You have said that when you took up Slumdog, you had to sacrifice a couple of movie projects.
True, especially Ashutosh Gowarikar's What's Your Raashee? We worked together for Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa-Akbar. All three were acclaimed and all box-office hits.
What went through your mind when you jumped at Slumdog?
I knew one doesn't get such an offer every day, and that the film could touch many people. One never thought of it getting any nominations or turning into a big hit. The film was showing only in about 500 theatres in America, and now it has expanded (grossing about $56 million in less than three months). I also felt that having worked with Ashutosh three times, I needed a break. And he too felt the same way. We said we will work together some time soon.
Another composer might have worried that he (Gowarikar) might not return to him.
(Chuckles) I believe what is my share would always come to me, and what isn't mine will not be there.
Have you also missed out other films because you were busy with other assignments?
There are quite a few. I could not take up Dil Chahta Hai. Also, Bunty Aur Babli. But I am glad that Shankar (Ehsaan and Loy) were able to shine in these films. I love their work in these films.
Image: Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto in a scene from Slumdog Millionaire
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