YouTube sensation Lisa Mishra was known for recording cover versions of popular songs. But her life changed once producer Rhea Kapoor discovered her version of Veere Di Wedding’s Tareefan. Soon she flew to India to render a reprise version of the song. Her latest track is The Wakhra Song from JudgeMentall Hai Kya which has grabbed a lot of attention. When asked about coming on board the song, she says, “Tanishk Bagchi and I have known each other ever since I released the reprise version of Tareefan. And we always wanted to work together. We were just waiting for the right song and opportunity. So, he sent me a text to come and try this one out. I already loved the song so much; it is one of my favourites. It was just really great that this is the one he had for me to try out.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaTalking about collaborating with Bagchi for the first time, she says, “Working with Tanishk was really awesome as he is very clear about what he wants. He is very focused when it comes to working and does not like wasting time. Also, he is just so very nice. He is somebody who is incredibly responsible about time. He is also very funny and easy to get along with.”Punjabi vocalist Navv Inder’s Wakhra swag that released in 2015 became an instant chartbuster. So does Mishra feel any pressure of living up to the original track? “Of course, I felt the pressure of living up to the original because there are so many people, including myself, who love the original Wakhra swag. I hope we did justice and I hope it has come out great. It is really cool to have a female rap on this and Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khannathe female verse on it gives a new perspective very familiar and well-loved song,” comes her reply. The song marks her first collaboration with rapper Raja Kumari too. “It was awesome working with Raja Kumari because she and I are very close friends. So, when we got to know that we were going to sing a song together, we were really very excited and we have never collaborated before. We have always talked about collaborating and I could not be very happier working on The wakhra song together.” Mishra says that Kangana Ranaut is her favourite actress. “I was so excited to sing for Kangana because she is one of my favourite actresses. Rajkummar Rao is also one of the finest actors in the industry, so to croon a song for their film was an honour.” Hinting at her upcoming projects, she says, “I have a lot of projects coming out in the next five months. I am very excited to have people to listen to these songs that we have worked on for so long. Some of them are films and my next one is non-film. I was really excited about the success of Sajna ve and so I am all set to release another independent music piece.”
Kolkata: The BJP has created phobia among the people of Kashmir and anyone asking anything about the valley has been threatened, while the media has been forced to give a rosy picture of the area, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.She was addressing a gathering at Behala on Wednesday evening, on the eve of Independence Day. Banerjee said: “I reiterate that the procedure which was followed to do away with Article 370 of the Indian Constitution giving special status to Kashmir, was wrong. The decision was implemented by using brute force. Instead, the Centre should have talked to the people and won their confidence.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is a major tragedy that on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day we do not know what has happened to the former Chief Ministers or how the people of the area are spending their days. This is not democracy,” she maintained. Stating that Bengal has taught people unity and integration, Banerjee added: “Bengal has produced the highest number of freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for future generations.” She said Bengal will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the bicentenary of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. “When the entire country was rejoicing on August 15, 1947, Gandhiji was in Kolkata spreading the message of national integrity and peace and to ensure that no communal riot took place,” she added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAcknowledging the contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy and Vidyasagar, she said: “Raja Rammohan had fought to stop the evil practice of sati and Vidyasagar had introduced widow remarriage. Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and Rabindranath’s role to oppose the decision to partition Bengal in 1905 are remembered by the people of our country. Bengal has taught us to be responsible and uphold the message of love.” The Trinamool supremo mentioned that in the past eight years, remarkable development has taken place in Bengal, saying: “Anyone coming to the city from other cities or abroad appreciates the way both sides of VIP Road have been beautified.” Banerjee will hoist the National Flag at Red Road and take the guard of honour on Thursday morning on the 73rd Independence Day of India. She will also hand over police medals to awardees. Independence Day will be observed in all 341 blocks throughout the state.
EDMONTON – A judge in Edmonton has declared a career criminal whose violent attacks go back decades a dangerous offender.Lance Blanchard, 60, was in court Friday to hear the decision by Justice Eric Macklin.“I have reached the conclusion that Mr. Blanchard is a dangerous offender and poses a high risk for both violent and sexual recidivism,” Macklin said in court. “I am satisfied that Mr. Blanchard constitutes a threat to the life, safety and physical well-being of other persons in the community.“He has shown a pattern of repetitive behaviour.”With the designation, Blanchard will spend an indefinite time in prison and won’t be eligible for parole unless he gets treatment that shows he can safely be managed in the community.Blanchard was convicted in 2016 of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an Indigenous woman who was jailed to ensure her testimony. The woman was also made to ride on at least one occasion in the same van taking her accuser to the courthouse.Tom Engel, Blanchard’s lawyer, said he’s not surprised by the dangerous offender designation.“It appeared that the die was cast a long time ago for him to be DO’d,” he said outside court. “Speaking for Mr. Blanchard, who obviously maintains that he was innocent of the charges that he was found guilty on, he has waited a long time to file an appeal on those convictions.“He couldn’t do so until this matter was complete.”Despite the possibility of an appeal in the 2016 case, the prosecutors were content with the dangerous offender status for Blanchard.“This is the ruling that was sought by the Crown, this is the ruling that protects society from the future risk of Mr. Blanchard,” Crown prosecutor Chantelle Washenfelder said.“It’s been a long, complicated prosecution but the road for the prosecution has been much, much shorter than that of the victims … who have suffered for over 40 years carrying the scars from the actions of Mr. Blanchard.”His convictions include no less than 10 violent offences, including at least two sexual assaults, that date back to the 1970s.One of Blanchard’s early victims was permitted to give a last-minute victim impact statement Friday before the judge delivered his decision.The man, who was 10 when he was beaten and sexually assaulted in a hotel after he went to get a treat from the lobby, testified that his life changed dramatically after the attack in 1978.“This was supposed to be a happy time,” he said in court.The man, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, said Blanchard cornered him in the elevator and took him to the top floor, where he forced him out of the elevator and sexually assaulted him.“I was terrified and crying uncontrollably,” he recalled.Blanchard then forced him to remove his clothes and began beating him repeatedly.“The beating seemed to go on forever,” said the man, who was visibly upset. “When he stopped, I laid slumped over barely conscious. I remember seeing the chocolate bar that I was so excited about, laying in front of me in a pool of my blood.”After Blanchard left, he said he managed to get back to the room and could only tell his dad “that it was a big man.”He said he spent a couple weeks in the hospital recovering from his injuries, but noted they were nothing compared to the mental and emotional injuries.“My life and the lives of those close to me have been greatly impacted by Blanchard,” he said. “I have followed the updates over the years, and have been deeply saddened to learn of other victims.“It’s too late to change my story, but I feel that I have a responsibility to speak out and try to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”The Indigenous woman wasn’t able to testify in the dangerous offender hearing for Blanchard because she had died in an unrelated accidental shooting.