Academy Award-winning musician AR Rahman is making his debut as writer and producer with the upcoming film 99 Songs. Directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, the film is reportedly about a struggling singer on the path to self-discovery.
On a video posted on his Facebook page, AR Rahman revealed the cast of the film. Well-known names like Manisha Koirala and Lisa Ray jostle with newcomers like Ehan Bhat, Edilsy Varghese and Tenzil Dalha. Ranjit Barot and Rahul Ram are also part of the cast.
The film, which is expected to release in 2018, has been long in the making. Scripting and finalizing details of the project took a good four years. Previously, there was speculation that the film would be a biopic on AR Rahman but the musician, who is from Tamil Nadu, clarified that it was not so.
Rahman has completed 25 years since the time he made his debut in the Tamil film industry with Mani Ratnam's Roja. The musician has grown from strength to strength since then and has composed tunes across industries. He has also won numerous awards, with the double Oscar win topping them all. With Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has become a popular name in Hollywood as well.
The video which reveals the cast for 99 Songs has haunting music and Rahman fans are already getting the goosebumps listening to the background score.