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'Arivum Anbum' – Kamal Haasan releases anthem of hope and positivity amid lockdown: See video

The song, recorded by all the celebrities involved in their respective homes, also features 37 singers who were shortlisted through an online audition.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

'Arivum Anbum', the new single that has been written, sung and directed by Kamal Haasan with music by M Ghibran, was unveiled today. The music video also features many other artistes and singers, including Shruti Haasan, Anirudh Ravichander Yuvan Shankar Raja, Devi Sri Prasad, Shankar Mahadevan, Andrea Jeremiah, Sid Sriram and Bombay Jayashri.

The song, recorded by the celebrities in their respective homes, also features the voices of 37 others who were shortlisted through an online audition.

The song opens with young pianist Lydian Nadhaswaram playing a tune. The video quickly gives us shots of empty places across India and the camera finally zooms in on Kamal Haasan writing and singing the song.

In an interaction with the Mumbai Mirror newspaper, Kamal Haasan opened up about the song. He said music is important for mental health. "Any artiste sitting idle wants to do something today. I had angst and anger to vent, which led to this song,” the veteran actor-filmmaker said.

“It is not just a healer, but also a teacher. It’s easy to remember; there is a reason why film songs are so popular. Chants assist our memory,” he added.

On the work front, Kamal Haasan will be seen next on the big screen in Shankar’s magnum opus Indian 2. The film, which is being bankrolled by Lyca Productions, stars Siddharth, Kajal Aggarwal, Rakul Preet Singh, Bobby Simhaa and Priya Bhavani Shankar.

In February, a ghastly accident on the sets of Indian 2 left three persons dead and 10 injured when a crane with a heavy-duty light came crashing down.

The first poster of Indian 2, which marks Kamal Haasan's reunion with Shankar after two decades, was unveiled on the occasion of Pongal earlier this year. After wrapping up the major shooting portion in India, the team plans to travel to Taiwan to shoot key scenes from the movie.

The first poster, which went viral upon release, featured Kamal Haasan displaying his ‘varma-kalai’ skill. The film, which will be dubbed in multiple languages, including Hindi, has music by Anirudh Ravichander.