New York-based Wayne Sharpe is looking forward to his fourth on-screen outing with Prakash Jha —Aarakshan—after the soul-stirring Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005) and Raajneeti (2010). “I like Prakash’s style of working since we are on common ground. We are already talking about doing another film together,” says Sharpe, who’s gearing up for a Hollywood thriller and a TV show next.
“There’s also Sanjay’s (director Sanjay Puran Singh) fantasy-adventure after Lahore, a sci-fi that should take-off soon. The script is spectacular and since the story’s not strictly black and white, it offers me the challenge of experimenting with new, futuristic sounds,” says Wayne. “Lahore is also being made as a Hollywood film and I’m hoping I’ll be called upon to work on that score too, giving it a more western interpretation.”
For now though, there’s Aarakshan that is looking at an August 12 release. “We have our version of the reservation policy in the west too, with companies having to hold certain posts for the minorities,” Wayne points out, adding that he understood things better after a three-day detailed story session with Prakash in New York. After that sitting, he sat down to design his musical version of the theme with western orchestration, melody and instruments. It took four weeks and once ready, he brought it to India to be fused with live sounds of desi instruments like the sarod, sitar and the santoor: “Indo-western fusion has been the hallmark of all our scores. Prakash is always open to different sounds.
The film reflects a clash of opinions and that too is mirrored in the gritty sounds I’ve used,” he says. Was he able to tap Saif Ali Khan’s musical talent? “He plays the guitar on stage? I didn’t know. I wish I had. Then I could have got Saif to play for me too,” he sighs. But he did know that Amitabh Bachchan has given playback for his movies, the most recent being Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, but admits that they were not able to use his baritone musically. “But I finally got to meet him, he’s such a legend,” says a wide-eyed Wayne, equally enthusiastic about his encounter with the ‘evil’ Manoj Bajpayee, who turned out to be a ‘nice guy’.
“I’m hoping to meet Saif and Deepika (Padukone) soon. They make a charming couple off-screen.” Meanwhile, Wayne, a self-confessed AR Rahman fan, is hoping to collaborate with him. He says, “We’ve been talking about working together, Rahman’s been a huge influence on my music and is in the US a lot. Maybe the opportunity will present itself in the next couple of months, I’d love to do a movie with him.”