8 years of ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’: AR Rahman opens up about his creative collaboration with Yash Chopra on his last film
A.R. Rahman’s mesmerising compositions for Yash Chopra’s timeless romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma is still remembered fondly by fans.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is extra special as it also was Yash Chopra’s last film and a curtain call on an illustrious career that saw him become a legend in the history of Indian cinema.
YRF’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan marked the first creative collaboration between the film-maker and the Oscar-winning A.R. Rahman.
Reminiscing his fond experience of working with the iconic Yash Chopra, Rahman says, “I think it was a great honour working with such a stalwart. He (Yash Chopra) had this child-like enthusiasm about everything which was fascinating. Knowing that he was the visionary brain behind the YRF Studios and movies, it was quite interesting to see how organized they were. It even feels nice. You know, you expect certain things from such an experienced person, but then he always picks the most innovative idea; he had that extra quality in him to pick new things and yet ground it in tradition.”
On the film’s 8th anniversary, Rahman also opened up about the creative process that he shared with Yash Chopra, saying, “I think they have a certain following from all his movies — Yash Raj Films — and I just wanted to see what more I can give. I went with the zone and the movie was definitely an interesting one. The subject was one of my favourites and so, I went with the flow.”
Every song/album that Rahman has ever created holds a special place in his heart. The maestro, speaking about his favourite song from Jab Tak Hai Jaan said, “I think it’s ‘Heer Heer’. Because that’s one song with which they gave me a lot of freedom. They just gave me the lyrics and said, ‘This is a filler song. We just need 30 seconds of it.’ And once we recorded it, Yash ji asked me, ‘You’re not Punjabi. How come you got all the Punjabi nuances?’ I said, ‘Music doesn’t need… you don’t have to live in Punjab to compose a Punjabi song. Because in India, we’re all interconnected, you know? Our traditions are interconnected and we value each other; we respect each other’s cultures.’ So, that actually turns into an influence too. It has a vibe but it’s still not the typical one.”