India’s First Oscar-Nominated Film Gets a Re-Mix

DJ Tigerstyle. Photo courtesy of Kala Phool.

To boldly go where not many would dare to tread – that’s just what award-winning British turntablist DJ Tigerstyle did with his remix of “Mother India,” India’s first ever Oscar-nominated film (1957).

An iconic piece of cinema, “Mother India” has been billed as the “ultimate tribute to Motherhood” and likened to an Indian “Gone with the Wind.” The possibility to fail here would overwhelm most artists.

Yet, DJ Tigerstyle stunningly remixes, re-edits and rescores the original 3-hour epic into a 45-minute silent film. He overlays a contemporary electronic and strings based score meant to bring the film to a new audience by giving it a modern twist.

The result, according to The Guardian UK: “An elegant, haunting score that enhances the emotion onscreen without overstating it…a powerful moving glimpse of a challenging, unwieldy masterpiece.”

And we have confirmation from our man on the ground in London, Sanjay Kundalia, an electronica music lover who grew up luke-warm on Bollywood watching the old-fashioned way with his Mum and Dad. He was at the sold-out London show in April earlier this year and told us this re-mixed film left him with a lump in his throat and almost a tear in his eye.

Though not prone to excess emotion, Kundalia said “when you’re 26 or 27 and you see something that’s familiar in nature but through a different lens, you feel it on a deep level. The re-mix just flows with the movie. I’m not a Bollywood fan, but I sat and watched the whole 45 minutes and it took me on a true journey of emotions through a combination of music and visuals – and it got to me, in a good way.”

If you’re in NY tonight, let it get to you too. You can see the re-mix as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. If you’re anywhere else in the world, don’t fret, here’s a 9-minute taste of a re-mix done the right way.

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