Anu Malik is on cloud nine, after Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta signed him up to create the soundtrack for Shootout At Wadala (SAW) that toplines John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee in key roles. The composer has teamed up with lyricist Neelesh Misra for the project and the two have already started work on the score. Scratches and a rough set of lyrics have already been worked out for two songs so far. Given that the film is set in the 1970s and ’80s, would the album include a cabaret or an item song that’s reminiscent of the period? “It’s too early for me to spill the beans. But the onus is on Neelesh and me to create something, which will take the listener in retro mode. And considering that was also one of the most colourful and musical eras of Bollywood, I’m sure we will have the scope to explore various genres that were famous then,” says Anu.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010), which was also set in the same era, had a cabaret number, Parda… which was a spin-off of Helen’s song Piya Tu Ab To Aaja… Wouldn’t there be comparisons now?
“I believe in doing my work with utmost dedication and don’t care about comparisons and that’s why Sanjay and Ekta signed me up. I just want to ensure that I don’t let them down,” retorts Anu.
The composer, who is currently judging Indian Idol 6 on Sony Entertainment also plans to rope in two of the most applauded singers of the show, Dalvinder Singh and Poorvi Koutish.
“I would love to have them for SAW,” smiles Anu. “My daughter Anmol has completed her formal education in music and is gearing up to re-enter Bollywood. So once the songs are ready, we will decide on the singers . We even plan to collaborate with some international artists, if the soundtrack permits. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!” adds Anu.