The Ram Gopal Varma directed romantic drama, starring Urmila Matondkar as a backup dancer Mili, Aamir Khan as her tapori friend Munna and Jackie Shroff as Bollywood star Raj Kamal, is considered one of the landmark musical hits of the 90s.
“Composing the songs of Rangeela was like discovering something new. The soundtrack arrived naturally and we didn’t feel the pressure for this movie because I was enjoying the new company I had in Ramu and lyricist Mehboob. We would just talk and joke and have fun. It was my kind of vibe, Rahman said.
Crediting the film’s team, including choreographers Saroj Khan, Ahmed Khan, actors, and producer Jhamu Sughand, Rahman said he learnt a lot while working on the movie.
The first song that we worked on was Tanha Tanha and then came Rangeela Re. The most important decision we made was getting Asha Bhonsleji to sing. “Her voice brought something extraordinary to the music She lent credibility to the soundtrack in a big way because Mehboob, Ramu and me, we were all Aditi Maithreya new,” the maestro said.