Excerpts from the TOI interview:
Were you upset and hurt that the Laila song (promised to you) was given to Mallika Sherawat? Priyadarshan felt you would have done it better.
More than anything I was disgusted when the news of Laila going to Mallika was confirmed. I am flattered that Priyan sir thinks that I would have done justice to the song. I also realised that I am an actor first so it did not matter. I don't know Mallika and have never interacted with her. But a lot of people who saw the Laila song felt it stood out like a sore. So, in hindsight, maybe it all worked out for the best.