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Radio City makes us experience Mumbai

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MUMBAI: Radio City has created a campaign that makes us experience a city even with eyes shut. The film Taxi Driver, is based on this emotion. To make this idea more experiential, the thought will be adapted in print, on-air, digital and on-ground. 

In this film, the story is about a taxi driver of Mumbai. Conceptualised by Scarecrow Communications, the film starts with the taxi driver being put to test by two youngsters. He is blindfolded and taken to one of the most nostalgic lanes of Mumbai. Just using his other senses he guesses the place. The script is a journey that takes us to places that have been the most cultural parts of the city. Powerful performance by Rajan, documentary-style cinematography, blend of Arabic, western classical, and Indian music, and an honest script makes this film a treat for all senses. The Azaan at the end of the film creates a heart wrenching moment in the film. 

To make the film more honest, team Scarecrow took a taxi and actually travelled through the lanes and consumed the cultural nuances. From jalebi to itr, everything about the film has come from their real experience. The screenplay and dialogues were written there itself.

The guerrilla shoot and the documentary style of capturing were figured by the director Tathagata Singha and the DOP, Sylvester at the actual locations.

Radio City CEO Abraham Thomas says, “The campaign is an attempt to highlight the power of radio as an experiential medium building a very strong imagery in the minds of the consumer. It also showcases that radio is a theatre of the mind that transcends beyond being just a mere audio medium. The campaign seamlessly resonates what our brand stands for and we are hopeful that it will further help drive synergies in every city we are present in.”

Scarecrow Communications founder director Manish Bhatt adds, “It was really a goosebumpy experience for me and my team to write the story of a storyteller who can impeccably describe our city with his eyes closed and yet manages to evoke all our senses. Especially the story for a brand which entertains all our citizens without using visuals for almost two decades.”

To bring alive the sound nuances of the film the composer duo Kedar and Bhargav too went to the actual location and recorded the actual sounds of the film. Whether it’s the bargaining sound of the foreigners or the sound of jalebi being fried, every sound present in the film is the real sound of the location.

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