Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Musical Notes/ Alia Bhatt turns singer in Highway

Written by Priya Adivarekar | Mumbai | Posted: January 24, 2014 1:00 am | Updated: January 22, 2014 5:48 pm

Meanwhile, A.R. Rahman has sung a Punjabi number, Punjabi pataka for the first time

 

Imtiaz Ali’s Highway seems to be throwing one surprise after another. After roping in Sufi singers— The Nooran sisters for the now popular track Pataka guddi (penned by Irshad Kamil), composer A.R. Rahman has made Alia Bhatt croon to the song, Soona sa.

“I am very fascinated with the concept of actors in Hollywood lip syncing to tracks sung by them. I think it adds a nice and real feel to the song. In Highway, we wanted a natural voice for a lullaby and Imtiaz suggested that we should try Alia. I was not aware that she could sing, but Imtiaz asserted that we should give her a chance. I called Alia for a recording session and realised that her voice has a fine, natural texture which went well with the song,” stated Rahman.
At a press conference held at a suburban hotel, Bhatt confessed that she is more of a bathroom singer and never thought that she would actually land up in Rahman’s studio to sing a track for her own film. “Imtiaz casually spoke to me about it, and I was like, ‘yeah, that sounds good’. I didn’t require too many rehearsals, but once I reached the studio, I kept messing up, so I pulled myself up and said, ‘you can’t do this in Rahman sir’s studio’. I am very grateful to him, that he was so patient,” said the actress.
The makers also revealed Rahman’s version of Pataka guddi. The Oscar winning music director mentioned that he loved the composition so much, that he really wanted to sing it, especially because it’s a Punjabi number. But as the track is picturised on a girl, he had to sign the Nooran sisters. “But we decided to go ahead with another version, which was ultimately sung by me, making it my first Punjabi song,” stated Rahman with a smile. A special music video for the song was shot last weekend on the outskirts of Mumbai, which features both Bhatt and Rahman, as the latter quipped, “Imtiaz has made me do crazy things in the video.”
Rahman added that although things got a little difficult as he had to work on the music and had to send the final copy from Los Angeles; Ali was extremely patient and supported him at every step. The album, will be releasing very soon, and will have nine songs, and has a fine balance of contemporary tunes. The album will be launched on T – series.

 

Sound of Music

Yet another musical evening was organised by Music Mania – an initiative by Bina Aziz of Bntertainment Global  and spearheaded by Talat Aziz, Anoop Jalota and Pankaj Udhas; last week in Mumbai. The evening saw performances by popular singer Suresh Wadkar, along with Rahul Vaidya and Amika Shail. Several acclaimed singers came together to enjoy the melodious and gala event, including veteran music composer Anandji. Wadkar left the audience mesmerised with continued…

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