Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt during the music launch of film Khamoshiyan in Mumbai on 5th Jan 2015 (Photo: IANS) Image Credit: IANS

A rendition of the Hamari Adhuri Kahani movie’s title song by Mahesh Bhatt was not used in the film, but a forthcoming stage production will feature a version of it.

“We will record the title song Hamari Adhuri Kahani in Mahesh Bhatt’s voice and use it in [the] play. Initially, Bhatt saab [sir] was reluctant, but Pooja [Bhatt] and I convinced him to record it,” actor Imran Zahid, who plays the lead role of Aarav in the play, said.

When it comes to lending music to his stories, Bhatt is very particular, and it is said that every time a track is rehearsed for recording, he first sings it in his own voice to gauge its depth.

So, when the title track for the film Hamari Adhuri Kahani was being rehearsed, he sang it too. Pooja Bhatt recorded it and put it on YouTube along with the message: “An uncut diamond straight from my treasure chest — never seen before footage of my father Mahesh Bhatt singing Hamari Adhuri Kahani minutes after it was composed.”

The rendition wasn’t used for the film, but when the Hamari Adhuri Kahani play was being conceived, Zahid suggested that his track be used.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani is inspired by Bhatt’s life: as the son of a mother who lived a difficult, solitary life since her husband, whom she loved so intensely, was absent. The story, according to him, is written from the perspective of this young single mother and how she deals with the world.

The film, directed by Mohit Suri, saw Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar in key roles. Now the play, which features Delhi-based theatre artist Raichittri Gupta as the female lead, is set to be staged next month.

The movie and the play are based on the novel All That Could Have Been, co-written by Bhatt and Suhrita Sengupta.