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Javed Akhtar launches music of Yeh Khula Aasmaan

Raj Tandon, director Gitanjali Sinha, Yashpal Sharma, Anya Anand, Javed Akhtar, Anand-Milind and Kunal Ganjawala at the music launch of Yeh Khula Aasmaan.
Raj Tandon, director Gitanjali Sinha, Yashpal Sharma, Anya Anand, Javed Akhtar, Anand-Milind and Kunal Ganjawala at the music launch of Yeh Khula Aasmaan.

The music album of the film Yeh Khula Aasmaan, which is scheduled to release on May 25 and which marks the Bollywood comeback of music composer duo Anand-Milind, was launched at a function here yesterday by renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Those present at the function included the cast of the film -- Raghubir Yadav, Yashpal Sharma and debutants Raj Tandon and Anya Anand.
 
The film has been produced by Hemendra Aran of Gitanjali Creations and is the directorial debut of Gitanjali Sinha. Its lyrics have been penned by Ravi Chopra.
 
The audience was treated to a live performance by playback singer Kunal Ganjawala with live music by Anand-Milind and stage performances by the movie's lead stars Tandon and Anand.
 
The moive's background music also features vocals by Suresh Wadkar, Swapnil Bandodkar, Gayatri Ganjawala, Raghubir Yadav, Soham and Amey Date.
 
The film is woven around the dreams and challenges of today's youth by citing the example of an IIT aspirant, on the verge of succumbing to academic failures and a victim of the crumbling family bonds in India. Inspired by a true story, the film is about bridging generation gaps and the portrayal of a determined human spirit supported by strong family value and systems.
 
Javed Akhtar said, “I have had a long standing association with Anand-Milind and it feels great to welcome them back to the Bollywood music industry. The Hindi film industry has evolved over the years and it is encouraging to see talented debutante directors like Gitanjali Sinha attempting to make a difference to the society through meaningful films such as Yeh Khula Aasmaan. I believe that such young talent should be encouraged and supported and that’s exactly the reason I am here.”
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Anand-Milind, the recipients of four Filmfare Awards, have worked on a Bollywood film after a gap of nearly six years. They have composed music for over 200 films, including Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Anjaam, Suhag, Dil, Bol Radha Bol, Anari, Kurbaan, and Beta. 
 
Anand said “Since the movie touches emotions across three generations, we have tried to create music that touches the depths of the heart on one hand and soars like a kite on the other. Since it deals with the youth, we have also tried to keep it very contemporary and hope that our fans will relive the same euphoria that we have delivered in the past.” 
 
Milind added: "Yeh Khula Aasman has been one of the most challenging works of our entire career. It feels great to come back to Bollywood mainstream music after a while, and we wanted to make sure that the album is equally special. We can proudly say that this is one of our best works so far and hope that the audience feels the same.”
 
The album opens with Har Ghadi Ek Naya sung by Kunal Ganjawala. “It’s always great to work with Anand-Milind, whom I consider to be legends and great contributors of the Bollywood music industry. The music of the film comprises some of the most heartfelt tracks I have sung or heard in recent times. It’s different from our usual Bollywood masala tracks, and I hope it receives the appreciation it deserves”, he said.
 
Sinha has been trained in film making at the New York Film Academy, St. Martin’s College of Arts, London, and at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods Film Institute in Mumbai. She says, “It’s an honor to work with distinguished music artists such as Anand-Milindji and Kunal Ganjawala. I have been a huge fan of Anand-Milindji since their Beta and Raja Babu days. Being my first film, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is very special to me and I consider myself lucky to have got them on board as the music directors. Undoubtedly, I consider the music of Yeh Khula Aasmaan to be the USP of the film.”
 
The film is inspired by the Indian tradition of kite flying and it has a song reiterating the lessons of life one can learn through the medium of a ‘kite’ – Zindagi Bhi Patang Hai. The song is sung by actor Yadav, who also plays the role of a grandfather in the film. He says, “This is a very special song to me. Having used kite flying as an important meaningful metaphor in this movie, we thought of creating a song based on the beautiful lessons a mere kite can teach us. Each and every person with a soul shall be able to relate to this film as well as the song. I can proudly say that this is the best song out of all the ones I have sung in my career.”
 
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