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Big Cinemas to release India's 1st music film LEAVING HOME

March 20, 2010 03:41:23 PM IST
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Fans of world renowned Indian contemporary fusion music band, Indian Ocean have a summer treat in store. On 2nd April 2010, India's first music film titled LEAVING HOME: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF INDIAN OCEAN based on the 19-year old band is set to release nationally on the big screen. Big Cinemas is exclusively releasing the film in 6 cities, in the first phase.

The 115-minute film is a revealing portrait of Indian Ocean's timeless music. By showcasing the band's music for the first time, the film provides a stirring account of the four men who make music together as Indian Ocean in a contemporary India where commercial concerns are overriding. Their inspirational story of how they kept the creative fires burning without compromising their essential vision is told with the same energy as their unique music. Their music is showcased in three different ways – in concert with all their stage finery, a casual performance in their own neighbourhood, and raw improvisations from inside their rehearsal room. The music created by Indian Ocean has an interesting mix of acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums along with tabla that blends the improvisational depths of Indian classical music and cathartic intensity of rock. The film showcases their music in such a way that their unique sound is internalized by the viewer by the end of the film. Indian Ocean's music has admirers ranging from Yo Yo Ma to Shubha Mudgal to Rabbi Shergill to Anthony DeCurtis, from the youth in colleges around India to the middle-aged NRI in corporate America.

The band has released less than 30 songs during the last 19 years, with no single filler amongst these, and more than half of which are bonafide classics.

Shot in HDV, the movie will be released in digital cinemas in India, with superb 5.1 surround sound. The film is directed by Jaideep Varma and produced by his company Cartwheel Features. Jaideep Varma has also been a novelist (Local, 2005) and a feature filmmaker (HULLA, 2008). LEAVING HOME is his first non-fiction film.

Dhruv Jagasia, Indian Ocean's Manager commented, "This film is a testament to an extraordinary musical journey and to our incredible fans all over the world."

Ashish Saksena, COO (South & West), BIG Cinemas said, "BIG Cinemas is always on the lookout for quality content, that will inspire, enlighten, educate and above all delight our audiences. We believe that LEAVING HOME: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean will do just that. It's a documentary that reflects the reality of the Indian Middle Class, before the economic boom, and it will connect to most of the people regardless of whether they follow the music or not."

LEAVING HOME is an honest depiction of India's most significant band - Indian Ocean and a must-see for all their fans and anyone interested in MUSIC!


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