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Composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy opt out of Saaho

The action film, starring Prabhas, is due to be released on 15 August.

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Composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy on Monday announced that they had opted out of the Prabhas-starrer Saaho as they were uncomfortable with the idea of having more composers working on the same film.

A tweet posted by their official handle read: "We wish to inform all our fans that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have opted out of composing the music for Saaho. Here's wishing Prabhas, Sujeeth, Vamsi, Pramod, Shyam all the luck for the film."

On what made them take the decision, Shankar Mahadevan, also a singer, told the IANS news agency on phone: "The music company wanted to add a few songs from external composers. We are not very comfortable with that. Normally, we prefer to remain the sole composers of the film. That's why we decided to opt out."

A UV Creations production, the film will be presented by T-Series.

Asked how many songs the composers had completed for Saaho, he said, "Not much. Just creatively... we were jamming on some ideas. Nowadays you see multi-composers happening on many of the films. They checked if it's okay with us. We said no."

Clarifying, he said, "We are not comfortable doing that because we feel one composer retains the identity of the film. There has got to be a creative thread that joins all the songs. We preferably also to do the background score, but even if that's not there, at least the songs..."

Pointing to their earlier films, Shankar said, "If you see all our films, like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), we have done music as one set of composers. We don't have anything against having multi-composers. But we are not comfortable doing that."