Nashe Si Chadh Gayi

The second session “Stories behind top 5 songs” at the Jio MAMI 3rd Movie Mela got the room enchanted with Vishal and Shekhar’s best tunes. The stories behind these famous tracks and the journey involved were shared by the

Vishal–Shekhar the music composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have been rocking the music world since 1999 and have given countless hits to the industry. In the candid conversation with Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand they shared about their journey, jamming and writing songs together; but also about the 5 of their most favourite songs – the stories on the making of those songs and also how those songs made their lives and changed them for good too.

The songs that they spoke about were-

  1. Tu aashiqui Hai (Jhankaar Beats) – The first song that they worked together as music directors.
  2. Allah ke bande (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai) – The song connected with the audience with its Sufi soul and also the special factor Kailash Kher in it.
  3. Aankhon Mein Teri (Om Shanti Om) – The song, which was originally not composed for the movie, became one of the biggest hits of the year. An interesting fact that Vishal Dadlani shared was the initial dummy lyrics have been written by him.
  4. Chammak Challo (Ra. One)- A random jamming session of R.D Burman’s songs got them the tune that they were looking for.
  5. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)– One of the most viewed music videos of the recent times has the perfect blend of romance and fun. The initial script gave the music directors liberty to place their songs at the appropriate positions.

A surprise element to the event was the bonus song that the duo spoke of which is Sheila Ki Jawani. Recollecting the story behind the song, Vishal said “We had a hook Sheila Ki Jawaani from the film and the base of the tune was brought in by Nasik dhols

The music directors had some fun exercises in store for the audience through which they spoke about the importance of projection. A couple of members from the audience sang and played games to prove that they were their best fans. The winner was given merchandise from the Marvel India.

On being asked about them working with each other for a long period of time now, the musical duo said “It’s been 18 years now. We remember just meeting and sharing our work and then just deciding to get on board together”. Adding to this, Shekhar said, “It had always been a confusion as to who is who. Even now after all these years people have the same confusion and I think that is a good thing that we are seen as one entity”.

Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star in its 3rd edition brought Vidya Balan’s favourite characters in movies closer to the fans!

  • Vidya Balan on her favourite characters from Anand, Arth, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Sholay and Mr. India
  • Balan spoke about her upcoming project “Tumhari Sulu”

Vidya Balan herself being the charismatic actor that she is has brought into life many characters in her career. At the third exclusive session at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star, Vidya Balan shared her most favourite characters on screen with her fans.

The characters that she spoke extensively about were-

  1. Anand(Anand)- The character is seen as a ray of hope and is symbolism of optimism which she feels has diminished in recent times.
  2. Thakur(Sholay)- Balan used to fool around the sets of Ishqiya draped in a cover and imitating Sanjeev Kumar where she would be told by her co-stars that she exactly sounded like him.
  3. Sunil(Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa)- “It is the ultimate example of how one wants to root for their hero despite all its flaws” she said.
  4. Seema(Mr. India)- “The Charlie Chaplin scene that Sridevi pulled off with such a finesse could not have been done by anyone but her” she said.
  5. Pooja(Arth)- Shabana Azmi was vocal through her acting enough to not let words pave way.

Also, Vidya Balan was excited to talk about her latest venture “Tumhari Sulu” and even spoke of how alluring the character is, much in the likes of Silk from The Dirty Picture.

Jio MAMI Film Festival

Mumbai – the financial capital of India is also the epicentre of the Indian film industry. The city plays such a major role in production and dissemination of Indian films and television programs that it is widely known by its acronym ‘Bollywood’. In 1997, a group of film industry stalwarts headed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) as a not-for-profit Trust. Their main objective was to organise an annual International Film Festival which the film industry and the country could be proud of. MAMI has been organising the festival for the last 16 years and aims to foster a climate of good cinema. MAMI engages people from all walks of life across the city and country that enjoy and love good cinema. It is Mumbai’s only film festival that is entirely created and run by film professionals and a group of members from corporate India. Appreciation of good cinema, stripped off all the limiting labels of art and commercial, can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. The Festival is the first step in that direction.

In their Mission Statement in 1997, the MAMI Board of Trustees said, “We feel it is the need of the hour to disseminate and inculcate good cinema among Indian audiences. The only way to achieve this is to celebrate cinema by hosting an International Film Festival in Mumbai, India’s film and entertainment capital. MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is committed to start Mumbai’s first independent international film festival organized by practicing film makers.”