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Danny Boyle missed out on being a part of CHINTU JI

September 12, 2009 3:33:15 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Last Friday's release CHINTU JI featured a song called 'Akira Kurosawa' which was picturised on Sophie Choudhary. What made it special was the fact that its lyrics didn't comprise of unconventional lyrics but mainly the names of 24 influential international film directors. However, even though there were names like Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppolla, Quentin Tarantino and many more that made an appearance in the song, Danny Boyle - who is perhaps the most known international film maker in India today after SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was conspicuous by his absence.

Composer Siddhartth (of Siddhartth-Suhas duo) explains the reason behind the elimination. "Danny Boyle is a great director and we had all the right intentions to include him in the song. After all I have loved his movies like SUNSHINE and TRAINSPOTTING even though his popularity reached further heights only after SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. While discussing the entire song idea with the director of CHINTU JI, Ranjit Kapoor, we did bring in Danny's name."

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However, this incident happened close to a year back during the creation of the song. At that time, Danny was hardly a familiar name for most Indians and hence a call was taken to include someone else.

"After some contemplating, we decided to stick to more popular names when it came to film makers who have made a difference to world cinema. We already had Frank Capra, Fellini Federico, Brian DePalma and many more who had already been short listed and instead of Danny Boyle, we opted for Woody Allen who is much better known", adds Siddhartth who does maintain that it was a huge challenge to put together the song.

Once SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE became a worldwide range, the composer duo did think of redoing the song with Danny Boyle.

Laughs Siddhartth, "Yes, in fact Sophie also suggested if we could re-dub the portion even though the number had already been picturised. However, logistically it wasn't all fitting in so we let it go. May be in our next film, we will certainly pay tribute to Danny Boyle in some way or the other."


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