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Gunday Is A Fine Blend Of Traditional And Contemporary Music : Sohail Sen

Sohail Sen, 29, finds the meaning of his existence in music. Sohail, introduced to Bollywood by legendary Ashutosh Gowariker, believes in quality than quantity. Instead of taking up many projects at a time, he chooses projects which suit him and gives his heart and soul for those albums. Influenced by every great musicians in the world, Sohail is here to find his own space in world music. His latest music from 'Gunday' is contemporary, classy, extremely riveting and fresh. The songs from Gunday has already found their places in the hit chart. Sohail Sen speaks to One India about his new film Gunday featuring Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, his composing methods, his working experience with Ashutosh Gowariker and the trends in the industry.

Gunday title song song is suprisingly fresh and original. One would expect a folk dominated title song for such a movie. But you have given a modern feel for the song. What was the director's brief on the song?

Actually, when we started working on the track and the kind of situation I got from Ali Abbas Zafer, so he was very clear from day one that he needed tracks which are very contemporary. Even though plot of the film is situated in 1970's and 80's , the film is getting released in 2014. so even the youth of today should connect with the song. That's why we kept it very contemporary. Especially, in the songs like 'Tune maari entriyaan', Saiyaan and Jiya,we maintained a certain kind of edginess in them.We decided that the structure of the songs should be Indian. But we prefered to treat them with modern sound. That's what we aimed during the music making process. That was the brief given to me by Ali.

Which is your favorite track from Gunday?

Many tracks from Gunday are my favourites. But there are three of them which I like much. They are Tune Maari Entriyaan, Jiya and Man Kunto Maula. We were trying to compose a couple of romantic songs during the music making process but Ali was sure that it shouldn't be just another romantic song but it should have an under current of sadness, complex emotions and deep romance. So we were trying to capture that feel. Even if you hear the sound of the mandolin which is playing at the start , it gives a deep under current tone to the song

You have earlier opined that you find it difficult to compose item dance numbers. But Gunday also has two item numbers, if I can include 'Tune Maari Entriyaan' and 'Asalaam E Ishq' in that genre!

I would call them as 'full on masti song' (Tune Maari Entriyaan) and cabaret number (Salaam E Ishq). Because both songs belong to different genres- in terms of melody and sound. Though Tune Maari Entryyaan was the easiest one to crack, we took time for Saalm E Ishq because Ali (director of Gunday) wanted some specification to the song as it was a 70's cabaret. It should have a sensuousness and a special attitude in terms of singing and other nuances which is added by Mr Bappi Da (Bappi Lahari) who gave it an exact 70s and 80s flavor. To bring that flavour into our song was a tough task. It took me time to compose this song.

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