He is synonymous with super-hit soundtracks in multiple films. And even though Dev Anand is no more, his songs continue to inspire filmmakers. Now, one of Anand’s most iconic songs — Main zindagi ka saath from Hum Dono (1961) — has been short-listed among three other numbers for the upcoming Irrfan Khan-starrer Paan Singh.
“Right now, everyone is brainstorming over the final song. Since all the tracks fit into the film very well, it’s making our job all the more difficult. But from the looks of it, everyone in the creative team is in favour of Devsaab’s song. And we would love it if Hum Dono’s song makes it,” says an insider.
Shikha Kapur, senior vice president marketing, UTV Motion Pictures, the producers of the film, says, “We are still going through the short-listing process. The final three choices include Mammaya kero mama (Arjun, 1985)), Zindagi Ka Safar (Safar, 1970), besides Devsaab’s song. While the first two songs are representative of the film, Mammaya gives a sneak peek into Paan Singh’s character. The final call will be taken in a couple of days.”
For the uninitiated, Mohammad Rafi had sung Anand’s iconic number from the 1961 hit. Ask Shikha if — in case Main zindagi.. is the chosen one — will it be a tribute to Devsaab and she says: “We are not exactly looking at the song as tribute to him. The main reason for us choosing it among the three, is that the mood of the song is close to our film. It talks about a forgotten hero who has won accolades for the country, but is conveniently forgotten.”
In last year’s Shaitan too, Anand’s song,Khoya khoya chand had been picked up and re-recorded in the voice of Suman Shridhar. Another yesteryear hit, Hawa hawai from Mr India (1987) was redone by musician Mikey McCleary. But Shikha admits that marketing will be a huge factor for them while choosing the song: “We have to look at it from marketing point of view too. But whichever song is finally chosen, we will get it re-recorded in new voices. We don’t want it to be a remix.”