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Sanjay Leela Bhansali turns full-fledged music composer with his next film, Guzaarish
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 12, 2009)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is turning into a full-fledged music composer for his next directorial venture Guzaarish, for which he starts shooting in Goa this July. The film stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.

There have been several instances in the past when illustrious filmmakers notably Raj Kapoor, Raj Khosla and Subhash Ghai have ghost-composed songs for their films. Then of course, there was the legendary Satyajit Ray, who composed the background music for all his films since Teen Kanya in 1961. He chose to do so as he had too many musical ideas of his own, which professional music composers refused or were unable to accept and execute.

For reasons almost identical to Ray’s, Bhansali decided to turn into a full-fledged music composer for Guzaarish. Bhansali decided to be the director as well as music composer, only for the creative enhancement of his own cinema.

Vishal Bharadwaj, is today, perhaps the only other director who composes music for his own films, though they have been greats like Kishore Kumar in the past who did so.

A close friend of Bhansali said, “Sanjay has been toying with the idea for a long time. Even in his earlier films, he allowed professional composers to do the needful while he provided inputs that he thought would heighten his creative vision in musical terms. For Saawariya, which had music by Monty Sharma, Sanjay took credit as the composer for one song Hamari jaan ho tum. Entirely composing his film’s music was just a step away.”

Bhansali has already readied four out of the proposed eight tracks in the film. Those who have heard his compositions swear he will give professional composers of Bollywood a run for their money.

One of the actors from Guzaarish said, “The songs Bhansali has recorded for Guzaarish have an old-world charm but at the same time are fiercely original. They redefine contemporary film music.”

A tad reluctant to talk about his transition from direction to music composition, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “I’ve always been a musician at heart. I learnt how to convey human emotions on screen by listening to Lataji’s (Mangeshkar) voice. I feel I’d be more complete as a filmmaker by personally interpreting the musical emotions of my characters.”