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Indian Ocean on film

A different take The band members of Indian Ocean  



A ‘rocumentary' on Indian Ocean releasing soon

They rode and survived all sorts of waves. The music they created was good enough to deafen the sound of a violent sea. Indian Ocean, the baap of all Indian rock bands is now on a new high with a series of releases. A rocumentary titled “Leaving Home”, based on the 19-year-old band, is releasing in a couple of days, “Pipli Life”, an Aamir Khan production for which they scored the music will release soon, adding to all this excitement is the launch of their next album. “The album is an internet release. It is free for all to download. This is slightly against the trend but going against the routine has kept Indian Ocean alive,” says Amit.

The band's unadulterated focus in their music and their constant efforts in creating newer music helped it survive the time and get international acclaim. Directed by Jaideep Varma, “Leaving Home”, will be India's first music film. The nationwide release is scheduled for April 2 and the 115-minute movie revolves around the life and music of Indian Ocean. “The movie is a portrait of Indian Ocean's timeless music. As a friend I had an idea of what they had gone through to operate from their vacuum and fiercely maintain their integrity in these crazily commercial times. The desire to tell this story, the need to showcase their music and the fortunate circumstances I was in, in 2006, to make a small budget entertainment project, no questions asked, led to this,” says director of “Mixed Doubles”, Jaideep who will also be producing the film.

When asked if the band members lived up to his expectation as actors, he said, “‘LH' is a non-fiction film, so it has to be the people as they are.” Though people, including the band members are calling it a documentary, the director doesn't approve of it, “I'm a little wary because of the image people have of documentaries in our country. They are seen as intellectual, somewhat dry exercises, not meant for entertainment but for knowledge. ‘LH' is meant for entertainment and then whatever else it provides. Also, the basic narrative style of the film is very vibrant and has a chronological flow, much like the telling of an engaging story.”

The band members who recently lost one of their team, said, “We are proud to be part of a band on whom a film is being made, it is a privilege. But there were moments when we missed Asheem, our percussionist a lot,” says Rahul.

PRABALIKA M. BORAH