Bachchan lends his voice to Tagore’s songs in Kahaani
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 25, 2012)
That Amitabh Bachchan is fluent with Bengali is no news. The fact that he had lent his voice to Rabindranath Tagore’s Ekla Cholo Re for Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani is also known. And now, Mumbai Mirror has learnt that the Big B along with filmmaker Ghosh and Kahaani’s leading lady Vidya Balan is gearing up to voice a full fledged album of Tagore’s song.
“I basically took to filmmaking for five reasons: Satyajit Ray, R.D. Burman, Anand Bakshi, Kishore Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. After working with the Big B in Aladdin, I decided Mr Bachchan would be a part of every film I make. I’ve two scripts Borivali Fast and Kabuliwala ready for Mr B. I had no role for him in Kahaani. So I persuaded him to sing in Bengali, a language he is quite familiar with. And Bachchan Saab sang Ekle Cholo like a dream,” recalled Ghosh.
And since, it would be a ‘pity’ to limit Big B’s Rabindra Sangeet singing skills to just one song, the director along with Vidya Balan has decided to take it forward. “It’s the logical progression from what he has done in Kahaani. Only the deaf would ignore what his rendition of Ekle chalo tells us,” said Ghosh.