Just when people in Bollywood have written off audio sales, the music of Kandahar down south has sold like hot cakes. The bilingual film Kandahar, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal, has the music composed by Bollywood music composer Shamir Tandon. The first lot of cassettes and CDs just sold off the shelves and the record label has manufactured in a hurry a new lot to cater to the rising demand of the music of this film.
The songs composed by Shamir Tandon are in Hindi and he was specially invited to do this patriotic film given his melodic sensibilities and heart touching music. A special screening of movie was recently held at the Leela in Mumbai. The leading stars Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal were moved towards the end of the film when 'Naman Hai' a patriotic song played culminating the high point of emotions and the coming together of the two legends.
Ecstatic Shamir Tandon says, “I'm elated that I have been invited by Major Ravi from the south, who has delivered national award winning films. It has given me an opportunity to delve in the patriotic genre not attempted by me before." The lead song 'Naman Hai...' is about bowing down to the motherland and our mother as against the general 'Salaam Hai...' to the country, which is a very aggressive approach.
The music of Kandahar has caught on like wild fire in Kerela and has been one of the most talked about points in the film that has been very carefully crafted with two actors par excellence with the dedication song to the nation. It has been sung by Sonu Nigam with fervor hitting highest notes ever. He didn't charge Shamir a single penny given that its a patriotic film and that the song should reach out to all Indians. Shamir is waiting for February when the film scheduled an all India Hindi release when the songs will be showcased in national media.
The film Kandahar is based on a hijack and one wonder the scope of music, but like in Shamir's previous realistic films like Page 3, Corporate and many more, he has seamlessly weaved in some beautiful songs by Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan apart from Sonu Nigam. Shamir is pleasantly surprised that Mohanlal sir personally invited him and congratulated him on the wonderful music he has made for this film and has invited him to score music for his next too.