For Delhi-based folk fusion group, Indian Ocean, it may not be a defining moment. But for the alternative music industry it is definitely a first. Filmmaker Jaideep Varma’s 2010 rockumentary biopic, Leaving Home, that chronicles the lives of the country’s avant-garde rock folk act, Indian Ocean, was adjudged Best Art or Culture Film at the 58th annual National Awards this week.
The band’s drummer Amit Kilam confesses initial ignorance. “We didn’t even know we were up for an award. Only when we started getting congratulatory calls and messages, did we realise we had won the National award. It is most certainly noteworthy. But honestly, this is Jaideep’s win, not ours,” says Kilam.
About four years in the making, Varma started shooting Leaving Home in 2006, which traces the journey of band’s four men who met occasionally in a bungalow in Karol Bagh – where they jammed, played jester and made a ‘new kind of music’, which would eventually take them to the global stage.
After touring with the band for over a year, Varma finally released the movie in theatres last year that met with an overwhelming response.
“We thought the movie would probably go to festivals or at most just release on DVD. We were not even expecting it to hit theatres and when it did, it was a welcome surprise. Jaideep somehow made sense of our madness. He would shoot us hanging around, making music. We would wonder, who would want to see that?” recalls Kilam, adding that the movie will be shopped at international film festivals to find screening space. “Yes, we are looking into that,” says Kilam, who confirms that the band is currently busy working on their sixth album, after last year’s 16/330 Khajoor Road.
“It will have seven tracks made of seven collaborations with folk and classical artistes from across the world, including India. We’ll confirm names in a month, but for now Shubha Mudgal is definitely on board,” says Kilam, who pegs February 2012 as the album release month.
The band, which composed music for Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live last year and Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2004), is not working on any movie soundtrack currently. “We have been approached by some producers, but haven’t received conformations yet. You know how films work. Hopefully we should be working on a movie soon,” says Kilam.
Indi Rock Screen
Hindi rockers Euphoria has an online rockumentary on nyootv.com called Hindi Rock n Roll. It features unheard stories and experiences about the band, condensed in fourteen bi-weekly episodes.
Students of XIC recently released a rockumentary on city thrash metal band, Devoid, called Prove Your Metal.
Pentagram launched an online TV show called Penta TV, last year.
In 1994, MTV produced a rockumentary on Indus Creed.
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