“I and Madhur are like husband and wife now” -Shamir Tandon


The man behind the super hit music of Madhur Bhandarkar films Shamir Tandon is back once again with his varied compositions in Jail. He gets candid in an interview and speaks about his music and the association with Bhandarkar.

This is for the fourth time you are composing music for Bhandarkar.

Yes we have done Page3, Corporate, Traffic Signal and now Jail together. I and Madhur are like husband and wife now. Once when a director and music director work repeatedly together, they subtly generate their unique style of working. You can see in our film we have also developed the uniqueness. In all our films we have the songs of varied genres. So here again we have slow sad song ‘Daata Sun Le’ and a peppy item number ‘Bareily Ke Bazaar Mein’.

So are you trying to revive the famous phrase ‘Bairely Ke Bazaar Mein’ in this film?

As a music composer we often look for the interesting phrases and concepts for our songs. Generally all the songs have a one catch line be it ‘Dhoom Macha Le’ or ‘Kajra Re’. Years ago ‘Bareily Ke Bazaar Mein’ was very famous phrase among the audience but today’s generation may not even know about it so we have used only the phrase and not the melody.

How different is the experience of working with Madhur?

The spacing of the songs is very intelligently done in his films as they weave the story and takes it further. In fact the lyrics of the songs are of paramount importance. Though we make songs of 4-5 minutes, in the film the length will be only 1.5 to 2 minutes so that it does not affect the pace of the film. It is definitely difficult to understand Madhur’s requirement as he does not make regular run-of-the-mill but after working with him repeatedly our wavelength match. As a music director, I would love to do ‘Ashique’, ‘HDDCS’ and ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ film songs but I enjoy taking up Madhur’s challenge. I am glad that even legendary singers have lent their voices for our songs.

How did you spot Sharib-Toshi?

We had attended the finale of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ where Sharib could not win. As he was very depressed we promised him to give a chance. I am happy that Madhur fulfilled their wish. They have done couple of songs for us in the film.

Did the duo live up to your expectations?

Yes they did. They are raw talent as of now and are in the process of growing. Though they are given this platform to prove their ability they need lot of support and appreciation from audience.

-Deepa Mishra/ Sampurn Media

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