The jukebox of Ayushmaann Khurrana's Article 15 has made music enthusiasts go gaga. But for those who haven't watched the film, this is a spoiler - WARNING! The very well known Bob Dylan song Blowin' in the wind is featured in the movie. Yes, it plays in the background.
About the song Article 15 director, Anubhav Sinha revealed that he was determined to get the rights of the track and said: "Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the wind was written into the script of Article 15. It was the only song I wanted in my film. It encapsulates the spirit of exploration and salvation that my hero (Ayushmann Khurrana) goes through. I love the song’s lyrics, especially ‘How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?' These words epitomised my film."
About how he got the rights of the number he said: "I didn’t know where to start the process. I knew it would be a long-drawn process, and so expensive that at the end of it all, I may not be able to afford it. I got in touch with a friend in the US who got in touch with another friend who knew Bob Dylan’s manager, Jeff Rosen.”
Rosen has been Dylan’s manager for almost 30 years. But do you what happened after Anubhav spoke to Rosen? He revealed: "I spoke to Rosen and told him what we required. To my surprise, he was very supportive. He told us to use the song and pay whatever token amount we could afford.”
Now you might be wondering... what exactly was that token amount?
The filmmaker refused to say too much, but explained, "It could’ve been a lot more than we could afford. I don’t know what I’d have done then. But I wouldn’t have made the film without Dylan’s song. What we paid is a big dent in our budget, but worth every penny.” Ummm... well....yes indeed, we must agree. We appreciate Anubhav's efforts in making the movie so powerful, with Dylan'd inspiring and motivating words. Do you? Let us know your views in the comments section below.