Dec 2, 2008

Entertainment - A.R.Rehman's Lajjo songs now in Ravan

Subhash K Jha

Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are doing what Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor couldn’t do… singing A R Rahman’s songs that were meant to be used in the Mani Ratnam’s shelved film Lajjo.

Confirming the news, Rahman said, “Some of the songs in Lajjo were generic, so we have translocated them into Raavana (working title). Such things happen once in a while. No regrets. There is no time for that. Regret is boring. Mani’s new film is a new genre for me. I’ve done nothing like this before. So that’s exciting.”

However, Rahman’s songs for Kamal Haasan’s shelved Marmyogi are yet to see the light of the day. Rahman said, “I had composed three songs for Kamal Haasan’s Marmyogi but he said that this film is being put aside for another film.” Though Rahman is working on another film for Hassan, he cannot use those compositions in the new film. “What can I do about it?” is all Rahman said and shrugged.

Though Rahman tried fitting them in Ghajini, Aamir Khan, the lead actor from the film, insisted on a fresh score. Rahman sighed, “There’s a lot of pressure to deliver because Harris Jairaj’s music in the Tamil version of Ghajini was a big hit. My songs in the Hindi Ghajini are all new. And I hope they are as popular as the songs in the Tamil version.”

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