AR Rahman’s documentary Headhunting to Beatboxing to have its world premiere at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

The film marks Rahman’s second major foray into the realm of filmmaking as producer
A poster of Headhunting to Beatboxing (left) and A.R. Rahman
A poster of Headhunting to Beatboxing (left) and A.R. Rahman

Headhunting to Beatboxing, a documentary produced by A.R. Rahman, which was announced at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, will have its world premiere in Australia at the Indian Film festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2024.

The documentary film has been directed by Rohit Gupta. The film marks Rahman’s second major foray into the realm of filmmaking as producer. He earlier produced 99 Songs (2019) which premiered at the Busan International film festival.

As per a press release shared by the makers: “The film explores the fascinating journey in Nagaland, of rhythm and sound, tracing the evolution of music across cultures, tribes and generations. From the ancient traditions of headhunting tribes to the musical renaissance in the state (Nagaland), taking audiences on an immersive and enlightening musical anthropological odyssey."

Speaking about the film’s premiere at the festival, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman said “The film is very special to us, as it throws light on the beautiful state of Nagaland and highlights the rich cultural and musical history it contains.”

Headhunting to Beatboxing is also competing for the best documentary film award at the festival.

“We are honoured to be selected in competition at IFFM. I feel the narrative holds global relevance, along with the incredible healing power of music.  The film has been painstakingly made over five years and I am excited to see the audience's reactions to it and for them to explore the rich cultural and musical tapestry of Nagaland,” said Rohit.

Headhunting to Beatboxing has been directed by Rohit Gupta and produced by AR Rahman, with Abu Metha, Adam J Greig, Theja Meru, Rohit Gupta, Sheila Houlahan, Rohhit Daas serving as executive producers.

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