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