Heptanesia (Music Video)

Music Video: Heptanesia

Sunday, Sept 9th, 2018
6:30 PM at


About the Music Video

Ode to Bombay/Mumbai from Tanuja Desai Hidier’s album Bombay Spleen: songs based on her award-winning second novel Bombay Blues (the sequel to Born Confused). More on the project’s genesis here.

“A laid-back feel, yet shakes your psyche…Push play and cherish the memories of the city.”

Polka Café playlist pick

“The hypnosis cast by words and music is a vortex we might be tempted never to leave.”


“A ‘Bombay’ song that could easily double up as a James Bond theme…Desai Hidier’s jazzy-pop tune is a worthwhile addition to the small cluster of non-Bollywood Bombay songs around.”

—Mumbai Boss, culture pick  

“Every once in a while, we come across a song that NEEDS to be out there! There’s something about these particular tracks that just refuses to leave you alone once you’re done with them… Is writing a book very different from writing a song and singing it too? Apparently it isn’t for London based author and singer Tanuja Desai Hidier. If Bombay is still a mystery to you, this particular song may just click.”

—Pepsi-MTV Indies buzz picks

“A lovely, jazz-infused ode to Bombay… At the end of the song I thought to myself: this has to be one of the nicest, most aesthetically pleasing ways to reel in new readers.”

The Sunday Guardian (cover story)

Cast: Tanuja Desai Hidier, Leela Marie Hidier, Zoe Rani Hidier

Director: Tim Cunningham

Tim Cunningham is an International Emmy, BAFTA and RTS award-winning producer. A reformed journalist, he’s worked for ITN, Sky News and helped to set up Al-Jazeera’s English language channel in London and Washington DC. More recently he’s been working as a content strategist, creating digital scripted campaigns for brands including Mazda, Westfield and Nestle. He’s been working with Tanuja on short films and music videos since they met at the New York Film Academy longer ago than he’d care to mention. Says Tim on Heptanesia: “As a director, the key to Heptanesia was to create a visual counterpart to the India-influenced torch song Tanuja created. I wanted a sensual and sinuous feel set against the backdrop of Mumbai – very much East and West meeting – just like the novel on which the song is based.”

Tim is currently working with writers on a number of drama projects as well as working on his own screenplay which he hopes to direct.

Runtime: 4.3 minutes

Genre: Music

Language: English

Country: USA

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