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rajesh krishan

A new film in the making is all set to create a new kind of record in Sandalwood. The film will have not five or ten but a total of 50 songs! Director K Nanjunda and composer LN Shastri are the people behind this project. They are preparing for a normal feature length film but with 50 songs. The scripting work on this as yet unnamed Kannada film is currently underway but shooting will start only in late 2015 or early 2016, Nanjunda says.

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Asked how one film can have so many songs, Nanjunda explained, "When talking to Shastri about the presence of music in our daily life, we hit upon this idea. I was attending the first birthday of my friend's son. I was curious to see that my friend was trying to imitate his baby when talking. He was talking to every guest on his son's behalf saying thank you just like a kid. It was really musical. We compare a bird's call as a song and music. Therefore a film's song need not necessarily be 4-5 minutes long with lyrics and music and dancing. Some songs can be made without lyrics, or without instruments and certainly without singing it. This is the idea behind the 50 songs. There will be regular film songs plus a lot of innovative songs. We may end up creating new kinds of songs. It will be a film nonetheless and not a long chitramanjari or Chitrahaar! More than shooting, pre and post production, scripting will take maximum time. It will take a minimum of 6 months. But we never know."

LN Shastri who composed music for both of Nanjunda's films as director, Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene and the ready-to-release Melody, says at first he thought it was a crazy idea. Sharing his ideas with Chitraloka, he said, "We are currently preparing for the release of Melody. Suddenly Nanjunda came with this idea out of the blue. At first I thought it was a crazy idea. As a composer I have seen people compiling song lists like Shastri's best 10 songs and Shastri's best 30 songs. But composing 50 tunes for a single film sounds crazy. Yes we do compose several tunes before one is finalised for a film. I imagined composing 200-300 tunes... But when Nanjunda explained his idea I was thrilled and agreed. A music composer will be part of the scripting process of a film and I want to be part of it, I told him. We will start working on it after the release of Melody in mid-April."