HT City - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal SHANKAR MAHADEVAN, ■sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com ■monika.rawal@htlive.com

Mu­sic com­poser and singer Shankar Mahadevan says the never-end­ing sched­ule of the film, Thugs of Hin­dostan, forced the com­poser trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Eh­saan Noorani and Loy Men­dosa, to back out of the film, which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

“It was a never-end­ing sched­ule with the film, and they were in­creas­ing it [even fur­ther]. First they said [that] the shoot­ing would be for six months. Then, they made some changes in the script, and in­creased it to a year, and then a year and a half. We couldn’t af­ford to take out that much time for it,” Shankar clar­i­fies.

How­ever, the 50-year-old com­poser says he does not re­gret miss­ing out on the project. “There are no re­grets, really. Things like this hap­pen, and yes, it’s un­for­tu­nate that we couldn’t be a part of it, but we can’t think much about it. We are signed on for Manikarnika. That is a pretty big project for us. So, there are no re­grets like that,” he says.

The trio has been re­placed by the mu­sic com­poser duo of Ajay and Atul Go­gavale, who have com­posed mu­sic for Broth­ers (2015) and Agneepath (2011). Shankar re­veals that it was the trio who sug­gested their names to the mak­ers. “We only sug­gested AjayA­tul’s name to them. They have done some fan­tas­tic work in the past, and I feel they will be able to do jus­tice to it,” he says.

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