My first BISEXUAL song: Chaiyya Chaiyya; Movie: Dil Se (1998)
Yup, you read it right; my first bisexual song. Ok, now for the clarification, its not exactly a duet; the female version in the song is again my voice. I have not used any ‘technology’ here for the voice, its just plain mimicry. The only technique used here is the interlapping of male and female voice (multi track recording). Both the versions were sung and recorded on two different tracks at separate hours of the day. The female version was sung in the afternoon and the male version at 3 in the morning. After rendering the female version, my voice got strained like crazy and that, I knew, would make it a little difficult to attempt the high pitch notes that come in the male version. So left my lappie switched on for the whole evening (the track alignment could change if it was switched off) and went for work, came back at 3am and sang the male version. I was initially a little skeptical to try the rendition at those unearthly hours, but the excitement in me to come up with the final output didn’t listen to all that. My neighbours, I am sure, would have tried hunting me down that morning. And now its your turn, O fellow bloggers !
It was the songs of Dil Se that gave ARR the first international opportunity in the form of ‘Bombay Dreams’, a musical produced by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sir Andrew heard A R Rahman’s score for Dil Se and so impressed was he with Chaiyya chaiyya — the song, the choreography, the visualisation — for the composer, it was love at first sound. Chaiyya Chaiyya later on became a part of the Bombay Dreams album along with a few rehashed songs from Taal. The album topped the international charts and broke a few international records too. Ever since then, there has been no looking back for ARRs fame internationally. It could be old news, but for the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, ARR has been nominated under the ‘Best Original Score’ category for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I just hope my God wins and make each one of us proud.
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