Saturday, November 14, 2009

Amitabh Bachchan sings with Rashid Khan for 26/11 album

Amitabh sings with Rashid Khan for 26/11 album  
By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Nov 14 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice to quite a few film songs but now the megastar is singing along with classical maestro Rashid Khan for an album dedicated to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai last year.

"Yes, Rashid Khan and I have sung together. The system of recording these days allows a lot of freedom to sing how one is comfortable. That's how I managed it," said Amitabh.

Titled "Sound Of Peace", the project has been helmed by composer Aadesh Shrivastava.

Efforts are now on to get Ashutosh Gowariker to direct a video that will feature the Big B, Rashid Khan and Aadesh Shrivastava. Footage from the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai will be interspersed with scenes from 9/11 in the US and the London subway bombings of 2005.

Said Aadesh: "We initially planned to make this a Hindi-Urdu album in memory of the 26/11 victims. But we've now expanded it into a comment on global terrorism. Mr. Bachchan is now in the process of recording an English version of the peace song."

Composer Ilaiyaaraja cancels music release of Paa

Composer Ilaiyaaraja cancels music release of 'Paa'  
By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Nov 14 (IANS) The music event of upcoming movie "Paa" that was scheduled for Children's Day Saturday here was cancelled, thanks to workaholic composer Ilaiyaaraja who is not ready to break his "creative process to attend the function".

Now, the sound tracks will hit the outlets Sunday without any formal release.

"We had planned a formal music launch on Children's Day in Mumbai. But Raja sir is busy doing the background score for 'Paa'. In fact I'm with him right now. He says there's no way he would break his creative process to attend the function. We all respect his wishes. We've cancelled the formal music release," director Balki says.

The music event was to be attended by Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan, Abhishek Bachchan, Balki and Ilaiyaaraja, who is currently in Chennai.

For Children's Day, Balki will release a number of messages from Big B in the voice of Auro for kids all over the world. In "Paa", Amitabh Bachchan plays the character of Auro, who has a rare genetic defect that causes accelerated ageing.

Balki said Amitabh won't appear in person for any of the promotional activities of "Paa".

"We'll only be hearing him talk about the film in the voice of Auro in all the campaigns. He won't be seen in person anywhere," the director said.

Amitabh Shamita Shetty and Tanaaz on the sets of Bigg Boss 3 Photos

Amitabh Bachchan Shamita Shetty and Tanaaz Irani on the sets of Bigg Boss 3 Photos

Legendary Amitabh Bachchan alongwith actress Shamita Shetty & Tanaaz Irani on the sets of 'Bigg Boss 3'
Amitabh Bachchan and Shamita Shetty pose for a picture on the sets of a television reality show 'Bigg Boss'.

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