In picture: Kanika Dhillon
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who released the music of his upcoming sci-fi film Ra.One on Monday at a grand event, dedicated the album to late filmmaker Yash Johar and CEO of his company Red Chillies Entertainment Bobby Chawla.
Both Yash Johar (filmmaker Karan Johar's father), and Bobby Chawla (Juhi Chawla's brother), were very close to SRK. While Johar breathed his last in June 2004, Chawla has been in coma since last year.
'When we started our company Red Chillies Entertainment, then the one who helped me start it and the one who gave me so much love, Yash Johar ji, I want to dedicate this album to him and also to Bobby, who is so close to me and who can't be here today,' Shah Rukh told reporters at the event.
Karan Johar did the honours and released the audio at the event. The fanfare involved in it, made Ra.One music launch one of the most splendid release events. Complete with a huge set at Film City and performances by Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, composers Vishal-Shekhar and Shah Rukh Khan himself, the launch took place on a large scale and was very impressive.
'It's true that one person my father loved and adored in this industry, was Shah Rukh and in his last days, he had some great memories with Shah Rukh. I know that wherever he is in this universe, he will bless Shah Rukh and Ra.One with more love and success that anyone can imagine,' said Karan.
''Ra. One I believe is the proudest Indian film ever made. In the past there hasn't been a music launch like there has been tonight. It was great,' he added.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Ra.One is slated for a Diwali release. The music has been scored by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani.
'This album is one of our best ever. It's complete, it's innovative, its hooky and yet beautiful. It's grand in every respect, from the kind of songs we have on it, to the collaborations that feature on it, whether with Akon or the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. We hope everyone who hears it, will love this music as much as we do,' said Shekhar.
The music release event will be televised on September 18 on all channels of the Star Network.