London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 01, 2006 -- Award-winning Raiomond Mirza takes the helm of this fresh and contemporary soundtrack that reflects the mix of cultures in the acclaimed romantic comedy written and directed by Shamim Sarif.
Composer Raiomond Mirza's trademark sound has a sweeping scope of influences from around the world. It evokes the epic, the intimate, the adventurous and the experimental. His scores are strikingly original and his songs fly straight into the listener's heart. Raiomond was a perfect choice for the soundscape that Shamim and her business and life partner Hanan Kattan had envisioned for this film that crosses both cultures and social barriers. The fact that Raoimond's wife Nina Wadia (Goodness Gracious Me, Bend It Like Beckham, Eastenders) is in the film completed the perfect circle.
When Enlightenment Productions had trouble licensing the Arabic language song they wanted to accompany the first love scene in the film Shamim turned her very capable hand to writing the lyrics and, with Raoimond's music, the song became Ma Fini Fakker. Suitably emboldened Shamim wrote a second song with Raoimond entitled 'Tell Me' and asked up-and-coming singer/songwriter Leonie Casanova to sing it.
"Leonie Casanova was the first person I approached, because I really rate her song writing and performance very highly. She has also composed two new songs called 'Little Feeling' and 'Holy Daughter' which work beautifully in the film." In fact, Shamim and Hannan were so impressed by Leonie that they signed her to Enlightenment Records and will be releasing her debut album this summer.
Other songs featured on the soundtrack include three songs by Nadine Khouri, two beautiful Arabic-language songs from Natascha Atlas and an exuberant song from Alabina for the opening scene. 'I Kissed A Girl' by US singer/songwriter Jill Sobule is a perfect match for the mood and storyline of this film.
'I Can't Think Straight' is an exuberant, touching romantic comedy about the clashing of two worlds and cultures. Tala (Lisa Ray), a London-based Palestinian, prepares for her elaborate wedding in Jordan when she meets Leyla (Shetal Sheth), a young British Indian woman who turns her world upside down. Shamim Sarif's first feature film, starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth, was initially released theatrically in North America in November 2008 and awards include: Best Feature - International Gay and Lesbian Film