Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s musical efforts have been as extravagant and larger-than-life as his luxuriously painted canvases. The filmmaker, who additionally doubled up as a music composer along with his movie Guzaarish, all the time had a penchant for folks tunes and ballads, classical western music and opera. A filmmaker for whom songs are an intrinsic a part of storytelling — not for him the ‘particular numbers’ and songs enjoying within the background — SLB is the antithesis to the present faculty of thought that believes music will be an afterthought.
As Sanjay Leela Bhansali celebrates his birthday at the moment, we communicate to his frequent collaborator Ismail Darbar to grasp the notes of their relationship and the way earworms like “Tadap Tadap Ke” had been made. He additionally sheds mild on the actual fact why they haven’t collaborated since Devdas in 2002.
Excerpts from the interview:
SLB has an excellent ear for music
Top-of-the-line issues about Sanjay is that he listens to a whole lot of world music. I’m a musician, I’ve performed violin all my life and my household was into music, however even I had by no means heard a lot music in my life. He would take heed to Pancham Da, pure classical, symphony, opera, he would take heed to every kind of music and he understood it. He opened up these home windows for me to grasp music higher. He would talk about all this music with me and slowly I bought into it. Sanjay has an excellent ear for music. Composers should do a whole lot of ‘tigdam baazi’ (manipulation) at occasions to promote their music or to convey it nearer to the filmmaker’s concept. I by no means even needed to do it with Sanjay.
Our tuning bought higher with time
There have been occasions if Sanjay needed to say one thing, I might know from his eyes. We didn’t want to speak with phrases, our tuning bought higher with each track we made. He’s additionally ‘bade gussewala’ (extraordinarily quick tempered) and moody. However we had an understanding, when it got here to music we had been utterly trustworthy with one another. We might preserve all our variations apart, churn out the perfect, it was a technique of self realisation, we gave all of it we had in us, we by no means massaged one another’s egos.
Tried looking for SLB in each filmmaker
God has given me beginning to make music, so I need to be true to my music. So when folks began telling what to make so it may well promote, I made a decision to take a again seat and wait it out. I used to be on the lookout for Sanjay in each filmmaker. I needed them to reciprocate to my music the way in which he did, give me suggestions the way in which he did. However you possibly can’t discover a Sanjay Leela Bhansali in all places. The most important self proclaimed ‘music moguls’ in our nation at the moment received’t be a ‘surila insaan’ (music lover) like Sanjay.
I ended having fun with the method of constructing music
At one level, I ended having fun with the method of constructing music. I began craving to work with somebody who understands my music. I saved feeling how my music wanted his imaginative and prescient. No filmmaker understood my music like he did, ‘iss baat se meri aatma ko bohot takleef hoti thi (it damage me essentially the most)’. My work stopped making me pleased. Sanjay by no means hid something from me. He has confirmed me all his music and that he made with out me, he has taken me via Gangubai Kathiawadi’s music too. He’s by no means insecure about his work, he by no means broke ties with me. We embarked upon a novel journey with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and he has maintained that relationship.
I should have damaged that relationship 100 occasions, however he by no means gave up on me. He has given me all of the love and respect and ‘maine kabhi usse beimaani nahi ki’ (I’ve by no means damaged his belief). God is aware of, each time I gave him suggestions, I used to be trustworthy with him. There have been occasions when we now have fought, and gone with out talking with one another for four- six months, however that’s it, then we get again to being regular. That’s a continuing because the previous 25 years.
I’ve seen Sanjay dwell via my songs, he would hear every track a number of occasions, a whole lot of occasions after which picturised it. ‘Kitni mehnat karta tha, aur karvata tha, woh harr ek gaane pe (he used to place in a lot effort to shoot his songs)’. He would sit and talk about each particulars of the track with me, he would inform me the temper, how he’s going to direct it, he would make me think about each state of affairs that will be in a track.
Favorite track from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
After I was struggling, I used to go for auditions. I might play what I needed to after which on the finish I might play my favorite track, which is now the title monitor of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. I might inform them that I’ve performed what they needed to listen to, now I needed them to take heed to my favorite track. Nobody bought it, nobody understood this track, they’d name it lengthy and tiring, sluggish and sloppy.
No person was taking that track, however I refused to alter even one notice of it. And one high quality day, ‘ittefaq se’ (accidently), I had my first assembly with Sanjay. So, I did what I all the time did. I made him hear what he needed to and within the final I made him hear my favorite track. He made me sing the track thrice. That was it, for the primary time I discovered somebody who needed to listen to my favorite track greater than as soon as.
After that assembly I waited for six months, made Sanjay take heed to extra songs, however Sanjay by no means finalised me. I used to be getting drained struggling, actually, I had grow to be determined.
Then sooner or later, I referred to as Sanjay as much as inform him that I needed him to listen to this one explicit track, and he requested me why I used to be sounding so unhappy. So I rode my Kinetic (scooter), reached his workplace and made him hear ‘Tadap Tadap’ in KK’s voice, I solely had the primary antra prepared, however I needed him to listen to it. You received’t imagine it, however that day, Sanjay heard that track 9 occasions. I didn’t realise what was occurring till I noticed him weeping. It was like a comedy scene, he was crying and I used to be pleased. I had discovered somebody who cherished my track a lot, that day, after listening to this track lastly signed me because the music director for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.