By Dr S Abbas
Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged is back with yet another season
of its sensational multi city musical tour. After completing six enrapturing seasons, Season 7 of the
riveting musical experiencecontinues to captivate the music lovers of the country.Royal Stag Barrel
Select MTV Unplugged is all set to entertain Lucknow, swaying the audience to the tunes of celebrated
playback singer, Monali Thakur who will perform her popular hits, unplugged!
Perfection only needs a stage and with this thought, Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 7 is
the perfect stage to feature India’s musical perfection. Having given the country some of the most
magical musical renditions, Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged promises yet another mellifluous
season. This season will witness a stellar line up of musical maestros like Vishal Bhardwaj,
Papon,Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar, Monali Thakur and Armaan and AmaalMallik.
Commenting on Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 7, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice
President (Marketing), PernodRicard India said “With each season Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV
Unplugged has taken perfection a notch higher in music and we are looking forward to yet another
magnificent season. We are delighted to continue our long-standing association with MTV. This has been
a successful and fruitful association for the brand and we hope to continue to enthral the Indian
audience with a musical stage like no other. It is indeed a perfect stage for legendary musicians as this
musical extravagance brings alive the brand’s philosophy of “Make it Perfect” in every way. Witness
these accomplished musicians showcase their versatile repertoire only at Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV
Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged showcases India’s biggest musical maestros performing their
chart topping numbers that have rocked the nation in their purest form – with acoustic arrangement of
music and a live studio performance without any post production. This season, audiences are in for a
delight as some of the biggest musicians of today will be seen performing unplugged music. The tour
kick started in Kolkata, travelled to Indore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and has now reached Lucknow. This
musical celebration will further travel to Ludhiana, Guwahati and Bhubaneswar.
FerzadPalia, Head, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “Year on year we have
been surpassing audience expectations and surprising ourselves with each new season of Unplugged. The
latest season features a unique and beautiful confluence of soul- stirring vocals and interesting musical arrangements, doing away with anything that distracts from what is pure. This year as well,
the audience will be privy to a great line up of artists who will be transforming some of their
biggest musical numbers to the unimaginable in a more vulnerable and intimate setting. It’s
going to be fascinating to see artists like Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan,
Papon, Monali and others going unplugged and recreating songs that people love so much.
Also, it’s extremely exciting for us to have Royal Stag Barrel Select back on board for the sixth
consecutive season which just goes to show that good content will always be appreciated.”
Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 7in Lucknow willwitness an electrifying performance
by Monali Thakur, the award-winning and celebrated playback singer.Born in a Bengali musical family,
Monali Thakur is known for her soulful and soothing voice. Extremely thrilled to rock the stage and
perform to some of her chart topping numbers like ‘Sawaar Loon’, ‘MohMohKeDhaage, and ‘Zara Zara
Touch Me’, Monaliis set to make it a night to remember.
Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged provides the artists with a platform to showcase their calibre,
courage of experimentation and their dream of achieving musical perfection. The singer and his skills as
a musical genius will come to the fore through the passion and intensity of his sensational music
creations. Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 7 will capture the essence of the brand
“Make it Perfect” as the artists endeavour to strike perfect chords of music amongst their fans.
Beauty with brains, Bandgi Kalra entered Bigg Boss 11 with much expectation. While her pretty face got her much attention, it was her romance with co-contestant Puneesh Sharma that made her grab headlines. Sadly, the lovebirds got separated last night after Bandgi got evicted. Disappointment ringing in her voice, Bandgi, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.comstated, “I did not really expect this as Luv Tyagi doesn’t deserve to be in the show, compared to me.”
When asked if being in Hina Khan’s friend circle helped Luv survive eviction against her, she said, “May be yes, that helped Luv and in that case, I am really proud of myself that I came so far in the show through my own efforts. Both me and Puneesh survived the game without any support and came so far, even beating few celebrities in the game.”
As we got down to discussing her love life with Puneesh, she started blushing like a teenager. Her romance might have been entertaining but the couple’s intimate moments definitely raised quite a lot if eyebrows. When told that there can be a probability that the too good to be true affair caused her eviction, Bandgi said, “Our love was completely true and I have no complains if it has gone against me. I completely enjoyed my stint in the show and that’s what matters to me. And I don’t have any regret of whatever happened between me and Puneesh. I won’t say it was right but it happened in the emotion and I won’t analyse or cry over spilt milk now. I also have no qualms in accepting that I will continue my relationship with him after the show. I will wait for him as long as need, as I want him to come back with the winning trophy.”
During one of the nomination tasks, Bandgi even went on to sacrifice her clothes and make-up to save Puneesh. Talking about the same, she said, “I didn’t want him to feel guilty about it, so I smiled through it as it was quite difficult. But that moment I only wanted him to be safe and did not even think twice about it, even though Puneesh was apprehensive about my decision. Bigg Boss knew how important it was for me and thus targeted me and took away everything I had.”
Answering our question on whether the celebs and commoners were separated, Bandgi said, “There were no difference as such but apart from a couple of celebrities, majorly Hina, all others were quite friendly and humble. She was the one who would brag about her fan following in the house, and think too highly of themselves. They actually forgot that they had a character to maintain. Rest, I feel that commoners were more civilised in the house than celebs this time.”
While she continued to play strong in the game, there was a constant buzz about her personal life in the outside world. From her father being hospitalised after seeing her get intimate on television, to her boyfriend Dennis Nagpal dumping her and even her landlord throwing her out of the house. Clearing all of it, the young girl quipped, “Everything was just a fake rumour. My father was hale and hearty all this while. No show is important than my father and if he would have been unwell, the makers would have informed me. As for the boyfriend, I dumped him before the show and since I was away, he got the opportunity to speak whatever he felt like. And my landlord has not thrown me out, everyone in the society is actually excited to welcome me.”
While Bandgi’s friend list has names like Vikas Gupta, Sabyasachi Satpathy, Mehjabi Siddiqui and Shilpa Shinde, she wants Puneesh to win the game. “If he continues to be strong and plays smartly, he will definitely win the show. If not him, Vikas and Shilpa deserve the title,” averred the engineer turned model.
With Bigg Boss currently in news for being biased and rigged, we asked Bandgi, if she too felt the same. Replying in disagreement, she said, “Not at all. If you are wrong, you are criticised and praised if you do good. This is how the house functions and Salman Khan is not at all unfair.”
Lastly, Bandgi stated that post the show, she is now open to take up acting and make her big debut soon.