Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy’s ’99 Songs’, with Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas, is an experimental, music video-styled dive into AR Rahman’s mind

Posted on April 16, 2021

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99 Songs has been directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, but the speciality is that the story and music are by AR Rahman. We’re introduced to Jay (Ehan Bhat) and Sofia (Edilsy Vargas). Jay is a struggling musician and Sofia is a super-rich woman with a super-rich dad (Ranjit Barot). We think this is going to be the kind of film where the dad tells Jay, ‘No! You can’t marry my daughter,’ but this is not that kind of a film. In fact, her dad supports her and asks her to take care of a new business. 

But Jay wants to be a musician, a creator. That’s why we get more scenes of Jay with his music than with Sofia. Sofia’s father is reluctant to let his daughter marry a struggling musician. I imagine that it’s something AR Rahman drew from his own life; he was a struggling musician at first, too. And then, he challenges Jay to become famous. He might need to create just one song for that—or even a hundred. 

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