Shankar Mahadevan rocks at music release of "Sikandar"

Shankar Mahadevan sang "Dhoop Ke Sikke" live here today as BIG Music launched the music of "Sikandar", the film that is set for an April 24 release.

A composite photo of the promotional event

The film is a co-production between BIG Pictures, the motion pictures brand from Reliance Big Entertainment Limited (RBEL), and Sudhir Mishra's production house CineRaas Ltd.

"Dhoop ke Sikke" is penned by Prasoon Joshi, who wrote the song after watching the first cut of the film. Mohit Chauhan sang an adaptation of the nazm "Gulon Mein Rang Bhare", dedicated to renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and adapted for the film by lyricist Neelesh Misra.

Also present at the music launch were music director Ehsaan- Loy, lyricist Prasoon Joshi, co-producer Sudhir Mishra, writer-director Piyush Jha, music directors Sandesh Shandilya, Justin-Uday, Neelesh Misra and singer Shilpa Rao.

"The film triggered a thought in me--to see the human side of a terrorist; to look into his childhood, his dreams etc. Am sure with the help of Shankar Eshaan Loy's great composition this song will be a thought provoking one," said lyricist Joshi.

The film music album has seven songs beginning with ‘Dhoop Ke Sike’ followed by Misra's tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which has two versions. Yash Narvekar and Hrishikesh Kamerkar set a spiritual mood with ‘Allah Hoo’ while "Arzoo" is a Naat, a traditional hymn sung in school assemblies in Jammu and Kashmir.

Adding a touch of authenticity is ‘Arzoo’, a Naat, a traditional hymn sung in School assemblies in Jammu and Kashmir. The director has chosen the voice of Mehrajuddin, a young boy from Aru in the state to make the song sound as genuine and truthful as possible. A peppy number ‘Manzaraat’, penned by Kumar which is based on traditional Kashmiri folk music sung in Mehndi functions in Kashmir, composed by Justin- Uday and sung by Shilpa Rao, comes next.

The album concludes on an optimistic note of hope and harmony with the youthful song ‘Chaal Apni’ sung by Hrishikesh Kamerkar and Hamsika.

"Sikandar" is a film about a young boy who has a dream to play football for the national team. It is about his aspirations and challenges and how his life unfolds when one fine day he finds a gun on his way to school.

The film stars Parzaan Dastur, the little actor from ‘Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai’, now in his teens, Ayesha Kapur of ‘Black’ fame, R. Madhavan, Sanjay Suri and debutant Arunoday Singh.


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