Akon became involved in the movie soundtrack for Ra.One through his personal and professional connections in the music industry. The movie, which was released in 2011, was produced by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment and directed by Anubhav Sinha. The film featured music composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.
Akon was approached to contribute to the soundtrack by Vishal Dadlani, one of the composers. Dadlani had previously worked with Akon on the song "Chammak Challo" for the same movie. The song, which featured Akon's vocals, became a massive hit and helped to popularize the movie before its release. The success of "Chammak Challo" made Akon a natural choice for the soundtrack, and he was happy to contribute to the project.
In an interview with the Times of India, Akon revealed that he was impressed with the song "Chammak Challo" when he heard it for the first time. He said, "When I first heard 'Chammak Challo', I knew it was going to be a hit. It has a great beat and catchy lyrics that get stuck in your head."
Akon went on to collaborate with Vishal-Shekhar on another song for the Ra.One soundtrack, called "Criminal." The song features both Akon and Vishal Dadlani on vocals and has a similar upbeat, danceable vibe to "Chammak Challo." According to Akon, he enjoyed working on the song and was pleased with the final result.
Overall, Akon's involvement in the Ra.One soundtrack was a combination of his personal connections in the music industry and his enthusiasm for the project. His collaboration with Vishal-Shekhar on "Chammak Challo" and "Criminal" helped to make the soundtrack a success and contributed to the popularity of the movie. Akon's contributions to the soundtrack also helped to further his own career in India, where he has a significant following.
Times of India: "I knew 'Chammak Challo' was going to be a hit: Akon"