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Mumbai, August 13, 2020
Ultra Media & Entertainment will release on August 15 the music video “Raat Ke Musaafir” featuring vocals by well-known singer Sona Mohapatra.
The song is billed as an ode to the struggles that Indian women face when they dare to dream in the context of safe spaces whenever they work or travel at night.
The music video will release on Independence Day 2020 on Ultra Bollywood You Tube Channel and later on Gaana, Spotify, Saavn itunes and other leading platforms.
The music video produced by Kumar Bharti, and directed by Dehradun-based film maker, Ajay Govind, raises the issue of women’s safety at night in Indian cities. Mohapatra, who has raised several women-centric issues, lends her powerful voice to highlight the problems working women face when travelling at night and sheds light on the power of female solidarity in building safe spaces for women in every sphere of life, a press release from Ultra said.
“Raat Ke Musaafir” features actors Sakshi Hasija, who plays a female cab driver aspiring to become a civil servant, and Anupama Sunehria, a young hockey player.
"Sakshi’s character’s strong maturity and the vibrant energy of Sakshi’s character become the crux of the music video. To add an authentic touch, the producers invited a hockey coach, Sonal Shah, to train Anupama on set. The video has been shot in Dehradun," the release said.
The concept, developed by scriptwriter Remya Sasindran, delves into the barriers that women face when they have to be out at night to achieve their dreams and how women continue to support each other to make the world a safer place.
The song featured in the video is composed by Nitin Krishna Menon, who last composed music for a short film "Missing" directed by actor Vipin Sharma, which was selected for screening at NYIFF 2020.
Rajat Agrawal of Ultra Media & Entertainment, said, “We are extremely happy to acquire the rights of the music video ‘Raat Ke Musaafir’, which highlights womens' safety issues on the eve of Indian Independence Day. We partnered with the producers because the creative energy of the entire team was infectious and the final output will definitely empower female viewers and raise awareness. Iconic Sona Mohapatra adds to the overall impact in her inimitable voice. We at Ultra intend to start and facilitate #RaatKeMusaafir safety drive for women working at night.”
Mohapatra said, "Raat ke Musaafir immediately struck a chord with me. The narrative, both visually and in song was about women's right to public spaces, be it night or day and their right to be able to dream freely and make those dreams come true! There could be no better spirit to celebrate this Independence Day and one that has come right in the middle of a scary pandemic and health scare where it has become even more evident that in order for humankind to get through to the other side, all genders need to work together, with mutual respect, in harmony because there is a much bigger force at play that no one can control. This harmony can be brought about only if we free women from their shackles."
"This song has strong electric guitars and is a rock ballad. Unconventional in India since such ‘rockstar’ status is reserved for the men folk more often than not and this too breaks barriers subconsciously and overtly! I enjoyed singing this song straight from the heart because it tells a story without preaching or patronising anyone. Women have been trained to speak softly and are expected to sing like a high pitched bird in a sweet voice only and also be a damsel in distress. This is 2020. Those days are over," she added.
“We decided to release the song on Independence Day because freedom is a core theme that runs in the song. Eventually the song is a take on everyone's freedom to be themselves and find others in that journey who will support you,” added Ajay Govind, lyricist and director of the music video.