Leaving Home: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean, a first of its kind 'rockumentary' on an Indian music band is all set to hit theatres.
The band which has been on the music circuit for over two decades is famed for its contemporary fusion music and soulfoul renditions that integrate shlokas, sufism, environmentalism and mythology.
The 115-minute film, directed by Jaideep Verma will be released on April 2 in Big Cinemas and has been shot in Indian Ocean's rehearsal space and concerts.
"I suppose it's a happy accident in many ways. The film is very close to my heart because it is something immortal, they are sparkling people with interesting stories to tell," Jaideep told PTI.
"Making it was not a challenge, the challenge was in releasing the film. It took one year to make it but releasing it on the big screen took three years. People who love Indian Ocean's music have come together to make the release happen," he added.
The four member band now comprises lead guitarist Susmit Sen, drummer Amit Kilam and bassist/vocalist Rahul Ram after singer/percussionist Asheem Chakravarty passed away in December last year.
"I chose the title because the theme of the movie is getting out of your comfort zone. Leaving home is also the name of one of their songs. Also, they are fundamentally a touring band," Jaideep said.
"It's a bitter sweet feeling today. I loved Asheem, he believed in it more than any other band member. He believed in it as much as I did. He would be delighted. The greatest music band India has ever seen," he added.
The band, which has a huge following among the youth with hits like 'Kandisa', 'Bhor' and 'Jhini', was formed in 1990 and has been hailed for creating a cross-cultural blend of music by mixing differeent sounds.
Rahul Ram, bassist of the group feels that "no one can follow you for 20 years but the director has made us talk about the whole thing individually with family and friends".
"Now when Asheem is gone, I see him alive on the screen through this film. We miss him a lot every day," he said.
Indian Ocean, which stepped into Bollywood by composing for Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday, have also done the title track Aamir Khan's production Peepli Live which is going to be released soon.
"There is so much we want to do, I really want to play in South America, want to make good music. There is no end to our journey," Ram said.