Bollywood - Development 2013

In the British-occupied Bombay of the 1930’s, Raj, a young bartender for British officers has only known imperial rule. Seeds of change are sown when Raj is introduced to the black American jazz scene, that sparks a cultural revolution, inspiring Raj to risk his life for true freedom.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Bollywood, Romance, Historical
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Ani PANDIT, Saurabh KIKANI
    • Producer(s)
    • Megha KADAKIA (Blue Velocity Productions), Saurabh KIKANI (Sasquatch Punches)
    • Synopsis
    • Bombay. The 1930's. The British rule India, and World War 2 rages on other shores. Raj, a young lower caste Indian bartender who serves at a British Officer's club, has his world turned upside down when a troupe of black American jazz musicians shows up to perform. They introduce him, and India, to a new kind of music- ushering in Bombay's underground jazz age where east meets west, saris meet flapper dresses, and whispers of freedom turn into full on songs and dances.
      A servant by day, Raj becomes a king of Bombay jazz halls at night. He falls in love with a high caste Indian woman, who he can only be seen with at the secret speakeasy style jazz halls. Away from the prying eyes of her well to do family, who work with the ruling British class.
      Befriending the outcast black American musicians, and creating exciting fusion sounds with trumpets, drums, tablas, and sitars, Raj discovers his strength and identity. The underground Bombay jazz scene mirrors the growing independence movement, where the shackles of the past are cast off, and freedom becomes a calling.
      A local British magistrate who frequents the Officer's club where Raj works becomes wary of the "influence" the jazz scene has on the increasingly rebellious population of young Bombay citizens. Doing all he can to shut down the clubs, imprison dissenters, and stamp out this bold new Indian identity, Raj must now fight to keep the underground scene alive, as well as prepare a public jazz concert that will serve as a direct act of defiance against everything that imprisons him- British rule, the caste system, and most importantly, his own fear of embracing a new identity.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 01, 2013
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