Although it is common for movies with a social message to make their point in a serious tone. Director Raj Singh Chaudhary and co-producers Sanjay Shetty of Opticus Inc and Anant Roongta of Famous Studios have decided to infuse a mix of indie and folk music for their film Shaadisthan which is about gender dynamics and societal politics. around marriage. The film gets the point across by using a family’s road trip with an independent group in an original design bus.
“I wanted to call on real musicians instead of actors” Raj said, adding, âI didn’t want actors because musicians in independent bands have their own body language and their own way of interacting within their team and with the audience when they perform on stage. I had watched bands play. So Ajay, who plays the violin in the movie, actually played the instrument professionally in many different bands. The guy who plays Tibetan is a real guitarist that I know from my school in Darjeeling and he actually plays for bands in the United States. Apurva Dogra has also been with bands before. So we got real musicians together to form a band playing in the movie. We have kept them as they are in their real life. Kirti is the only one we had to work on. We kept her real and someone who looks like a musician in a band. “
As for the music for the film, Raj, Sanjay and Anant have tied up with Nakul Sharma, who has a partner with whom he leads a group. âNakul and his partner are a two member group and their work is amazing. They had never written for a movie, so we paired them up for the songs and the background music. The only brief they had was what they would play if they were in the same situation as the band members in the movie. They read the script and infused folk music with independent beats. It added a touch of freshness to the story â, Raj said.
Sanjay and Anant, the producers, added that I think the whole of the film is about realizing who you really are and pursuing your dreams and your passion, doing things your way. Music plays a very, very important role in bringing all this audiovisual experience together. Huge respect for the composers, director Raj and Sanjay to identify this and understand that it was the right choice to choose the band members including Kirti who trained in classical music. The whole performance feels natural and that’s the beauty of the movie.