Mumbai, Sep 22 :
Actress Sonam Kapoor
, who plays a
17-year-old in Aanand Rai
's " Raanjhanaa
" is trapped in a strange
dilemma. Her character can't get older until a ghost voice is found to
sing a song for her.
Rai is looking for a singer, who can express the 17-year-old character's emotions as she falls in love for the first time.
has got a beautiful song written by Irshad Kamil
about a girl
expressing her first love. A.R. Rahman has come up with a flawless
melody. Now the hunt is on for a ghost voice for Sonam to express the
tremulous exuberance of a girl in love for the first time," said a
The problem is, the director has put forward an incredibly daunting reference point.
wants a voice like Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar) in Raj Kapoor sahab's
'Bobby'. In that film, when Lataji sang 'Aksar koi ladki iss haal mein',
she sounded like a 16-year girl experiencing the ecstasy of love.
mind you, Lataji was 40 when she sang for 'Bobby'. Aanand wants the
same feelings to emerge when Sonam sings of her first love," added the
Meanwhile, the wait is on.
A source from Varanasi
says: "The portions where Sonam and Dhanush play 17 are nearing
completion. Now the two actors are expected to take a five-year leap to
"But Aanand has put the transition on hold until he
finds the voice for 17-year-old Sonam's love song . Until then she
stands frozen in time."
Adding to the voice-crisis is the fact
that composer Rahman doesn't really favour the director's suggestions on
the choice of playback singers. But Rai is not too worried.
"I am in no hurry. I am shooting here at my own pace. My actors Dhanush and Sonam are with me, and we're having fun.
voice that Rahman saheb and I are looking for may take time. That's
okay. We don't need to rush. There is no one to express what Lata
Mangeshkar did in 'Bobby'. But I can proudly tell you my song about
first love has been as beautifully written and composed as 'Mujhe kuch
kehna hai' in 'Bobby'," he said.By Subhash K. Jha