From Toronto to Bollywood, young Canadian talent expands her reach with feature in AR Rahman’s concert film.
One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film released worldwide on September 1st, 2017. The film, built around AR Rahman’s North America Intimate Tour (NAIT) series, features Jonita Gandhi and Haricharan Seshadri as lead vocalists, touring as part of Rahman’s live band across 14 locations in North America.
AR Rahman’s NAIT tour was a turning point for Jonita Gandhi, giving her an all-encompassing platform to showcase her versatility as a performer. As seen in the film, her performances included songs of various genres, languages and even a rap where audiences from across the continent got to see her perform in various avatars.
Jonita, whose career skyrocketed in its early days, caught AR Rahman’s attention unknowingly after posting a cover of a popular Christmas song on YouTube. Within just a few short years, after having moved from Canada to India to test the waters of Bollywood, Jonita’s path took a quick turn, landing her at AR Rahman’s studio to begin what would be a long lasting journey as part of his team.
Her repertoire as a playback singer blossomed rapidly with the association, taking her from having only one song under her belt to a slew of releases in her first year of working with the legend. Her first solo Bollywood song, by Rahman himself, was Kahaan Hoon Main from the movie Highway.Known for award-winning Bollywood tracks including The Breakup Song, Sau Tarah Ke and Gilehriyaan, Jonita’s playback credits are growing day by day, with latest releases Lagdi Hai Thaai (Simran) and Will You Marry Me (Bhoomi) already on the charts.
Marking the 25th year of AR Rahman’s musical career, One Heart gets up-close-and-personal with Rahman himself, exploring his creative process, his musical journey and the magic he creates with his band and music.
The film follows a one-of-a-kind format that intertwines performances from the tour with in-depth, insightful and personal conversation with Rahman, the core team members and performers. The global proceeds of the film will be donated to the One Heart Music Foundation.
“Being the lead female singer on the AR Rahman North America Intimate Tour was an unforgettable experience! I’m so grateful that Rahman Sir trusted me with the task of delivering so many of his hits live on stage. I learned a lot about myself as a singer and performer during those 18 shows, and I’m so happy that parts of it have been captured and presented so beautifully in “One Heart” for everyone to enjoy!” says Jonita.