The light that was Asheem Chakravarty went out on December 25th 2009. How significant this is will only be understood in the years to come, when some time and distance has been put between the creative force he was and the void his absence left behind. Right now, it’s all a blur – a massive blind spot in India’s cultural scene.
Hopefully, this film will illustrate exactly how big the blind spot is.
More pertinently, this is the last time we will see this classic line-up of Indian Ocean together (in magnificent 5.1 Stereo glory). Susmit, Rahul and Amit are too accomplished to not take Indian Ocean further – instead of having Asheem as a participant, they now have him as an inspiration. But to see Susmit-Asheem-Rahul-Amit together at the peak of their powers - more emphatically showcased than ever before…this is the film’s poignant leitmotif now.
For our part, we have still kept the film as the joyous celebration it was always meant to be. The edit has not changed since 2008, even if reality has added some layers to it now. Those layers make their way as supers in the film.
On a personal level, it is deeply saddening to all of us that Asheem is not there for the film’s release. No one believed in this film as much as he did; not even in the band. He always used to say that we shouldn’t be in a hurry to release the film as it would never be too late. In an obvious sense, it of course is.