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News |  05 Dec 2015 09:00 |  By RnMTeam

Debut director Shefali Bhushan gets AR Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj on-board

MUMBAI: Shefali Bhushan, who is currently working on her debut directorial project ‘Jugni’, has managed to get two of music industry’s biggies to work on her film. The musicians set to feature in Bhushan’s 12-track album by Clinton Cerejo are AR Rahman and Vishal Bharadwaj. Both music veterans will be singing one track each for ‘Jugni’.

Rahman will be singing a prayer song written and composed by Kashif titled ‘Lakhon Salaam.’ Talking about the song Shefali said, “It comes at a significant, pious moment in the film when the male protagonist goes into a deep emotional space and we could only think of Mr Rahman to give voice for it.”

While Rahman’s number is a prayer song, Bharadwaj’s track is a travel song with a pleasant tune. The song is titled ‘Duggu Duggu Dug’. “Vishalji has sung every word with so much feeling that it is delightful. We are very lucky to have both Vishalji and Rahman singing for us,” shared an elated Bhushan.

Bhushan -- who also happens to be the script writer of the film -- reveals that her film is about the journey of Vaibhavi. Vaibhavi is a music director who travels to a village in Punjab looking for ‘Bibi Saroop’ (played by Sadhana Singh) and meets her folk singer son, ‘Mastana’, a talented singer himself who winds his way into her heart.

Bhushan shares that her leading lady, Sugandha Garg, is a musician herself, but Siddhant Behl, who plays ‘Mastana’ is neither a musician nor a singer. “However he is completely convincing on screen,” she adds. Having been associated with the online project ‘Beat of India’, started in 2000 to popularise traditional Indian music, Bhushan admits that the story grew out of her communications with folk singers from different parts of the country.

The title of the film ‘Jugni’ means firefly in Hindi, and is also a popular folk song in Punjab about a search. The name of the film is said to have worked well for Bhushan as her film is about a composer who is on a journey to discover soulful music but ends up discovering a lot more.

‘Jugni’ is slated to release on 22 January, 2016.