Actress Prachi Desai Learns to Play the Piano to Teach John Abraham for “I Me aur Main”
While shooting for her forthcoming Bollywood film “I,Me aur Main” produced by Reliance Entertainment, Pollen Entertainment and Rose Movies, Prachi Desai had an opportunity to pursue a passion she had long given up on, thanks to her professional commitments.
Prachi took piano lessons for a particular scene in the slice-of-life film that portrays her character teach co-star John Abraham’s character how to play the piano, for which a professional tutor was called on the sets.
Confirming the news, says producer Goldie Behl, “It’s a romantic scene where you will see four hands gliding over the keys of the piano. We wanted the scene to flow naturally and seem authentic. As Prachi has never played the piano before, she volunteered for some piano lessons. We also had the piano instructor drop in during the shoot of the scene”.
The film also stars the fabulous Chitrangada Singh.
Reliance Entertainment, Rose Movies and Pollen Entertainment’s I ,Me aur Main comes to a theater near you on 1st March 2013.
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material (modern hammers are covered with dense wool felt; some early pianos used leather). It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.
The piano was founded on earlier technological innovations in keyboard instruments. Pipe organs have been used since Antiquity, and as such, the development of pipe organs enabled instrument builders to learn about creating keyboard mechanisms for sounding pitches. The first string instruments with struck strings were the hammered dulcimers, which were used since the Middle Ages in Europe. During the Middle Ages, there were several attempts at creating stringed keyboard instruments with struck strings. By the 17th century, the mechanisms of keyboard instruments such as the clavichord and the harpsichord were well developed. In a clavichord, the strings are struck by tangents, while in a harpsichord, they are mechanically plucked by quills when the performer depresses the key. Centuries of work on the mechanism of the harpsichord in particular had shown instrument builders the most effective ways to construct the case, soundboard, bridge, and mechanical action for a keyboard intended to sound strings.
Mumbai, Feb 7, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio)