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Leaving Home - The Life & Music of Indian Ocean (2010)

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Indian Ocean is India s greatest music band and Leaving Home is the first Indian non-fiction feature-length film to release nationally ever. It tells the story of the four men who make up the band and showcases their timeless music comprehensively. Their inspirational 20-year-old story of how they kept the creative fires burning without compromising their essential vision is told with the same energy and lightness of touch their unique music is imbued with. A unique and refreshing alternative to Bollywood as far as Indian entertainment and the Arts go.

The dvd also has 58 mins of Special Features comprising 'The Making of Leaving Home', 'Random Asheem Moments', 'The Longer Trip - a Preview' and 'Trailers'.

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Applying the quintessentially Indian sensibility of Folk and Hindustani Classical to a format of Rock using Tabla with Acoustic and Bass Guitar with Drums, with uniquely Indian vocals, Indian Ocean is in a cultural space of its own. The soul in the band's music and its uncompromising vision has won it fans from all around the world. Their music is rooted in the truest sense and yet international in an obvious way.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Documentary on the band 'Indian Ocean'
  • Directors: Jaideep Varma
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cartwheel Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VJS7IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the best efforts to follow the lives and create a 100 odd minutes film that only gives so much justice to the passion, energy, dedication and determination that four people share. What amazes me is the fact that Indian Ocean's passion to create inspiring music has remained consistent since their inception about 25 years ago (inspite of Ashimda's loss); it's just that some could appreciate it as early as the late 80's when the band was formed while some are just beginning to follow them after 'Kandisa', 'Black Friday' or 'Peepli Live' aka commercial success. This film goes a long way showing how Indian Ocean has blossomed over these years from a couple of so-called 'mad men' into literally a cult. Great editing work that strikes a good balance between music and story-telling.
I'd say anyone who likes music will instantly fall in love with this band and their music.
Go buy one for yourself.
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Well, I'm biased I suppose. Had hear one of their concerts in the US about 7-8 years ago, and liked their music. But did not follow up. Recently a friend played one of their songs "Ma Rewa", and a small search revealed this DVD. So, why not? Got it, viewed it.

So, I am coming up for air after a two-week obsession. I bought their albums here on Amazon, and listen to them in the car. I play it at every opportunity. My wife is ready to hit me on the head, so I am careful not to play it when she is around...

This DVD presents their story in small bites, interspersed with songs- either concert video, or shot at their hangout in Delhi. The story is a mix of their approach to music composition, the history of the group, family and in-person interviews at various locations in Delhi, and small bits of others who were parts of their story over the decades.

What makes it so poignant is the realization that two of the people featured- Indrajit (who used to play with them), and Asheem (their tabla+vocalist) have passed away. In fact, towards the end, the DVD is fashioned as a tribute to Asheem.

Remember to check out the extra features. I want to now get my hands on the longer version, which apparently has five hours of extra footage.

A great attempt by impassioned by novice film-makers, which captures the essence of Indian Ocean as we knew them for over a decade.
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I watched this film on [...] a month or so ago. First of all, it was a great idea to make it available on that portal.
As far as the film itself is concerned, much like Indian Ocean and their music, there were so many endearing qualities about it, not the least of which was the honesty with which it seems to have been made.
Indian Ocean don't limit themselves with musical genres or gimmicks. They are so accessible and yet so far away. The documentary has managed to absorb that quality - it is, at the same time, something that makes one feel like "I could do that!" and yet, when one has seen the whole thing, one also comes away with a feeling that one has experienced something special.
The film also lets its subjects speak for themselves - most of the times, literally so. There is no voiceover trying to "pull things together" or "nudge the viewer" in any direction.
Some of the edits were quite special as well - I can't remember exactly which ones, but remember thinking that they were special.
All in all, a very enjoyable and thought-provoking film sans bias or prejudice or any vested point of view, except that at times (and these are very few time) it is shown from a fan's perspective of amazement and awe.
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This film gives a very real and rare insight on the Indian Ocean Band - their music, their individuality and the dynamics of what has kept the band together for so long.

For the longest time, I had known about the band members only through their music and watching their 5-10 min videos online. This film opened a whole new window on them. I strongly feel theirs is a story that NEEDS to be told in India. For far too long in India we've glorified those who are making seven figure salaries and are churning out back office dollars and are servicing large western corporations. This is the story of a few people who have managed to walk off the beaten track and have had the perseverance to stay on it. This film, in a few hours, gives us the rare privilege of hearing about their two decade long journey and experiencing the bands extremely trying times as well as their passion.

The Indian Ocean story should be seen by every single graduating student in this country who is setting out to create something they will truly love, rather than having a career for only doing a job and making money.
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