The Shaitan music launch at Hard Rock Cafe did not see a huge celeb turnout but the crowd got their dose of music with multiple acts. Kicking off two hours behind schedule, the launch branded as Shaitan Night and compered by VJ Nikhil Chinappa, began with Ranjit Barot’s performance. Giving drums a miss, the renowned jazz musician took over the mic instead, performing tracks like Nasha… and Zindagi… which he has composed for the movie
Ask Barot about his new avatar as a singer-performer and he says, 'I really enjoy singing. Back when I used to work with Kalyan ji-Anandi ji, they used to tell me to take to singing. So here I am, doing what I always liked but never tried before.' Folk artiste Chandan Shive joined Barot on stage to perform a Marathi track Pintya…, an unlikely performance at a place known for everything rock, but it was much appreciated by the crowd for its rustic festive feel.
Performance by death metal band Bhayanak Maut, who have composed a track for the movie clicked well with the younger crowds present. But playing spoilsport was the venue’s sound system, which conked off thrice during the evening. Lamented Barot, 'It was really disappointing. As performers, we could do nothing about it.'
The handful of celebs that attended the launch included the film’s cast Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiah, Kirti Kulhari, Sheetal Menon and director Bejoy Nambiar. Abhinav Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Pawan Malhotra and VJ Bani turned up to show their support.
On the edge
A trailor of the film was played, giving a glimpse into the dark edginess and youth angst that the movie will offer when it releases on June 10. 'Anurag doesn’t do conventional movies. He takes cinema to another level. As far as the music goes, composer Prashant Pillai and others, including Bhayanak Maut and Ranjit Barot, have helped a lot. They understood the kind of music required for this kind of off-beat film,' says Nambiar. Since producer Anurag Kashyap could not make it to the launch, a video of him from Cannes was aired on the big screen, congratulating the Shaitan team.