Artist Vijender Sharma is a well-known personality. His painting has a language of their own, mesmerising all by their painstaking detailing. Every single painting by Vijender Sharma is a consequence of personal experience. A gold medallist with distinction at PG level from New Delhi’s College of Art. He has honed his talent over time since then. He was invited by President Estate to paint the honourable President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee. Vijender has had the privilege to sketch People’s President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam as well, during his tenure as a President of India.
Dr Pranab posed for the portrait with the Indian Flag and Globe on either side of him. The portrait painted in oil depicts Dr Pranab and wearing the black achkan, white pyjamas and black shoes. The president’s energy and optimism vibrates which Vijendra had captured in this portrait. This accuracy was possible because Vijendra spends the time to familiarise himself with the person he is going to paint. Sitting down with Dr Mukherjee for the initial meeting in President’s House and hearing about his views, he knew he wanted the portrait to capture his vision towards the nation and across the globe.“There were a seriousness and conviction about him, and he takes learning and his job as president very seriously. That’s what I kept in mind while I was painting. It was important to him, and it definitely affected the outcome of the portrait,” Vijender said. “It was an honour for me to paint him for posterity.”
Vijender assimilates into his work components of pragmatism and fictional alike, rendering immaterial concepts into everyday images and making statements on religion and evolution alike. Known as a thought provocative, magically realistic artist and ‘David Copperfield’ of the art world in India, the Internationally acclaimed celebrity artist Vijender Sharma is a story-teller– his works have narrative qualities– are simple and yet compelling. He is a figurative painter– there is a high level of spiritualism in his works– which conveys a pure feeling of love and longing– perhaps understandably with his candid naturalism and bold use of colour. Apart other mediums, illusion works are a common sight in the artworks by Vijender Sharma.
Whether it is still life; figurative work; or, symbolic representation of the subject—Vijender Sharma pays great attention to detail using the play of light very imaginatively and, thereby, adding an element of incredibility to realism, surrealism or illusion in his works. He uses simple idioms on simple subjects blending them with symbolism, realism, surrealism or illusion with great effect elevating his works to a level of spiritualism.
While one canvas seeks to remember Gandhi in our times, with bloodstains, glasses and philosophy book, loin cloth over the drawn frame, another interprets Radhika as splendidly erotic, her clothes wet and clinging, peacock feather in one hand, arrow in the other. Yet a third, titled Evolution, casts a monkey as Rodin’s Thinker, a human mask in front of its face pulling racial extraction into sharp focus for the viewer. ‘Which face is mine’ painting by the artist depicts the dilemma of a person, who has to show different faces to different people to smoothen her life. In this process, she has forgotten her real face. In painting, many faces are displayed which a person uses while dealing with different people and situations.
He works minutely and intricately on his realistic paintings. He has mastered the skill of transporting realism into the realm of illusion. He has always painted dream worlds, the world that “is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence”.
The artist lives in New Delhi.
Yesha Rughani from Hero Gayab Mode On
Working during a pandemic is no easy feat, but actor Yesha Rughani, who was last seen in Muskaan, says that all precautions are being taken on the sets of her brand her show Hero Gayab Mode On. Talking about it, she says, “I think new normal has become a lifestyle now. Whether I am going for work or something else, I have to follow precautions. Obviously, you are scared. But on the set, we take many precautions, medical people are there, they check us every day. The makeup and hair stylists are wearing their kits. So, I think overall it’s a secure working environment. I hope everybody stays well and fit.”
The actor is back on the sets after almost a year and is loving it. “We wrapped up Muskaan’s shoot in December last year and this show is launching December. We have started shooting from November so I think almost a year. It just feels too good to be back and I think I have been missing being onscreen. I missed shooting and I am loving the feeling of getting on the makeup chair, the entire routine, listening to action, cut, roll each and every minute detail of shoot life. It’s fabulous to be back,” she says.
In fact, she’s got a lot of appreciation for her look too. “I rejuvenated myself during this break. I got into this healing thing where I was on a strict detox and my skin healed, my hair, my body healed. I was in my comfort zone and used to wake up on time and follow a proper routine, even though there was a lockdown. I had ample time in the lockdown to take care of myself. I am fresh as a flower now and all set to rock again. For the new look, I am getting really good reviews because people are seeing me like this onscreen for the very first time. My first two roles were very different. So, seeing me in a totally different avatar with short hair is exciting. I have really lost weight, there is a different kind of look and feel to the role. I am getting a very good reaction and I am loving it,” she says.
Meanwhile, Yesha started a balloon business too during the lockdown and plans on balancing both her acting and business venture. “Lockdown has, of course, changed our lives in many ways from being able to value things to be grateful to life, self-healing and taking care of yourself, self-discipline. I ventured into a new business. I love to be very busy so I think it wouldn’t be a problem to manage both the things. I have my sister also who is taking care of this business, apart from me. I think it works for us. I also carry my laptop and everything to shoot so that if I get some time, I make some designs and send them across. I think it’s going to be fun to manage both,” she says.
Rina Charaniya(Rii) on Remake of Old Songs
From “Dus bahaane 2.0” to “Dilbar”, and “Aankh maarey”, remakes have made its way back to the industry, and while some love to dance to the jazzed up beats, some are still a fan of the old songs. And it’s not just the audience, but even the singers have a divided opinion on this. “Phir mulaqaat”, and “Judaa” singer Rina Charaniya, who is popularly known as Rii, accepts that the remakes are made considering the current audience taste, but reveals that she will not do a remake with twisted lyrics just to look cool. She also revealed that if ever she sings a remake, she will try to maintain the beauty of the original song.
“I have no problems in doing a remake, but I strongly feel that you can never make a song better than the original. If I ever make a remake then I will first see that we are matching with the original on some level and not changing it entirely. Secondly, I will not put any nasty lyrics in it, because of late people have started twisting it to match the taste of the audience. So if that’s being done, then I will not do it because I don’t want to spoil a song or the beauty of it. Those old songs were written by some great writers and lyricists, so I will not twist the lyrics and sing them just to look cool,” she said. When asked what she feels about so many remakes being made these days, she said that it’s because it gives a good business.
“When you lack original content, you make a remake. If a song is already famous and is loved by the masses, then I don’t think changing the music or the lyrics here and there can make it better. Original will always be the original, and you can never make a better version of it. But labels have the rights for it and they do it, and there is one section of the audience that happily accepts it too. Some people enjoy it, and to cater to that audience remakes are made. And it also results in good business,” Rii said.
The singer also asserted that remakes also give a guarantee of a sure-shot success, and said, “Today’s generation is very fast, they don’t have time for anything. And our brain also works like that. If you see today, only 20-30 percent of the people love 90s music, else everyone wants to hear fast-paced songs. So people play with your brains through music.”
“On top of that, I feel that remakes are made because you already have a famous song, it’s a super hit in the market, and then you want a song which you know will be a sure shot success. You are confident that even with a little twist people are going to like it, if not love it, so they make a remake. And it gives them good business. So it’s less about art now and more about business, and making money,” Rii concluded.
Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Florian Hurel on COVID
The glamour and entertainment industry was shut because of the nationwide lockdown imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. And celebrity hair and makeup artist Florian Hurel, who recently resumed work, says we need to live with the situation now and also adapt ourselves to it.
“COVID-19 is still in here. We have got to live and adjust to the situation. I believe we must learn to live with it now. But, we also need to be aware of the consequences if don’t follow the precautions carefully,” he said.
Florian asserted that we need to take care of the elderly and said, “We got to protect ourselves but we should also think of the others around us, like the elderly, who are more prone to infection caused by the virus. So while working, PPE costumes, masks, and hand sanitisers are very often used.”
Asked to comment on how it affected the industry, he said, “Yes, we are all very affected by the situation and most of us haven’t earned anything for the last 4 months. It’s critical. I believe things will get back to a new normal soon.”
Florian has worked with celebrities like Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Anushka Sharma, to name a few. He says he keeps himself positive by having positive people around him and added, “I keep myself busy thinking of new projects as well as working out a lot.”
Aditi Rao Views on ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’
After releasing on the OTT platform of Amazon Prime Video on the 3rd of July, 2020 film ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’ touched a lot of hearts with it’s magical and musical romantic-drama narrative. The film has a stellar cast of Jayasurya who plays the role of Rajeev, Dev Mohan who plays the role of Sudfi, and Aditi Rao Hydari, who plays the role of Sujata, the mute girl.
When in an interview with a leading portal, actress Aditi Rao Hydari was asked what does she feel about the success of ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’, she said, “So the fact that people are liking it and watching it multiple times, the kind of messages and artwork on the film that we receive, are really amazing. The film is being watched by non-Malayali audiences, who told us that we will watch more Malayalam films now.”
The film has received substantial commendations from the audience and the artwork and messages they are receiving further hold testimony to that fact! The magic of Sufi is prevalent in the film especially through its beautiful songs that captured the essence of the scene and amplified the emotions of the scene.
The film is written and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and produced by Vijay Babu under his banner Friday Film House. The film is shot by cinematographer Anu Moothedath and edited by Deepu Joseph. Sufiyum Sujatayum is brought together by executive producer Vinay Babu.
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