Sanju Music

While composer Shantanu Moitra (left), who has been associated with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s films for 12 years, has not composed any songs for Chopra’s upcoming production “Sanju,” A.R. Rahman has been billed as a guest composer in the film. (photo provided)

MUMBAI— Shantanu Moitra, a regular with Vidhu Vinod Chopra since “Lage Raho Munna Bhai,” 12 years ago, and even in his 2015 English film “Broken Horses,” is missing from “Sanju.” Even more interestingly, A.R. Rahman is billed as a “Guest Composer.”

Since Rahman has worked only in “Daud” (1997) and “Blue” in 2009 (where no song was filmed on him) with Sanjay Dutt, the actor whose bio-pic “Sanju” is, we wonder what he is doing here.

Besides him, the music has been composed by a Rohan-Rohan and Vikram Montrose. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was known to be a musical filmmaker with scores like “1942-A Love Story,” “Kareeb, “Munna Bhai MBBS,” “Parineeta” and “3 Idiots” to his credit – and even “Mission Kashmir” and “Ferrari Ki Sawaari” (which came as a Chopra production with music by Pritam, the original choice for “Munna Bhai MBBS” in between “3 Idiots” and “PK”) had sparks. But with and after “PK,” where two more composers barged into Moitra’s domain, the filmmaker seems to have sold his art for the mart.

As things stand today, this is probably the only time Rahman has worked in a multi-composer setup, though he had composed songs for “Fiza,” “Kisna” and “Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa” that were retained after he quit the film for valid reasons and had to be replaced by Anu Malik, Ismail Darbar, and Himesh Reshammiya.

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