For quite sometime now, we have been aware that this years has seen several instances that have in unexpected ways reminded us of a reel life romance so passionate that film buffs and enthusiasts are still talking about it. The reel romance of Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam touched a chord with many romantics that it sort of became a benchmark for love stories. Nandini and Sameer’s incomplete love story was depicted in several fine musical pieces that have now been passed on to another saga of love some 15 years later.
In fact Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to bring back one of his favourite songs from his 1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in his upcoming Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone period romance, Bajirao Mastani, reported an article in Mumbai Mirror.
"Albela Sajan Aayo Re", sung by the late Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Krishnamurthy, followed Salman Khan's Sameer through his musical education with Pandit Durbar (Vikram Gokhale) in the veteran musician's magnificent mahal and sunset-kissed deserts. Matching him, taal se taal was Pandit's fiesty daughter Nandini, played by Aishwarya Rai.
In Bajirao Mastani, the song picks up its tempo to provide a backdrop to Bajirao as the Peshwa warrior comes of age. "Bhansali sir retained the original lyrics and roped in six singers, including me, to sing it," says music director Shashi Suman, who rose to fame with Indian Idol 5, who also composed for Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela and Mary Kom.
"He knows more ragas than the musicians and would instruct us to switch from high to low, into different alaaps, during recording," Shashi says about Bhansali’s knowledge of music. It was the director’s plan initially to reunite Salman and Aishwarya with Bajirao Mastani. Years later, Ranveer and Deepika are reliving the magic of the Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam romance through the song. We take it as Salman and Ash’s gift to Ranveer and Deepika!