Mumbai: Actor-singer-songwriter Farhan Akhtar who has released his first solo music album titled “Echoes”, produced by Grammy Award-winning Italian producer Tommaso Colliva, says such collaborations are fruitful for creativity. Sharing his experience of working with an international producer who has worked with British band Muse and Mary Chain among others, Farhan told IANS: “Working with Tommaso was really amazing because his approach was quite different. He wanted to know the story behind each song, and what was my frame of mind when I was writing them. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “The atmosphere was so conducive that as a singer-songwriter I felt really excited to work on it. He wanted to do the production and sound following those written words. It really added value to the album. It was a great learning experience.” Asked if he would like to use the experience to contribute to the independent music scenario in India, where Bollywood music mostly overshadows it, Farhan said: “We are doing a lot of stuff through our movies. If you look at the recent example of ‘Gully Boy’, we have encouraged musicians from the underground scene. We often collaborate with independent musicians. I would love to support and encourage young talent, but look, this is not my full-time job.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “As a creative individual, I want to write more songs, tell more stories and perform with the hope that more people will feel inspired and come out with their creative ideas. I am always open to collaboration and think that’s also a way of supporting other artistes,” said Farhan, son of poet and screenplay writer Javed Akhtar. Farhan took around three years to write the 13 songs of the album “Echoes”, which was released on Friday. He went to Milan for recording of the tracks. Three songs; “Pain or pleasure”, “Why couldn’t it be me” and “Rareview mirror”, from the album were released online earlier. Sharing the core thought behind the album, the “Rock On!!” actor said: “I believe who we are today is the result of our experience in life so far. The emotional journey that we have gone through in life, in love, how we felt lost in love and then desolate.” “The reason why I am calling the album ‘Echoes’ is that somewhere all the emotional experiences are echoing in our mind even though we are not holding on to our past and moving on. This is really an emotional album.” The song titled “Why couldn’t it be me” was the result of the horrifying terrorist attack at the military school in Peshawar in 2014. On the story behind “Pain or pleasure”, Farhan said: “That song came from a personal space. At times in a relationship, feeling love for someone can get toxic. At times we really try to hang on to something that is really not there and you realise that healthy thing is to move on. “But then with the insane highs and terrible lows of a relationship, one has gone through, you want them all. There come the pain and pleasure of it.” Farhan will be seen opposite Priyanka Chopra Jonas in “The Sky Is Pink”, which will release in October.
Madrid: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said he feels supported by club president Josep Bartomeu and compared the reaction to their Champions League exit to a child having a tantrum. Barca crashed out in the semi-finals on Tuesday after one of the greatest comebacks in the tournament’s history saw them lose 4-0 to Liverpool and throw away a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. The defeat has left Valverde’s future in doubt but, ahead of their penultimate La Liga game of the season at home to Getafe on Sunday, he insists he wants to continue. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I’m not thinking about it, not at all,” Valverde said in a press conference on Saturday. “I have the strength to continue, I’m fine, I’m like everyone else, what we want to do is take a step forward and face the situation, not hide under a stone. “I’ve talked to the president and I’ve always felt supported by the club. “I know that when there’s a blow of this kind, everything becomes disjointed. It’s as if you have to burn everything, like when our children have a tantrum, but you have to rebuild.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBarcelona have already been crowned La Liga champions and could make it a domestic double by beating Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey later this month. But even two trophies would not make amends for the collapse against Liverpool, given the Champions League was the one the club really craved this season. “We are hurt, I’m not going to deny it,” Valverde said. “But we have time to recover for ourselves and also with our fans. We’re have to be honest with ourselves. We can lose against Liverpool, they have proved to be a great team. “The problem it’s how we lost, especially in the second half when we did not play well. It was painful because we lost from a very favourable situation. But there is no other way than to look forward.” Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez against Getafe after the Uruguayan had surgery on a knee injury on Thursday night. Suarez is expected to be out for four to six weeks. Ousmane Dembele, Arthur Melo and Rafinha are also injured. Valverde’s side are nine points clear at the top of La Liga with two games left while Getafe are chasing Champions League qualification. They sit fourth, three points ahead of Valencia and Sevilla.
Rangers Football Club winger Daniel Candeias has been accused of being disrespectful by St. Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson.The Rangers winger was shown blowing kisses towards St Mirren fans during the team’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers on home soil, that caused a rift between Samson, Candeias and Saints defender, Anton Ferdinand.Referee Willie Collum showed the Portuguese midfielder a second yellow following an exchange with Ferdinand, a decision branded ’embarrassing’ by Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard.However, Samson shed some light on the events leading up to the dismissal when he suggested Candeias had shown a lack of respect towards a St. Mirren side sliding towards their seventh straight defeat.“When they scored the second goal he ran past and gave Anton (Ferdinand) a bit of stick, telling him to ‘shoosh’ and blowing him kisses,” said the 34-year-old keeper, according to Daily Mail.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“So when he ran past me I just sort of grabbed him and said: “Look, there’s no need to be so disrespectful … you’ve won the game so just go and celebrate with your team-mates.”“He agreed with me, and he apologised.”“But Anton wasn’t very happy with what was happening. I don’t know what happened between the two of them but I just thought Candeias was lacking a wee bit of class in doing what he was doing.”
As spring knocks on the door, it’s high time to clear that wardrobe and bring in new clothes. Put away those denims, dark colours, flats and regular office going trousers and shirts. Yes! This year the runway has redefined the autumn/winter collection with bold colours, furs, impact prints and masculine tailored suits for the office-going lady. This season redo your wardrobe with retro, vintage and rugged look. Denim though has lost its charm and has been replaced by various interesting options. Designer Gautam Gupta says, “Denims are classic, but one should look for other options like dhoti trousers, drop crotch trousers, cotton-lycra lowers.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Spring/summers colour blocking, ombre and monochrome trends are something to save in the wardrobe. Colours like neon from the spring summer is something one can opt for but even natural tones of earthy browns featuring khaki, camel and red cast browns are definite pickups. One can also add jump suits and skirts in the wardrobe in autumn hues such as pumpkin oranges, rust and copper, brick red which are classic of this season. Open grandma’s trunk and bring out the laces, jaali work and khadi jackets with contemporary designs to add that vintage touch to the wardrobe. Dhoti pants with block prints in pastel colours are also good picks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the working women, runways both Indian and international showed an array of skirt suits and dresses with overcoats in bold dark colours. While picking one, the length and comfort should be kept in mind, “Ideal skirt length which works on most body types is mid thigh length. Material such as lycra, georgette satin, georgette, suede are some of the fabric one can think of,” said Gupta.Finally, no wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of shoes and accessories, “The fashion trend for the neck pieces remain, though they have gone longer in length, bags are varying in shapes from totes to sling. Try accessories in neon colours,” suggests Gupta.The accessories should compliment not only the look but shoes also. Balance the combination and don’t wear loud accessories when the outfit is a little bold.