'Music School', a new bilingual (Hindi and Telugu) musical tuned by musician and film composer Ilaiyaraaja, has been confirmed by Yamini Films.
The film will be choreographed by Broadway choreographer Adam Murray and is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Papa Rao Biyyala. The musical stars Sharman Joshi, Shriya Saran, Suhasini Mulay, Benjamin Gilani, Prakash Raj, Telugu comedian Brahmanandam, Vinay Varma, Gracy Goswamy, Mona Ambegaonkar and Ozu Barua.
Cinematographer Kiran Deohans, renowned for his work in Hrithik Roshan’s ‘’, will join Rao Biyyala as the film begins shooting from mid-October.
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Papa Rao Biyyala said: “As a filmmaker, it's exciting and nothing short of an honour to be joining forces with maestro Ilaiyaraaja, Broadway choreographer Adam Murray and cinematographer Kiran Deohans. ‘Music School’ celebrates the fact that many of us have found solace in music.
“Its songs elevate an enrapturing story of love and discovering music. We're thrilled to see the audience in theatres with this heart-warming musical.”
The 12-song musical is about the pressure of the unimaginative education system on children to mug equations and aim only to become doctors or engineers, leaving no time for art or sport. The filmmakers say the comic musical journey, set in , will resonate with themes of love, dreams, laughter, and music. It will also celebrate the heart of Goa, with its beautiful open skies and vast expansive beaches.
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Rao Biyyala studied at New York Film Academy and his documentary film ‘Willing to Sacrifice’ won a and two international awards. He feels it is the songs to be composed by the award-winning musician Ilaiyaraaja that impressed Hollywood choreographer Adam Murry to work on this project.
The film also features three songs from ‘The Sound of Music’, which are used situationally.