While it’s widely known that AR Rahman works with only select filmmakers, it turns out that even their experiences aren’t complete without some obstacles. Not surprisingly, a number of them consider the music maestro’s international assignments as hurdles because of which, their own ventures get delayed and compromised upon. After Abbas Tyrewalla, who couldn’t complain over the soundtrack of Jhootha Hi Sahi (2010) last year, this year it’s Imtiaz Ali, who signed on the Oscar winner for his next, Rock Star with Ranbir Kapoor.
We learnt that the filmmaker had to first schedule the song picturisations according to when the composer delivered the tracks. “But since Rahman was busy with his international assignments, there was a delay in giving the soundtrack. So Imtiaz proceeded shooting the scenes at the locations first, rescheduling the songs for later,” reveals our source associated with the movie.
However, when Ali heard the compostions, he wasn’t exactly too pleased with a couple that the ace composer had delivered. “Imtiaz was planning to shoot the songs, but when he heard them, he wasn’t entirely convinced and felt they could be improved upon considerably. So he discussed with Rahman as to where he felt the music could be altered, for a better result,” reveals our source associated with the film. However, the composer, who has also earned a nomination at the forthcoming Grammy Awards for his score in Danny Boyle’s 127 hours, reasoned that he had created the tunes keeping in mind the situations and the settings that Ali had discussed with him at length. And he is also believed to have conveyed to the director that reworking them would take time and consequently delay the shooting.
Predictably, Ali seemed to have no problems with getting the compositions a little later as long as he was pleased with the final result. Interestingly, this is not the first time filmmakers are having a tough time juggling with Rahman’s international commitments.
Reportedly, Tyrewalla had to fly to US to get the composer make music for his film toplining John Abraham. Before that, the music maestro’s creations for the Akshay Kumar-Sanjay Dutt underwater adventure Blue (2009) failed to make waves. Not to forget the Commonwealth Games theme song, which too failed to strike an instant chord with the listeners last year. We tried contacting Ali and Rahman, but neither reverted to our text messages. Why are we not surprised?