Songstress Natania Lalwani’s Prisoner Has Me Rethinking Freedom

I was acquainted with Natania‘s music (Box You Up) before I was acquainted with the lovely girl she is. Her first association with me was that of Mindy Kaling.

Our paths crossed in Los Angeles. And she was kind enough to let me live in her LA home for close to 2 weeks. Of free will, I slept on her couch. And it was more freeing than being imprisoned on a hotel bed.


Natania is one of the strongest, determined, soulful girls I know. She has overcome hardships so beautifully that one forgets she might be affected. Living with her taught me that age is never a bar to chase your dreams. That a free spirit always lends a home to lost souls.

I’ve always obsessed over her music when she has sent me tracks I’ve requested. Her music is so special, everyone deserves to be touched by it.

In a world where music is becoming a sick language, Natania’s melodies are healing me and helping me find my true self.

It’s no surprise then that her latest single, Prisoner has me grooving. It has helped me rid myself of my own trappings.

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Alice loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and here’s why


Do you like this new picture of me? If you do, I can say I have the least role to play. It’s the hair, wind in my hair, make-up, light, photographer, post-processing, etc. I’m making a point here. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is not a great film. But as a product, as an experience, it’s amazing and so much fun.

I watched Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earlier today with the team I currently work with. And we were having a conversation en route, the crux of which was as long as you can articulate why you do/don’t like a film, we have an ear. But if you want to wash your hands off at “I hate the film”, “I love the film”, your statement is short of an opinion.

I’m often asked what it is like to critique a film and I respond with ‘It’s fun as long as the film moves me in some way or the other.’

My observations on this film follow:

Deepika and Ranbir in YJHD
Deepika and Ranbir in YJHD

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are really good-looking people. Ranbir is a natural when it comes to acting topped with full-throttle charm. Deepika’s acting has consistently improved with every film. They fit the characters they are essaying in the film. Media has ensured you know of their personal equation. When something happens between them on-screen, you feel it too. You’re so connected. Their characters are clearly etched out. You know what to expect and there is enough room to be thrown off. Brownie points to writer-director Ayan Mukerji.

The music is a hit in the true sense of the word. There’s a song for every mood. It’s easy to listen to and relate to as well. I was sold on Badtameez Dil. As my colleague puts it, it’s like when we started watching Glee just for the songs. 🙂

If you watched Anupama Chopra’s interview with Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ayan Mukerji, they addressed some very important issues every filmmaker faces. “Picture mein conflict kya hai?” Also, it’s the 21st century, is parental opposition a factor in modern, urban relationships? What worked for me was the portrayal of relationships. A romantic relationship, friendship among school buddies, our relationships with our parents, the difference between platonic girl-girl and boy-boy relationships. I want best friends like Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) but I also want Naina (Deepika Padukone) to be my maid of honour. I want my parents to understand that my dreams are as important to me as my career and I might want the two to marry.

And finally, a change of heart is an experience few are fortunate to have. Acting on it is tough but the reward is sweet.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

In short, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani encapsulates modern times, covered in gloss and trying to find depth on the inside.

P.S. – Look out for the cameos/special appearances. They’re truly wonderful. If you have already watched the film, I’m dying to talk about it some more. If you haven’t yet, let me know what you thought when you do.

Shahid & Priyanka | Boxers or tees?

So, yes, we all heard poor PC was raided by the I.T. department and Shahid answered the door, dressed in nothing but boxers. 😛

When I looked at the images to follow, though, I wondered if they were sharing taste in more than boxers, perhaps, t-shirts?

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You must remember this t-shirt Shahid Kapoor wore to a promotional charity event for his film Paathshala. He seems to be having fun with his director, Ahmed Khan. Re-read my post: Fashion for all | Shahid Kapoor to jog your memory.

Priyanka Chopra has been in the news for reasons other than the I.T. raid. One of her most ambitious films Saat Khoon Maaf is up for release and she’s doing the promotional rounds. Take a look at what she wore to the Radio Mirchi studio.

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While she’s prompting that you check out director Vishal Bhardwaj, you can’t help but notice the strikingly similar t-shirt to Shahid’s. We may never know what kind of boxers Priyanka will be caught in but we know for sure this couple likes to listen with headphones on their t-shirts.

I love ’em huge headphones and would love ’em even more on my t-shirt.

Are you a music lover? How do you incorporate music in your sense of style? Stay tuned! Alice is pitching a high note these days.