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'I was hooked by the way Danny had directed it'

One of the best reviewed films of the year, it has already been declared the year's best by the National Board of Review, and received many top nominations including the best director and best screenplay writer categories for 13th Annual Satellite Awards given by the International Press Academy.

Rahman's musical score has also been nominated, along with the rousing Jai Ho as the best song of the year. Other musical nominees include Quantum of Solace, Wall-E and Australia.

Rahman's mandate was to compose half a dozen songs which are used in the background for about a minute. But the songs get the full treatment on the CD. You hear them in the voices of Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun, Palkkad Sriram, Madhumitha, Mahalaksmi Iyer and Sukhvinder Singh, who belts out the rousing Jai Ho number. Rahman is also heard, as well as M I A (whose given name is Maya Arulpragasam), one of the biggest names on the alternate music scene.

Photograph: Paresh Gandhi

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