How Karan Johar cajoled Pritam to compose Tum Kya Mile

The hunt for the perfect love song continued for a long time. Eventually, Pritam’s creative juices flowed into Tum kya mile

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Subhash K Jha

Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghosal’s Tum kya mile from Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani which releases on June 28, is the first song from the  film to be out when in fact it was the last song to be recorded for the film.

“Karan and music composer Pritam just couldn’t find the right love song for Rocky and Rani. Pritam gave Karan at least 10-11 options. But  something was not working out. Eventually, they decided to go with one of the options. But at the eleventh hour, Karan pulled it out, arguing that it didn’t sound perfect,” a source close to Johar informed me.

The hunt began all over again for the perfect love song. And this time, Pritam’s creative juices flowed into Tum kya mile.

“You have to understand Karan’s Dharma Productions has a reputation for outstanding love songs, like 'Tum paas aye' in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 'Suraj hua madham' in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and 'Tere naina' from My Name Is Khan. Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani had to feature that one  outstanding love song. Karan kept pushing Pritam until he came up with 'Tum kya mile.'"


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Published: 02 Jul 2023, 3:38 PM
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