Shailendra Singh has had Bollywood buzzing just before the release of his directorial venture: Sunshine Music Tours and Travels (SMTT).In what is billed to be a spectacular blend of happening music, epic travel and irresistible fun, Sunshine Music Tours and Travels (SMTT) is the first full-length feature film to be written and directed by Shailendra Singh. “It’s a really young, fresh mix of Bombay to Goa and ZindaginaMilegiDobara”, Shailendra quips, “With a funky music mix of Rang de Basanti emotions and a Sunburn beat.” The film releases in theaters on September 2nd, 2016.
Both the teaser launch and the official trailer launch of SMTT on July 25th saw massive industry support for both the film and its Writer/ Director. Mr Nana Patekar was the guest of honor for the event, and emotionally told the audience, ““After seeing the SMTT trailer, it reminded me of Ankush days. Such raw energy. I’m excited.”
KapilDev, MadhurBhandarkar and Vicky Kaushal were also on hand to say a few words. Online, industry favorite like ShahidKapoor (“Wishing Shailendra Singh the best for his directorial debut. The journey is the destination!”) andVarunDhawan (“I’m completely along for the SMTT ride!”) shared the teaser, while even RajdeepSardesai sent his congratulations to the Debut Director.Ranveer Singh texted, “Amazing trailer. Can’t wait to watch!”
The music arm of India’s leading television, media and entertainment company – Zee Music Company – has acquired the music rights to the film and launched the SMTT album in Mumbai. Industry stalwarts and superstars of the Bollywood entertainment – RohitDhawan(“Kick-ass trailer!”), Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar(SMTT looks fresh and exciting!”)andSajidWajid –united at the music launch to celebrate the film. The guest of honor for the evening was Farah Khan, who said, “Shailendra is a passionate man. Anything he sets his mind to, he does. All my wishes and blessings are with this movie.”
While it is his Directorial Debut, Shailendra is no stranger to the film industry. As one of Bollywood’s most prolific Producers, he has produced and released over 72 feature films and 2000 ad films in his 30 year career. He is also credited with launching the careers of many of Bollywood’s hottest talents.
Besides launching Sunny Kaushal as the lead – Vicky Kaushal’s talented younger brother – it’s no surprise that the Shailendra also sourced fresh, young talent for his movie album. In the very first film that he ever produced and released in Bollywood – Pyaar Mein KabhiKabhi (PMKK) – Shailendra debuted over 170 new talents. This included Vishal-Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman, Shaan and Mahalaxmi.
While debuting as writer and Director, Shailendra Singh launches the dynamic duo of Adam & Eddie, who have created an album which is true to the young, hip travelling film. Together, they have also had the guts to be able to re-record – with a deep, Indian soul – the massive blockbuster You are My Sunshine, by Johnny Cash. “I can guarantee this song especially is going to be stuck in everyone’s head, and on the tips of their tongues,” says Shailendra.
The other hot Adam & Eddie original tracks to watch out for are: Main JeeRahaHoon, Chamdi Boys and Na Ho Paayi. A particular favorite of the Sunny Kauhsal’s is the catchy and mellow, Phir se UddChala.
But the Director says that the real hero of the film – produced by Hayre Entertainment – is actually the notion that ‘dreams really do come true’, if you want them bad enough. The story is based around a group of young and trendy strangers from very diverse backgrounds, who come together in order to chase after one very big dream. “There are about 14 unique, charming characters,” says Shailendra. “Each person in the audience will fall in love with a different crazy, mad character.”
The film releases in theaters on Sept 2, 2016.