In an exclusive conversation with ETimes, Ismail claims that Bhansali wanted him to make some changes in the ‘Bairi Piya‘ song from ‘Devdas’ featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Ismail did not relent and this in turn ate into a lot of time, which eventually led to Bhansali being compelled to shift his set from Film City (Goregaon). Naturally, a recreation of sorts, even if compromised, was not a commercially viable thing to do- but Bhansali had no option but to do just that.
Alleges Ismail, “Bhansali was not happy even with ‘Dola Re’. I was not ready to change, neither ‘Dola Re’ nor ‘Bairi Piya’. Our skirmishes delayed the shoot. Bhansali’s booked time duration in Film City ended aur phir unko ko ek new set lagana padha away from Film City to complete the song.”
According to Ismail, “After the line ‘Kaise Kahaun’ in ‘Bairi Piya’, quite a few shots are from the new set.
“Bhansali and I are still good friends and very much in touch. We used to argue and quarrel a lot. Both of us are strongly creative and opinionated. I was just a violinist in his music team and he gave me the privilege of providing music to his two most crucial films in his career. I would love to work with Bhansali again but not at the cost of compromising my creativity. Post ‘Devdas’, Bhansali has started making music all by himself. All the three films had very good music but I still rate ‘Devdas’ and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ better than them. Frankly, while yes he hasn’t asked me to give music to his films after ‘Devdas’, I must add here that our fights have been rather funny… one day we argued heavily, the other day we were sitting and eating together on the set,” Ismail signed off.
Bhansali remained unavailable for comment.