The launch took place at Taj Lands End, Mumbai where one saw director Imtiaz Ali and music director A.R. Rahman accompany the Bhatt girl. Mysteriously the main lead of the film, Randeep Hooda was found missing.
What came, as a surprise was the fact that, Alia has not only acted in the film but has also sung a song. Maestro A.R. Rahman has composed the music of the film.
Rahman goaded this young bundle of talent to hum a very soulful lullaby, Sooha Saha. Zeb Bangash, of the famous Pakistani duo Zeb And Haniya, have also sang in the song.
“We have this lullaby, Sooha Saha in Highway. Imtiaz informed me that Alia has a great voice but I did not trust him. Alia then learned the song and sang to me and trust me, I was pretty impressed with her natural ability to sing. We guided her a little bit to perfect the singing, she did it twice and then we got it almost right and yes it sounds great,” informed an ecstatic Rahman.
In the film, Veera (Alia’s character) and Mahabir (played by Randeep) take the road and traverse through six states of northern India. As the journey moves from the plains of Punjab to the hills of Himachal, Veera sings this lullaby, which reminds Mahabir of his childhood. Both Imtiaz and Rahman agreed that if Alia sang a stanza herself, it would add more poignancy to the scene.
A very elated and excited Alia said, “It was unreal. I am a bathroom singer but to have the opportunity to sing a song composed by Rahman Sir was unbelievable. This film is so close to my heart not just for acting but for singing too now.”
Highway stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda and is slated for a February 21, 2014 release.
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