India’s foremost music publishing label, ZEE Music Company is set to launch four new contemporary songs from the upcoming movie ‘Shakuntala Devi’ starring Vidya Balan in the lead, alongside Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta.
The film is produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra. In the midst of a pandemic, Zee Music Co. has been engaging their listeners with latest songs.
Shakuntala Devi – or the ‘Human Computer’, as she was called – was not only a world-renowned math genius, but also a woman who was ahead of her times. The film not only showcases Shakuntala Devi, the math wizard, it is also about Shakuntala – the woman and mother, with all her brilliance, vulnerabilities and flaws. The movie releases on Amazon Prime Video on 31st July 2020.
Vidya Balan, Actor, said, “Music is such an integral part of storytelling in our films and Sachin-Jigar have managed to capture the essence of Shakuntala beautifully through their music…while Priya & Vayu’s embellish it with simple but joyful lyrics … And thankfully, the Zee music reach ensures that everyone will hear this lovely music.”
Through Shakuntala Devi, popular music composer duo Sachin-Jigar bring a mixed bag of songs for their listeners, blend into a single versatile album. On one hand, we have ‘Jhilmil Piya’ a romantic jazz song with a retro touch, on the other hand we have’ Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi’ a foot-tapping funky math song.
The album also includes ‘Rani Hindustani’ a song that celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s journey to fame and ‘Paheli’, which isn’t just a song but an experience that every mother-daughter will relate to. In short, the songs in the album strikes a chord with almost everyone.
Sachin-Jigar, Music Composers, said, “It’s been an absolute privilege working on this project, the life of Shakuntala Devi, as we all know, is an inspiration to so many and Vidya playing the character was just the right kick we needed to get started.
“Anu, Shikhaa, Vikram and us have had a blast working on this soundtrack, we have made songs across different time periods in the script, we have a super peppy retro dance number, an emotional song from a daughter for the mother, a song for the kids and a lovely jazzy/bolly romantic song.
Priya and Vayu have written some amazing lyrics for our tunes and the absolute clarity with which Anu and our friends at Abundantia, we have achieved something different yet catchy at the same time. Can’t wait for the release anymore,” the duo added.
Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Films India, said, “Music has the ability to connect and build memories especially when it’s connected to a film. Sachin-Jigar and his team have brought to life brilliant music that fits the narrative and also evokes emotions. We are glad to partner with Zee Music for this film and I am positive that their dedicated team who are extremely passionate about music will ensure that Indian audiences across the world will get to enjoy the lovely melodies which will help in building appeal for the film.”
Vikram Malhotra, Producer and CEO – Abundantia Entertainment Pvt Ltd, said, “Music is an integral part of the Shakunatala Devi story. From the very concept, Anu Menon’s vision was to represent the indomitable spirit and energy of the genius through music and lyrics.
“From Shakunatala Devi’s ability to make maths fun for kids to her transformation, love life and relationship with her daughter, Sachin – Jigar have beautifully captured the journey of the film.
Evocative lyrics by Priya Saraiya and Vayu and amazing renditions by Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Monali Thakur and Benny Dayal have truly made this a complete album and I’m confident that the album will help connect the film at even deeper level with its audience,” Malhotra said.
Anurag Bedi, Business Head, Zee Music Company, said, “We are very excited to partner on Shakuntala Devi with music composer duo Sachin-Jigar, our last collaboration being Gold in 2018. Sachin-Jigar’s compositions are a unique offering of chartbuster hits and leave a mark on the listener’s hearts. Their distinctive style is nothing short of a musical storytelling which will create an audio-visual experience like no other for music-lovers.”
Zee Music Company recently crossed yet another milestone by completing 6 years amidst the dynamic landscape of the Indian music industry. Right from its inception in 2014, the music label has carved its niche to succeed as one of the top music publishers in India, publishing over 1,000 songs every year.