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“AR Rahman debuts documentary at Cannes: ‘From Headhunting to Beatboxing'”

AR Rahman, the renowned composer who has won an Academy Award, recently revealed the first look and teaser for his new project, a feature documentary called Headhunting to Beatboxing. The unveiling event took place at the Bharat Pavilion during the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Rohit Gupta and produced by AR Rahman himself, Headhunting to Beatboxing explores the fascinating evolution of rhythm and sound, tracing the growth of music across different countries, tribes, and generations.

In a statement about the documentary, Rahman expressed, “Music has the incredible power to transform societies, connect people, and give meaning to our existence. Headhunting to Beatboxing celebrates the universal rhythm that binds humanity in its diverse forms. We are excited to kick off its journey in film festivals, starting with Cannes, a festival that celebrates the art of cinema.”

From the ancient practices of headhunting tribes to the modern musical renaissance in the region, the documentary promises to take viewers on a captivating and enlightening musical journey through different cultures.

The launch event at the Bharat Pavilion in Cannes was attended by AR Rahman, director Rohit Gupta, Executive Producer Abu Metha, and Executive Producer Theja Meru, along with other esteemed guests and dignitaries.

Abu Metha, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, shared insights into the film’s origins, mentioning that the idea came about when AR Rahman visited Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival. The collaboration with TaFMA and the creative direction of Rohit Gupta have resulted in a film that highlights the musical heritage of Nagaland and the talent of its musicians.

Director Rohit Gupta, reflecting on the five-year journey of making the documentary, expressed his excitement for audiences to experience the beauty and magic of Nagaland’s music that transcends history and hardships.

This project marks AR Rahman’s second venture into filmmaking as a producer, following his earlier production, 99 Songs. The executive producers involved in Headhunting to Beatboxing include Abu Metha, Adam J. Greig, Theja Meru, Rohit Gupta, Sheila Houlahan, and Rohhit Daas.