Friday, May 25, 2007
Bollywood music composers Vishal and Shekhar - the dynamic duo - have been rocking the music scene with one hit after the other. Their last release Ta Ra Rum Pum was met with a lukewarm response though. "Well I, as such, haven't been getting much of a response for Ta Ra Rum Pum. But it's a big departure for us as we have been trying something different all the time."
Let bygones be bygones. What's coming up next from the musician duo sounds big! Vishal Dadlani describes Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om as a phenomenal film with great energy. "The songs are deeply attached with the film. There is a timeline in the film so the music moves with that. And the music is fun. There are songs which you can dance to and songs which have beautiful melodies. There is a huge range of music. There is an orchestral track recorded with a live orchestra too."
Isn't this orchestra track composed by Pyarelal of the famous Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo as is the buzz in the media circles? "Pyarelal hasn't composed the track", clarifies Vishal. "He has just arranged for the track. It's a big honour for all of us. But there are some people who are misreporting that he has composed the song. He has done a phenomenal job. You won't believe he had almost 150 musicians on it and all live. It was like those old days".
But why did they think of getting Pyarelal on board? Is this because the film is set in the late 70s, an era when Laxmikant -Pyarelal were the most popular composer in the industry? Or is it because the film has some connection with the film Karz that released in 1980? In fact the title of the film Om Shanti Om happens to be a chartbuster song from Karz composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Vishal doesn't deny the connection.
"For one particular song in Om Shanti Om, Farah had given us references of a Laxmikant Pyarelal track. But getting that sound right was an intense process because there is so much involved to it. The stuff they used to do was unbelievable and it's not done anymore. Now it's all electronic and you add a few lines. But in those days every single note in the music used to be live. Nothing was sequenced. And that's what gave that huge organic sound. So we thought why not go straight to the source.", they say
And how did they convince Pyarelal to make a comeback to the music scenario after he went on a self-imposed exile since the demise of his partner Laxmikant? "What happened was that Pyarelal had come in Yashraj Studio. So I told Farah should I just go and ask him and she said lets try. So Shekhar and I went and we literally sat with him and asked him if he could arrange a song for us. He refused saying he wasn't interested. So we just told him about all the stuff that we loved and all the stuff that we admired him for. He also saw our work and liked it and felt that it wasn't just a publicity gimmick to have him on board. So finally after much thinking he agreed."
Many aren't aware that Vishal Dadlani is part of a rock band called 'Pentagram' which is one of the best rock bands India has today. So now that there are so many bands from Pakistan and also Pritam's band getting into the Bollywood music scenario, isn't Pentagram planning anything on those lines " Pentagram consciously doesn't do film stuff. I am doing a lot of film music but it's not that exciting for them. Pentagram music is so edgy that we don't want to modify it for anything. Whatever we play is the stuff that we want to say, not something which comes from a script."