A.R. Rahman-Sanju

Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says he was always curious to know how “the magical team of” Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani created some of the blockbusters together. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—“Sanju” will mark the first-ever collaboration of Rajkumar Hirani and A.R. Rahman.

While the album has been composed by Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose, the veteran composer has composed two tracks for the biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Hirani reveals that producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s dissatisfaction with one of the songs led them to knock on Rahman’s door.

“Since the song had already been shot, it wouldn’t have been possible to record another number and re-shoot it. So, we needed someone to create a new song keeping in mind these visuals. Considering it required tremendous expertise, Vinod suggested Rahman’s name. We called him, and he immediately agreed to help us. I was touched by his humility.”

The musician is known to work late into the night. Happy to witness the method behind the madness of Rahman, the director said “It does not matter what time or from which part of the globe he works. He is immensely talented, and his understanding of cinema is so strong that he can enhance your images with his music. He adapts to what you want.”

The director revealed that Dutt's original tracks too have found place in the movie.

Rahman said in a media statement, “I was always curious to know how the magical team of Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Mr. Raju Hirani created these blockbusters together. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call to be a guest composer on this one. I loved the whole process of creating the songs along with Irshad Kamil. Hope you like my two songs! Wishing the best to the whole creative team!”

Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film also stars an ensemble cast in addition to Ranbir Kapoor that includes Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza.

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