Nagesh Kukunoor, who has been keeping a low profile of late, will now be seen doing what he is best at – making ‘offbeat’ films. His latest film, which has been tentatively titled Music Men, will feature five real life musicians. The five musicians are Shankar Mahadevan, Papon, Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim Merchant and Sivamani. The film’s plot revolves around five musicians who are losers in life, and who come together to form a band with a sole aim to prove that music never dies.
Speaking about the film, Nagesh Kukunoor said that he wanted to make a film about music with musicians whom he respects a lot. And when he bounced the idea to Shankar Mahadevan around a year back, Shankar got so excited that he called the renowned percussionist Sivamani and got him on board. On the other hand, while it was relatively easy to get Salim and Papon on board, it was Sunidhi Chauhan who was nervous because she was unsure about her acting. Sunidhi told Nagesh Kukunoor that she blindly said yes to the film only because he was directing it.
Nagesh also added that, while these musicians have been camera friendly (courtesy their music videos and reality shows), the real challenge was to get them to perform as a character. When asked about the music of the film, Nagesh said that Music Men will comprise of around 8-9 original compositions by Salim-Sulaiman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Papon and Tapas Relia, Lakshmi and Dhanak. Beside all this, even Sivamani is composing a song for the film.
While Music Men will go on floor this Sunday, Nagesh Kukunoor plans to finish the film by February next year.
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