Friday, May 6, 2016

Rani Mukherji at Switzerland for inauguration of Yash Chopra's statue

While we have seen Yash Chopra capturing the alluring beauty of Switzerland in his movies, the Swiss government now has brought alive the enigma of the late legend with a special honour. As a mark of gratitude and salutations, the Swiss government on Wednesday inaugurated a special statue of Yash Chopra.

This statue will be installed at the heart of Interlaken, inside the Kursaal area, near the Congress Centre. A prime, popular spot with tourists, the statue will remind many of the cinematic splendor that Yash Chopra had created for this picturesque nation.

A sculpture made of pure bronze, and weighing about 350 kilos, will present Yash Chopra in an iconic pose of him directing a film. Chopra, who opened a legacy of South Asian tourists flocking to Switzerland, loved to spend time there. Natural beauty and warm hospitality mark the association that his banner Yash RajFilms shares with this country.

While many ministers and senior bureaucrats from the Swiss government attended this inauguration, Pamela Chopra and Rani Mukerji were also present for the occasion. The event was organised by Interlaken Tourism and Jungfrau Railways.

This is not the first time the filmmaker has been honoured in this way. The government of Interlaken awarded him the honorary title of "Ambassador of Interlaken" in 2011, and Jungfrau Railways named a train after him - an honour shared only with the railway’s founder, Adolf Guyer. In addition, the five-star Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken named a suite after Yash Chopra.

Shahid Kapoor on musical high

Shahid Kapoor who will be seen playing a Punjabi Rockstar, Tommy Singh in his upcoming film 'Udta Punjab' is high on Punjabi songs these days. Known to be an avid music lover, Shahid is a huge fan of peppy Punjabi tracks and said to have a good collection of this music. We were told that Shahid has a special album, which is a compilation of different types of Punjabi songs - including folk Punjabi tracks, and even those with techno and hip-hop beats.

Being a Punjabi at heart, these peppy tunes bring out Shahid's Punjabi avatar which also helped Shahid slip into his onscreen character with ease. It is said that Shahid would put on his earphones and adorn the craziness displayed by Tommy Singh in the glimpses of 'Udta Punjab'. Interestingly, Shahid started listening to Punjabi music after the success of his famous song "Mauja hi mauja".

Apparently, whenever Shahid hosts a party at home, he becomes the DJ, and loves playing these songs. Not just at home, but Shahid also carries his music player wherever he goes. Shared Shahid's spokesperson, "Shahid’s taste in Punjabi music is varied, and his music collection is amazing. This is one of his favourite genres."

Tommy Singh brings to celluloid a character which is to have immense youth connect and eye grabbing instances which will help build awareness on the topic of Drug abuse faced in India. Shahid's first look from the film built immense intrigue and the trailer of 'Udta Punjab' has further taken curiosity levels notch higher.

'Udta Punjab' is set to release on June 17th 2016.