By Chaitanya Padukone
Why would any Indian filmmaker decide ‘Not’ to include the picturized version of an awesome original duet composed by none other than the iconic Oscar Awardee genius A R Rahman? Sounds like one of those incredible ‘Believe It Or Not’ quirky listings. This is what actually happened in reality, when eminent senior film-maker Rajkumar Santoshi decided to ‘shelve’ a beautiful duet song composed by maestro AR Rahman (with whom he shares a personal bonding) for this landmark movie Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh releasing this Friday. Incidentally, this song was to be picturized on his charming actress-daughter Tanisha Santoshi, who makes her debut.
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The maverick award-winning Damini & Ghayal director, who is known for his non-compromising, professional nature and candid views justified his decision. “It’s true that at my instance, genius Rahman-Sir had composed a ‘laajawab’ duet. I had requested him to give me an original melodious track like his evergreen Dil Hai Chhota Sa. Which he did. It was picturized on debuting Tanisha and her co-star. However, while doing the editing, I realized that since my film was mainly all about Gandhi and Godse, the song was just not jelling with the flow of the movie. It was not working out. Rather than doing beimaani with my work, I decided to ignore my emotions and I finally removed that song. When I communicated my decision to Rahman-Sir, he was considerate enough to understand my rationale. So, as of now, we have these two iconic devotional tracks Raghupati Raaghav and Vaishnav Jan Toh so synonymous with Gandhiji in the movie with wonderful musical arrangements. As is known to all by now, Tanisha has convincingly lip-synced to the track Vaishnav Jan Toh, so amazingly sung by Shreya Ghoshal. All of us are now happy, that I took this correct decision,” shares Santoshi who will soon start shooting for his next period opus historical ‘Lahore:1947’ based on communal harmony Which will ‘reunite’ him with his mascot macho lead actor Sunny Deol after a long hiatus of 27 years. “We are planning to release this Sunny-paaji starrer next year on Republic Day (Friday, Jan 26th, 2024),” discloses Rajkumar Santoshi.