There are too few French artists in Indian cinema not to talk about them, especially when these artists are talented and the film worth having a look at.
The man is Mathias Duplessy. With his Rajasthani partner Mukhtiyar Ali, they composed part of Finding Fanny soundtrack, a film directed by Homi Hadajania ( Cocktail ), shot in English and starring Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.
In the huge maze of Youtube, I found this unexpected song which gives you so much Ding Dong happiness that you feel you can live forever.
But writing about Mathias Duplessy would take years. Finding Fanny is a needle in the haystack of his career. His web site is full of his compositions. Their common point is great diversity. Mixture of Jazz, Blues, Gipsy, Asian, Arabic hints which is certainly the reason why he is so often offered to work for foreign films, documentaries and commercials.
Each piece of his music is a new journey. The World turns in his magical hands, playing from the Japanese flute to the Morin khuur ( a Mongolian musical instrument).
In India, he took part in the background music of Peepli (Live), produced by Aamir Khan and
that you can watch on Dailymotion, but shhh, that’s a secret! In this movie, an indebted farmer decides to commit suicide to save his farm and his family. Diving into cruel real India, you also meet great actors such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Naseeruddin Shah.
I could also talk to you about Prashant Nairs Delhi in a Day, or Mumbai’s King by Manjeet Singh… All those films that one misses, gold-fruited shrubs hidden by Bollywood’s concrete skyscrapers.
But really it is too difficult to find Mathias Duplessy! The man has no geographical limit, no musical border. My music is a journey in space and history, he says. His art gathers all the universe, all the cultures, all gods, all sounds…Nothing seems to stop him in his quest for plural sharing.