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Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 01, 2013
The news that singer Sonu Nigam is making his debut as a music composer with the upcoming Sunny Deol-starrer, Singh Saab The Great, has already grabbed eyeballs. However, the other composer involved with the film’s music, Anand Raj Anand, is upset that singers and movie stars always manage to take away the credit for a movie.

“They get a better chance to display their work than any other person associated with the film. I don’t hold any grudges but I must say that the industry should realise that composers are the backbone of Hindi film music. It’s just that everybody can’t market themselves that well,” says Anand. He adds, “He (Sonu) has composed just one song. I have composed the entire album. It’s good that he got a taste of the kind of labour that goes into composing, though.”

The composer, who has films like Major Saab (1998), Kaante (2002), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Welcome (2007) and Shootout at Wadala to his credit, has realised that just working hard doesn’t pay off in Bollywood. “You need to have a strategy to achieve fame here,” he says.

Ask him if he is upset with the Deols (producers of the film) for promoting Sonu more than him and he says, “Producers should keep faith in one composer. 

There should be a proper alliance between the producer and the composer.”