A rounded up view of his films - this is one expects from a superstar once he achieves a certain status in the industry. His opinion is being sought, his thoughts are being listened to, his view points considered and his suggestions acknowledged. Of course it is a different situation when an actor is just seeing a rise up the stairs. In fact most of the times, any expression of thoughts during the making of a film may well be considered as interference and dismissed pronto. However, success comes with its own perks (read: confidence and active involvement) and this is what Ranbir Kapoor truly enjoyed when the music of his next release Anjaana Anjaani was being written.
"As is a known fact, after films like Wake Up Sid, Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year and Raajneeti, the need of the hour for Ranbir is to work on a romantic musical outing. Yes, there has been a Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani that has kept his stocks moving in the world of romcom affairs, hence keeping his young fan base growing exponentially. However, a hat trick of relatively serious films means that Ranbir had to get something truly frothy and funny rolling for him", says a trade follower, "Anjaana Anjaani was just the right film at the right time with the right co-star (Priyanka Chopra) and with a willing producer (Sajid Nadiadwala) who was more than happy to spend mega bucks in order to get the right vibes flowing around, sky was the limit for Ranbir."
Add to this the fact that he had friends for company helped his cause further. Adds a friend of Ranbir, "Siddharth Anand has been a close buddy of Ranbir ever since the days of Bachna Ae Haseeno, the actor's first success in Bollywood after the debacle of Saawariya. Also, he shares a great comfort with composer duo of Vishal and Shekhar, especially after the fun they had during the making of Bachna Ae Haseeno songs that went on to be huge hits, especially the title song and 'Khuda Jaane'. No wonder, once this team came together again for Anjaana Anjaani, it was imperative that an active collaboration took place."
"Yes, I did want Ranbir for his inputs on the music of Anjaana Anjaani", confirms Siddharth Anand, "Ranbir and I have keen music sense and with Vishal-Shekhar coming up with multiple ideas, I was happy to bounce them off to Ranbir as much as possible. Since his bungalow was pretty close to the studio where the music was being made, it wasn't difficult to handle logistics either since it was a quick walk down the road."
Vishal Dadlani too doesn't have any hesitation in acknowledging the fact that it was a collaborative effort after all. "Ranbir and Siddharth are buddies so it was imperative that they used to have discussions around the music. Ranbir was very interested in hearing what we were making", he says.
In fact for the title track of Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal and Shekhar came up with two options, each of which was altogether different from the other. "Siddharth, Ranbir, Shekhar and I sat together in the room and played both the options that had already been recorded", adds Vishal, "The idea was to go around the room, ask for opinions and pick one of them. Ranbir liked one of them. His choice is welcome because he is in tune with what the younger generation likes."
Well, come August - once the music hits the stands - and we will know!