Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who composed the soundtrack of last year’s release, Guzaarish, that top-lined Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, admits he will compose music for his next too. “A lot of people loved Guzaarish’s music. The story and compositions were extremely close to my heart. I haven’t planned what my next film will be about. But I’ve decided to compose the music for it, even if it’s just one song,” he beams.
He’s also keen on a private album. “There are so many tunes that pass through my mind. A couple can fit into a movie album and some can find a place of pride in my album. I can’t put a date to it, but it’s something I will do.”
Bhansali is also set to co-judge the first Indian season of X-Factor on Sony Entertainment this June with singers Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal. Music and scouting talent are two major reasons for the filmmaker to accept the show. “I love the format because it doesn’t bar anyone from participating. Chances are that we’ll stumble upon some of the best singing groups, duos and even solo artistes.
And if someone really touches my soul, I will give him, her or them a break in one of my own productions,” he promises.
On several occasions in the past, composers and singers judging music contests have promised participants work but few have actually stuck to their word. Bring this up, and Bhansali argues, “I don’t think it’s fair for me to speak for others. But I can tell you that all my movies have boasted of lovely newcomers. Vibhu Puri, Nusrat Badr and Ismail Darbar are just some names who I saw a spark in. Whatever they’ve achieved is their hard work. If I really find someone worthy, you will find them working with me.”