About the soundtrack – Gurus of Peace
Sony asked A.R. Rahman to choose from any of its international stars to work with and supposedly even suggested the name of Celine Dion. But Rahman settled, very appropriately, for the Pakistani Sufi music singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller. Rahman had decided that he would definitely work with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan after he attended his performance in Delhi.
Explaining his choice, “I don’t want to collaborate with just a name. I must feel something for the person and relate with his work. I’ve seen several famous names collaborating on songs and albums , but they remain just two names. There’s no chemistry. It’s like oil and water. They can’ t come together.” He went all the way to Pakistan to record the “Gurus of Peace” number with Khan.
This is supposedly the first time that an Indian and Pakistani artiste have come together to create this kind of music. Rahman worked overtime for this prestigious project that his film assignments went behind schedule.