If ‘Ram Leela’ promotions have hit a rough patch in Western India, its songs have, however, hit the top charts among enthusiasts in Gujarat’s garba grounds. Revellers who can’t get enough from gyrating to feet-thumping beats of Nagada Sang Dhol Vage have surely given their approval for the film’s songs already. However, while the song is a crowd-puller, many wouldn’t know that the playback singer is a folk artiste from Mandvi in Kutch, Osman Mir.
Mir has actually sung two songs in Bhansali’s romantic-drama, Ram Leela. Apart from the garba number, Nagada Sang Dhol Vage, another popular folk song, Man Mor Bani Thanghat Kare, written by Jhaverchand Meghani, too gets his voice. For music patrons in Gujarat, who have already savoured his voice through Gujarati movies for over three decades, Mir’s Bollywood accession is only adding new tunes to his success story.
“I was approached by Bhansali to sing a folk number, Man Mor Bani Thanghat Kare, which he had been wanting to include in one of his films for the last 18 years. He had heard me sing folksongs and so approached me. Though it is a folk song, Bhansali has reproduced it making specific changes, given the knowledge in music he possesses. I have tried to live up to his expectations,” said Mir who termed this opportunity as a ‘very good break’ in the Hindi music industry.