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Singing along the Road

entertainment Updated: Feb 16, 2010 02:12 IST

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee has not only sung in Dev Benegal’s forthcoming film

Road

,

Movie

, but also composed a song for it. “I have sung in my films before, but this was special. It wasn’t meant to be...it wasn’t there in the script as I remember.



There was a dance and I was dancing on it, but since Dev knew me from my girl band (days), he asked me to sing,” Tannishtha said after the first look of

Road

,

Movie

in Mumbai.



“The best part of it is I didn’t record the song and lip-sync in front of the camera. I sang the song live while shooting for that sequence,” she said. Tannishtha, who earned international acclaim with Brick Lane, has just finished shooting a Hollywood film directed by actress Lucy Liu. The film is based on the book

Half The Sky

.



She says she was able to compose the song borrowing tunes from Rajasthani folk tunes she had heard as a child. “As a child I used to hear these songs sung by Rajasthani construction workers and the tunes stayed in my mind,” the actress said.



About her role in

Road

,

Movie

, Tannishtha said: “I play a gypsy woman and Dev was very specific that he doesn’t want a region-specific gypsy; he wants a generic gypsy so that everyone from Arizona to Jaisalmer could identify with her.



He wanted to have a generic quality of a wanderer, which means she has a mystery in her...she comes from nowhere and she vanishes nowhere.” Releasing in India on March 5, the film has already garnered huge appreciation at the Toronto Film Festival.