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Salim Merchant on Krrish music

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Background score specialists - that's how you can define the musician duo of Salim-Sulaiman. The duo is now gearing for another biggie, the background score of Krrish. They have gone all out to ensure that the score is absolutely perfect. We had a brief chat with Salim, of Salim-Sulaiman fame, on their latest movie and future plans.

How was the experience of working with Rakesh Roshan?
It was an absolute treat! Both Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan are so musically inclined. Music is in their blood. I think this film was a big challenge. Nothing like it has been done before in India. They liked the score that we created. Both of them are so involved with everything. They give such valuable inputs. As we worked, the music kept on getting better and better. If there were little gaps in terms of nuances from our side, they filled them up.

Were there new experiments with the compositions?
Krrish has a brand new theme. He is a new character. So we needed a theme for this superhero. Along with being a superhero, he is also a simple person. We kept on experimenting till we got it right.

Did you use any specific new instruments?
I think the highlight of the background score was the Prague Orchestra. The 70-piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was featured. Before we recorded with the orchestra, we had to be well prepared. The music had to be fantastic. There are a lot of portions which feature the flute. The alaps were recorded by Vijay Prakash. We have used a lot of acoustic instruments.

Is it true that you are only concentrating on back ground scores rather than full albums?
No, that's not true. We are doing Nagesh Kukunoor's Dor. Then there Shimit Amin's film Chak De with Shah Rukh Khan. We have also been approached for Aamir Khan's home production in which he will be acting as well. As for background scores, we are doing Dor, Naksha and Dhoom 2

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