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Should we do away with cult of remixes? Bollywood ’s musicians react

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Film music witnessed a  complete aridity of idea in 2016. What better proof of this than the distasteful re-mixes of evergreen classics that poured out  this year, each one worse than the previous. Among the songs that were remixed during the year there was Aaj phir tumpe pyar aaya hai(the Laxmikant-Pyarelal love ballad from Feroz Khan’s Dayavan), Aise na mujhe tum dekho(the Kishore Kumar ballad from Darling Darling) and Pal-pal dil ke paas(the Kishore Kumar classic from the film Blackmail sung with grievous listlessness by Arijit Singh). At year-end  they even did a re-mix of A R Rahman’s Humma humma , provoking a sound and sharp reaction from the original singer Remo Fernandez.

So  should we do away with cult of remixes? Bollywood ’s musicians react.

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Amaal Malik: “We composers are forced to remix songs.For a new version of R D Burman’s Gulaabi aankhen that you hear, I had done  a whole new song and only  added the word gulaabi. But the trend at T Series is not to listen to  the composer and add their own creative inputs to a composition. They heard the word ‘gulaabi’ in my song and added ‘gulaabi aankhen’.What can  I do? I only do a re-mix if I can add my touch to the original. Several legendary songs are destroyed if not re-constructed sensibly. I agree re-mixes are now in the overdrive mode. I can vouch for the fact that the recreations I’ve done  are not in bad taste. Out of the 17 songs I  composed in 2016  only 2 were re-makes. And in both cases the original artistes have called me and told me they love my version. For me it is important to do the re-mix legally respectfully and aesthetically, and to give the original artistes their due credit. I’ve refused 8 recreations for 2017 and have in the process lost the opportunity to compose for 4 films. Nowadays not only 1 classic but 2-3 classics are being recreated for one film!!! If I don’t do it I stand to lose the project. But I stand by my rules.I will re-mix a song only if I can add an Amaal Mallik vibe to it. Otherwise, no thanks!”

Amit Kumar(son of the legendary Kishore Kumar): “From the day remix songs and even cover versions of popular songs started I immediately said to myself, ‘The downfall of Hindi film music has begun.’ Whether it is a renewal of the original’s shelf-life or a sign  of desecration, I don’t know. All I know is, Hindi film music is finished.”

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Alka Yagnik : “Remixing old classics is nothing short of ruining their purity.”

Rekha Bhardwaj : “Remix of  classic songs takes away the soul and purity of the creation.

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 Nishat Khan : “All these remixes are a sign of creative laziness. They very rarely renew the shelf-life of the original song. It’s just a momentary pseudo-creative selfindulgent exercize.”

Alisha Chinai: “Remixes of classics have instant recall value. It all depends on who’s doing the remix. If it’s Pitbull it’s a mega-hit.”

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Prasoon Joshi:  “Recreating a song thoughtfully is a  good approach. It is when a remix is used as a formula with no craft visible, only the naked and desperate need to attract instant that, that it dilutes the intrinsic merits of the original song. Classics must be handled with care, and not casually.”

Shamir Tandon  “There have been instances when an old song has been recorded well and presented with pleasant visuals.Such songs have been well-accepted. But most of the time re-mixes do a bad job of the original. They just sabotage an old song.”

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Lata Mangeshkar: “Let me recall an incident for you. There was a time when I’d sing a lot on stage.   I was once asked  to sing a song by Suraiya .  I refused. The organizers argued that I ‘d do full justice to the song. But acording to me a Suraiya song was  a Suraiya song in the public’s mind. To eliminate the original is a very difficult task. Once someone asked my opinion on  a song of mine that another singer had sung.  I said , “Dekho  main   unees hoon  aur woh  bees hai. Lekin mein apni jagah pe unees hi rahungi, wohnahin ho sakti. One of my Bappi Lahiri compositions Thoda resham lagta hai was re-mixed by an American group. Quite frankly I didn’t  remember this number at all. When I heard it in the number by Truth Hurts I asked my family where it was from. It was they who told me that I had sung it in a film called Jyoti. I had no idea who ‘Truth Hurts’ was. Since  Jyoti   stars Hema Malini , who’s one of my favourite actresses, I made it a  point to watch Jyoti when it came on  television. But I didn’t pay much attention  to the song Thoda resham lagta hai   when it came on. I didn’t mind it being used in the American song because   Truth Hurts hasn’t tampered with  my voice or the composition in  any way. It’s far more preferable to the re-mixes in our country.”

 Shekhar Ravjiani:  “Remixes can be seen as a homage to a great composition. This may be possible if it is done more on the lines of a cover version. But to say a remix will extend the shelf-life  of ,sayLag jaa gale se is balderdash.At the same time doing a remix is not easy.There is substantial pressure on the musician to make sure it comes out right. There’s the anxiety if how people would accept the new treatment of a classic song. There’s that constant self-questioning, ‘Are we doing justice to a classic?’ Just like well-preserved remixes are received well, badly presented ones will have to bite the dust.”

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Shaan : “If done keeping the contemporary sounds and musicality in  mind and without losing the emotional quotient of the original song, a remix could increase and renew the shelf life of a classic melody.”

Shankar Mahadevan : “It all depends how one does it without destroying the aesthetics of the original composition. On the plus side, these classics are made accessible to younger generations who have probably never heard these songs. But due credit must be given the original composer.”

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Amit Trivedi: “As long as the remix works, it is all fine.”
Adnan Sami: “Imagination is an incredible divine gift that can be used in any creative activity, be it in the realm of positivity, negativity or stupidity.Have I made my point clear?”

 

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Undekhi A Dark Compelling  Thriller Set In The Heartland

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Undekhi  the  forthcoming webseries  from Applause Entertainment  and Sony LIV which  starts  streaming from July 10,   looks  like  the  kind  of   thriller  that  won’t let  us rest  easy until we see  the last episode. It is mounted  with  a  stress on growing pressure.

One  promo shows  a rotund  cop investigating  a gruesome  murder  in  a dense tribal area.The other promo  shows a politician gunning  down a dancer on stage  in front of  the public and  the  press.

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Wild  West  comes to the North. Undekhi is a thriller set in Manali, Himachal created for Applause by Siddharth Sengupta. It’s a gripping story that sees Harsh Chhaya making an  impressive comeback as a drunk Papaji in a super-rich amoral Punjabi  family. And Surya Sharma (Prince from Hostages) really shines as Rinku ,  the main bad guy and Papaji’s nephew. It’s got a terrific cast of other characters, many of whom we  all  recognize as names .

The talented  Harsh Chhaya  makes a debut of sorts  on the  digital medium  with Undekhi.

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Says Harsh, “I  have never played anything so wild and mad. I am looking forward to Undekhi, hope it works for the audience too.This is a debut in a sense that this is the first one I shot for the OTT  platform.But the other two I shot for after this was  streamed   before this one Out Of Love and  Rangbaaz, Phir Se.

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Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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“Professionally, What  A Year It Has Been For Me,” Raveena Tandon On Her Padma Shri

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Raveena Tandon  feels  she is in a dream. “I woke  up  today to the  news that  I have been awarded the Padma Shri by  my Government. I felt all my years  of hard work  has  finally come to  fruition.I can’t wait to get  back to Mumbai.”

Raveena  is  in Bhopal attending a  wedding.  “I woke  up  on Thursday morning to the good news. My husband(film distributor Anil Thadani) who is in Mumbai had no clue about it. I had to inform him that his wife is now Padma Sri Raveena,” she laughs heartily.

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She then grows  melancholic. “The past one year has been a whirlwind  for me. Professionally, it couldn’t get any better. My webseries Aranyak on Netflix  and  then the bigscreen  blockbuster KGF 2 where I played one of the protagonists , became huge  successes.Sadly,it  was  also the year that  I lost my father(well-known producer-director Ravi Tandon). It was  the severest blow of my life.I am still processing the loss. The Padma Shri would have made  my Dad so proud.”

Remind her  she is  still young and already a Padma winner and Raveena expresses  her  happiness. “I guess I am lucky to have received the honour at the  midpoint of my life and career. I am also very happy that M M  Keeravani Sir has  also received the Padma Shri.His Naatu naatu has  the  world dancing to his tune. But even  before Naatu naatu he has done such exemplary work.”

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Getting nostalgic Raveena  says, “I started working when I was 17.I have done every kind of  cinema, balancing out a Chote Miyan  Bade Miya  with  a Shool, a Rakshak with a  Ghulam-e-Mustafa,  a Bulundi and a Khauff with a Daman and an Aks. It’s  always been  my endeavour to be be seen in escapism and  real cinema. Some people think dancing around trees  and  doing the masala  stuff is easy.  It is  not!  In fact  being real on screen is far easier.”

Raveena feels the  good days  are  back in the entertainment  industry. “I saw Pathaan and  I whistled  and clapped the loudest. It is  an out-and-out mass entertainer and bound to revive the  sagging fortunes  of  our industry.  While the Padma Shri is a personal triumph,  the success of Pathaan  is  a happy occasion for the entire industry.So yeah, I am on top of  the world,”

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Raveena’s fans  would like to know her khubsoorati  ka raaz.

She  laughs, “It’s nothing more than sleeping and eating right. I  try to eat  correctly. I have only  organic  food. More  importantly,I am happy and secure in life. If you are content within it is  bound show on your face.”

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Phil Ivey’s Net Worth (Updated 2021)

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What is Phil Ivey’s net worth? 

Net Worth: $100 Million
Age: 44
Born: February 1, 1977
Country of Origin: United States of America
Source of Wealth: Professional Poker Player
Last Updated: 2021

Introduction   

Phil Ivey is an American professional poker player.

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Ivey has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. Ivey is regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world.

He was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017. 

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As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

 

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Early Life

Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. was born on the 1st of February, 1977, in California.

He first began to develop his poker skills by playing against co-workers in New Jersey in the late 1990s. 

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His nickname “No Home Jerome” stems from the fake ID card he secured to play poker in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in his teenage years. Ivey was given the nickname “The Phenom” after winning three World Series of Poker bracelets in 2002. 

 

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Career 

Ivey’s tournament accomplishments include winning three bracelets at the 2002 World Series of Poker, tying Phil Hellmuth Jr, Ted Forrest, and Puggy Pearson. 

He also has bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha from 2000 and 2005. In 2000, he was the first person to defeat Amarillo Slim heads-up at a WSOP final table.

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Ivey placed in the top 25 four times between the 2002 World Series of Poker and the 2009 World Series of Poker. Ivey finished 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003, 20th in 2005, and 7th in 2009.

In the 2010 World Series of Poker, he received the most votes for the Tournament of Champions. At the 2010 WSOP, Ivey won his eighth bracelet in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event in a final table made up of other notable players. 

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Between 2002 and 2009, he finished among the top 25 players in the Main Event four times, in fields ranging in size from 600 entrants to just under 7,000.

As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

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How Does Phil Ivey Spend His Money?

Phil Ivey spends some of his money going on expensive NBA games and donating money to charities. 

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Phil Ivey’s Hobbies 

Ivey is a huge fan of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and L.A. Lakers. But cheering on his favorite teams is only one of Ivey’s hobbies.

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He also likes to partake in golf. Ivey finished third in the inaugural World Series of Golf. He also enjoys video games and making a few side bets in his spare time. 

 

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Phil Ivey’s Charity Work 

Ivey also has a very charitable side, with generous donations to Empowered to Excel and as co-founder of the Budding Ivey Foundation. 

 

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Highlights

Here are some of the best highlights of Phil Ivey’s career:

  • Has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets
  • Poker Hall of Fame (2017) 

 

Favorite Quotes from Phil Ivey

“The biggest thing when you’re playing live is that you’re sitting across from the player and can get a detailed impression of how they’re acting, and whether they’re expressing strength or weakness. Online, it’s much more about betting patterns, and you’re using a much narrower range of cues to what they’re holding and thinking.” – Phil Ivey

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“I never thought about poker not working out. When I started playing poker, I just thought this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. You have to think that way, and if it doesn’t work out, of course, you move on from there. But if you start out thinking any other way, you’re setting yourself up to fail.” – Phil Ivey 

“I’d start out by joining training sites, like Ivey League. There’s free content there for people who are starting out, fundamental strategy for folks building their game, all the way up to very high-level content for professional players. I’d work on my game online and at casinos, build my bankroll, find good games.” – Phil Ivey

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“I see Ivey League as part of my legacy, and I want to teach the world to win at poker. Want to build a training site that can help people who have never touched a deck of cards as well as support the particular needs of top-tier players who are building a world-class game.” – Phil Ivey 

“I actually spent most of that time working with my team to define and prototype parts of Ivey Poker and Ivey League. From my point of view, it was a hectic time.” – Phil Ivey 

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3 Life Lessons from Phil Ivey

Now that you know all about Phil Ivey’s net worth and how he achieved success; let’s take a look at some of the lessons we can learn from him: 

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1. Chances 

You’ve got to take some chances, know when you’re beaten and know how to get certain advantages.

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2. Ambitions 

Many people these days are too ambitious; their sights are set too high at the start, and they end up diving in too deep, quitting their day job too soon.

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3. Fight 

You get your chips your way if you fight for it. 

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Summary  

Phil Ivey is an American professional poker player. Ivey moved to Roselle when he was just a baby. Ivey is an eight-time winner of the World Series of Poker.

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He has also won the World Poker Tour title. Ivey first became interested in online poker while working at a telemarketing firm in New Jersey. He would play with his co-workers during breaks and after work.

As of 2021, Phil Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $100 million. 

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What do you think about Phil Ivey’s net worth? Leave a comment below. 



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