Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s dream-score in Bajirao Mastani has just got a pat on the back from India’s most accomplished music family, the Mangeshkars.
Lataji whom Bhansali idolizes, personally told the filmmaker that her entire family including her distinguished brother composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar loved the music of Bajirao Mastani.
Says the elated Bhansali, “Yes, my greatest compliment for the music of Bajirao Mastani came from my idol Lataji who has inspired all my films. She told me that the Latpat Latpat opening of my ‘Pinga‘ song is from her song in V Shantaram’s ‘Amar Bhoopali‘.”
Bhansali doesn’t deny the influences that have gone into his music. “Lataji said she liked my songs and the way I’ve filmed them. Then she affectionately said, ‘Aapne mere Latpat latpat utha liya.’ I humbly submit that it is indeed true. The Latpat latpat at the beginning of the ‘Pinga‘ song is indeed from Shantaramji’s Amar Bhoopali.”
Sanjay says there are other influences simmering seductively in the soundtrack. “I am also proud to say that the number Deewani mastani is completely inspired by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s style of composition. Bajirao Mastani is a tribute to the voice of Lataji, the music of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the cinema of K Asif and V Shantaram. I am very proud to have absorbed all these influences.”