Music composer duo coerced by Director Sujoy Ghosh to sing for their own composition after auditioning singers for almost a year
You could ask anyone from the Aladin team about their favourite song, and the reply would be ‘You May Be’.
As the song goes is currently on air, everyone from director Sujoy Ghosh to Sunil Lulla from EROS to Vishal-Shekhar, the composer duo, to Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez (on whom the song is picturised), are supremely confident that this soft rock composition will turn out to be the love ballad of the season.
However, the result wasn’t easy to get. First and foremost the composers struggled and had to work hard to get the perfect tune for ‘You May Be’.
Secondly, it took almost a year for getting the right voice that gave ‘You May Be’ the kind of shape that it is seen in today. Guess who sung the song eventually? Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani themselves, who were coerced into singing the song by Sujoy Ghosh.
Laughs Sujoy, “I had to literally fight, abuse and push Vishal to sing ‘You May Be’. Shekhar was a sweetheart though and he didn’t require much convincing. But for some strange reasons Vishal wouldn’t agree. It wasn’t new for me though because even earlier, I have seen him being reluctant about singing his own compositions.”
In case of ‘Aladin’ though, Sujoy was quite sure that he wanted no one but Vishal to sing ‘You May Be’.
“The kind of emotion that he brought in the song can’t be expected to be replicated by any other singer. In fact for an entire year, Vishal and Shekhar tried to get some other singers for ‘You May Be’. It would be unfair to name these singers but ultimately even Vishal had to agree that he was the best suited for the song”, recollects Sujoy.
When contacted, Vishal admitted that he wasn’t too sure if his voice really suited the song. “Even though Sujoy and team felt that we should let ‘You May Be’ stay on in our voices, we took it round the town. Finally we had to relent and if Sujoy feels that we have done a good job then well, we would be more than glad to trust his judgement”, laughs Vishal Dadlani who, along with Sukhwinder Singh, is enjoying the success of the biggest chartbuster of the year so far- ‘Dhan Te Nan’ (Kaminey).
Even otherwise, the song came with it’s own challenges when it was at a composition stage.
Says Sujoy, “I remember that Vishal, Shekhar, Siddharth (Anand) and me were having dinner and trying to find references from some old songs for the kind of setting we had in ‘You May Be’. Tracks like ‘Bhavre Ki Gunjan’, ‘Dilbar Mere’, ‘Ae Kaash Ke Hum’ and many more popped up in our mind. We wanted to have something as beautiful as these songs in terms of mood, essence, spirit and purity.”
Once the thought process was clear, the flow of the song was designed there and then. “We just kept in mind the basic rhythm that was common across these songs and used it as the reference point for ‘You May Be’. Once that was done, Vishal and Shekhar cracked it so very well. The result is this song which is going to be my ‘Tu Aashique Hai’ of 2009!”