The Ultimate Roadie – Prince Narula

Besides the obvious – he’s won the 12th season of MTV Hero Roadies X2, a show that needs no introduction – there are a number of reasons to love this Champ!

1. PTC Punjabi Mr. Punjab (2014) Runner-Up – I wonder how many knew that. Prince has a clear track record of accepting challenges and smashing them Like.A.Boss. He’s focused, knows what he wants and goes out and gets it!

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2. Self confessed fitness freak – Have you SEEN his perfectly sculpted body? Well, that’s taken years of hard work. 6 years, to be precise. Let me remind you, he’s only 25 years old.

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3. Jatt kehnda uth lehn de – This guy can do a full split with a smile on his face and a song on his lips. Really, what more do you want?! Is it just me or does the song sort-of fit the situation? Teri khabar lahunga khadke ve jatt kehnda uth lehn de.

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4. Brain & Brawn – He’s quick-witted, honest and has amazing convincing power. He can floor you with his words, which was evident in the audition itself.

5. Prince ek hi hai yahan par – There’s only one Prince. The determination in him can be defined in one plain Hindi term – Junoon. His resolve isn’t of ordinary level; he just won’t take no for an answer and failure is not an option. He has to be one of the most inspiring Roadies thus far.

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6. Walks the talk – And I promise ke main jeetunga. He means what he says and does what he means. These were his prophetic words to Rannvijay (Singha) when he was selected, “Sir, aapki baat sununga aur Roadie banke jaunga”. He made them come true and how! If that is not motivating, what is?

7. Guts and grit – Facing your brother-like buddy in the finale of a life time isn’t the easiest thing; especially when your opponent is Gurmeet Singh Rehal. Yet, he beat an equally strong and well-deserving candidate, to bag the coveted title. What a display of sportsman spirit it was!

8. The guy with a vadda dil – His gesture of giving the Hero Karizma ZMR, that he won on the show, to Gurmeet, is commendable! He’s indeed a person with a huge heart and it goes to show how he values friendship.

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9. The fans – Needless to say, Prince has a huge fan following, with people rushing to see him wherever he goes. I read an interview where he spoke about a girl jumping out of an auto just to meet him. Well, he deserves every bit of the adulation he gets. With over 35K (and counting) followers on Instagram (@princenarula) and a Facebook profile that cannot accept any more friend requests, he’s surely won the hearts of the masses.

10. That smile – Is to die for. Yes, I’ve finally arrived at the point many must’ve been waiting to get to. It is a 1000 watt, million dollar and whatever-you-please smile. Add dimples and you my friend, have a weapon of mass destruction! Don’t believe me? Here take a look at this –

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11. Splitsvilla Season 8 – Watch the rough-tough hero go ‘cute’. Catch him on the latest season of Splitsvilla, as the Prince of Roadies turns into the King of hearts!

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Here’s the official YouTube video of the audition :

Enjoy!

(Pictures have been taken from Prince Narula and Gurmeet Rehal’s official social media profiles and some screenshots from the YouTube video)

Taazgi Ka Dhamaka

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” said Friedrich Nietzsche and rightly so. I’m one of those people who have a playlist on every gadget; from my PC to laptop to iPad. Heck! I even got myself an iPod when I could’ve managed well with a mobile phone. Such is the love my heart holds for music and I can’t go a day without listening to or singing (in my not-so-melodious voice) a song. They say you can never overdose on music. Word!

Songs have an uncanny knack of neutralizing one’s bad mood. Not to mention they possess magical healing powers that can raise one’s spirit and energy level in no time!

For someone who is an avid music lover, you’ll find, my playlist is a conglomerate of diverse music genres; ranging from Rock to Sufi, Pop to Ghazals, Devotional to EDM and songs from Bollywood to Regional Cinema as well. Here are just the ones you need for some Taazgi Ka Dhamaka!

I’m too hot (hot damn), call a police and a fireman,
I’m too hot (hot damn), make a dragon wanna retire man!

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk you up with their catchy lyrics and super peppy music that’ll leave you energised. Don’t believe me, just watch!

Speaking of catchy lyrics, how do we forget this one from Delhi Belly? Tongue-in-cheek, brazen and absolutely uplifting, Bhaag D.K. Bose created quite a stir and for more reasons than one. It still has you grinning when it plays. Let’s not get into the details, we all know why it got the attention it did. 😉

This one’s a refreshing rendition of the legendary ‘Duma Dum Mast Qalandar’ which is a spiritual Sindhi song written by Sufi Saint Baba Bulleh Shah in praise of Sufi mystic Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Energetic music is synonymous with high decibel songs, right? Wrong. Sometimes, the calming effect of a serene ode to nature works wonders too. Energy and calm in the same sentence may sound like an oxymoron. It isn’t though. Try it and see for yourself!

While we’re discussing Bollywood of the 90s, I must mention Ram Lakhan. Anil Kapoor, besides being my all time favourite, is one of the best looking Kapoors Bollywood has seen. My Name Is Lakhan, is not only a memorable song but its stunning picturization and typical Anil Kapoor dance moves have left a lasting impression; especially on the ‘90s babies’.

Remember Powerless by Nelly Furtado? Sprinkle it with some Punjabi beats and behold the perfect concoction of taazgi and energy to beat the blues!

Talking about energetic music and giving Rock music a miss? No way! This is where I bring in ‘high-decibel’. Chester Bennington has to have the most tuneful scream in the world! Linkin Park has my heart when it comes to rap-rock. As for what others think, in the end, it doesn’t even matter!

Who doesn’t need a little encouragement and pick-me-up from time to time? Trust Katy Perry to be that ray of inspiration when you feel low. ‘Cuz I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.

Any playlist is incomplete without Bhangraaa! Here’s a collection of some foot-tapping numbers, performed to by the likes of Yuvraj Hans and Harish Verma, two shining stars of the Punjabi Film Industry. They up the energy quotient of the already well-loved songs! Don’t miss their colourful attire! Burrraahh!

Aaannd saving the best for the end, this is the video of superstar Allu Arjun and the brilliant singing sensation Anushka Manchanda, grooving to the Colgate MaxFresh beats, with some MaxFresh Moves! Watch the video and enjoy your dose of Taazgi Ka Dhamaka!

I am blogging for #MaxFreshMove activity atBlogAdda in association with Colgate MaxFresh 

Punjab 1984

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~ Ohna Maavaan De Naam Jo Ajj Vi Apne Puttan Nu Udeekdiyaan Ne ~

(Dedicated to those mothers who await their sons even today)

Recently, the film completed a year since its release; an opportune instance for a recap and another round of applause. It deserves all the accolades in the world and then some more. I write not as a reviewer but a viewer; not as a critic but a fan, who’s watched it for the third time today. I write this, as I marvel at the evident diligence that has gone into its making. As a tribute to the director, actors, producers; I write, in obeisance to the martyrs who succumbed to those trying times.
Actor-Director duo of Diljit Dosanjh and Anurag Singh collaborated for the fourth time to create magic on-screen yet again. I personally feel glad to see the Punjabi Film Industry deviating from the comedy genre and making more thought-provoking movies.
The 1984 Punjab insurgency forms the crux. Focus, however, does not waver as it showcases the plight of a mother. One, who like many of that time, waited in anticipation to see her missing son return. The film depicts the journey of Satwant Kaur, looking for the apple of her eye, Shivjeet Singh Mann.

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Kirron Kher as Satwant Kaur takes one on an emotional roller coaster. It rends my heart to see Diljit Dosanjh’s character, the happy-go-lucky simpleton, raise a rifle. I believe, if you truly hate a villain, the actor has done his job well; trust Pavan Malhotra to deliver a stupendous performance every time. Sonam Bajwa looks lovely in her rustic avatar. Special mention to the supporting star cast whose stellar performances give you something to take back, a smile here and a tear there.
If Swaah Bann Ke doesn’t give you goose bumps, you probably need to get your pulse checked. All the songs are soul-stirring and leave a lasting impression.
All in all, with a strong story line, breath-taking performances and quality cinematography, Punjab 1984 has the makings of a contemporary classic.
For those who haven’t yet seen the film:
1. What are you waiting for? Hanukkah?
2. Spoiler alert! –>
It’s gut-wrenching to see the hero of the script succumb to a bullet at the very end. Just when you see him returning home, calling ‘Bole So Nihaal’ and are convinced it’s going to be a happy ending, *bam!* your hopes are dashed. As Shivjeet breathes his last, his mother’s wail rattles the soul and haunts you for a long time after you’re done watching.
On that note, I cannot wait to see Sardaar Ji, the latest and already very successful release of shining star Diljit Dosanjh.

photo 3(Pictures attached above have been taken from the official Instagram account of Diljit Dosanjh)