Sonam stuck at 17 till the right voice comes her way!
Sonam stuck at 17 till the right voice comes her way!

It’s the hunt for the suitable voice that has stalled the development in character for the Sonam Kapoor-Dhanush-starrer Raanjhnaa. Sonam plays a 17 year old for a part of the movie, and her character has to sing a song of first love. Director Aanand Rai is looking for a singer of around that age who can pull off the vocals of the song. And until then, the transition of the characters to the age of 23 will not be done.

Says a source, “Aanand has got a beautiful song written by Irshad Kamil about 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. ` You’d expect a plethora of options to be available for the voice- given the talent in your country- but the dilemma is also the benchmark that Rai has set. Adds the source, “Aanand wants a voice like Lataji in Raj Kapoor Saab's Bobby. In that film when Lataji sang Aksar koi ladki iss haal mein/kisi ladke se solve saal mein/Jo kehti hai wohmujhe kehna hai. She sounded like a 16-year girl experiencing the ecstasy of love. And mind you, Lataji was 40 when she sang for Bobby. Aanand wants the same feelings to emerge when Sonam sings of her first love.”

But the director himself seems unperturbed by the slow down in pace. He responds from the sets in Varanasi, “`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. The voice that Rahman Sa’ab (A R Rahman, music director for the film) 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. Raj Kapoor Saab would have been proud of us.”

This definitely seems like a track we’d love to listen to!