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<b>ARR's MEENAXI (Kumal and Reena Bharadwaj)</b> ARR's MEENAXI (Kumal and Reena Bharadwaj)

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Exclusive info on Rahman's 'Meenaxi' music NEW!
[Source: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM, Dec 2003]



All eyes are on M.F. Husain's magnum opus MEENAXI. The music of the film, composed by maestro A.R. Rahman, is said to be a potential chartbuster. Shot at exotic locales of Jaisalmer, Hyderabad and Prague, the songs of the film, featuring Tabu in the title role, are said to be a feast for the ears, as well as senses.


There is a qawwali, the opening track of the film, which has been shot in pouring rain. Apparently, another lyricist was assigned to write the qawwali centering on the oft-repeated 'Ishq'. Husain took one look at 'Ishq' and said, “No way! Not another 'Ishq' song” and proceeded to write a brand new song lying down on his hospital bed [the powerhouse painter was laid up with a gallstone problem]. The song was choreographed by Italian National Award winning choreographer Illiana Czhtaristi, under the able supervision of associate director Owais Husain [M.F. Husain's son].


Tabu, who plays the lead, has put her best foot forward in MEENAXI. Pun Intended. Apparently, when she was shooting the 'Rang Hai' song, Tabu had just come back from a schedule of her Bengali film ABAR ARANYE, where she had survived a major accident. With four stitches in her leg, Tabu still danced away to glory. “It is the music of the film. It just did something to me. It's almost divine,” says the award-winning actress. This song features a Lebanese singer Dalinda along with Hossam Ramzi.


The first shot of MEENAXI was Tabu's solo song, 'Yeh Rishta'. The song introduces a brand new singer Reena Bharadwaj. Rahman called her for an audition to his studio apartment in London and recorded the scratch version in his kitchen. Although this might sound a little amateurish… it's not!


Yet another song features choreographer Remo [dancing in front of the camera, not behind it] and newcomer Kunal. Rendered by Sukhwinder Singh, it is being touted as his next 'Chhaiya Chhaiya'. Apparently, before recording the song, Sukhwinder requested Rahman if he could change! Sukhi got into a sexy netted black vest before the recording to 'get into the mood.'


The film was earlier titled DO KADAM AUR SAHI, but later Husain felt that the title MEENAXI suited the film better. Rahman recorded a song, 'Do Kadam Aur Sahi', accordingly. Shot in Prague and Jaisalmer, this song is an amalgamation of the stories and the emotions that epitomizes the core of the film.


Asha Bhosle made an unforgettable touching gesture by cutting her holiday short to record 'Dhuan Dhuan' out of sheer respect for Husain. That too absolutely free of charge! “I cannot talk about money when it comes to Husain-saab,” she begged off every time. Incidentally, James Asher of the Buddha Bar features in 'Dhuan Dhuan' along with the much-talked-about Sivamani.


The background score of the film was equally larger than life. Rahman and Owais Husain went to Turkey to compose some of it.


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