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SLB on music of <i>Saawariya</i>

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By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Monday, September 25, 2006
"Change is a natural part of growth. I've changed almost the entire team for my new film Saawariya," Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an exceptionally relaxed frame of mind. He has recorded almost all the songs of his new film. "It feels good. When you struggle to create something, the fruits of success taste sweeter." His beautifully appointed home is flooded with symbols of congratulations. "I'm essentially a recluse . When people reach out to me in my time of joy , like this, I feel grateful and exhilarated."

Exhilaration is the predominant mood in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's scheme of creation. The song recordings for Saawariya are on. Various singers are tested and tried out. Yes, Sanjay is an experimental mood.

He has made an extremely bold and adventurous move by signing Monty to do the entire music score for Saawariya. "After doing two scores Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas with Ismail Darbar, it wasn't easy to move away," sighs Sanjay. "But like I said change is an inevitable part of growth . When Monty did the background music of Devdas and Black. Black we shot with stock music and wondered how Monty would equal the work of great composers that I used to shoot my scenes with. But Monty stunned us. He lived up to every expectation."

The praise for Monty's worth came from the highest quarters. "Amitji with his powerful sense of music called Monty a genius. Monty comes from a family of great musicians. He's Pyarelal-ji's nephew and was trained by Pyarelal-ji's father who has trained half the musicians in the industry. Monty started playing the piano at the age of 5."

Sanjay lights up as he plays a haunting love melody by Monty for Saawariya. "There's a kind of beauty, spirituality and sensuality to his music. It's not about telling the world, 'Main dikha doonga, hila doonga, phaad doonga.' Monty has a sense of commitment. He stood by me and composed the theme when the Devdas score was left incomplete.

One can expect a totally unique music score in Saawariya. "It isn't anything like the music in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam or Devdas. I just hope people like what we're attempting here. After A R Rahman, I think Monty is the only complete music composer."

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