New Delhi: Renowned classical musician Pandit Channulal Mishra is making his Bollywood debut at the age of 75 with Prakash Jha's 'Aarakshan'.

Padma Bhushan awardee, Mishra is one of India's finest exemplar of Hindustaani classical music and has lent his voice for one of the tracks of the movie, which releases this Friday.

"The song 'Saans Albeli', required a voice wtih a certain musical fluidity and Channulal Ji's voice gave the song exactly the texture and depth that I was looking for. It was quite an experience working with a disciplined person such as him," said Jha.

The director was so moved with how the song eventually turned out that he requested Shanker Ehsaan Loy to record another version. 'Kaun si Dor' which comes at a poignant juncture in the film.

Amitabh Bachchan, who is a fan of Mishra was also glad to have him sing.

"Today we hardly have any classical singers in Bollywood. Poetry that we had in my father's generation and voices like Channulalji's are soon moving out of the popular rage," Bachchan said.

The lyrics of the song have been penned by Prasoon Joshi and the music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The film that also stars Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Prateik Babbar along with Bachchan will hit the theatres this Friday.

(Agencies)