Country Comes To Nashville
Eastern Country Comes to Nashville in Milk and Opium, an independent film about a changing world. A thirteen-year old traditional musician makes his way from his village to India's capital, New Delhi. Swaroop travels with his opium addicted Uncle Nizam, and Nizam's musician friends. This unusual musical road movie moves from rural India to a new modern nation. In a suburb of New Delhi, complete with shopping malls and multinationals, the boy meets an Indian cowboy, played by Deepak Castelino. Castelino plays extraordinary country western music with a twist: all of the lyrics are about India, rather than Texas or Tennessee. Swaroop and Deepak create an unlikely fusion piece that magically works with its country eastern twang and Sufi influences.
Swaroop, his Uncle Nizam, and the other musicians in Milk and Opium are Manganyar musicians from the desert state of Rajasthan. The Manganyars are unusual because they are Muslim, but traditionally sing Hindu spiritual songs for the court. The music they play among themselves is reminiscent of gypsy music. You can imagine the connection to Flamenco with the rhythmic castanets and lively singing.
and Opium is a film about a changing world shown through the eyes of a
young musician. The contrast between traditional culture in India and
a growing westernized culture are extremely pronounced. The viewer is
confronted with a unique, almost mesmerizing look at rural India that
is juxtaposed with a rapidly modernizing urban India.