A few years ago, there was an announcement that music composer AR Rahman would be penning and producing a film titled 99 Songs under his banner YM Studios. It is touted to be musical romance.
The latest update about this project is that 99 Songs, to be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, will hit the marquee on June 21 worldwide. The film is a sensual story about art and self-discovery of a struggling singer who wants to be a successful music composer.
99 Songs is a musical directed by well-known ad filmmaker Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy of The Dewarists (season 1) and Bring on the Night fame. The film has Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas play the lead roles.
The shooting commenced in India and the team had completed a schedule in Ukraine as well. According to sources, all the actors in the star cast, including the lead pair, have been trained at AR Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory for over a year since their roles for 99 Songs required musical expertise. Also, the lead actors have undergone special training at a leading acting school in Hollywood.
On picking up the lead pair, Rahman wrote on his Facebook page much earlier, “For the past couple of years, we have taken the time necessary to hold around a 1,000 auditions so that we could find the right boy and girl. I think we have found those special people who have brought freshness and talent to the screen.”
AR Rahman had penned the story for this film while the screenplay is by the director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy. Predictably, music for the film would be composed by AR Rahman and there would be around 14 - 15 tracks in the album. Reports are that AR Rahman initially planned to wield the megaphone as well but offered the role to Vishwesh due to his tight work schedules.
Currently, AR Rahman is busy with Vijay-Atlee's next tentatively titled Thalapahy 63. The project marks the third consecutive collaboration of AR Rahman and Vijay after Mersal and Sarkar.
He is also busy with malayalam film Aadujeevitham which will bring back the into the Malayalam film industry after a long gap. The last time Rahman composed music for a Malayalam movie was for the film Yoddha in 1992, soon after his first ever film work Roja.
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