Leading music composer Shankar Mahadevan has taken the rather unusual step of moving out of the big ambitious Saaho project at this late stage when the film is in post-production. Saaho is in the news since it stars Prabhas who gained a lot of fame after appearing in the Baahubali series. “The music company wanted to include songs from other composers. So we decided to step out as we only do projects where we are sole composers,” says the composer of imperishable movie soundtracks like Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On!!, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Don, to name just a few.
In the recent, past music composers like Jatin-Lalit and Pritam and protested about bringing extraneous composing talent into movie soundtracks which are meant to be solo efforts. It is only now for the first time that Shankar Mahadevan has actually let the music producers know that the creative efforts of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy cannot be tampered with. Says Shankar, “For any film soundtrack, there has to be a thread of common creativity which binds the score. That's what we believe in. In the past, you had a Madan Mohan film soundtrack or a Shankar-Jaikishan soundtrack. No ‘guests composers’ were allowed in.”
However, things have changed right now and it’s not uncommon to see different composers working on different tracks in the same film. Ending on a cheerful note though, Shankar Mahadevan says, “We don't have any issues with anyone in the Saaho project. Whatever time we spent, we enjoyed ourselves. As for the songs that we’ve already composed for Saaho, creativity never goes to waste.”
Earlier there were reports that Saaho’s release date was being pushed around but then it was confirmed that the film would release on August 15.