Rahman uses ‘Choli ke peeche’ in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ soundtrack

November 29th, 2008 - 9:29 am ICT by IANS  

Alka YagnikMumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Music director A.R. Rahman, who has given the music for Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, has used the controversial chartbuster “Choli ke peeche kya hai” as a part of the film’s soundtrack and says it fitted the mood of the movie.”The song fitted the mood of the film. It represents that period in the early 1990s. The colour, the swirl and the frenetic pace - so I’ve re-recorded it in the same two voices, Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun, though in a totally re-worked form,” Rahman told IANS.

Pyarelal composed the song with his late partner Lamxmikant for Subhash Ghai’s 1993 film “Khalnaayak” and it was picturised on Madhuri Dixit.

Besides the background score, Rahman has done four songs in “Slumdog Millionaire”.

“I’ve collaborated with rap artiste Maya. We co-wrote a song called ‘Oh saya’. She wrote the English lyrics. There’s also a version of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s ‘Aaj ki raat’ in the soundtrack.”

The film’s soundtrack is being launched after the film’s release Dec 12.

Asked about the delayed release, Rahman said: “As usual we took a little more time on it than we thought we needed to produce the album properly.”

The film is Rahman’s second big Western film score after Shekhar Kapoor’s “The Golden Age”.

“But that was a period film… a genre that I’ve been unconsciously associated with the most. ‘Slumdog…’ is contemporary,” he said.

Rahman is also happy about the movie’s success at international film festivals.

“They released it on a small scale and are gradually increasing the prints. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ releases in America next month. I’ll be in the US for the promotion,” he said.

“Slumdog Millionaire”, based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s rags-to-riches novel “Q&A”, stars Anil Kapoor and Dev Patel.

The year has been great for Rahman with hits like “Jodhaa Akbar” and “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na”.

“I’ve worked with three generations of directors and in as many continents. I can tell what they like and not like. Working with Abbas Tyrewala in ‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’ was a rewarding experience.”

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