Bhansali spent a year finalising music of 'Saawariya'

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Sep 23 (IANS) Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has spared no efforts to ensure that the music of his "Saawariya" is the best. He reportedly spent more than one year with music director Monty Sharma in finalising the tunes, vocalists and arrangements for all the songs.

The film has a total of 11 songs by singers as varied as Alka Yagnik, Kunal Ganjawala and Richa Sharma. Not all the songs will feature in the film.

Monty has already proved his passion and prowess with his background scores for Sanjay Bhansali's "Devdas" and "Black". Contrary to reports about Monty being under pressure to deliver the right background music for "Saawariya", the versatile composer has started work on the background score for the film.

Says a source close to the project, "Where's the question of Monty being pressurised by the director to scrap and re-do the background music, when in fact Monty began composing the background score of 'Saawariya' just recently?"

Says the source, "Though the music of Bhansali's films has always been a predominant motif, never has so much stress been there on putting across the drama and emotions of the script through song. There are love songs, mujras, a qawwalli... it's Sanjay Leela Bhansali's most ambitious score ever."

The music on the Sony/BMG label was released this week, while the film's release date remains unchanged at Nov 9. A separate album of "Saawariya"'s background score is expected to be released after the film's release.