AR Rahman has lent his voice to several songs in the past, but the composer tried his hand at singing in Punjabi for the first time in a song for Imitiaz Ali’s next, Highway.
Apparently, it was Imtiaz’s idea to get Rahman to sing his composed tune, Patakha guddi. But there was only one catch — Rahman’s poor Punjabi diction.
Kamil says, "Imtiaz strongly felt that the song must be recorded in Rahman sir’s voice to make it more gratifying in its high notes. I couldn’t agree more. The only hitch was his Punjabi diction
, but we soon came up with a solution. I read out the entire song in Punjabi and sent the voice memo to Rahman sir."
Besides keeping in touch on the phone, Kamil and Rahman also met a few times to practise the latter’s pronunciation. "Patakha guddi was a long piece. We spent quite a few days working on it. The result is for all of us to see," adds the lyricist. WATCH: ALIA IMPRESSES IN PATAKHA GUDDI
Rahman confirms the news, saying, "I did sing the song in Punjabi. Irshad was present when I was singing and certain things were corrected."