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Sayanora Philip on what makes ‘Stand Up’ special for her

Sruthi Philip (left), Varkey and Sayanora Philip

Sruthi Philip (left), Varkey and Sayanora Philip   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

The singer-composer croons with her sister and dubs for the lead character in the movie

Vidhu Vincent’s Stand Up comes with many highlights for singer-composer Sayanora Philip. The main thing is that she has crooned the theme song with her younger sister, Sruthi Philip. Composed by Varkey, a video of the track, ‘Ore thooval pakshi’ was released recently.

“Ever since I became a composer, I wanted to give her a song in my project. But in Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri, my first project, I couldn’t give her the chance because it didn’t have a song that suited her genre. Same was the case with Aaha, my next film. It was then that Varkey suggested we should come together for this particular song,” says Sayanora. She adds that Sruthi has been a serious learner when it comes to music and teaches Western classical music at their father’s music school.

Stand Up, the story of a stand-up artiste and her friendship, stars Nimisha Sajayan and Rajisha Vijayan in key roles. Sayanora says the song reflects the content of the movie. “That is, stand up, speak up and never give up. The characters played by Nimisha and Rajisha share a special bond and that equation is conveyed through the song. The orchestration is kept minimal, with guitar as the main instrument. I enjoyed singing it with my sister. Our voices sound almost the same,” she says. Lyrics is by Bilu Padmini Narayanan and Varkey.

Sruthi Philip (left) and Sayanora Philip

Sruthi Philip (left) and Sayanora Philip   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Sayanora had earlier associated with Varkey in Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri. That eventually led to the formation of their band, Dhinchik Nation, which crooned the viral track, ‘Benki benki boom’. The band, which premièred on Music Mojo on Kappa TV, has a line-up comprising Sayanora, Varkey, Rithu Vysakh, Ajay Varghese and Finny Kurian. “The band’s focus is on ethno-pop genre. We work around giving an ultra-modern styling. Our bonding is strong in that we work in each other’s movies as well,” she says.

Another reason that makes Stand Up special for her is that she has turned dubbing artiste once again, this time for Nimisha. She had first dubbed for Trisha’s character in Shyamaprasad’s Hey Jude. “I am enjoying it a lot now,” she says.

Stand Up is expected to reach theatres next month.

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