Anu Malik does some straight talking with Sayali Parab, while discussing his latest track for Begum Jaan and how he has reinvented himself for the audience
Anu Malik is one of the most renowned music composers in the industry. After delivering many hit soundtracks for the movies, over the years, Malik is back with his latest soundtrack for Begum Jaan.
On Bagging Begum Jaan
I have always been crazy about working with Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt. We have done a lot of films together. One day, I saw 15 missed calls from Mukesh and wondered why. I returned his calls and he asked me to speak with Srijit Mukherji. I visited Vishesh Film’s office, where we sat for a story session that took two hours. Once the session ended, I was completely hooked and booked! This film had been made by Srijit in Bengali and it was titled Rajkahini. I had only two conditions for myself – I wouldn’t watch the film and I wouldn’t listen to the music since I wanted to approach it my way. The good thing is they called me to compose the music for all the songs.
On Creating The Music Of Begum Jaan
The film is set in 1945, so I needed music of that era but I also wanted the youth to connect to the songs. Nowadays, there is a lot of EDM and hip-hop happening, so I wanted my music to be a clutter-breaker. Srijit helped me and I made sure he got the best out of me. Prem mein tohre got 4 million views and Aazaadiyan 3 million views in just three days.
On Tuning With The Singers
I have made sure these songs are clutter-breakers in terms of lyrics, tune formation, music production and even in terms of the singers. I have the best singers for these songs. I first approached Ashaji. When I told Srijit that I wanted her to sing a song, he asked me how I was going to get her on board. But when I called her, she met me the very next day and said, ‘Anu, this is Asha Bhosle’s comeback song.’ This was a huge compliment.
On Changes In The Industry
Things have changed in the music industry. Youngsters are very levelheaded. Also, technology has changed the game. In our days, we had live musicians all around. Today, people are What’sapping their tunes to directors. It’s wrong to say that youngsters love only EDM. Indians inherently love melodies. If you give them something that appeals to their senses, they go for it. I don’t live in the past. There will be a time when today will also be the past. I live in the present and my biggest challenge is pleasing the young crowd. And they are praising me by saying, ‘Wow, the music of Begum Jaan is great.’ I have revamped myself and, you could say that Begum Jaan is the rebirth of Anu Malik.
On His Daughter Anmol
There is a lot of talent going around. My daughter was Madhur Bhandarkar’s choice to sing for his film Indu Sarkar. I did not recommend him nor did I recommend her to Srijit for Begum Jaan. It was completely up to them.