Brothers Salim and Suleiman Merchant share their musical experience on Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi with Rajan Singh
Salim - Thats kind of weird. We were sitting in our studios and suddenly I got a call from Aditya Chopra. He asked us to come over to Yashraj Studios for a meeting. We being curious just asked him as to what the meeting is all about. It was then that he informed us that he had written a film and he wanted us to compose the music for the film. So there was this whole moment of jubilation and then also there is this whole fact that he had made DDLJ and Mohabbatein before and the music of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has to surpass both of them so there was this little bit of apprehension and nervousness also. But I guess once we started working everything turned out really well.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
OK, were you given any brief before you started making songs for the film?
Suleiman - Well, Aditya Chopra narrated the film and while he was narrating the film he was so clear about every song of the film. During his narration when he came to the first song which happens to be Haule Haule its his line actually and he had written the line, he narrated as if its an easy breezy kind of feel good song. The protagonist Surinder Sahni falls in love with this girl and he is saying relax relax, tu sabr to kar. But again he has this certain kind of urgency when he is singing the song. But more than the brief it was the story, which he himself has written. All the songs are placed really well in the film. The hook of every song was actually driven by Adi. Though Jaideep Sahni has written the songs but the hook and the punches all belong to Adi.
Ok, if you guys were to be partial to one song from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, which song would that be?
Salim - Actually all the songs have worked out really well. Its a blend of lots of urban and Punjabi stuff which is not the regular Punjabi bhangra. Its the traditional Punjabi stuff. For me Phir Milengi Chalte Chalte would be the most challenging song that we did for the film and thats simply because the song is going through era and lots of changes. i would say that it has to be the most challenging song.
Suleiman - Well, this question is always very tricky because every song is like your own baby but I would say Tujhmein Rab Dikhta Hai; is my favourite song even though Haule Haule has picked up really well which is also the first opening song in the film and the satellite promos. But Tujhmein Rab Dikhta Hai has kind of a lasting quality to it, its not only just a love song but its also got certain elements of spirituality to it. Its a very strong line and the song has turned out very pretty and beautiful. I hope it stays in the minds of people for a long long time.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
How about the second song Dance Pe Chance - which is currently playing everywhere?
Salim - Its one of those songs which comes at a very crucial moment in the film and the brief which was given by Adi to us was very simple. It was supposed to be a rocking dance track number and the simplicity of the song comes out through its lyrics. In the song the girl is teaching SRK how to dance, so the whole idea behind the song was that when you hear the song you are able to visualize the dance steps and hence Chal Haath Ko Yu Upar Utha and related lines. All these words were very important in the song. The one brief that we followed quite clearly was that it had to be a clutter breaking song. The song cannot come in between so many songs that have been playing, it cant come and then pass off as another song, and it had to make it its mark. We went into a sort of experimental zone to break away from the regular clutter of songs and thats precisely what we have done in this song.
Few days back this news came in newspapers that you have lifted tunes from Adnan Samis Kabhi Nahi have incorporated them in your Haule Haule song; how true is it?
Suleiman - I dont think so. Many people may think that a particular song is similar to another song and so on so forth. But I dont think so that there is any truth to that because if we were to copy any song then we would have been copying right from day one or from the beginning of our career. If I were to lift a tune then it has to be the finest tune on the whole planet. Of course its a different case that we would never lift a tune because I personally believe that if we are the chosen one among a billion people of our country and if we copy then its really a shame for us and thats the belief we have. I hope people hear us in that sense.
Thanks to both of you.
Salim - Thanks.