Mumbai, “Raajneeti” will be screened at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, starting June 3 in Colombo and director Prakash Jha is panicky because he has to record a patriotic song before his political thriller goes on its global journey.
The Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai-starrer will have a seven-city global premiere and IIFA screening is the last-minute addition.
“Dhan dhan dharti” is the title of the patriotic song that Gulzar has written for “Raajneeti”. The lyrics are being composed by the American composer Wayne Sharpe who has taken on the daunting task of incorporating the tune for “Vande Mataram” into Gulzar words.
“We’ve just taken the basic core notes of ‘Vande Mataram’ and then built our own patriotic song almost from scratch,” Jha told IANS.
This is the first time that Gulzar has collaborated with an international composer. The idea was to find another global catch-phrase to equal the easy reach of Gulzar’s song “Jai Ho”.
“We are not trying to be one-up on any other song. But the idea was to make the song reflective of the collective Indian psyche,” said Jha.
“Dhan dhan dharti” will now be released across the globe as soon as the right male voice is chosen to render the number. Jha says the song is perfect for the late Mohammad Rafi — who will be at the mike is now being debated.