If sources are to be believed, ‘Staying Alive’, the evergreen disco song by Bee Gees, has had a stunning makeover on the soon-to-release soundtrack of Gurinder Chadha’s keenly anticipated comedy, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife. Given the popularity of Bhangra music worldwide, noted British-Asian DJ and music producer Bally Sagoo is said to have given a new avatar to the hit single by fusing it with traditional Bhangra beats and called it ‘Staying Alive Desified’.
Given the film’s title and the director’s tribute to Frank Capra, the incredibly romantic It’s a Wonderful Life by the British band Black, will also feature in its original form, on the soundtrack, and in the film, at an important juncture in the relationship between Roopi (British-Indian actress Goldy Notay) and Detective Murthy (Heroes star, Sendhil Ramamurthy).
When contacted, directed Gurinder Chadha laughed, “Wait and watch! The soundtrack is going to be out very soon. It will blow you away. It’s the best East-West fusion featuring licensed tracks, remixed tracks and original compositions.”
It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, the film, releases in the UK on April 21, and in India and Pakistan on May 7. It is an Indian Films & Bend It Films presentation in association with Studio 18. Its theatrical release in other international markets will follow thereafter.