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A.R. Rahman delaying release of Jhootha Hi Sahi

Published: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 11:18 [IST]

By now it"s crystal-clear that the only reason Abbas Tyrewala"s film Jhootha Hi Sahi is so monstrously delayed is the music. The latest chapter in the ongoing chase-the-music saga is that the producer Madhu Mantena has followed the film"s music composer to London in the hope of finally getting the mixed versions of the songs.

A. R. Rahman is known to take his time over his scores. But this time things got out of hand. After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman began spending more time abroad than at home. The producer and director of Jhootha Hi Sahi constantly found themselves chasing Rahman for the songs and music to every corner of the world from Chennai to London.

One of the song sequences was shot without the track being ready. Director Tyrewala just made his lead pair John Abraham and Pakhi emote to an imagined tune.

Several tentative dates for the film"s release have been announced and postponed. The latest date is October 15. Admirably no one from the team has uttered a word in complaint about the delay caused by Rahman"s tardiness in tuning the tracks.

Now it"s come to a do-or-die situation. There"s no way the October 15 release can be pushed backward any more, with or without the music. Producer Mantena is at the moment sitting with Rahman in London trying to get the music out.

Director Abbas Tyrewala still rises to Rahman"s defense saying, “Whatever the time taken over the music is worth it. Rahman doing the music adds a totally new dimension to my film."

Topics: jhootha hi sahi, pakhi, madhu mantena, ar rahman, john abraham, abbas tyrewala
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