Mumbai: The music of the eagerly awaited film, Slumdog Millionaire was released on 6 January at the JW Marriot Hotel in Mumbai by T-Series and Fox Star Studios. Even though the man behind the music of the film, A R Rehman, was not present in person, he made his presence felt via video conferencing. It was a double celebration for Rehman, as it also happened to be his birthday.
The film is being released in India by Fox Star Studios on the 23 January. Fox Star Studios managing director Vijay Singh said, "Besides the fact that the film is directed by the talented Hollywood director Danny Boyle, it’s a film which has great strength, amazing music and an equally talented star cast."
Anil Kapoor who has portrayed some of the best roles in Bollywood, plays a game show host in the film. Speaking to Businessofcinema.com, Kapoor says, "It is the wonderful script that inspired me to do this film and I am proud to be a part this masterpiece. I would have never forgiven myself had I not done this film." His favourite songs in the film are the introduction song and Mausam. He said he was open to do more films like these in the future.
As co-director and casting director of the film, Lovleen Tandon expressed, "It’s a kind of debut for Danny too because I doubt that he’s ever had a music launch for any of his films before, I am really missing him, I wish he was here."
Irrfan Khan, who has worked for a couple of Hollywood projects, said, "Even though my role didn’t really excite me, I did the film just because of Danny. He’s a very special person. While working on films like these it’s refreshing to forget yourself and be completely involved with the film."
Also present at the launch were T-Series chairman and managing director Bhushan Kumar and actor Madhur Mittal who portrays the role of the protagonist, Jamal’s older brother Salim.