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Songs should reflect the character of each city: Ali Zafar

Roshmila Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 28, 2011
First Published: 13:00 IST(28/11/2011) | Last Updated: 16:51 IST(28/11/2011)
After Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, singer-actor Ali Zafar’s fan following has increased. When he was in London shooting for the coming-of-age love story, London, Paris, New York, crowds would gather on the streets with posters and albums, to have them autographed. There were times when their increasing numbers forced them to stop the shooting.
The film also marks Ali’s Bollywood debut as a composer after proving himself as a playback singer with films like Tere Bin Laden, Love Ka The End and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. The popular composer, lyricist, singer, actor and model from Pakistan, known for hits like Channo, Rangeen and Dekha is kicked about his first score for a Hindi movie.

Ali Zafar“It’s not going to be conventional. I want to create sounds that are fresh like our film,” he reasons. “And since the film touches on different emotions I can experiment with genres. I will use as many ‘live’ instruments as possible to give the songs an organic feel.”

He points out that he’s been doing everything on his own, from writing the songs and setting them to music to recording them at his home studio: “It’s an intense process but wonderfully satisfying.”

Since the story unfolds in three cities— London, Paris and New York— Ali’s songs too will reflect the character of each city. “The London song will be happier, with simpler notes, as compared to the one set in Paris that will be edgier. The New York track will be more refined,” he elucidates.

Meanwhile there’s been talk of him being signed on for another Yash Raj production after Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, but Ali shrugs off those rumours. “I’m sure I’ll get a call if there’s something. Otherwise I’ve already got my biggest compliment from Yashji (Yash Chopra) who at the film’s success party complimented me on my performance,” he says.

Two hits have propelled Ali into the big league. The actor, who will start filming the new Chashme Buddoor, is modest: “I’m just doing my job. I can’t let success go to my head. If anything, it should make me more humble and approachable.”
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