Working with Oscar-winning music composer A. R. Rahman is a dream for any filmmaker, but when ace director Rajkumar Hirani joins the forces with the legendary music maestro, the union calls for a celebration.

The forthcoming Bollywood film, Sanju, which is a biopic on Hindi film star Sanjay Dutt, marks the first-ever collaboration of the industry legends Rajkumar Hirani and A. R. Rahman. Rahman, who has given us hundreds of memorable Bollywood numbers, has collaborated with Hirani for two songs.

The director reveals that it was the dissatisfaction of producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra which led him to approach Rahman to compose two songs for his film Sanju. “Since the song had already been shot, it wouldn’t have been possible to record another number and re-shoot it. So, we needed someone to create a new song keeping in mind these visuals. Considering it required tremendous expertise, Vinod suggested Rahman’s name. We called him and he immediately agreed to help us. I was touched by his humility,” says the filmmaker.

“It does not matter what time he works at or which part of the globe he works from. He is immensely talented, and his understanding of cinema is so strong that he can enhance your images with his music. He adapts to what you want,” adds Hirani.

A. R. Rahman shares that he was pretty surprised when he received a call from the makers of Sanju to come onboard as a guest music composer. “I was always curious to know how the magical team of Mr Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Mr Raju Hirani created these bold blockbusters together. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call to be a Guest Composer on this one. I loved the whole process of creating the songs along with Irshad Kamil. Hope you like my two songs! Wishing the best to the whole creative team!”

Helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju stars Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Karishma Tanna and Dia Mirza amongst others.

Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios, the much-awaited flick rolls into cinemas on 29th June.