Aamir turns drummer for Indian Ocean

Aamir Khan broke into an impromptu gig with the Indian Ocean band in Mumbai and took charge of the drums at the star-studded music launch of his forthcoming production ‘Peepli Live’.

"Since childhood I wanted to perform on stage with a band and finally I got an opportunity. It’s a dream come true thanks to Indian Ocean," said Aamir, after a thumping performance of the song ‘Des mera rangrez’ from the movie.

The number has been composed by the band, who invited the actor on stage before kicking off the show.

The music launch was attended by big names of Bollywood like Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Rajkumar Hirani and Sharman Joshi.

At the event, Karan told reporters that he would love to work with Aamir, to which the actor diplomatically replied: "Karan is a wonderful director. If the script is good and suitable for me, I would love to work with him."

Also attending were lyricist Prasoon Joshi, composers Shantanu Moitra and Ram Sampath and singer Sona Mohapatra. Aamir’s wife Kiran Rao was also present for the launch.

Directed by debutant Anusha Rizvi and slated to hit screens August 13, ‘Peepli Live’ is a satire on society. It revolves around two impoverished farmers – Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and Budhia (Raghubir Yadav) – who live in a village called Peepli. They are about to lose their land due to their debts.

Aamir also paid tribute to Asheem Chakravarty of the Indian Ocean band at the music launch. He said that the song ‘Zindagi Se Darte’ used in the film was the last song he composed.

"He (Asheem) was one of the members of Indian Ocean and unfortunately he passed away. It’s a great loss to all the people who are close to him – Indian Ocean, his family and to his fans all across the world…and ‘Zindagi Se Darte’ was his last song," Aamir said.

"I am sure wherever he is, he will be blessing us and will be happy for us," he added before Indian Ocean took the stage and gave a thumping performance.

Aamir said that he has always been a great fan of the band.

"I have been a fan of Indian Ocean for quite a few years now and when Anusha (Rizvi) told me that she wants to work with Indian Ocean in this film…they are fantastic composers and their mix of folk and western is really amazing and I think both these songs ‘Desh Mera’ and ‘Zindagi Se Darte’ are really amazing songs," the actor-producer said. (IANS)

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