A.R. Rahman on Silent Film ‘Gandhi Talks,’ Starring Vijay Sethupathi

A.R. Rahman on Silent Film ‘Gandhi Talks,’ Starring Vijay Sethupathi

Zee Studios‘ “Gandhi Talks,” directed by Kishor P. Belekar, had a sold out premiere at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.

The cast includes Aravind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Aditi Rao Hydari and Siddharth Jadhav. The latter three actors were present at the premiere alongside the filmmakers and composer, the Oscar-winning A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”).

The dark comedy is dialogue free and the only aural language is the music by Rahman. “This movie is a gift to the composer,” Rahman said. “Kishor maintained his integrity, recognizing my creative role, allowing me the freedom to score. I enjoyed the process, creatively reshaping whenever needed. This film is my showreel.”

Sethupathi added: “The story traces a character’s evolution from seeking justice to discovering the Gandhi within. It was a challenging project, and I aimed to embody Kishore’s vision. I chose it for its universal appeal, transcending religion and language barriers due to its silent nature.”

Shariq Patel, chief business officer,Zee Studios, said: “Eliminating dialogues was an intriguing concept. With talents on board and A.R. Rahman’s involvement, it became a solid mainstream project. We are glad its selected at one of the most prestigious international film festivals in our country, IFFI and we can’t wait for the rest of the world to see it.”

“Gandhi Talks” marks a successful year for Zee Studios where it has seen blockbuster success with “Gadar 2,” “12th Fail,” Berlin selection “Aatmapamphlet” and “Vaalvi,” alongside Cannes selection “Kennedy,” Rotterdam premiere “Joram” and IFFLA title “Berlin.” “Joram” is due a global theatrical release on Dec. 8.

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