Galaxy – Built on hope

Did you ever wonder how it was made and who the brains behind all those cool droids and gadgets was?
To bring a fantastical landscape to life is a gargantuan task you need to look beyond what you can see in
to a Galaxy far, far away.
We bring to you the incredible story of the hows and the whys and the whos of one of the greatest
franchises of all time. With a viewership beginning in the 1970s spanning 4 decades of the force.

MATERNAL

Currently in production, Ideal Entertainment is set to release their new psychological-thriller, Maternal, on Mother’s Day, 2020. Set to be directed by Megan Follows and starring Laura Vandervoot, Chris Holden Reid, Anne McNulty.

INDIA CONCERT (ANNOUNCING SOON !)

On April 4th, 2020, at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, Ideal Entertainment, in collaboration with the hottest North American celebrity artists, performing in Mumbai DY Patil Stadium on April 4th, 2020. Unveiling Happening Soo.

99 SONGS

Set to release in March, 2020, the directorial debut of Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy. 99 Songs is a feature length romantic-musical, and will be co-produced with YM Movies.

One Heart movie review: An enriching musical experience

One Heart, a ‘concert movie’ that is perhaps the first of its kind in this genre is a film based on the ‘Intimate Concert Tour’ performed by the prolific musician AR Rahman along with his band who are cherry picked from across 14 cities in the US. The flick contains interesting sneak peek of behind the stage scenes, exciting personal side of Rahman, interviews with him and his band members, practicing sessions and choosing the songs and the singers.

The film begins with a brilliant top angle shot where AR Rahman is atop a yacht in the middle of a sea. Soon, we are taken to the live concert hall with background music, beginning with Chinna Chinna Aasai, the bouncy song from his debut film Roja which took Isai Puyal to dizzy heights. Dil Se Re number in the intense voice of ARR follows.

“My first concert I witnessed was Osibisa, the British-Afro rock band when I was 11 years old when they came to Madras. My dad had their song record. It was a surreal experience to me”, Rahman says even as the film unfolds.

Apparently, the Academy winner says that it was a nightmare to come on stage when he started in the 90s. “Today, When I come to stage, I feel ‘its all going to be good (smiles).”

A series of mixed magical songs in Hindi, Tamil and even a Punjabi number performed at the concerts rekindles our nostalgic moments. There’s this romantic number Saathiya (Saathiya), Endrendrum Punnagai (Alaipayudhe), peppy Dum Dara Dum Dara (Guru), soul stirring Naadan Parindey (Rockstar), mellifluous Munbe Vaa (Sillunu Oru Kadhal) and he fittingly ends with his Oscar winning composition Jai Ho.

These are intercepted with enjoyable revelations of band members – as ARR puts it, ‘in my shows, it is not me showcasing my talents, but to show audiences how great my band is’. His super Heavy band mate Ann Marie Calhoun in a lighter vein said that she was the least heavy member of SuperHeavy. Dancer Devi Rani Rajev revealed with excitement that she thought it was a prank call when the double Oscar winner called her and asked if she can be part of his concert. ‘After he came on skype twice, then only I believed it was him,” she says. And it also highlights others like Ranjith Barot, Jonitha Gandhi, Haricharan’s value added contributions to recreate the magic on stage. And not to forget the whole band’s club hopping at Nashville!

And we get to see few recorded footages of Rahman spending time happily with his wife Saira and children. Flying high above in a hot-air balloon, he looks down to his daughter and asks in a lighter vein, ‘shall I jump’. Then there’s a glimpse of photo shoot with Saira where both turn slightly crazy which captures the funny side of the musical wizard.

One Heart is all about music and nothing but ‘music’ and an honest attempt from the musical genius. With a crisp running time of 1 hour 26 minutes, the film is an enriching musical experience worth a watch!

‘One Heart’ review: Filled with music

One Heart opens with a wonderful top-angle shot; A.R. Rahman is in the middle of the sea. Soon enough, the background music kicks in – it’s the all-too-familiar opening beats of Dil Se Re…. Chinna Chinna Aasai, the song that introduced this musician to the world, follows soon, quite unsurprisingly. Rahman is on stage and living it up.

Perhaps India’s first concert film, One Heart is all about the music and less about the musician, and thankfully so. A live concert comes with a hundred possibilities – things that one cannot imagine with the actual soundtrack that we listen to in our headphones – and One Heart captures all that.

The song-list awakens a series of emotions; there’s Endrendrum Punnagai that takes you back to time of Alaipayuthe, the melodic Tere Bina (Guru) that haunts you and the soul-stirring Nadaan Parindey (Rockstar). All this is interspersed with interesting nuggets from the band members — violinist Ann Marie talks about ‘unexpected musical collaborations’ while danseuse Devi Rani Rajev reveals how she thought it was a prank the first time Rahman called her. There are little personal snatches of the Mozart of Madras as well; when he sings to his wife, and makes a video call to his daughter while atop a hot-air balloon.

But the music rules. And rightly so. There are at least a dozen songs from the Mani Ratnam-Rahman body of work and while that works, one wishes some other numbers were chosen as well. There’s an explanation of sorts in the film itself, with Rahman saying, “We pick songs instinctively….depending on what the band is feeling.”

The highlight of One Heart is that it successfully manages to throw light on the contribution of the band members — Ranjit Barot, Haricharan and Jonita Gandhi, to name a few — in creating the magic on stage.

For those who’ve never gone to a concert, One Heart is ideal – it gives you a sense of the atmosphere and sounds. And for those who have, it gives them a chance to undergo a musically-rich experience minus the constant cheering and varied distractions.

One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film Movie Review

When I started out, I was terrified to go on stage… I was afraid the sound, which I worked on for months and months, would get messed up… I would have sleepless nights,” says AR Rahman at one point in One Heart, which captures his journey from being a once-shy musician, blushing at his first success to a consummate showman on stage.

The film unfolds as a series of songs performed at the concerts, punctuated by on-camera interviews with Rahman and his team, off-stage footage from the tour (club-hopping in Nashville), and some recorded moments of the maestro with his family, which showcase his affable side. On a hot-air balloon ride, we see Rahman calling up his family from up above, and even as we hear their elated voices, he jokingly asks them, “Shall I jump?”. We also get a brief footage of Rahman and wife Saira Banu acting goofy during a photo shoot.
There is also an eerily prescient moment when Rahman says, “Fame is a double edged sword… I know all the love could change if you don’t deliver.” It makes us think of his recent Wembley concert fiasco, where there were reportedly walkouts because he did not sing enough Hindi songs.

It is these moments, when Rahman isn’t on guard, that make One Heart interesting, though the film somewhat short-changes us in this regard.

However, as Rahman claims in the film, the concert series was “not just about me, but showcasing the talent and making the audience feel how great the band is”. And the melting pot of talents that he had assembled deliver — from Ranjit Barot (credited for additional arrangements and music direction) and international violinist and Rahman’s SuperHeavy bandmate Ann Marie Calhoun (“I was the least heavy member of SuperHeavy,” she modestly says) to Indian musicians like guitarists Mohini Dey and Keba Jeremiah, and singers Haricharan and Jonita Gandhi.

As a first-of-its-kind concert film from India, One Heart works, because, ultimately, it is all about the music! The songs — a potpourri of his Tamil and Hindi works (from vintage ones like Chinna Chinna Aasai and Dil Se Re to recent chartbusters like Nadhaan Parindey and Nenjukulla), an international track (from his Chinese film Warriors Of Heaven And Earth) and his non-film number (Naan Yen Piranthen from M TV Unplugged) — are presented as reinterpretations for stage, making them sound new and exciting. The visuals are aesthetically shot and edited, and the setting is a stark contrast from the over-the-top, garish stage set-ups of his concerts in India; it is intimate and dreamy, and perfectly suits the kind of songs performed — more melodies, which might disappoint those hoping for high-energy numbers. However, Rahman fans will surely savour this experience.