Music maestro A R Rahman and Indian-origin British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha are all set to work together on an animated musical about monkeys.
DreamWorks Animation has roped in the Oscar-winning composer and the ‘Bend it like Beckham’ director alongwith her producer husband Paul Berges for ‘Monkeys of Bollywood’,inspired by the epic poem ‘Ramayana’.
The Bollywood-style animated musical is set in Mumbai and revolves around two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world,reported Variety online.
“As soon as I heard that DreamWorks Animation envisioned making an animated Bollywood movie,I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The fact that A R Rahman got involved made it an even more exciting project,” said Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz,who is also working on the movie.
Chadha and Berges have teamed for films including ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride and Prejudice’. Rahman scored Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Broadway vet and ‘Wicked’ lyricist Schwartz scored DreamWorks’ ‘Prince of Egypt’ in 1998 and has worked on TV series including ‘Glee’ and ‘Army Wives’.
Meanwhile,the project which has just been announced,has stirred up a controversy in some quarters,over the inspiration from Ramayana. Not many can co-relate the religious text with a musical on monkeys and Bollywood.