Sandesh Shandilya is Richard Clayderman's lucky mascot
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:14 IST
By Santa Banta News Network
It's a historic happening in the music world world that would've gone unnoticed were it not for the fact that the world-renowned pianist and composer Richard Clayderman sent a copy of his latest album to Sandesh Shandilya.

"That's how I came to know my tune from Uff ...Kya Jadoo Mohabbat Hai is in Richard Clayderman's album! I'm stunned and honoured. Sunidhi Chauhan has rendered the song."

The song had sunk without a trace after the film introducing Sammir Dattani , had vanished.

Sandesh is the first Bollywood musician to be billed in an international album. Why haven't the composer and the film's producers Barjatayas bothered to play up this unpredented achievement?

Sandesh shrugs, "I don't know. I came to know of this honour by accident. When I saw my name along with Richard Clayderman."

It's strange that no one involved with the film Uuf..Kya Jadoo Mohabbat Hai seemed to think Clayderman's honour important enough to play it up back home.

Sandesh refuses to blame the Rajshris. "They had brought Richard Clayderman over to play the piano in Uuf...Kya Kadoo Mohabbat Hai for my title composition. Now when Clayderman has thought that title song to be good enough to go into his own album I feel I must be doing something right."

Sandesh best known for his haunting melodies Bhaage re man in Chameli and Suraj hua madhyam in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is in all probability going to be the first Bollywood musician to be billed alongside an international musician. Sandesh is also going to be the first Bollywood musician to have composed music for an international venture.

"It's a film based on the life of Mother Teresa directed by Gautam Ghose(not the Kolkata- based director). He's been in LA for the last 25 years. Now he's making another Hollywood film, and he wants me to do the music for that film too."

In Bollywood Sandesh says he needs to do more work. "I was being too selective. I'd do four films out of which three wouldn't get released during a year. I'm now working on Jahnu Baruah's second Hindi film, then I'm also doing Sriram Raghavan's Johnny Gaddar and Guddu Dhanoa's next musical."

"I'm also doing a children's film produced by Jhamu Sugandh. It's an Indian Harry Potter...So by the grace of God, I'm doing well on home ground. I intend to build my career at home before looking westwards."
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