Mumbai: Music composer AR Rahman has come to compose music for “Airlift” director Raja Krishna Menon’s next film “Pippa”.
Set in the backdrop of the 1971 India-Pakistan war, the film will feature Ishaan Khattar, Mrinal Thakur and Priyanshu Panthuli.
Rahman said that he was attracted to “Pippa” because its story had “human engagement”.
The 54-year-old musician said in a statement, “It is about every family, and I am immediately associated with it. I am looking forward to working with Raja Krishna Menon, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor.”
“Pippa” is being produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapoor’s Roy Kapoor Films.
Rahman’s previous collaborations with Screwvala and Kapoor have resulted in chartbuster soundtracks for films such as “Swades”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Jodha Akbar” and “Delhi-6”.
Screwvala said that patriotic and inspiring music has been Rahman’s “right from the beginning of his distinguished career”.
He added, “We are delighted to welcome Ustad to the team ‘Pippa’. Collaborating with him has always produced great albums and I believe his music is the heartbeat of our film.”
The film will see Khattar playing the role of Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta of the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron, who fought on the Eastern Front during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War with his siblings.
Based on Mehta’s book “The Burning Chaffis”, the film’s title is taken from a Russian amphibious war tank called PT-76, known as ” Pippa “.
Ravinder Randhawa, Tanmay Mohan and Menon have penned the movie’s script.
“Pippa” is scheduled to hit theatres later this year.