Clearly, being the executive chairman of a global advertising agency, a poet, film dialogue writer and lyricist wasn’t enough for Prasoon Joshi. In Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, Joshi has donned the role of a music composer too. In addition to writing four songs for the film, which deals with the subject of reservation, Joshi is the brains behind the tune of ‘Kaun si dor…’ that also features classical thumri singer from Benaras, Pandit Chhannulal Mishra.
“Prakashji had briefed me a few months ago and wanted a song around the notion of love. Then it came to me all at once while I was in the shower. I just started humming one line after another, and I knew I had to write it down before it slipped my mind,” Joshi says. “But since I was dripping wet, I just recorded my voice on my iPhone and emailed it to Prakashji and Shankar (Mahadevan).”
According to Joshi, Shankar and Prakash liked the tune so much that they decided to keep it exactly that way and share the credit with him. “It was also wonderful that Pandit Chhannulal Mishra agreed to sing for us. He’s a genius, with a heavenly voice,” Joshi says. Featuring actors Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, Aarakshan’s story revolves around caste-based reservation. According to Joshi, the music of the film is intertwined with the narrative and adds another dimension to it. “I only take up projects that make me a better person. Aarakshan has music with purpose, which is integral to the subject. Don’t expect any item numbers,” Joshi laughs.