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Folk Hero

Music director Vipin Patwa talks to Titas Chowdhury about his song, Vaddi sharaban from De De Pyaar De, his fascination for folk music and more

After making his debut to the Hindi music scene a few years ago, Vipin Patwa has been slowly but steadily climbing the ladder of success. His composition, Vaddi sharaban from the Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh starrer De De Pyaar De, is the latest addition to his discography.

Asked about the brief he was given before composing this party number, he says, “The makers decided at the last moment that they needed a song about a girl who is drunk. How is a girl who is drunk supposed to perform a dance number on stage? To describe that, the hook line ‘Badi sharaban’ came to mind and I wove a tune around it. Then Kumaar, who is one of the best song writers in our industry, came on board. He said we should change it to ‘Vaddi sharaban’. Then he wrote the rest of the song.”

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan has lent her voice to the peppy number and Patwa was very pleased to work with her. “Sunidhi was our first choice for the song. In the film, Rakul plays a mature girl who falls in love with a 50-year-old man. The song is set in London against the backdrop of a wedding. We needed an earthy song to go with it. We needed a certain nazaqat in the voice. That is why we wanted Sunidhi to sing the song. Her voice has a sense of maturity. The song has turned out very well and people are appreciating it.”

Breaking down his work process, the music director says, “I listen to the situation in which the song will be based. If possible, I request them to narrate the script to me.”

Patwa continues, “In Vaddi sharaban, for instance, the music was supposed to be in line with the wedding scene. After making the song, we realised that Ajayji would also be part of the song. Then we made a portion for him. So Navraj (Hans) came on board to lend his voice for that portion.”

Patwa is partial to folk music and believes it should be brought to centre-stage. “Back in the day, when we had no film music, we had folk music. It is the primary root of film music. The tune of Vaddi sharaban has a folk flavour. I am working on a couple more films, where I will incorporate folk music again. Folk music remains with you. It is rooted in our culture. Some of the songs are a century old and will remain in the picture for another hundred years,” he says.

The vocalist has an M Phil degree in music. “It is important that you have a wholesome knowledge of music. You should be able to understand notes, chords and techniques. If you don’t know the formula, how will you crack a problem? It is then that you end up stealing music and remixing it. But after 25 years of my musical journey, there is no point in copy-pasting music. As they say, no risk, no gain.”

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