By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, Nov. 5 -- In 2004, Pooja Bhatt made her debut as a director with the film Paap. One of the most striking aspects of the film was the introduction of Pakistani singer Rahat Fatah Ali Khan to Indian audiences.
Rahat later went on to become a household name in Indian homes with songs like 'Jag soona soona lage,' (Om Shanti Om), 'Tum jo aaye.' (Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai), 'Dil to bachcha hai ji,' (Ishqiya) et al.
Now with Jism 2 in its casting stages, Pooja has selected yet another singer from a foreign nation to sing for the film. Named, Mariyam Unoosha, the singer hails from the Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives. Unoosha was in India recently at the South Asian Film Festival, that was held in Goa.
Says Pooja, "When I heard Unoosha sing at the festival, I realised that there was something unique in her voice. I met her and asked her if she would like to be part of my film, which she readily agreed." Interestingly, Unoosha's performance at the festival was her first ever in India.
"After listening to Unoosha, I couldn't believe that it was her first performance on a stage in India." Though Unoosha hasn't sung in Hindi before, she's slated to croon in two songs for the sequel to the 2003 hit, which is rumoured to star Mallika Sherawat in the lead role.
"Unoosha can certainly sing in Hindi. Besides, music has a universal language. How else do you explain Udit Narayan singing in Tamil and Telugu, and the brilliant KS Chithra singing in Hindi," says Pooja. The soundtrack for Jism 2 will have six songs, apart from the title track. "During Paap (2004), everybody had given Rahat Fateh's voice negative reviews. This proves that experts can also be wrong. The voices for Jism 2 will be a pulsating mosaic of the best of South Asia and especially what SAARC has to offer. I will also persuade my lucky mascot, Shreya Ghosal to recreate the magic of, 'Jaadu hai nasha hai...' adds Pooja.