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Searching for the new Sunita Rao

Popular number finds its way into a movie, but music producer Amit Trivedi wants a new voice. One of the greatest hits to come out of the 90's period in Indian music was the song called ‘Pari hoon main’ by Sunita Rao.

bollywood Updated: Jul 25, 2012 16:30 IST

Back in the ’90s, a slew of pop music artistes suddenly made it to the top of the charts, all of them assisted by music videos that were equally popular.

One of the greatest hits to come out of this period in Indian music was the song called ‘Pari hoon main’ by Sunita Rao. The kids who grew up during the period moved from Walkmans to iPods, but the song didn’t quite make the transition. It continues, however, to be extremely popular as a song for the Gujarati garba.

Now, after all these years, music composer Amit Trivedi plans to revive the song and adapt it for director Abhishek Kapoor’s upcoming film, Kai Po Che!

Disney-UTV, which is producing the film, has already acquired the rights for the film from Sa Re Ga Ma, which released the original Sunita Rao album with the track.

Kai Po Che! is based on author Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life. Trivedi tells us that the song is being used to suit an appropriate situation in the film: “There is a situation where all (the characters in the film) are in Gujarat and a garba sequence is taking place. The song is playing in the background,” says Amit. He adds that he has tried to retain the original flavour of the song, saying, “I am not trying to recreate anything. Everything remains the same.”

Music was an important part of Kapoor’s last film, Rock On!! so it’s understandable that the idea of using this particular track also came from him. Manish Hariprasad of Disney-UTV, says, “Abhishek has always imagined the garba sequence in the film picturised on ‘Pari hoon mein’. So we acquired the rights to the song. It has played in almost every dandiya event across the country. We’re sure that the Kai Po Che version is going to be a huge hit.”

The big difference, however, is that Sunita Rao will not be recording the new version. “It will be sung by some local singers, perhaps those who sing at a dandiya. None of the popular singers have been roped in,” Trivedi says, adding that the hunt is on for artistes who would be able to pull off the track perfectly.

First Published: Jul 25, 2012 12:33 IST