Comedies yes, solo-hero films no: Anuj Sawhny

Anu MalikA few days ago glamsham had reported about how Anu Malik had turned full-time singer. Well, Anu Malik's career as a music director is also soaring to great heights. The latest on Anu's front is that he has been signed by J.P. Dutta for the music of two of his prestigious projects, MAHARANI GAYATRI DEVI and UMRAO JAAN. "Dutta is among the many directors who has shared a great rapport with me since the BORDER days. I have always respected him for his kind of films and I am happy that he continues to have the same faith in my music," Anu says. "Both the films are stylized period films and I am looking forward to doing unique musical scores for both of them," he adds.

Among the other films he is counting upon are Farah Khan's HAPPY NEW YEAR and Sajid Nadiadwalla's Salman starrer, JAANEMAN. With the latter he has managed to break the Himesh Reshamiya hold on Salman starrers. Himesh is known to be a hot favorite with Salman Khan. "I am not aware about other music directors but I do know for a fact that I share a great tuning with Salman Khan. It dates back to the days when my father and his father, Salim Khan, were great friends. Besides, every good-looking hero in the industry needs a great musical score that can compliment his looks and physique. According to me, Salman is the best-looking hero we have in the industry, and my music has done wonders to the few films we have worked on so far, be it JUDWAA, HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA or CHORI CHORI CHUPKE CHUPKE," Anu reveals.

Incidentally, it wasn't Salman who took the initiative in this case but director Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan. Recalls Anu, "I knew Shrish since the MAIN HOON NA days when he worked as an editor in the film. When he decided to make his directorial debut, he had made up his mind that he wanted me to compose the music for his film. Farah, who is a great friend, also felt the same and Sajid felt it was a fine idea." According to Anu, Farah Khan is among the few people in the industry who has stood by him through thick and thin. "She's a friend whom you can always count upon in difficult times," he says.