The last time he composed music for a Hollywood film was in 2012 (the Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks-starrer People Like Us). And even though Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has been busy with his Indian assignments ever since, he has now featured in the new Hollywood animation film, Planes, thanks to his hit track Tere Bina from Mani Ratnam’s Guru (2007).
Although more details aren’t known yet about how the song has been used, it’s believed that there is a sequence in the film featuring the Taj Mahal and that’s when the song (originally featuring Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan) plays in the background. But it’s not clear whether the makers have used the entire song or just some parts of it.
“Now, Rahman sir is also looking forward to how it has been used because, for the past few months, he has been caught up with his assignments, as well as his upcoming music tour,” says an industry insider close to the composer. Although Rahman couldn’t be reached for a comment, the music composer tweeted: “Curious to check out how Tere Bina from Guru has been used in Disney’s Planes. (sic)” Interestingly, Priyanka Chopra has also lent her voice to the film. The 31-year-old actor has dubbed for a Pan-Asian yellow-and-orange racing plane called Ishani.
Blast from the past
Chaiyya Chaiyya: His hit number from Dil Se (1998) was used in a scene in Denzel Washington’s Inside Man (2006).
Bombay theme music: From Mani Ratnam’s Bombay (1995), the tune was featured in the Palestinian film Divine Intervention in 2002, and in the Nicolas Cage film Lord Of War, in 2005.
Swasame Swasame: The hit song from Kamal Haasan’s Tenali (2000; Tamil) was used in the final scene of The Accidental Husband, a 2008 movie, starring Uma Thurman and Colin Firth.